Re: Order of first steps?
Sit down, take a deep breath, relax... dig out the paper and pencil and start making a list. You'll need to figure out exactly WHAT you want to do with the bus before you can move forward. From what I can see, everyone has their own idea of how much and how far they want to take it. I first worked out a floor plan on paper...actually I worked out several of them before I settled on the one that I wanted. Take your time, measure the interior of the bus carefully, then start measuring the components you want to place in it. Then you have the stuff to make your floorplan and do it to some kind of scale.
Careful planning is the key! Once you have a workable floorplan, everything goes up from there. I actually had the floorplan worked out before I got all the seats out. My project was suppose to start in the rear and work it's way forward, however I wound up doing it the other way around since the materials needed came into play that way. Be that as it may, I otherwise stuck to my plan, but as anyone here can tell you, those plans adjust as you go along.
One of my key elements in the planning was to keep the plumbing centrally located in the bus, nothing too far forward...nothing too far back. The kitchen, bath, & shower all located about midships, and directly above my storage compartment that I built that goes all the way across the bottom. I want to be able to winter camp, and wanted all the plumbing underneath enclosed inside the storage compartment to allow for minumal heating on the pipes...
My bus may be a little more elaborate than most from what I've seen, but I full time in my Travel Trailer, and this bus is going to be the replacement for the trailer, so I wanted it done to meet all my criteria. There is no right way or wrong way, but there are certainly ways that would be recommended and others that should be avoided. Good luck with your project!!
You just might be a Redneck if...
...your motor home used to be a school bus!
...Your living room has a steering wheel!
...Your home has brake lights
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee
1989 Thomas Diesel Pusher (Cat 3208/Freightliner)