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Posted: 10/01/19 03:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want to start full timing in two years don’t try to build an RV. It won’t be ready.


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Cost wise, you are much better buying an older RV than doing a conversion. Green wise, an existing RV already has that stuff done so you do not have to waste resources building up a conversion. If she does not want all that glitz, get an older RV.


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As a design professional and a contractor myself, I have been involved with hundreds of projects. I assume this will be your first one. Think about it. Most experienced RV manufacturers have built thousands of MH's all of different sizes, types, and designs. They make mistakes (as you will) and their current designs reflect that. You don't have their experience, you get only one chance to get it right. Do you feel lucky? Because if/when you aren't, you will pay for it in time, money, aggravation, etc.

I don't mean to discourage you, just the opposite. Just make sure you are clear on what you are getting into before you commit. If you end up with a half finished project when your energy runs out, expect to be compensated as though it is a TOTAL LOSS. It's a lot more than cabinetry!

Good luck with what you decide.

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Thanks for all the responses. Confirms what I already suspected. I made pros and cons list of a build over a buy and it was VERY heavily weighted in the buy side. We will have so much to do already in prepping for full time life, why add to the stress and potentially not be happy with the product, not finish it, and not actually green-er when considering all the factors? If I really want to make it green, a used RV and customized to our likings is a much more achievable task and essentially accomplishes the same thing only with the infrastructure already in place and a far better platform.


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As conversations get serious about our plans to full time in the next 2 years DW and I have entered into a heated debate. Let me preface by saying this all started a week ago when we visited some friends who have built out a custom sprinter. Let me also say it was a phenomenal job but he's a custom cabinet maker by trade. It took him 2 years. That said his B has no bathroom, heat, AC, and a cartridge toilet, hardly what I am looking for in terms of a full time rig.


Sure sounds like a friend of mine... This wouldnt be the Darkstar Sprinter-fella would it?


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dieselbobcat wrote:

way2roll wrote:

As conversations get serious about our plans to full time in the next 2 years DW and I have entered into a heated debate. Let me preface by saying this all started a week ago when we visited some friends who have built out a custom sprinter. Let me also say it was a phenomenal job but he's a custom cabinet maker by trade. It took him 2 years. That said his B has no bathroom, heat, AC, and a cartridge toilet, hardly what I am looking for in terms of a full time rig.


Sure sounds like a friend of mine... This wouldnt be the Darkstar Sprinter-fella would it?


No. Old friend of mine back in MD. I doubt he's on any forum.

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I have all the skills to build one, and the time, I suppose, since we’re retired. But I wouldn’t consider it. I have built vehicles before. It’s a labor of love, but it’s not “green” nor is it cost efficient vs. purchasing someone else’s project.

If you don’t want a newer, factory built rig then there’s plenty of project rigs out there that have been completed (?) and used and the owners are ready to move on to something else.


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I don't have the skills to build so that wouldn't be a choice for me. I think the country is full of nice used motor homes of all years, sizes and conditions so I would do that but if building could be mainly for the fun and sense of accomplishment I get that.


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I think the best choice is to buy a used coach and use it for a year BEFORE you go full time. That way if there is anything you want to change/repair in the coach, you will have the time, tools, and the space to make the changes/repairs before you get rid of everything and go full time.

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rgatijnet1 wrote:

I think the best choice is to buy a used coach and use it for a year BEFORE you go full time. That way if there is anything you want to change/repair in the coach, you will have the time, tools, and the space to make the changes/repairs before you get rid of everything and go full time.


This is an excellent point. I told DW we need to have something in a minimum of 6 mos prior to shake it down and make changes.

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