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Skoolie Wheel Well Cover and Kitchen Cabinet

The wheel covers are framed up with 2 x 2 lumber. Then covered with the same plywood and flooring as the rest of the bus. This spot will eventually have some sort of refrigerator and a pantry beside the fridge. Also cabinets up above.

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

 

This wheel will eventually be turned into either a seat or possibly evolve into a closet.

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

The unfinished cabinet came from Home Depot. The normal price was around $175. This one was damaged so it was $50 off. These cabinets aren’t packed well so there is a chance of someone else getting the same deal. It happened to fit just right next to the wheel covers.

Unfinished kitchen counter

Unfinished kitchen counter

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Schoolie Paint Job (Part 3)

Second coat of paint before the tape was removed. The grill still needs to be painted at some point in the future.

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Second coat of paint before the blue lines are painted on.

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Taping off for the blue lines was really tedious. But this step decides how the final product will turn out so make sure to focus on this step. Press the tape firmly against the bus to help eliminate drips.

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First coat of paint on the blue lines. I used a regular paint brush. The foam brush wasn’t working well for me.

You have to make sure to keep incorporating paint thinner as the paint thinner evaporates from the paint. You will get a feel for when the paint is too thick.

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Second coat. You can’t lay down nearly as much paint with a brush as with a roller. It took a lot of coats to get the desired coverage.

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Third coat on the blue lines.

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Fourth coat of paint on the blue lines.

Bus conversion paint

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Skoolie Paint Job (Part 2)

First coat of skoolie paint.

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First coat

Bus conversion paint

 

Notice the reflection on the hood. This is still the first coat.

Bus conversion paint

 

The grill was easy to take off. I left the stop sign for now because body work would have killed the project momentum. The stop sign will probably be removed at some point.

Bus conversion paint

 

Second coat of paint. It’s turning out pretty good despite not wet sanding between coats. The second coat was noticeably rougher from wind blown particles that had embedded in the first coat. I didn’t have access to water and wet sanding would have also meant additional coats of paint.

Bus conversion paint

 

Second coat of paint. The paint thinner evaporates fast then the paint dries. Make sure to finish up an area and move on. You will texture the surface if you go back after the paint begins to dry.

Bus conversion paint

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Bus Conversion Paint Job (Part 1)

I prepped and painted the bus on a Portland side street. It took about 3 days to complete over the labor day weekend. The response from the neighborhood incredibly positive. People seemed to enjoy watching the transformation and I lost count of the amount of people who stopped to make positive comments. With that said, there are usually rules against working on your vehicles in the street. And I have actually gotten harassed by parking authority when just charging a car battery.

Here is a finished product picture.

Bus conversion paint

 

This spot worked out perfect for the paint process. But on a side note, my bulldog did get foxtail seeds in his paw from the field. I’m from the South and was unaware of foxtail seeds until that point. Definitely worth a Google if you are unfamiliar with foxtail seeds.

Bus conversion paint

 

A lot of trucks and RV’s also stopped at this spot.

Bus conversion paint

 

Rustoleum roll on paint job seemed like the best option after doing some Googling. There are plenty of people who lay out detailed instructions. Almond with blue stripes was the color choices I went with.

I did add a ceramic insulating additive to the roof paint. It’s a product called Insuladd.

Bus conversion paint

 

This Safer Paint Thinner product worked well for wiping down the bus. But you should definitely use regular thinner for the paint. I only sanded the spots that were shiny like new because of being protected by decals.

Bus conversion paint

 

I climbed on top of the roof and used a paint pole to reach as far as possible. Then transitioned to the ladder and used a paint brush/hand rolling.

Bus conversion paint

Make sure to add extra thinner to the paint if you use the Insuladd product. My roof paint turned out too thick to lay down nice and smooth like the rest of the bus conversion paint did.Bus conversion paint

Finished up the roof after dark. Ended up having to go back over it one more time with a thinner coat of paint to get the desired finish. I used one quart of thinner to each gallon of paint. The paint thinner allows the paint to lay flat and dry fast which ends up making a nice finish.

There is a link to Part 2 of the bus conversion paint job below this picture.

Bus conversion paint

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School Bus Conversion Paint Job (Part 4)

Painting the lines on in a random empty parking lot.

Bus conversion paint

 

This closed down Safeway parking lot in Portland, OR made for a good RV rest stop. This is also the same lot I used to make the penny countertop.  The lesson from this is to get creative if a traditional parking space isn’t available for your schoolie project.

Bus conversion paint

 

Fifth coat on the blue lines. Got the desired coverage.

Bus conversion paint

 

I didn’t wait too long to peel the tape off after completing the final coat. This also gives you a chance to scrape away paint that dripped under the tape.

Bus conversion paint

 

The Blue masking tape peeled off well. There was only one spot where the white paint peeled away with the tape.

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Prepping the bumpers for black paint.

Bus conversion paint

 

I used a small four-inch roller for the bumpers. Two coats and the bumpers were done. I could also lay the paint on  thick without worrying about the surface below.

Bus conversion paint

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School bus conversion to tiny house shower stall

Unboxing the new hot water heater.

tiny house hot water heater

tiny house hot water heater

 

This hot water heater cost $120 six months ago. Now it’s about $80 on Amazon. Click this link for Amazon details and reviews

School bus conversion hot water heater

School bus conversion hot water heater

 

Installing the pvc shower pan liner. I think the liner kit was about $30 and the glue was around $8.

Tiny house shower pan liner

Tiny house shower pan liner

 

Lady and Roscoe

tiny house dogs

tiny house dogs

 

This water pump was only $30 on Amazon. Here is a link to see reviews and description.

tiny house water pump

tiny house water pump

 

This video gives you an idea of what the pump sounds like.

 

Added roofing tar paper behind the shower stall for an extra level of protection.

School bus conversion shower stall lining

School bus conversion shower stall lining

 

This white pvc roofing caught my attention when I was in home depot. It was easy to work with and install. Also doesn’t look to bad and should last along time.

diy school bus conversion shower stall

 

Halfway done

Tiny house shower stall

Tiny house shower stall

 

 

All four panels installed.

 

tiny house shower

tiny house shower

I used PEX water lines just like you would use in a house. There are PEX connectors for linking the shower faucet to the water lines.

Here is a link to the faucet I ordered from Amazon.

tiny house shower faucet

tiny house shower faucet

 

This shower head was $30 when I bought it. Now it’s only $22 on Amazon. Here is a link

school bus conversion shower head

school bus conversion shower head

 

Shower stall screwed into place with all seams and screws caulked.

Tiny house shower stall caulked

Tiny house shower stall caulked

 

Diy shower stall

Diy shower stall

 

Caulk at the seams and the shower head base.

school bus to rv conversion shower head

school bus to rv conversion shower head

 

Caulk the two faucet holes.

school bus conversion shower faucet

school bus conversion shower faucet

 

Linoleum flooring. It will eventually be upgraded to a better option. I found a drain at Home Depot that fit the shower pan.

tiny house bathroom floor

tiny house bathroom floor

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School Bus Conversion Bathroom Framing and Paneling

The shower pan for the school bus conversion bathroom came from a place online. It cost about $120.

Then I used 2 x 2 lumber to frame up the bathroom around the shower pan.

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School bus conversion shower pan

A 2 1/8″ Milwaukie hole saw bit attached to a regular Ryobi drill worked well for cutting the drain hole through the floor.

School bus to tiny house conversion shower pan

School bus to tiny house conversion shower pan

 

skoolie shower pan

skoolie shower pan

 

The bathroom framed up with 2 x 2 lumber. The shower area was also soaked in polyurethane.

School bus conversion bathroom framing

School bus conversion bathroom framing

 

I made a few attempts at  scribing the roof shape onto a template before finally just crushing the cardboard into place. Then clamping and cutting the template in place.

Attempt at making a template

Attempt at making a template

 

The template worked great for all three panels that required curve cuts. I used trim screws instead of nails.

School bus conversion bathroom

 

Inside the bathroom view of the contoured cut.

school bus conversion bathroom

school bus conversion bathroom

 

Rustoleum black spray paint worked for blacking out he window behind the shower stall.

Spray painting skoolie window black

Spray painting skoolie window black

 

Trying to keep the bulldog cool on a hot summer day. We used a random park in Portland for this part of the build.

Bulldog school bus to tiny house conversion

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School Bus Conversion Flooring

I got lucky that the school bus conversion flooring was given to me. Including the gray padding that goes underneath.

The flooring clicks together pretty easy. The Ryobi generator was able to run a small miter saw that I used to cut the flooring.

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You’re not suppose to allow the seams to line up with this type of flooring. Make sure to stagger the seams. And I chose to run the flooring left to right in an attempt to make the room look wider.

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School Bus Conversion Wall Paneling

I believe it is 1/4 inch sanded on one side pine plywood that were used for the walls. It was $20 per sheet at home depot.

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Just hold the plywood up to the wheel well and trace on the wheel well shape. Then use a jig saw to make the cut.

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Both walls done. Trims screws seemed like the best choice because of the school bus flexing on the road.

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Bed framed up.

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Now I can store tools and materials in the bed area while working on the rest of the bus.

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School bus conversion wall framing and insulation

I ran 2 x 2 lumber just below the windows. Then used 2 x 4 lumber for the rest. Predrilling and sheet metal screws worked here. The Ryobi battery operated circular saw was able to make it through the 2 x 4s.

School bus conversion wall framing

School bus conversion wall framing

 

 

School bus conversion wall framing

School bus conversion wall framing

 

I cut the 1″ foam board to fit each slot. The plan was to run wiring in the walls but then I decided on conduit under the bus.

Skoolie wall insulation

Skoolie wall insulation

 

The Ryobi inverter generator was quiet enough for me to work on the bus at night. It also only used about a gallon of gas every 12 hours.

Installing wall insulation in school bus conversion

Installing wall insulation in school bus conversion

 

After the conduit decision, I ended up doubling up the 1″ inch foam board and foil taping all the seams.

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