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Internet for Tiny House/Bus Conversion

Reliable and fast internet for the tiny house/ bus conversion is key to running my business and leading this digital nomad lifestyle. I stressed a lot over the internet options before entering tiny house/bus conversion lifestyle... I've…
Installing mr. heater Buddy

Installing a Mr. Heater Buddy in the Bus to Tiny House Conversion

This 12-foot long propane hose was $30 from Amazon.   You are supposed to use one of these filters when attaching a large propane tank to a Mr. Heater Buddy heater. This one was about $12 from Amazon   Locating…
Product photography

Diy Product Photography Studio in the Bus Conversion

I decided to put together a quick to deploy and compact product photography studio. This allows me to take photos for my own projects and my web design client's projects. And figured I would put this post together because product photography…
Floating Wine Bottle Plank with Lichtenburg WoodBurning

Floating Wine Bottle Plank with Lichtenberg Wood Burning

I had some leftover wood after making a headboard with Lichtenberg woodburning. So I decided to make a few of these floating wine bottle planks. Here is a quick view of the wood burning in process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTQqWDg91bI Measure…
Starting your own blog

How to Start Your Own WordPress Blog or Site

WordPress is free open-source software with a lot of powerful tools available to grow your site. Almost 25% off the web runs on WordPress. You can set up a simple Blog or use Plugins, like Woocommerce, to create a large e-commerce site with…
Bus conversion insurance

My experience with bus conversion insurance

I called Progressive and describe the bus conversion project. They agreed to insure the bus under a commercial policy with restrictions being that the bus would stay within a hundred miles of my mailing address and that there would be no passengers…
School bus conversion stairs railing

Railing for Bus Conversion Stairs

  Using Home Depot's parking lot to work on the railing for the bus conversion stairs. #ProductiveVanLife     I built the railing in place then removed it for staining. Here is the first board screwed down…
School bus conversion floor

Finishing the Bus Converion Flooring

Time to finish the flooring.     Adding 1 x 2 furring strips   Adding 1" OSB subflooring   Using Home Depots lot to finish the flooring.   I put the flooring in place then…
Finished bus conversion counter

Finishing Bus Conversion Walls

I used 220 grit sandpaper and oil based, satin polyurethane to finish the bus conversion walls and kitchen counter. For simplicity, I will keep the focus of this post to one section of the bus. Same process applies for all the walls. The…
Work day at the beach

Information that helped my freelancing journey

I'm only a few years into a freelance web design career. Freelancing originally allowed me to work from home and spend time with my bulldog as he gets older. Now, freelancing allows me to work from a T-mobile 4g hotspot. Working online made…
Tiny House School Bus Trim Install

Installing Trim in a Tiny House School Bus

I chose trim screws over nails because of the bus moving and shifting. A lot of these pictures don't require too many words. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section below and I will make sure to answer.       The…
Bus conversion trim

Staining Trim for a School Bus Tiny House

Improvising a work spot while traveling.     I used cheap 1x2 and 1x4  furring strips for the trim. Hand sanding with #220 grit sandpaper worked well enough. But I started using a palm sander later in the project…
Penny counter top
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How to Make a Penny Countertop p1

  Here is an Amazon link to the Epoxy I used for the penny countertop.   Pre-cut pennies for the edges. This ended up being too many. Cut them as needed. Metal shears worked well.   Pre-cut pennies…
Penny counter top
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How to Make a Penny Countertop p3

The resin curing process slows down below 70 degrees. It ended up taking a few hours to harden which forced me to stay in this parking lot overnight.   Sink still fits   Penny countertop in place. The edge needs…
Penny counter top
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How to Make a Countertop with Pennies p2

Hole cut for the sink.   Sink fit just right. I order the sink from Amazon. Here is a link to the Amazon reviews and description.   Black paint for painting the surface before laying down the pennies. You can see…
Penny counter top
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Penny Countertop for School Bus Conversion

I made a penny countertop for the school bus conversion while boondocking this summer.   Here is an Amazon link to the Epoxy I used for the penny countertop.   All of the pennies laid out with foil tape around…
School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover
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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.   This…
Bus conversion paint

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.   Second coat of paint before the blue lines are painted on.   Taping off for the blue lines was…
Bus conversion paint

Skoolie Paint Job (Part 2)

First coat of skoolie paint.   First coat   Notice the reflection on the hood. This is still the first coat.   The grill was easy to take off. I left the stop sign for now because body work would…
Bus conversion paint

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…
Bus conversion paint

School Bus Conversion Paint Job (Part 4)

Painting the lines on in a random empty parking lot.   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…
school bus to rv conversion shower head
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School bus conversion to tiny house shower stall

Unboxing the new 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   Installing the pvc shower pan liner. I think the…
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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. A 2 1/8" Milwaukie hole saw bit attached to a regular Ryobi…
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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. You're…
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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.   Just hold the plywood up to the wheel well and trace on the wheel well shape. Then use a jig saw to make…
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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.       I…
School bus conversion subfloor

School Bus Conversion Sub Flooring Install

I went with 1 x 2 and 1 x 3s for the furring strips.Started with self-tapping screws but eventually transitioned to pre-drilling then using sheet metal screws. The furring strips are set every 24 inches. The 1 x 3 was used at the seams where…
School bus seat removal

Removing school bus seats and old flooring

The bus was $3200 from an individual on Craigslist. The person I got it from had purchased it from the local school district. The body is in good shape and the 5.9l Cummins diesel engine runs well for having over 200,000 miles.   I…
School bus conversion to tiny house

Closer to the end than the beginning...

This blog is starting off a decent way into the school bus conversion project. The rush to get the bus to a respectable point kept me from starting the blog sooner. Circumstance funneled me into a "boondocking" lifestyle while doing the schoolie…
Folding kitchen table
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Tiny House Table

I used this desk as inspiration for the tiny house table. Here is an Imgur album of the build process Want your own self-hosted WordPress blog like this one? Web design is how I pay for The Bus Experience. Feel free to call,…