My name is Emily. I'm 23, and am on track to receive my bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in May from RIT. I'm finishing that degree living in Rochester, NY; but I'm originally from a small town in NH (near Manchester), shout out to any fellow NHerites or New Englanders! I came across the idea of a converted school bus while researching general tiny homes.
My S.O., Erik, is graduating from the same program with me, and then is headed to graduate school for a PhD. We don't yet know where, so we're sort of in this limbo of wanting to plan our future, but not yet having all the details. I have been an RA most of my time at RIT, but this past year Erik and I moved in together. The idea of paying so much money in renting an apartment and not really having much of an investment return or the feeling of a "home" really got to me. Especially because at this stage of my life, there are several big-ticket items coming my way. Erik and I would eventually like to get married, we both have student loans we'll need to pay off, and eventually we need a home to call our own.
I started researching tiny homes because of the appealing lower prices without -in my opinion-many sacrifices, the mobility (since the next few years we won't know exactly where we're living, and we both LOVE to travel) and the appeal of customization/personalization.
Additionally, I have always felt there is no better feeling than building something yourself. When I came across a video of a school bus converted into an RV/mobile home, I knew this was the answer I was searching for.
I have a lot of questions; Erik and I are currently in the information gathering stage. We are both committed to doing the conversion, but we'd like to gather more information and create a detailed plan of each aspect of the conversion. I am not a complete newbie to using tools, I have done a few woodworking projects and am comfortable in machine shop, which gives me a bit of confidence. The one thing I'm a little anxious about is the automobile aspect of the bus, because neither I nor Erik know much about automobiles; but we are here to learn. Sorry for the ramble and long Introduction!
My first question:
I have seen some pictures/youtube videos of buses with cabin space added to the roof. The two I've seen had the tops of cars attached; I posted examples below. I've looked around the forum and haven't really found the information I'm looking for. I don't know a lot about metal-working, I'm wondering what it would take to make this work?
EX1: 1993 Blue Bird Bus Conversion - NED (Never Ending Dream)