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Old 04-20-2015, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hey guys!

I started a different thread where I asked a question about insulation.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/great-stuff-10667.html

I thought I would make a thread here of our progress too!

Our story:
My partner and I started looking into other living options after becoming more and more disgruntled with the rising rent prices. Growing up, my dad was always a 'tinkerer'. He built our house we grew up in, and I was always helping him ever since I can remember. I always wanted to build something of my own, but I am not ready to buy a house... I hate the thought of being "stuck". A few years back, I lived in my car for a month, and realized it doesn't take much to live. So after much research, we settled on buying and converting a school bus. We also looked into building a tiny house, but felt that it would be too "flimsy". We looked into RV's too... But steered away from that because they are just so closed off, and we wanted to have an open floor plan with a line of sight all the way down.

Our bus:
We finally found the perfect bus, a 1975 ford ward bus, whose life had been a school bus, then a church bus, then a storage bus. We bought it with our tax returns and a time frame; our lease is up on August 1st, and we need our bus to be live able by then. Before we got a bus, I ised Legos to try and make a layout... It was pretty fun!!

So far we have removed the floor, painted the metal, installed almost all subfloor (foam panel insulation and OSB board), primed and painted the exterior using a spray gun, and we have taken down all but one ceiling panel!

Today we got a new to us wood stove! Our neighbor have us one, but it was just too big.

We will post our updates here from now on

Thanks guys!
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:37 AM   #2
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Here are some photos!
The bus when we first got it:
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The painting of the metal floor, after grinding and sanding it down, using rusty metal rustoleum:
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Painting the outside. We will eventually paint the top a reflective white, and the outside will be decorated with leaf and plant prints, as well as wolf-stuff!:
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We also have almost all of the ceiling panels down, yay!
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OH, and we have been picking up things along the way for our project!

We went to RESTORE the other day, and were just looking around. We went out to the outside yard minutes before close, and from across the lot I spotted it! A portable washing machine! Upon further investigation, the line was cut, and someone had written RECYCLE on it with a marker. We asked the folks there, and they said that it probably didn't work, so it was off to get recycled. We talked to them and ended up getting it for free! We brought it home and replaced the power line as well as the water level air hose, and she worked like a charm! Yay for a free washing machine!
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We also got a tub for showering and baths! we fit in it perfectly! I love the rustic look to it, too!
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Yesterday, we sat down and did another layout drawing. We started with a similar layout, and we are really thinking we will be able to stick to it! if we go with an RV toilet, we save a foot on the length of the bathroom. We have a standard toilet we got for free on craigslist right now, but we have our eyes open for an rv toilet. I'm still wondering if there's a space for an office desk in there somewhere. Hmmm...?
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OK, so I'm modeling the layout after another conversion that I ABSOLUTELY love. Ours will be very different, but still similar with the bedroom/living area separated from the kitchen. Here's a pic of the other bus: (this other bus is, i believe, a rented holiday type space. That bus is stationary.)
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Also, we are going to do a loft style bed, that will have cubbyholes for our clothes on the front, and under the bed we will have storage. The storage will be accessed by the back emergency door.
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OK, enough for tonight. I will keep posting pictures of the progress! Todaloo!
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:13 AM   #3
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Good to see a build thread, it's coming along
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:10 AM   #4
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I just LOVE the Rusty Metal Rustoleum. At $25 a gallon its my favorite.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:18 AM   #5
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wow! yall move fast! keep em coming.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:55 PM   #6
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We FINALLY have all of the ceiling panels down! We officially decided to go with wood for the ceiling (which is what Justin wanted to do). We ran to Home Depot to get another grinding wheel and saw some beautiful blue beetle kill pine panels that we just couldn't resist. So we got some. It will loose us an inch of vertical space... but it will be pretty, we hope. I still can't believe we are doing wood. Ahh!
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Also, remember how we wanted to just use GREAT STUFF to spray into the ceiling? We got the results of our experiment. We used one can to spray around the vent hole. This picture speaks for itself.
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We kind of like this foam thing though... we might paint it and keep it as an art piece. Justin thinks it looks like a kidney... but I think it looks like an equine cecum. LOL
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Also, we found a gold mine, guys.
We posted an ad on Craigslist, asking if anyone had some old RV parts. A guy responded, and said he had three RV's that he was using in a demolition derby. He said we could pull all the parts we want from them. We go back there this weekend to acquire almost everything we could ever need in our bus! For free! We are so, so happy!
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:26 PM   #7
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Looks like my liver!
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:55 AM   #8
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Looks like storm images I've seen of central FL hurricanes.
You are so lucky on the washer and other items!! Keep up the good work and updates. We wanna hear and see more.
Mine is stuck in limbo while I wait for the water tanks and pump to arrive.
Consider a composting toilet. You save space in the bathroom, less plumbing, no black water tank under the bus, less weight (less water) and it takes no time to install. Its how we are going.
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Old 04-23-2015, 02:10 AM   #9
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Consider a composting toilet. You save space in the bathroom, less plumbing, no black water tank under the bus, less weight (less water) and it takes no time to install. Its how we are going.
Yes! We really want one. But we want a nice one... And the one we want is a bout 900$ D:
So, we will take advantage of the free toilets, and tanks, and plumbing ...and pumps (we are hoping the guy will let us take multiples of the ideas we need, just in case some are broken)... for now until we get our monthy overhead down(we are still renting a house).

What kind of composting toilet are you going to get?

Also, I can't seem to get a solid answer out of anyone that I know about these... What do you do with the poop if you don't have a garden or other composting area? Just toss it out with the trash?!

Oh, and does anyone know or have experience using grey water as toilet water? As long as soaps used are biodegradable and/or won't kill bacteria in the black tank, it's ok to recycle that grey water, yeah?
As long as the black water tank is big enough and the soap won't clog the toilet pipes... I can't see why it wouldn't work. So long as we don't let the grey water sit and become a nasty pool of stinky-yuck.
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Old 04-23-2015, 03:33 AM   #10
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Also we are installing our wood ceiling. It's totally growing on me.


We decided to throw a metal panel back up where the bathroom will go, and one above where the stove will be, sans insulation for now, just to be safe. We were thinking about a fire safe insulation... But I keep convincing myself there's no such thing that I would feel safe with.


Today I had to work more on homework and selling our stuff, and also taking care of all the animals (chickens, rats, snake, and I am fostering a family of ten 3week old puppies and their mom... Yikes!)
Sure are cute, though!!
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I started with the ceiling yesterday, and justin was able to snap a picture of the progress when he got home from work. I used pink foam insulation sheet/non adhesive tape stuff glued in between the wood and metal ribs. We are thinking it will help with noise and rubbing when the bus is moving... To help protect the wood . Hopefully we will have the ceiling done this weekend. We just need to finish the floor and frame the bathroom first.

Its crazy how different it looks just from 3 weeks ago...
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More photos to come! I will take more tomorrow.


I am securing the wood panels loosely right now, then I will tighten them in once they are all in place. I am using 1.5 inch wood to metal self tapping screws, I used two on the center board, and one on each board thereafter to be able to move them.
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