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Old 06-14-2018, 05:45 PM
 
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2 minutes of googling found 2 such buses in the state. Legal? I dunno.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:39 PM
 
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I am thinking about buying some vacant land in the mountains and possibly parking and converting an old bus into a small tiny home that I can use as a little getaway spot and also maybe put on AirBNB to make some extra cash. Does anyone know if this is legal or are there codes against leaving buses parked?
There is not a place in the state that would allow this as far as I know.

We own a place in Custer County and before we bought, had looked into all the laws pertaining to that sort of thing. Per Custer County, which has no building code btw, and therefore has some of the more lenient regulations, you can only live in a camper or bus for a max of 14 days per year. Also, per state law, you have to have a septic tank with a flush toilet, must have only one structure per parcel.

If you were to look into alternative structures, such as a yurt or a shipping container structure for example, because that county does not have a building code you can easily do that, the same as you could a stick-built structure, as well as a tiny house, again because there is no minimum.

Now, even in a county such as Custer without a building code, you're still going to run into the fact that many of the parcels of land are within subdivided areas with HOAs and covenants.

Simply put, it is very difficult anywhere in the country now to legally live in a bus.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:56 PM
 
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Check out the San Luis Valley where building codes are a little more lax. Make SURE you have the right for at least an in-house well permit. A school bus conversion may be tough since legally, itís a vehicle but tiny houses are allowed:

MERMAID COTTAGE TINY HOUSE RENTAL - ROMANTIC VACATION GETAWAY | MERMAID COTTAGE
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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A tiny house might be a better bet provided you follow the water and sanitation regulations for the county... but also for an Airbnb wouldn't you want to put that in an area where people would actually want to be (vacation?). Not all mountainous areas of the state are a good fit for vacation amenities, you might have a hard time getting takers.
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I will be putting in a fireplace similar to the one in this listing for heat in the winter. Not sure if I will have water.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4678535
So this ad says that it is right next to the owner’s house so you can use the bathroom there.

Where would your guests poop? ‘Bucket and shovel provided’?
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:44 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I will be putting in a fireplace similar to the one in this listing for heat in the winter. Not sure if I will have water.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4678535
Huh? No water? Are your guests all going to be cactuses?
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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I can’t think of a mountain county that WOULDN’T have a problem with that. Especially if you think you’ll Airbnb it. If anything they’re cracking down on this sort of thing because of the sewage issues.
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Old 06-15-2018, 01:25 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Keep it mobile (on wheels and licensed and able to MOVE (as often as the county requires) Buy 2 lots and move 2 buses back and forth (as legal)...

You will need 'certified' septic (I have my own Septic installer's license, saves ~$6-$10k per parcel)
You will need 'verified' water (I do many 'Small community water sources' on my adjacent properties, I often buy a place JUST because it has a strong well... then I buy neighboring places and set up 'Shop'.

Best bet... Build a Barndominium (as allowed based on county)
even a RV shop with living qtrs...

BUT all the above searches show far more elaborate ($100k+++) than what I do...for under $60k
40 x 60 pole barn with 14' eaves for RV (each side)+ septic and apartment / Laundry and Showers and a kitchen in the pole barn.

I do these on pristine view lots, so I can eventually sell the land to someone who wants to build their dream house. (Better them than me... BTDT too many times!)

I have my own formula for finding / building / renting. (and it works VERY well! and finds me very good deals). I never bother buying something that is listed For Sale, I find my props BEFORE the sign goes up!

Shop with Apt, Works nice for me, as I have multiple living locations in USA and soon international (I stay for free) (and 2 + living qtrs in each location. I am never in one place long enough to raise concern for zoning.) and I would NEVER consider land in an HOA. My tenants watch the place, keep them maintained, do repairs, provide $1000 income, and are paying my (small) mortgage, ALL my property taxes and all my utilities.

I prefer to rent the main home FT and visit (cabin / shop / RV) myself whenever the weather is nice! I keep A cheap CAR at each location and fly between (Been In each... CO, WA, and TX in the last 6 days, back to CO for the weekend) Spring means LOTS of work on rural properties. My (3) personal places in USA all add up to be LESS than one place for most people (and conventional 'thinkers / owners' are not getting $3k+ / month INCOME from their ONE place). USA federal tax law allows $500k FREE capital gains every 24 months(MFJ) , so that is another option I have exercised as often as it makes sense. One friend did it (9) times before he retired (pre age 50). He just bought one 50 acre parcel and built a new dream home and split 5 acres off every 24 months (not allowed everywhere). He did this in his 'free time' (while working a very demanding FT job). I did the same a few times, but don't like building homes for others... (You have to do that CHEAP and fast. I like stone (indoors and out), woodwork, custom built-ins...)

Just my formula, certainly would not suit most. (That's fine)

International should be very ez, as many rural places around the globe come with multiple residences and usually a caretaker! A Homeschool family from Oregon wanted a Vineyard, and were priced out in USA, so they bought one in France, It came with a caretaker, Vine-dressor, Equipment, and 3 other residences (so the family sold 'equity shares to 4 other families. ) They ended up getting their share for free. (and had a very nice Vineyard that actually PRODUCED! (good for tax planning + Deductible business trips to France to attend to the details)

Don't think and act conventionally, or you will be stuck in a RUT!

By far the BEST bus / camper conversion ideas I have found, are in NZ!!! Everybody has one.. (for 'steampunk events)
https://buslifenz.com/vlog/2017/8/4/...ing-episode-44 Our campground hosts had an wonderful bus conversion and been in ONE spot for 29 yrs of retirement on a beautiful highland lake. I highly recommend it!

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Old 06-15-2018, 07:57 AM
 
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That’s an interesting strategy but most counties are aware of it so they are starting to mandate that the primary structure (house) must be built first before any other auxiliary structures (barndominium cabins etc) are built. There are still places where you can do it but they are typically rural locations with Ag zoning.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:19 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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That’s an interesting strategy but most counties are aware of it so they are starting to mandate that the primary structure (house) must be built first before any other auxiliary structures (barndominium cabins etc) are built. There are still places where you can do it but they are typically rural locations with Ag zoning.
Yes, by all means stay AG / Forestry / Rural zoning (may require large parcels)

You don't want a bus anywhere near an OCD HOA!!! (it will not be allowed, and if you are near, you will be pestered / turned in to county for every little (perceived) infraction).

I've been doing this for 40+ yrs, so be wise & informed...(I have never been denied, or 'turned-in')
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