We bought a bus to convert into a Tiny Home on wheels

We bought a bus to convert into a Tiny Home on wheels

Together my girlfriend and I purchased a bus to convert into a tiny home. We’re about 60% done with the conversion now and thought it would be a good idea to post our content on my blog for others to find and use as their own reference. This can be looked at similar to a build thread for a racecar. All rules still apply, other than the going fast part 😉 A bit of history on our bus. We found our 1988 Thomas Built “Mighty Mite” originally a 33 passenger bus on Craigslist. The image below was minutes after the pink slip was signed and the $1,000 cash was exchanged.

 

 

This was a quick little interior shot from the first test drive. The bus started right up, we took her up to 75mph and it didn’t have any weird shaking or noises so we went ahead and purchased the bus and drove it 3 hours home to Lake Tahoe.

tiny home bus converstion

Jessica is the better one at designing and planning where parts of the bus should go, and after a few revisions we decided on this as a basic layout. We gutted the entire interior, insulated the floors, insulated the walls and laid down some plywood floorboards. The floorboards would end up staying until we eventually go to full on bamboo floors.

blue bus adventure tiny home

blue bus adventure tiny home

blue bus adventure tiny home

After we took care of the insulation process the next thing up was construction for our bed. The bed is going to have a removable center portion in the middle so it triples as a bed, walkway and a place to sit and relax when not in bed mode. It will have two large drawers on each side for storage. Building 100% custom drawers proved to be a test of both patience and creativity – nothing was exactly dead on straight so we had to shim a few of the drawers to make them slide with their anti slam sliders smoothly. A few minutes of in and out and eventually everything works as it should.

Building tinyhome beds

Building tinyhome drawers

Building tinyhome beds

After the beds were constructed we gave the bus a bit of a shakedown/test run. We took the bus to Shasta for a few days of adventure we learned a lot about where we want to store items, how to store them and overall that we LOVE the conversations the bus brings. Following that trip we got the interior painted, the bamboo floors installed and the roof top dance floor is currently being constructed. This is where we sit with the bus now. If you’d like to stay more up to date or see more regular postings feel free to give @BlueBusAdventure a follow on Instagram. Thanks for looking, see you on the road!

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@organic_weld roof top dance floor

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2 Comments

  1. Outstanding start. We are trying to find a van to make into a camper, like a much smaller version of your project. A bus like that would be a pain for me to take anywhere here in Alaska. What are your plans for generator etc ? Or are you going to use solar panel banks ? Can’t wait to see it done

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    • Thanks Rick, We are going to go the solar route. The only 120v things we need to use is a computer/camera and blender :)

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