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Old 09-02-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
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Hi all

My name is Dani and I'm new to both the site and RVing. My husband, (new to that too haha--we got married 07/07/14!) Toryn, and I are planning to purchase an older bus to convert in the near-ish future, with the goal of eventually living on it full time.

We're really excited to have a project to sink our teeth into (he's a machinist, I'm a graphic designer, and we both like to build things) and make it just the right custom rig for us. Already getting lots of inspiration for finishes and layout from the forums and hoping to find a nice community here, both in the conversions forum and otherwise. I'm sure there are many many cross-over concerns and conversations between RVs and conversions!

All the best,

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Old 09-02-2014, 08:09 PM   #2
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Hi Dani

Glad to have you here with us.

Good luck on the search for the bus and your conversion of it. There are plenty of folks in here that can help if you need info.

Best of luck and Happy Trails!!!

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Old 09-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #3
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Glad you're aboard Dani and Toryn. Congrats on being newlyweds. Best of luck in your search and decision. Keep us posted on your progress once it starts....pics too please. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:19 PM   #4
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Did a bus years ago. Turned out pretty good thanks to the leadership of my father. He was both a mechanic and a carpenter so I had access to most of the skills needed to do the work. Took us two years to complete the project as I was working full time.

We converted a 40 school bus. Next project would have been a MCI or Prevost but the school bus lasted for years.

Undertaking such a task is bigger than you anticipate so the free advice is to plan carefully all of the amentities and conveniences you will build into your floor plan. Also start construction by totally gutting the interior and starting from the outside with adequate insulation.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:00 PM   #5
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the warm welcomes

We're fully expecting it to be a multi-year project and are already starting to rope in the electrician/mechanic/plumbing friends to help out

We are lucky that we live on a farm so have somewhere to put it while we work on it over the long-term... I'm sure, though, that no matter how big a project we *think* it will be, it will be much bigger by the time we are done!

I'll definitely be trying to document the whole process and will post updates on here as well...

Happy RVing, all!

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Old 09-03-2014, 05:11 AM   #7
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Good luck with your project.
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:08 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forum and the RV lifestyle, and good look with your conversion project.....
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Welcome to the Forum and best of luck on your bus conversion project.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:14 AM   #10
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Hi Dani! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you guys joined the bunch here!

Congrats on the new marriage! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:43 AM   #11
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

Congrats! Still on the honeymoon! LOL!
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:30 PM   #12
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Welcome to the irv2 gang, Dani & Toryn! Glad you decided to pick these forums to participate and gather information for your bus build! You picked one of the best groups on the Web to share information about RVing. Good luck!

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