Are you thinking of building your tiny, tidy house on wheels? Or what we can say on an RV for that you would like to consider a bus. Not just a simple bus but a school bus would be a great option. There’s a lot of work that can be done on the school bus when you want to convert it into a home. This abandoned school bus can prove to be a fully functional house on wheels. When you try to convert an RV into the home this can take some time and can be really tricky and creative. Apart from investing time and money into converting a bus into an RV you should leave some room for the repair expenses. Now you must be wondering how it takes to convert a bus in to an RV when you have a very limited budget. Keep reading here to give you some reasons for converting your school bus into an RV. We will give you a framework on how you can design a School bus into an RV.

  • Now let’s dig in. You are thinking of building a house on wheels right?  Take an example of the school bus called, let’s say “skoolie” . This is an old school bus that can be used to convert it into a tiny house.
  • All these buses are redesigned with various steel framed bodies and also the panels on the very heavy truck casing. Many of these RV’s are light in weight, they have buses that can feature a diesel engine. If you take care of it they can be roadworthy.
  • If the bus you have chosen is in a good condition, the engine can really work for some thousand miles. Not just this but having a motor life this vehicle comes with steel and sturdy frameworks and floors. Many DIY RVers look for these.

 Now, if you are a handy person that wants to DIY the RV into the home. For that you also want to keep the cost a little low right?  

Converting a bus into an RV

Don’t just act rationally and throw all the interior stuff like and chairs, irons from the bus have selected.

You are providing a purpose to all kind of school buses that will really work for you when your home is ready. When you are rewarded with such a beautiful and a very functional mobile type of home. Just follow down step by step on how you can convert the bus into an RV.

What should you throw and remove?

You would definitely want to remove some seats not just this but followed by the exterior floor work just like the wall, ceiling and panels. Here you can follow a tedious procedure on how you can remove even the electrical wirings in the bus.

Seating: in the seats, you must use a grinder for cutting the base of all the bolts at a very slight angle. For that, cut off the locks as these bolts must be corroded.

Walls and panels: for investigating the rust on the bus you must remove the ceiling and wall panels. Also, you have to remove the very thin interiors and siding. Not just this but on the top of the bus, you have to open some options for better quality insulation and customization of the wall panelling.

Preparing floor: you may also want to remove the very original floor because you wouldn’t like to build your RV on the rough deck right? This will allow you to insulate all kinds of surfaces of the bus for that you would like to add a very comfortable temperature inside.

Wiring: now you would like to remove some unwanted lights, and speakers and all but this is one difficult task as the wiring on the bus is always interconnected.

Passenger heater: you need to disconnect the heater from the engines that would generate the heat in the passenger portion. But it would work best for you if you connect the input and output hoses for bypassing the heater.

Constructing and building

Now finally your bus is all gutted out, you have an unobstructed view of the bus right? Now it’s time for you to inspect the bus to see if it needs any other changes before actually working on the bus. Give a focussed look to your bus to see if there’s any kind of hole on the wall or ceiling and then inspect very carefully about any corrosion and rust left on the floor. All of these things you need to address first before you prepare your coach for building and constructing.

You need to clean the floors with the wiring brushes and metal grinder for removing rust and all. You need to seal the walls and ceiling of the buses for removing any corroded spots. Now use some garden hoses for double-checking any kind of leaks. Now If you have found any kind of leaks you would like to caulk exteriors what you call the patching leaks.

Checking any kind of electrical wiring on the buses for damages and chips. You need to repair by adding extra covers so that you can prevent electrical accidents.

Inserting insulations in walls, floors, ceiling

Insulating walls and ceilings: you would need to install some thin insulations and boards, let’s say something like 1.5 inches of foams and panels in the buses. It’s best if you want to cut these rigid pieces of foams and different insulation sizes like filling gaps, wall cavities etc.

Finishing subfloor: it works best if you install the sanded plywoods for several sub floorings and the buses. Installing plywoods so that you can subfloor these should be half-inch thick. Keep in mind that you want to fit together these pieces for floor panels and drill these short woods to stick with metal screws and all.

The finishing floor: once you install the subfloors and plywoods, panels you can add any kind of flooring design like hardwood, cutouts and tile floorings etc.

Adding different furniture and designs

Before you can add furniture you should always measure the interiors and insides of your bus. You should create scaled drawings and layouts for placing your furniture and storage. With this, you may have all the kinds of outcomes and interiors of the buses you place on beds, kitchens and storage. You should always take good consideration of the sizes you need and the mattress, space in the kitchen rooms and all.

Below are some recommendations you would like to add:

Bed: a double kind of mattress would be a convenient choice for you may be because it covers about 4.5 feet wide and about 6 ft long.

Kitchen area: the shelves, sink and all other storage compartments should be about the size you allow. Many campers would allow you kitchen sizes that are more than 5 feet. This will also allow you the kitchen size that would be as small as a refrigerator in design.

Storage area: see this depends on the size, you should keep your drawers under the bed storage, and tools should be stored in much more accessible areas.

Normally all the costs of converting a bus into an RV through DIY having all the repairs and comforts would be around $10000 to $2000. A school bus that is used would be around $3000 to around $6000 which is very much affordable as compared to the RV.

All the cost left is used from purchasing the materials that you can use while restoring the buses. This would include boards, floorings, paints and much building material.

Reasons you should convert a bus into the RV

First and foremost converting an old school bus into the RV style would be a tiny home that is on wheels. Well, this is some kind of accomplishment as well and you should be proud of it. Because you build it on your own. So, to make your hard work worth a thing we have decided that we would add many reasons for converting a bus into an RV.

  • It should fit your budget.
  • You would be able to save money because you have options that you would buy affordable and high-quality material.
  • The design is according to your needs.
  • You can add many cosy things to it.
  • It is very cool and comfortable inside.


When you have the choice and the freedom to do whatever you like to do with the designing and the space this can be your great aspect as to what you should build on your own. And this way you can build a tiny home for yourself on wheels. Now converting a bus into an RV would require a lot of work which would never be as easy as it seems. Now see if it’s extravagant or something else that you take many months to finish this what you need more? For that, you should enjoy building your cosy and chairs vehicle. And also it requires you to go off the tracks and travel wherever you need it.