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Old 11-22-2018, 05:37 PM   #1
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I just bought my first bus that I plan to convert. I've never taken on a project this big and it seems like the more conversion videos I watch, the more overwhelming everything becomes.

I get to thinking about plans, then materials, then costs then functionality and synergy with the rest of the design.... and on and on and on.....

Any way, I was hoping to get some pointers from experienced converters. What obstacles did you face on your first conversion? If you could have gotten any advice what would you have found most useful? How do you manage the overwhelming amount of projects, costs, deadlines?

Thanks for reading! Hope to hear from you guys soon. Any questions you have of me I would love to answer
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You might also want to check YouTube for bus conversion or skoolie. There are several folks posting about their bus conversions. Some are pretty clueless but you will see ideas and problems.
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So it's pretty normal for me to feel totally overwhelmed?
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From what I have seen. sort of. Sooner or later some of the problems sink in. OTOH none are insurmountable. The way folks go about surmounting them is often different and more creative than what the RV motor home industry does. It can also be much more cost efficient as much of the expensive bling can be ignored. It really depends what your end objective is. If you do it please post pictures. Based on other build threads lot of folks here would both enjoy it and be able to feed you suggestions and encouragement. FWIW I'll give you a couple of suggestions. Buy a PEX crimper. They have come down in price to significantly less than using all shark bite connections. Figure out how to design your own electrical system. It beats buying a Yeti box. Help is available here.
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How about a few pics. What engine 8v92?
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How about a few pics. What engine 8v92?
We are finalizing the sale in a few days and I'll have all kinds of pictures. It's the Cummins 5.9 in it.
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From what I have seen. sort of. Sooner or later some of the problems sink in. OTOH none are insurmountable. The way folks go about surmounting them is often different and more creative than what the RV motor home industry does. It can also be much more cost efficient as much of the expensive bling can be ignored. It really depends what your end objective is. If you do it please post pictures. Based on other build threads lot of folks here would both enjoy it and be able to feed you suggestions and encouragement. FWIW I'll give you a couple of suggestions. Buy a PEX crimper. They have come down in price to significantly less than using all shark bite connections. Figure out how to design your own electrical system. It beats buying a Yeti box. Help is available here.
Thanks for the pointers! I'm putting together floor plans right now.
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Good luck. start at the bottom, tank, plumbing, generators. wiring etc. Had a 72 gmc and a 64 gmc and a old wayne conversion, Most were okay but still needed work, Lot of satisfaction in doing it, but a lot of frustration involved. But the first time you show off your coach, well worth it.
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Is this a schoolie or transit bluebird?
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Schoolies are awesome for traveling off the beaten path since they have high ground clearance, but you have to get creative in dealing with your tanks without the storage compartments that highway busses have.

Best of luck and post plenty of pictures of your build.
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I hope you are young and have plenty of money- this project could take a while.
A lot of campgrounds have restrictions on what type of vehicle they allow.
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