A Group Of Recent Grads Turned This Old School Bus Into A Luxury RV And Toured The Country
July 16, 2015
A group of friends converted this 20 year-old school bus into a luxury RV for 8+.
Back in August 2014 after the first trimester of our masters entrepreneurship program, the idea of converting a school bus into an RV was thrown out amongst myself and three classmates. We quickly discovered the "skoolie" community online and were instantly hooked.
We kicked the idea around for the next couple months until we found this beauty on craigslist in October: 1995 Carpenter school bus, 40 feet long, diesel engine, killer paint job. A couple emails and a 20 minute drive later and we were suddenly the proud owners of a bus (with nowhere to park it)!
Over the next seven months, we managed to convince four more classmates to join us and spent what little free time we had converting the bus. Our crew was quite worldly (with riders coming from Ireland, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Virginia) and despite only myself having any formal construction experience, everyone stepped up to the plate and took on significant roles in the project.
Fortunately for us, Mike (the previous owner) had already ripped out the seats, collected some junk furniture, and painted the outside red to change the title to an RV.
Framing for the couches and kitchen.
After a few fireballs during attempts to connect these gas appliances, we quickly ditched them in favor of electric appliances.
Next came the electrical system.
It only took us a day to get two coats of white primer on it and the improvement was incredible. We took it like this to the Derby and parked it next to a bus belonging to some of the Notre Dame seniors. Shows how truly massive our bus is.
Storage under all 21' of couch.
Storage in the walls.
Somehow we found several incredible parking spots during the trip, like this one on the SF Bay!
When a thrift store at our first stop had enough different colors for each of us (plus two guests) we couldn't pass up on these pants. They became our go to outfit at the big tourist spots and never disappointed in getting questioning looks.
The trip was an incredible journey through so many amazing national parks, cities, and landmarks. Unfortunately it has now come to an end as half of us go on to real jobs and the remaining four of us work on securing jobs of our own.
We highly encourage anyone interested in building their own skoolie to just do it! It may seem daunting at first but when you're rolling down the interstate with panoramic views from your "living room" you'll realize it was all worth it.
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