Good evening, community.
We've just purchased a Thomas Built school bus for our mobile home conversion!
We are very excited to begin this new journey!
I wanted to create a thread to help document the process, and to see if anyone around could offer advice / opinion about some of the concepts we're playing with. (first build)
We haven't yet picked the bus up - that will happen in the next few weeks.
I will be sharing some pictures here to give an impression of the vehicle.
Mainly, I'm wondering what ya'll think - both of the vehicle, and of the concepts!
I'm so happy to see an active community that discusses these builds!
Let's see if the pictures come across well.
- Under-coating bus to prevent future rust.
- Mount stainless steel NEMA 4 junction boxes under frame / skirt.
- Install hidden storage compartments into the floor of bus.
- Rooftop deck + Solar array.
- Fresh water storage.
- Propane Storage.
- Heating + Cooling [wood burning / air conditioning?]
- Ladder access to the roof [Black iron pipe / weather proof]
- Collapsible storage / hidden storage everywhere.
- Potential battery system.
- Provisioned cellular modem - work remotely.
- Functioning kitchen / refrigerator / stovetop + oven. (propane?)
- LED lighting / warm.
- Installed movie projector / movable magnet mounts.
- Exterior lights (weather proof).
- Updated instrument cluster (custom face with new gauges?)
- Master bed / combination wrap around booth table. (conversion)
- Outdoor (back of bus?) mounted junction box for exterior storage
- Bus entrance stairs, hinging treads? Hinging hidden storage?
I am currently researching boat / marine hardware since they're so unique and specialty. I've also found the community of narrow boat interior design, and air-stream conversions.
Let's get this thing started!
Thank you everyone!
PS - The bus still needs to be named.
Thomas Built Bus - International Chasis.
Thomas Vista 3600 - 1994. (5) window.
[Pending confirmation] 444E 7.3 Diesel. (Should be turbo-charged)
Allison Transmission AT542, automatic.
Dual wheel rear.
Very minimal rust - oil pan / exhaust.
Governor @ 55 MPH.