From double decker bus to RV in 20 steps

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Apr 11, 2017


From double decker bus to RV in 20 steps
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  • from double decker bus to RV in 20 steps
  • I'll show everything. from the..
  • ...empty space...
  • ...to the luxury
  • from the planning...
  • ...to the building
  • from the misery...
  • ...to the fun!
  • so let's start with step...
  • 1. Buying
  • In 2011 this Neoplan was for sale, so I went to take a look
  • Neoplan 'Skyliner'
  • Year: 1992
  • seats:90
  • engine: Mercedes V6, 255 PK
  • length: 12m, width: 2,5m, hight: 4m
  • I walked around and in short: I liked what I saw
  • did I fall in love? well, maybe :-)
  • I told the seller that I wanted to buy, but after a testdrive checkup by an expert
  • ..during that testdrive I sat upstairs, of course.. ;-)
  • he said there were some minor technical details to be fixed, but that it was a fine bus..
  • ..so I bought it
  • WTF have I done? Did I buy a 16000 kgs, 20 y.o. dieselslurping vehicle with 90 seats and 8 wheels??
  • my expert did some welding and other fixes and got it new spray painted, after which it looked like this...
  • now it was my turn for step..
  • 2. Planning (& stripping)
  • I created the whole bus in the computer, but now more important.. ..was the floor plan
  • with upstairs a bedroom in the back
  • a bathroom in the middle
  • and bunk beds in front for the kids
  • ..and downstairs a place to sit and the kitchen
  • in the bus I started stripping
  • seats out..
  • storage rails out..
  • everything out! I wanted to start building upstairs from the back to the front.. ..but..
  • 3. Big things first
  • There were tow 'Big Things': 1. power - for my tools and to keep the batteries in shape 2.the watertank - the beast (600 liters) is so big that it has to go first
  • I had to make a wall to mount the charger/converter
  • fusebox, so I've got power! (and the batteries stay in shape)
  • the watertank had to come here.. So I..
  • ..made a drawing of a frame..
  • ..which was welded by a good friend
  • frame in place..
  • ..tank in place, time to go upstairs for step..
  • 4. Walls
  • in my plan I counted ten walls..
  • ..and there they are! now that was quick, wasn't it?
  • two of the walls I made out of cherry tables, one of them was our dining table at home for 15 years
  • 5. Insulation
  • I bought insulation material, which mainly..
  • ..came in the windows, which made the bus look..
  • ..quite stupid from the outside, don't you think?
  • inside I covered parts with plywood, now on to step..
  • 6. Wiring
  • I planned 3 circuits: -24 volts, -230 volts from the converter, -230 volts from the outside
  • I used wireless switches, less wires and less work, I thought, they work fine! in the end I installed more than 500 m of wire
  • 7. Bedroom
  • I wanted to make a bed, electric roller blinds on each side, and an AC
  • first the bed
  • walnut flooring (got it cheap)
  • it was getting cold so I needed the heating function of the AC
  • I made the roller blinds myself, it isn't much more than a pipe, a motor and some fabric anyway
  • The Gracious End Result
  • 8. Crazy projects
  • I did some unconventional projects, I used the heat exchanger of a condensor dryer in the ventilation system
  • unconventional #2, I asked myself could I use Wi-Fi, my iPad and a Wi-Fi Cam as backup camera?
  • I bought a Wi-Fi cam, made a bracket and hung it behind the rear window
  • does it work? yes.. but.. it's a long story ask me
  • picture quality is good, Wi-Fi connection reliable enough
  • 9. Bathroom
  • this was the plan, toilet, sink and sitting bath (shower wouldn't fit - too low)
  • I started building
  • The Graceful End Result
  • 10. Bunk beds
  • the plan was quite simple: two beds
  • this is where it all should happen
  • building
  • The Grand End Result
  • 11. Cupboard
  • yes, it's the cupboard opposite to the bunk beds
  • interior: two shelves
  • The Groovy End Result
  • 12. Walls stairways
  • I wanted these walls to be shiny white, but I don't like paint
  • then I found this flooring - shiny white!
  • 13. Cupboards
  • there are two cupboards between bedroom and bathroom, this is the one on the left side of the bus
  • and this is the one on the right side of the bus
  • anything extraordinary? yes! here is the inlet of the central vacuum system
  • the vacuum is right underneath
  • the hose switches the machine, with the 10 m hose you can do the whole bus!
  • 14. Ceilings
  • the ceiling consists of two main parts:
  • first I had to do the curved sides..
  • ..and then the straight strip in the middle
  • on the curved sides I started with a sheet plywood, to be covered with..
  • ..a sheet of 1 mm HPL - it was a tough job, the sheets were big and brittle. glad it turned out OK
  • the middle strip - I wanted no screws to be visible, and roller insect screens
  • The Glorious End Result
  • the next big step would be the kitchen downstairs, but there was a lot of preparation to do before that
  • 15. Infrastructure
  • plumbing time! I installed a pressure pump..
  • ..and all the needed pipes - the white pipes for water, the grey ones for grey waste water
  • two 100 liter standard tanks for grey waste water, luckily I didn't need custom made tanks
  • two taps, one for grey, the other for black water
  • underneath there are two Storz couplings to attach a hose - yes, much like fire fighting fittings
  • they came here in the floor of the bus, the left one connected to the black water tank..
  • ..which is here in the bus - the capacity is 300 liters
  • every tank has an ultrasonic sensor - for the meters I made this little dashboard
  • next was a big 100 liter gas tank (LPG) - here is where I wanted it to go
  • there it is in place
  • for hot water I installed a geyser
  • ..which I connected to the water system
  • 4 new household batteries came in the cupboard in the kitchen
  • I bought 4 AGM 220 Ah batteries and connected them
  • on to the next step - the kitchen you would say...
  • ...well, not quite...
  • on the way to the shop the bus showed some problems... the worst of it was...
  • ...it needed a new engine
  • 16. New engine
  • that cost a lot - actually... more than a lot
  • me when I found out
  • my friend when he saw the bill of the engine
  • but eventually... much, much later...
  • what are you laughing at?
  • when my wife finds out how much that engine was
  • (she took it very well, by the way)
  • my new baby! (be it more expensive than a real baby..)
  • back in, all set for a new start! :-)
  • 17. Kitchen
  • the kitchen was the first interior job to be outsourced, it would have taken me another 2 years - they did it in 3.. weeks
  • this was my design
  • after one week
  • The Glamorous End Result
  • 18. Carpeting
  • another outsourced job - a specialist can do this so much better
  • The Gorgeous End Result
  • 19. Window film
  • remember the insulation you could see from the outside? I had to get rid of that, so I chose sun blocking film on ALL windows
  • The Grandiose End Result
  • 20. The rest
  • there were so many little things left to do - we got all the seats new upholstered, and I made a table
  • opposite ot the table I made a couch
  • I made doors for the bathroom
  • with a well thought-out lock, (if I say so myself ;-)
  • it works with magnets. the advantage: one switch locks two doors at the same time
  • then I brought in some art - next to the door is a strip of an old map of Amsterdam (from 1649)
  • this is a drawing by Rembrandt, the Wester church in Amsterdam
  • in the back I mounted the Nightwatch. I can tell a lot about it, ask me
  • that concludes the 20 steps, let me take you on a quick final tour through the interior starting at the second door
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How I bought a double decker bus and converted it in five years time into an RV. See how I did all that in 20 steps. I got a lot of questions about the bus, so I made a FAQ on my website. Read it here: https://sites.google.com/site/bigbuszz/faq---english

We did a full interior tour of the bus, that video is here: /watch?v=WvKWoFehyOQ

More photos of the bus are to be found in this Google Photos folder:
The plans of the bus are for free available in the 3D Warehouse of Sketchup at:

Intro - Monks
Steps 1, 4, 13, 20 - Get Back
Steps 2, 5, 12, 17 - Cancun
Steps 3, 10, 15, 19 - Take That Back
Steps 6, 11, 16 - Brother Jack
Steps 7, 14, 18 - Good To Go
Step 8 - Raindrops
Step 9 - Smooth

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