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Our Skoolie Conversion

The Bunkroom

In Big Family Tiny Living, Our Skoolie Conversion, Uncategorized

Man oh man, its crazy to see that picture. I can remember that moment, thinking… “Holy shit the bunks are in… We are moving our family onto a bus!” We have 4 kids – 11, 9, 8, and 5 and 4 animals -1 dog, 1 cat, 1 hamster, 1 fish. We are a #bigfamilylivingtiny so we had to create as much space as we could in the 320sqft of bus. The bunk room is right after the kitchen section. We built a dutch door and used all of the available dead space storage, including building a fan into the door. Read more about our nifty hacks here. Our goal was to try this bus life for at least 2 years, which meant the kids needed some room to grow and to be able to chill in that space. Each bunk is 7 ft long by 33 in wide and framed…

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T-Minus 12 days till Skoolie Life begins!

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ex·haust·ed: drained of one’s physical or mental resources; very tired. I’ve written and rewritten this post four times now. Each time was to correct the timeline in which we are leaving. This time… this time I am blogging from my ½ completed skoolie desk and I am thrilled. We leave in 13 days and I am starting to get mixed feelings about it. I’ll write more about that in another post… cause right now I just can’t.   We were racing against multiple clocks: the race between the house sale, leaving for Johnny’s reserve duty obligation and completing the school bus conversion. Hurricane Florence hijacked our timeline to close on the sale of the house, and while it gave us more time to be stationary and work on getting our skoolie conversion closer to completion, it messed up some important plans which, hindsight always being 20/20, we’re thankful our house,…

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Our Skoolie Conversion | Ceiling Installation

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⅛” birch wood. One, go to hell! Haha! Two, I would not recommend this ceiling option unless you have the magical capacity of some of these others skoolie conversion types who made it happen. Good on ya! After struggling with this material and determining we could use it as a finished wall option instead, we decided to call around (well Shiang-ling did) and find the other recommended tongue and groove style wood that met our needs. Success! Not only did NC Lumber and Supply have what we needed in stock, they offer was too good to turn down. So we grabbed the kids and headed into the business district of Wilmington, NC. It was hot out and the wood was just long enough that we had to finally come to the conclusion that keeping it all centerline, for the sake of right and left turns not to punch out light lenses on…

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Getting Our Skoolie Conversion Ready To Build In

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If you haven’t noticed by now Johnny is the methodical, researcher type that takes his time building and knows when he has found a stopping point. On the other hand, I like to move fast and erratically through multiple projects at a time. If I get bored or overwhelmed with something I simply push it to the side, at whatever degree of completion (which Johnny thoroughly enjoys), and move onto another project and circle back … they all need to get done right? So right about now I am DYING. I have been the one that has been planning the finalized look, watching skoolie conversions on the ‘Youtube’, and have pinned our future home through Pinterest. Right now, I just want to frame everything out, start building the sections, and call it a work of art; but of course, there are always things you need to do to prepare your…

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Removing heaters coolant redirected

Our Skoolie Conversion | Heaters Out Coolant Redirected

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Heaters Out Coolant Redirected We realized preparation was key today as we have been researching online about skoolie conversion, taking out the heaters and redirecting the coolant properly. So, we grabbed the listed items: bucket, rags and blanket, razor knife, and locking crescent wrench and headed for hazardous material (hazmat) cleanup on our future home! We have a rear engine (RE) Thomas Built Bus (Read More About Buzz Here) which means our source flow starts in the rear and goes all the way to the front components like the passenger heaters we had (x3), driver air conditioning (A/C), and the defroster. We were ready as can be to remove these heaters and drain the coolant! So we went to the back of the bus and found the interior access point from the engine and several shut off valves for the coolant lines which I confirmed, and then reconfirmed I closed…

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Our Skoolie Conversion | Bus Seats and Floor Removal

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So, I came home and my amazingly proactive wife had managed to remove all the tie down bolts from the bus seats and casuallybrought up the idea of moving them out and over to the shed. “Sure!” I said, forgetting that the July heat in a summer North Carolina afternoon was in full effect. Whew what a pain in the ass! Although we definitely have it MUCH easier than so many others that are converting and things just don’t want to budge, which results to some more extreme measures like sawzaws and angle grinders, our humidity and heat make up for that. As we got to the end of the line with the seats I figured we had put in a good amount of effort for the day, I WAS WRONG! The floors looked like they wanted to get torn up so bad, so I gave them what they wanted,…

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Prepping our skoolie conversion site

Our Skoolie Conversion | 4 Ways To Prep Your Conversion Site

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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin The first thing that I wanted to do was get this Skoolie Conversion site established to make the work routine and process a bit easier for us. Initially, we chopped quite a few branches away from an area in the yard to not only allow the bus to fit but to also provide a shaded work area. Location – This location would provide not only the most accessibility for ripping out the old material but for bringing in the new items as we progressed and made headway. With working through the summer we knew that shade would be crucial in reducing the temperature inside, I mean it is a metal tunnel basically. In conjunction with that, I was fortunate to have some old plywood on the property which I laid down under the bus to allow me to…

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Our Skoolie Conversion | We Got a Bus!

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HOLY POOP… We bought a school bus. WHAT!! The entire 3-day trip I was still in disbelief that we bought a freaking bus. “Skoolie Conversion” what’s that mess? Everyone is calling us crazy… and maybe we are? But I don’t care cause we bought a BUS and are taking the show on the road! Day 1. Tuesday, June 12th. | Hello Tulsa Oklahoma Can you believe that we’ve been together for 15 years and this was actually our (Johnny and I) first flight together! Of course, with no kids, which was amazingly relaxing. It was so nice to really get some alone time with each other on our trip out to Oklahoma to check out and pick up our bus! After we arrived at American Bus Sales Johnny did a pretty thorough walkthrough with the service guys, pointing out a few things needing adjustment before we left. Meanwhile, I was…

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