If you’re an avid camper and adventurer like me, you probably spend most of your free time traveling to some beautiful locations to take in the sights and the serenity. The more you do this, the more you want to see! You might get a little tired of the same close places that tend to be your go-to spots. Okay maybe you don’t get tired of them, but I do know that you yearn for more adventure. As your desires for adventure grow, so does the investment to travel. If it is something you love, you have no problem investing some cash into your hobby. I started to become an outdoorsy adventurer many years ago when I was broke as can be. Going outside and taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings was a free and rewarding option. As I have grown to love adventure and pushed my boundaries even further than I ever thought plausible, the need for more gear and amenities has become a necessity. I’m now invested in the outdoors and the rewards are priceless. I have no problem throwing some of my extra cash at a new adventure nowadays because I know the rewards will stay with me for the rest of my life. That’s exactly why this story inspired me so much, along with a few other reasons. Two women decided they needed some more adventure in their lives and wanted to do something to accomplish that dream. Rather than spend a small fortune on a custom motor home that comes with some features they didn’t want along with others that they needed, they decided to make their own. This way they could put their money where they wanted it. They could design and create a living space that suited them perfectly. They purchased a bus for a mere $2,000 and turned it into something spectacular!
The inside of the bus was a wreck. It had all the seats still attached which needed to go. The ceiling was a little rough and the flooring was less than par so they decided to get to work gutting the project.
The bus was in great shape mechanically and had no rust. These two factors were vital for a successful build that would stay on budget.
They had to gut the whole interior in order to start from scratch. This meant removing the roof paneling and the seating, as well as some of the wall sheeting.
After everything was removed they had a decent blank slate to work with. It was time to come up with a plan and get to work with the construction of this school bus turned motor home.
Buses come with little to no insulation which can be terrible in cold winters. It is a large space that can be difficult to heat or cool so they spared no expense on insulation. They filled every nook and cranny, and used spray foam insulation to provide the most value for the confined space. Although spray foam insulation is a little more costly than fiberglass insulation, it will pay off big in this type of application.
With the walls and ceiling insulated they started to build the furniture and cover the walls. They used a flexible melamine to cover the ceiling which provides a natural wood grain look.
Of course a sturdy door lock had to be installed, to keep out the bears and other critters. This place looks incredibly inviting and you don’t want any stray animals getting the wrong impression.
They installed every amenity they could think of that would be practical and useful. A proper fridge and stove, a bathroom with a shower and a sink, and a small kitchen. Along with a place to eat and sleep. What more do you need?
This isn’t your typical school bus turned motor home like many of you may have seen before. Most are simple and useful. It looks like this bus is a little more than just simple and useful. It’s beautifully decorated and looks incredibly comfortable. Not to mention very spacious.
An electric 4 burner stove and oven will handle any cooking job that they decide to tackle. I love the wooden counter tops as well.
Because the space they had to work with was slightly limited, they came up with some pretty genius storage ideas. They wanted to utilize every single inch of this bus and do so tastefully and conveniently.
The desk also doubles as a slide out dining table that sits right in front of the futon couch. There are many ways to save space if you just put a little creativity into your thought process.
A washer/dryer combo was also utilized to save space. This is one luxury you don’t really find in many motor homes. Little things like this make building your own motor home totally worth it.
This closet is bigger than mine at my house. This bus is proving to be much roomier than I thought it would be.
There is even a small bedroom towards the rear of the bus. This combined with the futon up front makes for plenty of sleeping room.
This view makes the school bus turned motor home look like an old apartment that has been completely renovated. This is seriously nicer than a lot of my friend’s places and it used to be a bus!
Next to the restroom and in front of the rear bedroom is a roomy shower. This is the one thing I really wish I had while camping for more than a few days. Sometimes the last thing you want to do is jump into a freezing lake first thing in the morning.
A simple and private restroom was a must have of course. There’s nothing worse than having to do your business outside when the weather is less than favorable.
I’m a huge fan of the basin styled sink on the tile counter top. Just another perk of building your own motor home. The water heater looks like it’s a pretty good size for this school bus also. That should provide plenty of hot water as long as they have hook-ups or a full tank.
It looks like the dog has already settled in and found a comfy spot. Next stop, adventure!
Talk about some talented women! I am seriously impressed with the design and functionality of this school bus turned motor home. I’ve been in a lot of awesome motor homes and let me just say that this old bus would rival most of them any day.
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I envy these two so much. I have a huge passion for travel and adventure and I love building things. This bus turned motor home is right up my alley and I happen to know of an auction yard up the road that is full of old school buses. I’m not sure I would be able to afford to make it as fancy as the school bus turned motor home that these two handy women built, but the beautiful thing about building your own is that you can change it any time you like. Thanks for the inspiration, ladies! I will be taking a look at every school bus I pass now coming up with some ideas for my very own bus turned motor home.