"No Rain" The Bus-Conversion

We finally did it, we bought a school bus and have begun our journey in converting it. Although this conversion will be a slow process, as we navigate through how to do everything, we are sharing our journey along the way. From the good to the bad we hope to share our conversion here on this blog. We have also created an Instagram and Twitter account to document our progress and will share important aspects there, as well. We are thrilled, scared, eager, yet extremely excited to go on this journey and even more excited to share in our slow, but awesome skoolie conversion! Here we go...

(Posts below are from newest (top) to oldest)


"No Rain" The Bus

 

"No Rain" The Bus



February 24, 2022
Got a new extension cord for the bus to keep it plugged in during the last part of these cold nights. Hopefully, we won't be needing it for long, but it sure does help with starting up the bus right now. This is the cord we went with for our bus.


February 19, 2022
The following day from bringing her home we went for our first diesel run in our own city and to stop off at Walmart to grab a few things just to see what it's like to park it in a large parking lot. It was excited to pull up to both places in a school bus. It reminded us so much of going on high school band/football/softball trips and getting on and off a school bus. We are going to have so much fun traveling in our skoolie. We can't wait!



February 18, 2022 (Continued)
We tried to no avail to park the bus into the driveway area we had prepared, but unfortunately we ended up denting and scratching up the roof of the bus in the process. We decided to hang up trying that night and give it another go the following day. But, the damage we caused will definitely have to be repaired before we paint. We are definitely unhappy that our plan didn't go the way we wanted and even more unhappy that we left such a long dent in the poor bus.




February 18, 2022 (Continued)
We started up the bus, put a bit of diesel in her and drove her the five hours home.












Love these blurred pictures of the bus, as we drove her home through Portland.


February 18, 2022
We left our house early this morning to drive about five hours to Northwest Bus Sales to pick up our Thomas HDX 75 passenger school bus. We are super excited to finally call her ours, but before leaving we made sure any more low-hanging branches, or parts of the Boxwood bush weren't clipped and trimmed.

AFTER:

We made it to Northwest Bus Sales at about 2:30 p.m. and checked out the bus once more before finishing up the paperwork for her. We got to see the inside of the bus and see her for the first time with the seats taken out. We decided to keep five of the regular seats and one of the emergency exit seats, as well as the stop sign and the handrail near the front door.




She's now ours!

February 17, 2022
We spend the day today clearing as much as we could from the overhanging tree branches and the Boxwood bush on the side of the driveway area. We are hoping it's enough to fit the bus in, and our fingers are crossed that it all works. Tomorrow we bring her home, so **fingers crossed** that it all comes together well.

BEFORE:




January 27, 2022
A couple of our layout ideas, brainstorming, rough drafts and ideas.


We also decided to keep a running journal/scrapbook of our bus conversion journey. That way we have a hard copy of everything we went through converting our bus and it's something we can always look back on later.

January 26, 2022
Purchasing day! It's official, No Rain the bus has new owners and it's us! We signed the papers today and got everything moving on being one step closer to bringing her home. Northwest Bus Sales will keep her a few more weeks in order for them to remove the seats and get everything ready for us.











January 25, 2022
Our cashiers check for the bus. Excitement is building!
List price on our Thomas school bus was $7,999, yet with licensing, RV title in the state of Washington, and other fees, our school bus costs us $9,782.00 (we put $500 down on the bus prior)




January 17, 2022
A few other buses we considered before deciding on our Thomas HDX.

January 8, 2022
One of our layout ideas...


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