Some people turn local school buses or city buses into RVs. Still, they are often not the best candidates, often lack headroom, and usually stick around until they are in the last position … besides, many have a top speed of 80km / h. Without replacing the differential, the fuel is inferior, and the engine is overloaded on long roads due to continually high engine speeds.
Australian local / school bus (used $ 5- $ 10k)
Others use ‘road coaches’ as bases; these are at least designed to travel high-speed long distances and tend to last longer; their luggage compartments are ideal for mounting generators, batteries, water tanks, and sullage in – and they tend to have more. headroom (after trash can removed) rather than local buses (usually $ 10-20k)
Much more common these days is turning Pantech vans into campers. Parts are much more readily available and cheaper than bus parts, parts are generally road-oriented, and Pantech is much easier to turn into a mobile home than on a bus. The legacy insulated cooled tray is by far the best candidate for conversion as it generally has lower mileage than a general conveyance and is completely insulated, making heating and cooling much easier; However, they tend to be more expensive than general cargo units ($ 3000 – $ 10g)
(sneaky, wears a tent, looks like a normal truck on the street, parked and opened the blinds, and this is a camper … closed and parked overnight in an industrial area and nothing the wiser lol- that’s good protection too for windows over rocks, etc. on the road while driving) It also has the advantage that you can put a few kw flat solar panels on the roof, and no one can see it, recharging your home battery when parked quietly (called free camping here)
As for the final cost, from almost nothing, if parts are stolen, to using bolted household furniture and the like, some have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars installing ‘sliders’ for additional living space, an entirely off-grid solar-powered motorized system. standalone generator and charging and HWS powered / solar-powered, these days have full ‘local area’ video security and mobile internet connection, truly ‘home on wheels’
Slide for the additional living room (show me the horse truck with rooms on the boat)
Many people tow a small car or small 4×4 behind it (called a frog, towed geddit LOL). Some actually have doors and ramps and can park them inside the motorhome itself instead of pulling it.
(that’s quite an inefficient use of space for me, which I saw recently had a ‘groove’ in the carpet in the ‘living room,’ and the back folded to charge the car in the living room while traveling, parking, and running out of the car (that’s literally a 30-second job with this, electric gates/ramps – when the car exits, the carpeted planks slide into the ‘wheel grooves’ leaving a flat and fully carpeted floor, the rear wall/ramp has a pair of metal ramps above the full-width window, it literally drove above the window!
So your total costs can range from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands, depending on how much you want and how much you can afford