One year ago we did it.
In July of 2015 we walked onto the 422 auction lot,
and we bought ourselves a school bus.
The project began as a seed of an idea in my creative husband’s mind.
For two years we had been planning a once in a lifetime road trip and were pricing out our different housing options. As we considered the varying costs of hotel rooms verses renting an RV Toby came up with the idea of creating our own RV.
When he brought up the idea of buying a used school bus and transforming it into an RV I was a bit hesitant, but when he pointed out all of the selling points, namely:
- The fact it was significantly cheaper than renting an RV.
- We could customize it to meet the exact needs for our family of seven.
- At the end of our big road trip we would have a family RV to enjoy for many years.
- We could work on it as a family and the kids could learn some valuable skills and take ownership in the project….
I was sold!
The kids were SO EXCITED!
This past week was spent finishing the inside of the bus. Tomorrow Toby leaves for Michigan and will be gone until two days before we leave on our cross country road trip, so this week was the last opportunity we had to complete the bus. Here are some of the projects we were working on:
Rusty and I learned how to make screens for the windows.
One of Toby’s big projects was to replace the gas tank on the bus. It was in good shape but the 38 gallon capacity made him uncomfortable with some of the longer stretches of road out west. So, being Toby, he headed to the local junk yard and found a 115 gallon tank off a junked vehicle and brought it home to replace the original tank.
The girls sewed curtains for all the windows this week.
Toby’s big “inside” project this week was building all the cabinet doors for the kitchen, master bedroom and front of the bus. When he was done I stained and polyurethaned them.
And then he hung them.
Didn’t he do a beautiful job?!
The outside of the bus was also prepped for paint. The kids scrubbed the whole thing down, rough spots were sanded, all the stickers were removed, and exposed metal was primed before the first coat of paint went on.
It has been a labor of love. For 12 months we have worked to transform our home on wheels from a 72 passenger school bus into an RV.
Toby led the family through the process and the end results are magical.
We are happy to say:
WE ARE DONE!
Here is a look at the inside of our school bus conversion.
A look into the master bedroom that is located at the back of the bus.
Isn’t it charming?!
A view towards the front at our travel seats.
Our bathroom consists of a toilet and small sink. On the wall is a framed map of our trip route.
The view from the master bedroom looking forward. We decided to use a car play mat as our kitchen rug. We felt it tied into the license plates we hung on the cabinet fronts, but more importantly it was placed there as a therapy tool for the boys. They both use matchbox cars as a tool for cooling down when they get anxious.
We look forward to collecting more magnets for the fridge as we travel the country.
One of the decorative touches added with the completion of the bus…A good reminder for all of us! 😉
We found these trays at IKEA. They made me smile. We super glued magnets to the back so that they can hang on the fridge and be pulled down to be used as serving trays when needed.
We also labeled the birds that we felt matched each family member with their name.
This week was also spent purchasing paint for the outside of the bus.
Because we needed special paint that would adhere to the metal of the bus we were more limited in our color choices. This is what we could pick from.
Choices were made…
The boys LOVED watching the process.
The outside of the bus is almost complete.
Stay tuned for pictures!