Bus Conversion Expenses: Breakin’ it down now.

When I initially estimated how much I’d be  spending on this project, I had found it very difficult to find out just how much it would cost. My original guess was around $12,000 including the cost of purchasing the bus itself. I’ve since found that I’d be spending quite a bit more. Being a student at U. of Cincinnati DAAP, I have access too their wood shop and metal shop and am allowed to check out or use tools there for free. So that saves me a pretty decent amount of money.

 

This expense sheet is solely used as my own guide to realizing what the cost might be and does not necessarily mean I’ll be using these exact products.

 

Expenses: Amount Cost per Total Cost  $15,029.22
Bus 1 $2,050.00 $2,050.00
Paint/Stain Supplies: Sub Cost: $647.91
Under-body Rust-Proofing Paint and Supplies 1 $450.00 $450.00
1-gal. French Grey Satin Interior Paint with Primer – Latex or Water based acrylic 3 $27.47 $82.41
1-gal. Gray wood stain – undecided, price represted is estimated 3 $38.50 $115.50
Insulation: Sub Cost: $1,201.08
Reflectix 48 in. x 100 ft. Double Reflective Insulation with Staple Tab 1 $154.00 $154.00
Raft-R-Mate Attic Vent 22-1/2 in. x 4 ft. (70-Pieces) 1 $200.08 $200.08
FOAMULAR 250 2 in. x 48 in. x 8 ft. R-10 Scored Squared Edge Insulation Sheathing 25 $33.88 $847.00
Wood-Fired Heating Sub Cost: $948.88
Pleasant Hearth 1,200 Square Feet Wood Burning Stove, Small 1 $649.00 $649.00
DuraPlus 6 in. dia. x 36 in. L Stainless Steel Triple-Wall Chimney Stove Pipe 2 $84.98 $169.96
chimney cap SkyRider for round double or triple wall flue ID x OD = 6 x 8, stainless 1 $129.92 $129.92
Framing and Flooring: Sub Cost: $317.90
23/32 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. RTD Sheathing Syp (sub flooring) 8 $24.98 $199.84
2 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. #1 Pressure-Treated Lumber (floor) 10 $3.37 $33.70
2 in x 3 in x 96 in. Premium whitewood studs (sidewalls) 37 $2.28 $84.36
Electrical Power: Sub Cost: $2,859.84
Go Power! (GP-FLEX-200) 200W Flexible Mono Crystalline Solar Kit with 30 Amp PWM Solar Controller 1 $1,011.99 $1,011.99
Go Power! (GP-FLEX-100E) 100W Flexible Mono Crystalline Solar Expansion Kit 2 $511.99 $1,023.98
Go Power! GP-SW1500-12 1500-Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter? 1 $563.91 $563.91
UPG 85980/D5722 Sealed Lead Acid Battery (12V; 35 AH; UB12350) 4 $64.99 $259.96
Windows: Sub Cost: $1,496.00
White Vinyl Casement Window with Screen 36×60 inches 4 $270.00 $1,080.00
Utility Left-Hand Sliding Vinyl Window 4 $104.00 $416.00
Bathroom: Sub Cost: $925.00
.A Nature’s Head w/ Spider Handle, Color: WHITE Granite (Composting toilet) 1 $925.00 $925.00
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Kitchen: Sub Cost: $1,911.17
Undermount Stainless Steel 23x9x9 0-Hole Single Bowl Kitchen Sink 1 $159.92 $159.92
Replacement Filtration Faucet in Stainless Steel 1 $44.00 $44.00
4.8 cu. ft. Gas Range in Silver 1 $448.00 $448.00
Dometic DM2652RB 2-Way Refrigerator – 6.0 Cubic Feet 1 $1,259.25 $1,259.25
Propane System: Sub Cost: $487.94
100 lb. Empty Steel Propane Cylinder with Multi-Valve 3 $150.00 $450.00
Propane Tank Gauge 1 $12.97 $12.97
3 ft. Hose Regulator 1 $24.97 $24.97
Lighting: Sub Cost: $324.91
6 ft. Indoor/Outdoor LED Ribbon Light Starter Kit 1 $64.97 $64.97
25 ft. LED Lighting Strip Indoor/Outdoor Extension Kit 2 $129.97 $259.94
Shelving Unit: Sub Cost: $128.43
4 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. #2 Pressure-Treated Timber 9 $14.27 $128.43
Plumbing: Sub Cost: $499.00
4.3 GPM 107,000 BTU Liquid Propane Gas Tankless Water Heater 1 $499.00 $499.00
Misc: Sub Cost: $275.88
7,000 lb. Farm Jack 4 $68.97 $275.88
Radiant Floor Heating Sub Cost: $955.28
3 GPM Liquid Propane Gas Tankless Water Heater 1 $269.00 $269.00
1/2 in. x 1000 ft. Oxygen Barrier Radiant Heating PEX Pipe 1 $439.00 $439.00
Cryo-Tek 1-Gal. Antifreeze 10 $16.98 $169.80
Shurflo demand delivery water pump 2088-594-154 3.3GPM 115VAC 1 $77.48 $77.48

*Note that this list is incomplete and with each step, new unexpected problems come up. The list’s content will be updated as time passes.

I’ve also spent $375 on a portable Oxy-Fuel Torch, Auto darkening helmet, gloves and welding coat

 

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