If you’re in the process of converting a bus or camper van into a motor home, you’ll need to design the floor plan before you can get into all the other logistics. This step is extremely important as it will determine every other step in the conversion process. The kitchen, bathroom, sleeping arrangements, dining, etc. must be strategically placed to ensure the most comfortable and … Continue reading 10 Tips for Designing your Floor Plan
I’ve had a lot of people ask me about my bus and tell me they’d like to do the same thing. It’s easy to romanticize life in a bus or a camper van while perusing the artsy pictures on Pinterest and Instagram, but it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Trying to live in a vehicle is not an easy life, and it’s certainly not a … Continue reading 10 Signs Bus Life is NOT for You!
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?
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
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
Before I can do the electrical, I need to have the flooring and the framing in place. Originally, I wanted recovered barn wood as the flooring because I think it just looks so rustic and cool. However, the length between the floor and the ceiling is just barely over 6 feet which means a traditional floor with insulation, sub floor, and panels on top would … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 5: Flooring and Framing
A question I keep getting asked is how I plan to pay for my bus conversion process. So far the only money I’ve spent was the $5000 for the bus and roughly $120 to get it inspected and properly licensed, but now I’ve got to compile a list and make a budget for all the components involved in the conversion process. That’s where my next … Continue reading The Art of Travel Hacking
The weather is finally warm enough for me to get some work done on the bus! I’m hoping to get this project done by the end of Spring 2018, but with this cold spell, it’s been impossible to do anything. The project itself can be a little overwhelming, but I keep reminding myself; one step at a time! And fortunately for me, I’ve got a … Continue reading Living in a Bus Step 4: Clean, Gut, and Design a Layout