EPISODE 5 - Removing the Floor
We finally got the floors pulled up! School bus floors are covered in a rubber that is glued onto plywood. The plywood is nailed down to a metal base layer and is much harder to get out. But once removed, and all the metal floor is exposed as it is easy to treat any holes or rust.
EPISODE 4 - Coolant and Hoses
Our bus came with two heaters, a seat heater in the back and a larger heater/defroster in the front. These heaters are connected to the engine which pumps coolant to them via a long loop of hoses. We want to keep the heaters, but we need to temporarily pull out the hoses to work on the bus floor.
EPISODE 2 - Air Conditioning
It was a hard decision to pull out the air conditioning system. The bus came with a Carrier split air conditioning system. It’s comprised of two compressors connected to the engine that drives the R124 Freon towards two giant skirt condensers under the bus. It then runs up into three evaporators inside the bus.
EPISODE 1 - We bought a bus
My wife and I had been thinking about buying a school bus to convert into a tiny home for over a year. In the late spring, when the school districts sell off their unwanted buses, we began looking at online auctions until we found several buses that fit our criteria for a conversion.