Well, before I can start the actual renovations, I want to make sure everything on my bus is legal. And I ran into a couple of snags in the process. My first concern was whether or not I’d need a special license to drive the short bus and this is what I found out from streetdirectory.com: “A bus will require a CDL permit if the … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 3: License and Registration
Another recycled post from last winter when I was struggling to find a way to keep my bus warm. Funny how these things don’t cross your mind when it’s 90 degrees outside. Okay, so winter is here. And once again, we got virtually no fall. It was nearly 80 degrees outside a few days ago, and now it’s barely 50. As a life-long Midwesterner, you’d … Continue reading Day 90: How the heck am I going to keep my bus warm?
My bus is finally finished!!! Well, it’s livable at least. And I’ve hit the road on my first solo-road trip. I’m driving across the west from Missouri to San Francisco, California, and then it’s off to Burning Man. My family had a nice party for me in which we set up everything in the bus. And then I had another party to celebrate with friends. … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 12: THE BUS IS FINISHED!!!
This is an old post from when I first finished my bus. I can’t believe how long it’s been. My e-book for converting a vehicle into a motor home is almost done and I can’t wait to publish it. In the meantime, here’s my post about keeping safe in a converted vehicle just before my Burning Man trip in 2018. My bus is basically finished … Continue reading Day 81: Living in a Bus Step 11: Safety First!
The most fun I’ve had so far with this bus project was picking out the furniture and the decor. Though my standard of living is lower than most, I do need my space to be clean, tidy, functional, and cute, of course. I recently had a “bus-warming” party with my family and they helped me set up my furnishings and closet, and this is what … Continue reading Day 80: Living in a Bus Step 10: Furnishings!!!
I officially have a date to move into my bus! But before I can start moving in the furniture, I had a few last minute details to take care of: Air Conditioning: So my brother and I made a redneck air conditioner out of of pickle bucket, fan, and frozen gallon of water. But I didn’t have a lot of luck with it. I got … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 9: Internet, Security, and Other Details.
The plumbing is finally done! Well, mostly done. I still need to install a drain, but I have running water, at least. After a lengthy break from working on the bus due to a valve gauge connector that had to be replaced, I’m finally back on track. The plumbing was the last big hurdle. And this is the set up I’ve got: The Sink I … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 8: The Bathroom: toilet, shower, and water
I’ve passed the halfway done hurdle and I’m trucking along! The next step in my project is the insulation and the walls. Here’s what I’ve accomplished: I added some reflective insulation to the walls by taping it into place. There’s gaps because I’m not terribly exact in my measurements. I mentioned this type of insulation on a Reddit thread and a lot of people said … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 7: Insulation and Walls
So I’m about halfway done with my bus conversion process and boy has it been an adventure! Here’s a breakdown of the steps I’ve finished, the money I’ve spent, and what I have left to do! The steps I’ve finished: Step 1: Planning and Research So I started out this adventure with some basic research. I got a lot of flak from people for not … Continue reading HALFWAY DONE!!! My Bus Conversion Adventure
One of the major hurdles I’ve had to overcome is how to do the electricity. There’s a plethora of articles and YouTube tutorials regarding how to set up electricity in a converted bus or van, but a lot of it is over my head. I’m no expert in electricity, but I want this very important step to be done the safest, most cost efficient, most … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 6: Electricity