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Old 04-02-2010, 11:48 PM   #1
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hey all....new here....i've been researching for a while on getting a short school bus.....4 or 5 window diesel, van style. i'm real excited about the project i'm about to undergo and was stoked to find this forum. i've been looking on here for a while and decided to post what i have so far. i plan on converting it, to live out of while i journey wherever the road takes me. i haven't found the right bus yet, but i know it's out there. anyway, i've been drawing up some floor plans and any advise would be greatly appreciated on anything. note: the measurements r round abouts, give or take a few.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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To save a little space you might want to consider a shower/toilet combo like they have in some popups or slide in campers. Was planing to try and put one in my shorty. I have even seen a few that appear to have a built in holding tank but they are a little pricey.

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Old 04-03-2010, 12:51 PM   #3
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yeah, these drawings r really rough and no, nothing is to scale. i don't know where to find a program to help w/ that. i basically looked online at measurements for things i found and estimated. i know i wouldn't have the wood stove up against the wall and i don't plan on storing to much wood. i can find that while out and about if i want. i also would have shelving above the windows and a rack on the roof of the bus. i will rethink what u said and redraw my crappy floor plan.

awesome....thanks for the tip on the shower/toilet combo.

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Old 04-03-2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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awesome....thanks for the tip on the shower/toilet combo.
http://www.rvsurplus.net/catalog/dis...ategory_id=171
As someone who is currently dealing with one of the shower/toilet combos...... Every time someone takes a shower, you need to squeegee to floor dry, then lay a floor towel down (because the floor will not be completely dry). Otherwise you get soggy feet. sock, shoes... and don't drop anything on the floor either. We despise ours. But we also are full time with 3 people in here right now. It is one thing that we have decided will NOT be in the skoolie (and all the plumbing fixtures WILL have shut off valves on them... there are none in the original plumbing in this thing!!). The only "UP" side to it... the line to the toilet started leaking (bad valve... it costs as much to repair as it does to replace... got a temp fix). The excess water dribbled into the shower pan drain. If your grey tank backs up... it will back up into the shower pan (yuk but better than the black tank). In freezing temps you will need to fill the shower's"p"trap with RV anti-freeze (pink stuff).

If you do decide to go with the combo pan (I understand about limited space... 22 ft bumper to bumper Class C), make sure you plumb the shower pan to a grey tank. And make sure you have filled all spaces under the shower pan with foam (Great Foam in the spray can works). These things are fragile and a heavy person can crack them if the floor isn't supported very well (Previous owner was very "heavy"... also bent the rear steps to the point they are unusable). Also the shower floor gets very cold in winter conditions. So make sure you have insulated the floors under the pan. 2" insulation still made for a cold floor in TN/NC.
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Old 04-03-2010, 02:51 PM   #5
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thanks lorna.....i am a petite girl and don't plan on using the shower on a daily basis, but i will keep what u said in mind. i know i have to research more and talk to others i know about all this as well. this bus is only for me on my travels. i'd like to keep it simple w/ space and usage. i've thought about a portable toilet as well.

all this info is great. thanks
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ok, here is a new floor plan (again, not to scale). i'm sure i'll have to revise again, but i'd like feedback. i also thought about solar for power. also, here is a link where i got the idea for the kitchen.

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One way to get your scale accurate is to use a pencil and graph paper. I like to use a pencil to draw at a scale where 1'=1" on paper. This works great because the most common graph paper has lines at 1/4" spacing, so each 4 lines is equivalent to 1'. Start by drawing out your floorspace on the paper, then just draw in your interior. If you dont have graph paper, just google graph paper and there are sites with free printable pdf's that you can just print out.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:32 PM   #8
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ok, i've removed the floor plans and need to redo this. thanks
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Also read EVERYONE's conversion so you know the price of silly things you wouldn't think about. I never realzied how much caulk or liquid nails I would need for example. Also I would add $150 to your project costs because there are things you just can't think of that pop up, and in the long run if you don't spend that $150 then you've come under your budget. I also drew my floor plans with the graph paper, it works well. Take your time though, I was planning my bus on and off for a few years and then I was bored at work one day and fell in love with a mini-bus, and BOOM, I'm building one now.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:16 PM   #10
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ok, here is the new floor plan to scale i would luv to get the 5 window/van style bus, but they seem hard to come by. please keep the feedback and comments coming. being a newbie, all this info is really appreciated.
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