FAQ

HERE ARE SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS WE GET ABOUT WHAT WE DO:

  • As of May 2019 we no longer build buses. Please check out Skoolie.com!
  • Buying the Vehicle: Buying the vehicle is can be a daunting task as its the foundation for your entire build. We do not aid in purchasing a vehicle, that is your responsibility. We will give very generalized advice that is not specific to a particular vehicle. The best advice we can give you: spend as much as reasonably possible on a vehicle that is solid and reliable.
  • What van is the best platform to build on? That really depends. We prefer the Promaster 159” because of its width, somewhat square walls, lack of sliding door step, front wheel drive, availability, serviceability, and a bunch of other reasons. It is also less expensive than the Transit or Sprinter. Transits have the highest interior height and the Sprinter is the only one of the bunch that come in 4wd.
  • What vans will CTH build? We currently only build out Promasters, Transits and Sprinters of any size or model excluding the Transit Connect.
  • Capabilities: CTH is capable of including all of the creature comforts of home in a build. Shower, kitchen, A/C, solar, wood stoves, etc. Let us know what you have in mind!
  • Builds that have been started: We do not complete builds started by someone else.
  • Tear out/ demo: Projects should be brought to us as is. We cover the tear out and demo of the existing vehicle. Vans only take a couple of hours to demo so there isn’t a tremendous amount of expense involved. We dispose of everything as well. Again, experience reigns supreme here and we have the proper tools and tricks to remove everything necessary in a safe and efficient manner while leaving what needs to remain, intact (ie. wiring).
  • Materials: We cover all building materials with a few exceptions. This is a convenience thing. So pretty much anything that is nailed, screwed, or glued in. We allow you to purchase appliances along with some decor items as long as they are approved. We also don’t use recycled or second hand materials.
  • Customer Help: We understand your desire to help out alongside us to be a part of your project. Unfortunately we do not allow this for liability reasons. A lot of customers prefer to do some of the finishing details themselves like paint, install swivel seats, or other things that don’t require a shop full of tools. We totally support this as it gives you the opportunity to say “I did that.”
  • Older Vehicles: Older/ high mileage vehicles inherently have more problems. Apart from mechanical and cosmetic issues, rust and water damage is almost inevitable. We do not build vans that are over 10 years of age. Older vehicles are tempting because of their affordability but the troubles that come with an older vehicle plus the short life they may have left make it hard to justify pouring thousands of dollars into a house on a shaky foundation. To learn more about what to look for in a vehicle, check out our blog post “Buying a Van (or Bus)”
  • We start the build: In the case of a partial build, we start it, you complete it. Insulation, framing, wiring and rough plumbing are what constitute a “rough in” leaving the finish work like paneling, cabinetry, lighting, and electrical/ plumbing fixtures to be completed.