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Building a Coach Sonny Heath 8-14-02  
I'm about to try to build myself a motorhome from scratch. I need advice however, I need a book or a set of instructions to help me do this thing like "Put a one way valve" in the fresh water system or "run three wires to all lights" or " 3 number 12 wires to the roof for the air conditioner", etc. etc.
In other words, I don't want to build everything then realize that I gotta tear a wall or two back out because I failed to put in a vent pipe for the John or something. Any advice would be highly appreciated. I also need a supply source for a slide out if anyone knows one. Many Thanks, Sonny
Re: Building a Coach Rickster 8-15-02  
Hi Sonny,
Most of the folks that build their own start out with a bus shell and spend many hours and lots of money. There are several good books that you will need but I think The Bus Converter's Bible, (check the BNO site) is the best one to give you an idea of what is involved. Probably the best bargains are owner converted coaches that are partially completed.
Good Luck
Rickster
Re: Building a Coach RV Wizard 8-15-02  
To be honest I think you will spend more money and loose a lot of use time than it will be worth when you get through. Unless you just cannot live without accomplishing this task I would recommend finding what you want already built and buy it and enjoy it. JMHO
Re: Building a Coach Joe 8-15-02  
Like RV said, why build when you could buy for probably half the price of the cost to build. I have a friend that built a class "B" motorhome. He has a repair shop and thought it to be a good idea. When he was done it cost over $50,000 in the van and the parts plus it took over 6 months to build with one person full time and plenty of helper hours. That didn't include all his planning time and phone calls to order this and that. Or all the parts runs to the local hardware store. When he was done he claimed it cost over $100,000 and he wasn't really that happy with it. That was about 5 years ago, and you can buy the best there is now for in the 60'S. Good luck.
Re: Building a Coach David G 8-17-02  
Gee guys...so pessimistic! Why build your own? (if I hafta explain...you wouldn't understand) Why build anything...you can buy everything. I've just started ( 3 months ) my 2nd conversion, hugh project, $ piling up fast, lotta work....more fun than I've had in a long time.
The commercial units are all a comprimise...made to try to fit/appeal to all people. Why buy a rig for a family of 5 if your single? Most bathrooms are tiny little plastic things that look real cute..but are a real pain to use. Most interiors are stapled together cardboard. Fill up with fuel and add a box of corn flakes and the chassis is maxed out.
I dunno...are you more interested in the destination? or the journey.
If you like building stuff and learning stuff...
I'm a newbie, bought some books, use the internet (this site is great), look at every rig I come across, met some great & helpful people...
This is supposed to be fun
And it is.
Just thought I'd balance out the discouragement.
Re: Building a Coach Joe 8-17-02  
I wasn't trying to be pessimistic. I just wanted the would be builder to realize it is a timely and costly venture and when it is done, it may only suit you. So if you ever go to sell it the potential buyer may have to comprimise a little. You're right...why buy tomatoes when you can grow a garden...or buy milk when you can raise a cow.
Re: Building a Coach Bob Thomas 8-27-02  
You may want to consider this. Purchase an older home with a sound running gear and gut the inside. All of the necessary systems will be in place. They may need renovation but at least you won't have to tear out a wall to put in a forgotten item. You can design a floor plan to suit your needs.
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