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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:12:19 No.710454

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Hey, /diy/. I want to know if you guys would help me a bit. I'm still a student right now, and my future line of work requires travel. I was looking into building one of these house buses.


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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:19:21 No.710455
>>710454
Good for you. Now are you going to tell us about what your skills are, what tools you have and what your budget is? Or are you going to further demonstrate that you did have not read the sticky by bumping this thread in two minutes time with a question?

It would be nice if, you know, you actually asked a fucking question as well..

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:19:43 No.710457
>>710454
Having to park those heaps of junk and adding weight to already unsteady driving capability is merely a mobile home with a hefty insurance bill, monthly repairs and guaranteed to be damaged if needing a towing.

Go with a van. Pack a tent and do it right. Easier gas bill and common parts that you don't need two people to install.

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:21:20 No.710458
>>710457
Thank you, man. Fuck /b/

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:32:25 No.710460
>>710454
>future line of work
your work will pay for accomodation and travel allowances. get a decent reliable car and just move between motels.

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:33:48 No.710461
>>710460
This is true. But not as fun. I might end up going with it if my financial future doesn't look up.

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:39:04 No.710464
House bus?

That's basically an RV man

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 10:42:17 No.710465
>>710454
I would like my own homemade RV too, any other suggestions?

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 11:19:33 No.710470
>>710457
A guy comes looking for a homemade RV and all he gets is a high tech rape van, what has 4chan come to?

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 11:24:20 No.710471
>>710465
USA has cheap as shit RVs/trailers. people will sell them but actually practically give them away. just get a road registered POS RV and fix it up? you will need to park it in a caravan park anyway because most towns have rules about people camping in the street. oh sure you can "stealth" it. but the first time a bunch of angry cops start rocking your vehicle and shouting at you to come out and poking flash lights at the windows you'll be freaked out enough to not bother.

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 20:13:33 No.710581
>>710470
A semi-intelligent, sensible place?

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 20:40:49 No.710590
Get together with other people to split the costs, there is some good builds on reddits DIY board.

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 22:10:24 No.710615
>>710590
Please go back.

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Anonymous 2014-10-13 23:13:20 No.710643
>>710615
Hue sekrit club
Back to /b/ with you.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 00:39:07 No.710680
I'm glad to see people actually kept my thread alive. I was going to do plans tonight, but I'm tired and I don't have time.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 01:30:55 No.710701
>>710581
Get an old 1960s van on eBay. Rewire the inside for decent lighting. Extra battery in the back for laptop and wifi hotspot. Minifridge. wooden bench on other side.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 04:53:46 No.710768
>>710701
>Get an old 1960s van on eBay.
what a shitty suggestion. old vans particularly the VW's are notorious for being expensive to repair and maintain. get you a chevy, ford or dodge late 80's to late 90's full size cargo van. parts are plentiful and cheap and you don't need some specialty shop to fix it.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 06:14:32 No.710783
>>710768
Also, fires. Lots of fires.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 06:35:00 No.710787
>>710768
sort of agree.
VW combis have parts out the ass. they're still a popular vehicle and you can find parts at salvage yards and new all over the place. needing the 100 specialty tools to disconnect all the pipes every time you work on it is a shit though.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 07:15:58 No.710794
>>710457
Is there a guide for this? A location on the internet where someone built this? A price range? A book perhaps?

[spoiler]Jesus this is awesome[/spoiler]

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 08:09:10 No.710823
>>710794
..you want a guide.. for a guide..?

> protip, you're too stupid to convert a van.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 08:13:54 No.710825
>>710823
Just a better outline. I haven't done anything as complex as that.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 08:27:42 No.710830
>>710825
Fair enough, though there's really nothing to complex about the build short of the power system. You will want to break that down to its individual components and research each I guess. Google up what an inverters, charge converters and such, find out what KW/h and Ah stand for and why they are important. If you come at us with questions about specifics as opposed to just asking for a guide for a guide (that is, demonstrate we're not wasting our time by explaining shit to you) you'll get tonnes of info.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:09:29 No.710842
>>710830
I'm thinking about making this a group build with my close friends. How much money would be involved in this? I'll research it all before my pitch, of course, I'd just like to know how attainable this all is before I invest hours of research on it.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:14:09 No.710843
>>710825
its going to depend heavily on what van you want. instructables has guides for every single part of this. go buy a van. preferably a long wheel base van. then come back when you have trouble installing stuff. aim for something that doesnt leak oil and less than 10 years old.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:14:46 No.710844
>>710842
I know this is a stupid question thread, but for the love of fuck man, you're killing me.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:16:44 No.710846
>>710844
th-thanks (._. )

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:19:32 No.710847
>>710842
solar panels not necessary. you can charge the batteries with the engine. a simple backup battery and smart battery switch you're looking at about 300$ for decent capacity. but spend as much as you want all the way up to 1.5k per battery for more charge. but for keeping a laptop going, a 200$ battery would be fine.

a simple inverter for powering a light, sink water pump, tv laptop will cost about 100 bux or less depending on quality.

get a fridge that can be powered by gas and/or electricity. get a simple propane burner or a double. you now have all your cooking/bathing needs covered. about 100 bux for a double burner probably 200$ for the timber and hardware to make a simple mini kitchenette.

dont leave gas heaters or stuff on in the van. people die.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:21:25 No.710848
>>710842
you're approaching this ass backwards. you wont know how attainable this is UNTIL you have done hours of research. do you think people just miraculously throw together great plans that work, so others can review then and research the and come back and say "yep, its good"? of course they don't. they research what they are trying to achieve, what parts and tools they will need, THEN decide how attainable it is on a given budget/timeframe.

go away, do what >>710830 and >>710843 have suggested, then come back once you can prove you are actually keen to do this, and it is not some throwaway idea that you have fuck all commitment to.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:26:28 No.710849
>>710847
Actually in cold weather battery tenders are absolutely required. Also the alternator can only help charge one battery at a time.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:34:31 No.710851
>>710849
which is why you have a smart battery switch/management system.
>car starts
>main battery is recharged
>switches over to auxiliary batteries to charge
>car turns off
>aux batteries used
>aux batteries get to max discharge point
>disconnects battery to prevent over discharge
simply start car again to get power

although installing 2000$ worth of solar panels sounds like a good idea to me. especially since i need to carry this huge generator around with me.
>what is second alternator

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 09:51:54 No.710853
>>710851
Random anon here, I've always fancied the idea using a bunch of electric RATs for in transit charging. Parasitic drag would be a bitch if you had them in the main areas of airflow around the vehicle, but I bet there are eddy points around the back that might see enough airflow to drive one.

> tfw no van to guinea pig with

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 13:29:49 No.710877
Buses aren't economic and if they break down your wrecker bill will be very large. By the time you can afford one it will be worn out or nearly so.

I'm an experienced mechanic who built a shop bus so I could move my gear to a new home and make use of it immediately. Unless you are a mechanic, forget it.

The practical way to travel is not with a bus, which traps you at your destination unless you also tow a car. The practical way is a towed trailer. You can detach the trailer at your campsite then drive the tow vehicle as needed. If tow vehicle breaks it can be fixed or replaced without disturbing your life.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 13:40:34 No.710881
What PRECISELY does OP expect to do for work and why PRECISELY is an RV the best moneymaker solution?

Work is to make money, not to piss it away. Stop thinking of anything else when starting a career except the career and how to retain as much of your earnings as possible.

Study what professional road warriors use. It isn't usually old buses. Old buses take work or a shitload of money to pay someone else. You can title them as an RV if you rip most of the seats out. I did. Those without personal busmod or bus mechanic experience can close their pieholes as they know nothing.

When job is paying you, figure how to retain as much as possible. You can fly long distance cheaper than you can drive, and if your TOY fucking breaks you either pay to tow it off then stay at a hotel at your destination or babysit your shitbox and lose the contract work. Just stop thinking like a kid. You need to hit hard and relentlessly to make money for without money life is shit. You need to be thinking about how to compete, not how to play. Play can be done at leisure after you make money.

If you must, van camping is far more practical but buy a good, LOW MILEAGE van either Ford or GM. No exotics, don't even bother. Buy what fleets buy for work. They know, you don't, end of story. Vans can pull trailers as well as store your stuff. They can store small motorcycles if bikes are your thing, but remember everything you own is both empowerment and impediment.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 13:50:32 No.710891
forget a bus! Buy a Roadtrek 170 or 190. It's a registered RV and considered a 2nd home so the interest can be written off.

I recently bought a 170 with a 20 year loan, comes with 5 year full warranty and I pay about 560 a month including insurance. My lease on my house was up and I work from home also and decided to hit the road.

I pay for a campground once a week to dump and fill my tanks and every other time I just park somewhere overnight with no problems and no expense for "lodging".

The 170 has a 4.8L V8 and if I cruise about 60-65 I can get a steady 16mpg.

I used to tow a trailer, but was always forced to find some hillbilly RV/Trailer park to hook it up.

I have stayed in a parking lot in downtown Boston right on Boylston street before - took a shit, and showered up without anyone realizing that I was in an actual RV.

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 14:40:50 No.710903
>>710891
A 20 year car loan?
what the hell?

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Anonymous 2014-10-14 15:21:55 No.710917
>>710903
it's not a car - it's an RV - 20 years at 4.5%

But my Roadtrek fits in a normal car parking space :) and has a toilet, fridge, stove, sink, shower, pantry, wardrobe, generator, air conditioner, furnace, etc...just like a house!

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Anonymous 2014-10-15 10:23:39 No.711298
get a long bed pickup truck and a tall utility bed cover. or instead of the bed cover find a large tent or tarp and rig that on the back. you could then line the inside of the tarp with blankets or fabric you find cheap somewhere. OR IF U GOT MONEY you could get one of those truck campers that slide into the bed of a truck.

Either way I caution since it is fall you secure yourself a heatsource if your living mobile. Maybe a candle heater look those up made of crisco cans. Or maybe build a small fireplace that you feed it with scrap twigs or charcoal. I mean to be honest running your engine or useing electrical power for heat is impractical unless you can find hook ups.

and if this does happen and you do live on road when someone asks you to move you do it no questions. Its easy amd cheap for someone who gets mad to call a tow truck and make a few phone calls to put your ass on the street completly.

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Anonymous 2014-10-15 12:41:19 No.711316
>>710903
tinyhouse ftw.
RV culture has some wild sex parties.
but that said, yes its absolutely ridiculous for a portaloo in a van with a high top.

and that V8 engine makes that RV undrivable I have no idea how you could afford to drive anywhere with a 4.8L engine. I have a 2.7L engine and it literally sucks money right out of my arse for fuel.

they're mostly self indulgent crap for boomers/grey nomads/glampers.

>fits in a normal car parking space
> has a toilet, fridge, stove, sink, shower, pantry, wardrobe, generator, air conditioner, furnace

do you need to lean against the fridge, rest your balls on the stove and put your feet up on the air conditioner to take a crap?







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