School Bus Conversion Challenge: One Man and Only 25 days

Skoolie Challenge

School Bus Conversion Challenge: One Man and Only 25 days

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Jeff entered the School Bus Conversion Challenge without really knowing that he had entered. We had known for weeks that we were leaving on Katie’s Make A Wish Trip to Disney World on March 29th, 2016. Heck, we had been doing a Periscope Disney Countdown for almost a month.

So, when Jeff offered to sell our almost completed school bus conversion, he knew exactly what he was doing. Now, don’t anybody go feeling sorry for him as you read all the work he had to complete during the next 25 days.

All sarcasm aside,  Jeff actually agreed to sell our converted school bus because the person buying it is a traveling minister. The minister needed a converted school bus by the beginning of March. There was NO Way Jeff was going to be able to convert a bus in this time frame with his budget and put the finial touches on our bus before Disney.

Therefore, the idea of selling our bus and remodeling it was born.

In the sell of our school bus, we were able to get the bus that the minister had already purchased. We call this a “God thing”. You see the minister’s bus was 4 feet longer than ours. Believe me, with  7 kids on a bus we appreciate all the extra space we can get. Also, this longer bus aloud us to turn our bed vertical instead of horizontal. I am thankful that I do not have to crawl over top of Jeff to go check on Katie or to use the bathroom during the night. However, Jeff is not liking the new bed design! Can’t imagine why?!

Let the School Bus Conversion Challenge Begin

Day One: March 4th – All of the seats had already been removed. Jeff cleaned out the bus and pulled back the flooring in spots where he knows there is usually damage. Everything looked good! He was ready to start to work. Since, he was limited on time, Jeff decided not to remove the ceiling. If you are interested in a Beginners Guide to Converting a School Bus click here.

Day Two: He taped off the floor plan and purchased the insulation.

Day Three: Insulation done.

Day Four: Purchased supplies and began putting up the stud walls.

Day Five: Finished the walls and purchased electrical supplies.

Day Six and Seven: Wired the bus, installed all outlets and switches

Wiring in a skoolie

Day Eight: Purchased the fresh water tank, one black tank and plumbing supplies

Day Nine: Plumbing  (The plumbing is run to the shower, kitchen sink, and washer but not connected.)

How do you think the School Bus Conversion Challenge is going so far?

Day Ten- March 13th: Set the toilet. He rested

Day Eleven: Installed the tanks (We still need the other two grey tanks.)

Day Twelve : He bought supplies for the walls, and master bed. Started making the master bed

Day Thirteen: Finished master bed platform and started covering the insulation with walls.

Day Fourteen,Fifteen, Sixteen: Worked on walls

At this point I will have to admit, I was getting slightly nervous. Despite Jeff telling me that it was going to be fine, I didn’t see a mattress on our bed, the kids bunks were not made and Katie’s hospital bed was not installed. We only had a little over 2 weeks before we were to leave for Disney World. I thought Hot Flashes made me glisten! No hot flash I have had to date made me perspire like thinking the bus was not going to be finished! One of the reasons, I like the idea of a bus is because I DO NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF TENT CAMPING!

Do you think Jeff will have the school bus conversion complete so we can take our bus to Disney World?

Day Seventeen, March 20th : Jeff installed Katie’s Bed (I am sure this was not what he planned to do this day, but after listening to me he changed his plans. I have to admit – sometime- just sometime… I can be a bit of a nag. Anyway, with Katie’s bed in I was feeling a bit more relaxed.

Day Eighteen: Finished the walls, put in bathroom sink and counter top

Day Nineteen: Worked on the girls beds

beds in skoolie

Day Twenty: Mattress for the girls and master bed, work on beds for boys (The boys will not have a mattress for now. They will use a sleeping bag or layer blankets.)

Day Twenty-One: Built couch and seat for the front of the bus. Installed refrigerator.

Day Twenty-Two: Worked on side box for generator. Had a problem so installed generator temporarily on the back of the bus.

Day Twenty-Three: Trimmed out Katie’s window so she wouldn’t hurt herself. Installed her rail and made sure all her medical equipment would fit securely in the bus.

Day Twenty-Four and Twenty-Five: The bathroom door, the front door, the rails on the beds, and a slew of small items rounded out the challenge.

The School Bus Conversion Challenge was over around 11:30 the night before we had to leave for Katie’s Make A Wish Trip.

Was the school bus conversion complete? Heck NO!  Most importantly, Jeff did an amazing job! He made sure that Katie and the other 6 kids had a comfortable ride to Disney World.  When faced with a challenge, Jeff does what needs done! At the beginning of this challenge, I had five requests (listed below) and Jeff completed all except the one that really didn’t matter.

#1 A place for everyone to sleep – done

#2 A place for all of Katie’s supplies – done

#3 A toilet – done

#4 A place for everyone to sit while we traveled – done

#5 The bus painted on the outside – NOT done but it really didn’t matter.

1 Man and 25 Days

1 Man and 25 Days

The School Bus Conversion Challenge was a success!

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  • Michelle Galvez
    Posted at 03:05h, 01 August Reply

    Way to go. good job. 🙂

  • Marlene
    Posted at 17:15h, 17 August Reply

    I just found tour blog via Pinterest…. I’m hooked!! And very much in awe of your entire family❤️

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 23:58h, 17 August Reply

      Ahh, Marlene! Thanks for the sweet comment. Glad you found our blog. I love love love Pinterest! We have a Facebook page if you would like to connect with us more. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/discoveringusbus/ Sometimes, I post funny things the kids do and say and pics of our recent school bus builds. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Sandy
    Posted at 14:36h, 19 August Reply

    Wow that was great! I enjoyed the whole thing however I wanted to see the full finished inside with all the bells and whistles. After you are all settled in and have everything in its place update us with the a few pix of the inside.

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 17:20h, 19 August Reply

      Hi Sandy,
      I am thrilled you enjoyed the post. Jeff is still working on our bus. Our couch cushions were finished this week and Jeff started working on our generator. I will post photos in the gallery and hopefully write a completion post just for you!

  • tonya
    Posted at 08:18h, 11 September Reply

    I wasn’t even looking for this kind of thing, I just love campers and have been trying to figure out what I want. I never considered a bus. What a phenomenal job you did.
    Tonya Ballew

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 10:06h, 11 September Reply

      Hi Tonya, Thanks for the compliment! I will be sure to pass it along to my husband, Jeff. Like you, I never thought that a bus could be a camper. But let me tell you, buses make awesome campers and tiny homes. We sold our first bus and purchased a travel trailer and HATED it every minutes. Matter of fact, we only kept it a few months and sold it. We love our converted school bus because it is customized to fit our specific needs. If you want to learn more just let me know.

  • Julie
    Posted at 09:44h, 09 March Reply

    How did the trip go? Did you have fun?

    • discoveringus
      Posted at 15:11h, 10 March Reply

      Hi Julie, The trip was fabulous! We all had a wonderful time. Katie didn’t care much for the 3D rides but I have never seen her smile so much.

  • Dan
    Posted at 15:27h, 15 February Reply

    WOW I hope my conversion go close to that . Great job !

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