We bought our bus on August 13th, 2018. We were fairly confident we could get our bus converted into our new home and be on the road before Christmas. We planned for about 3 months (90 days) and accounted for time off in between.
It's January 20th, 2019 and we are still working on our conversion. We are well passed our initial departure date. This is something you learn to live with, especially when it's your first time converting a bus. I know what you're thinking. "First time? Do people do this more than once?" The answer is yes. Some do. That's another topic for another time. Right now we have one bus.
How do you plan for a conversion? How long it will take? We don't have a definitive timeline for you. The truth is, you can do some research, talk to people who have already done it, but we all have different lives. We have different schedules and different commitments. There are things we can plan for and things we cannot plan for. Sometimes there are financial burdens and people have to stop working on their bus until they save more money. There are a million factors involved in a bus conversion timeline.
Below is the link to view our current timeline. It is VERY rough draft. We have been tracking what we do each day with brief notes. We try to make notes where we have other commitments outside of the bus build. Whether we had family visiting, came down with a cold, or had to stay inside because of the weather, we've learned that you can't totally plan for everything.
The timeline of your bus includes so many other things. You have to account for the responsibilities you still have that existed before you got the bus. If you have jobs that takes time away. All the trips to home improvement stores and gathering other supplies is a huge factor in time. Do you go to the gym (I do every other day)? Do you have dogs to walk? We have 2. The list goes on. So, as much as you want to plan, make sure you account for life outside of the bus build.
We've also come to terms with our varying skill levels, respectively. Sarah is the builder and the brains of our conversion. I mean, I'm smart too, but I'm the artsy one. I'm also kind of afraid of power tools that don't run on batteries. It is a process that you learn to embrace as a couple. We believe we each contribute equally in the roles that we fill, but we also understand that our timeline is going to be longer than let's say, a couple that includes an electrician and a general contractor. Ha.
So where are we now? Well, we set another departure date of Feb.15th, but have realized that is not going to happen either. We think late spring now, but at this point we've learned to be patient. We do not want to rush anything and are carefully thinking through every project. Our thinking includes what we may do in the future with a particular space and how to accommodate for that. We also want to build a high quality bus. It will be our home so slapping things together is not for us.
If you have questions about our timeline or want to ask us a question, feel free to use our Contact Form or find us on Instagram and DM us. We are @thesolbus