Conversion Costs

We are going to try our best to document costs as we build below. Definitely can't guarantee everything will be exactly right. A few items will be guesstimates, but will be more or less accurate. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of this gear, please check our Gear and Resources > Bus Life Gear or >Tools for the Build tab and purchase using our Amazon links.

RUNNING TOTAL: $17,916 (UPDATED 6/8/18)

 

Buying Diane Ourbus:

$2,961

  • $461 – travel to see the bus we first bought (to learn more about that financial faux pas, check out our video on How Not to Buy a Bus
  • $2,272 – the bus we ended up with at auction
  • $228 – auction fees

Bus maintenance:

$1,375

    • $400 Check up after purchasing
    • $975 replacing 2 front steer tires

     


    Titling + Registration:

    $21

      • $21 temp tags

       


      Tools:

      $283

        • $40 angle grinder
        • $20 crow bars
        • $120 miter saw
        • $18 flexible pull saw for trimming foam
        • $20 paint brushes
        • $20 Kreg pocket jig (for making pilot holes at an angle)
        • + $15 when we broke and replaced the kreg jig drill bit
        • $0 Table saw borrowed from awesome friends
        • $0 Circular Saw- Borrowed from some other awesome friends
        • $30 sander and sandpaper
        • $40Table Saw Rental

        Insulation:

        $863

         

          • $627 Spray it Green Foam DIY kit
          • $90 reflectix insulation
          • $36 wall insulation above studs (Two 1.5″x 4ft x 8ft rigid foam boards)
          • $50 sub floor insulation
          • $45 Foam it green 12 touch up kit
          • $15 a few cans of Great Stuff canned foam

          Ceiling: 

          $241 

            • $170 thin pine T & G planks (that’s 17 packs of six 8 ft planks)
            • $25 wood varnish
            • $40 self-drilling specialty metal screws
            • $6 brown Rustoleum spray paint for screws

            Sub floor:

            $245

              • $ 160 particle board for sub floor which we shortly after realized was a bad choice, so we replaced it with . . .
              • $55 plywood (should have been $150 but we got an awesome discount!)
              • $30 1×4 furring strips to frame out subfloor (this number includes screws, great stuff foam, and liquid nails)

              •  $60 T&G pine planks to cover walls
              •  $16 stud wood for walls (Five 2 x 4’s)
              • $17 foam board insulation (1.5″)

              Side Bus Walls

              $93


              • $1800 Goalzero 1400
              • $450 Goalzero 400
              • $212 Goal Zero 150
              • $214 additional Solar Panels
              • $575 Goalzero 200W Solar Panel brief case
              • $300 Goalzero 100W Solar Panel brief case

              Electrical / Solar:

              $3,551


              Appliances:

              $2,958

                    • $960 Nature’s Head Composting Toilet
                    • $130 Chest freezer off of amazon warehouse deals (due to dents/scratches)
                    • $700 Dometic 50 QT Fridge (changed our minds and now will be selling the first fridge
                    • $56 temp controller to convert freezer into fridge (see a great post about how to do this here )
                    • $32 hand pump faucet (this will likely be a temporary solution for running water in the bus)
                    • $20 double sink from Habitat for Humanity
                    • $230 used Alcohol 2 burner Origo marine stove
                    • $ 450 The Grizzly wood burning mini stove Cubic Mini Stoves
                    • $400 all the fittings and pipes for the stove

                    Paint and such:

                    $46o

                      • $30 silicone caulk
                      • $150 roof paint (elastomeric heat reflecting paint)
                      • $150 roof seam sealing tape (3 rolls)
                      • $120 Spray paint
                      • $10 White Cabinet Enamel

                      Finishes:

                      $220

                      • $220 solid elm wood piece for our desk
                      • $50 wood laptop stand and bathroom vanity top

                      Kitchen :

                      $220

                        • $180 wood for cabinet (so far)
                        • $40 drawer slide hardware

                        Storage :

                        $150

                          • $150 wood and hardware for storage boxes on shelving

                          Hearth for Wood burning stove:

                          $55

                            • $30 Galvanized roofing steel and steel under stove
                            • $25 1″ spacers and screws

                            Leaflet folding mini bistro table :

                            $30

                              • $30 for nice quality table wood

                              Wall covering :

                              $30

                                • $20 for 12 cedar fence planks to cover to walls facing front
                                • $10 for wood stain

                                Water:

                                $694 

                                  • $270  RinseKit Luxe (this will be our shower at least to start)
                                  • $72 Water Pump
                                  • $22 City Water Inlet
                                  • $130 42 Gallon Fresh Tank by Class A Customs
                                  • ~$200 Pex Plumbing and Push to Connect

                                  Lighting:

                                  $176

                                    • $160 GoalZero Light-a-Life Mini Quad x2 + 2 individual lights
                                    • $16 Fairy String Lights Remote Controlled
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                                    Hired Help:

                                    $3,000

                                      • $1,900 Locking steel front door materials and labor
                                      • $1,100 Roof Deck Railing Materials & Install
                                      • $140 1800GotJunk construction waste (the old flooring from the bus) removal

                                      Upholstery:

                                      $150

                                        • $ 80 Couch cushion foam
                                        • $ 70 Pleather to cover couch cushions