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Old 12-31-2017, 04:56 PM   #1
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First things first. Thank all of you who helped directing me into buying my short bus. I'm starting this thread so you can follow my conversion.

Mine is a Thomas Bus with Cummins 8.3 motor. I retired from the City of Phoenix August 4th. I have dreamed of a tiny home for about 10 years. When I stumbled upon a group of people called "skoolies" and I fell in love with the school bus.

I will be travelling solo for the most part. I am an artist now and am trying to come up with floorplan that is not cluttered so I have art space.

Attached are photos of my bus, plus an idea of a floorplan. Any suggestions that you think would be a good idea for me, please feel free to share it with me. I don't know a lot about placement of everything. I do not know if I can put things under the bus or not (thinking batteries maybe?)

Here is my unicorn, and a possible unicorn floorplan. (The black rectangle on the counter is a tiny wood burning stove ;)

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Old 12-31-2017, 05:12 PM   #2
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Old 12-31-2017, 05:40 PM   #3
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You've even got air conditioning? Well, la-tee-da! You are getting fancy. That's a perdy bus.

Are you saying you gave up a cubical with the city of Phoenix? I sure miss my cubical. There's nothing like a good healthy false sense of security working for the government.
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Old 12-31-2017, 05:50 PM   #4
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Sweet ride, DebJ

I realize it's early on, but I am thoroughly enjoying this build.

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Old 12-31-2017, 06:08 PM   #5
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I just wanna see under the hood of this bus!
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:13 PM   #6
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I just wanna see under the hood of this bus!
Meh, ya seen one 8.3L shorty, yo've seen 'em all.
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Keep in mind that everything gets 20% bigger when you put it in the bus!
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:26 PM   #8
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Keep in mind that everything gets 20% bigger when you put it in the bus!
I am beginning to think that very thing, brokedown.

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Meh, ya seen one 8.3L shorty, yo've seen 'em all.
I'll get a photo of it.

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ECCB, I'll get a photo of it.

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