Well, I was holding out until we'd come up with a name for the bus, but it's taking a while, so I thought I'd start my conversion thread anyway...
I bought a BlueBird All American RE bus back in November
. With the holiday season and weather, I have not started any work on the bus yet, but I've spent a huge amount of time working on design. I started a blog
to track my activity for family and friends, but I'll also post here.
My design is based on the fact that we have five kids... In addition to needing five bunks, I want the toilet, shower, and bathroom sink to all be independently usable. This has proven to be a challenge, and I am not completely satisfied with my "shower room" yet, but keep that in mind when you look at my drawings..
Also, I am planning to raise the roof 18" in order to allow for raised floor in places and the stacking of three bunks. I will remove all the windows and skin over, putting RV windows where needed. I want to raise the rear bedroom floor 16" in order to get the floor up onto the first level of the engine box, thus allowing the bed to slide further back. This also allows for fresh water tanks and a house battery compartment to be placed under that floor in front of the engine compartment. I have the floor in the bathroom section and in the salon area raised 9" to eliminate wheel bumps, also allowing plumbing, wiring, etc to be placed there.
Anyway, I am drawing my design using Google SketchUp based on measurements I took from the bus. I'll start posting the drawings in the next message. Thanks to everyone here for the amazing variety of information you provide. I am posting designs here to gather your input and constructive criticism, so please tell me what you think, where I am making mistakes, and what I could do better.
thx alot - Tony