School Bus Camper

I’d like to sit back and take in the grandeur of nature.

There’s this long-term plan for me to buy an old school bus and convert the thing into a camper / RV.  It’s a pretty vague plan right now because I have a lot of other things on my mind.  However, I’m thinking of doing the conversion in Southern California, which obviously means buying the used bus somewhere in SoCal.

I’ve looked into how much it would cost to buy a used bus in the 12 to 18 seat range from somewhere around LA, and you can trust me on this, they are practically giving the things away.  (I’ve seen one I like the look of for $2,500 plus taxes.)

There are a couple of caveats there, the look I want means an old bus, and that means lots and lots of miles, (100,000 or more), but as they are built to last with huge diesel engines, (7 litres or so), that shouldn’t matter so much.

The second caveat is that an old bus is going to need specialist rebuilding and servicing for the chassis and engine, before I start on the fun part of the conversion.  There are plenty of companies who are set up to rebuild and service the chassis / brakes / engine / gearbox / exhaust on this kind of vehicle, but I know that’s going to be hideously expensive ~ (maybe).

Still, I don’t think I need a vast budget for this kind of project.  I can work that out in detail over the next few months.

(There is also the option of buying something that actually started life as a camper van.)

The really fun part is thinking about the places I’d like to take my bus, (like Big Bear Lake) ~ and who I’d like to take along with me.  (Marmy and I need a girl riding shotgun.)

Life is a journey, enjoy the ride.

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jack collier

21 responses

  1. […] radical plans always has more ramifications that one first thinks.  I have this germ of an idea to convert an old school bus into a camper / RV / motor home, and / or find a great plot and construct a home / holiday home out of shipping containers.  One […]


  2. I’m not surprised at all that we share this vision and dream. I wrote about it awhile back and I know it will happen for me soon or later. A school bus minimalist life it will be for me and there is so much to say about it. These Days material things have little meaning and it’s all about the experiences that are in my opinion priceless. It will be awesome, won’t it?


  3. […] all this gives me a problem; is my next project a school bus camper, or a container-based tiny […]


  4. Its such a great idea and would be a grand adventure. I wanted to do something similar too. Live in a RV style camper and travel. Only problem is I need my license lol.

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    1. A driving licence would help a lot with the road trip idea. ❤ ❤ 😉


  5. Have nice time. Go for it . Big wide world out there. Have fun.

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  6. Yay you Jack, sorry Can’t come long for the ride, the hubby wouldn’t appreciate that very much 🙂 but you could always come to sunny Florida and visit 🙂

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    1. Hmmm, shame about the hubby thing. 😉
      I’m wondering just how much of the USA I can see with a whole year on the road.
      Longest road trip ever maybe. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. a whole lot but there’s so much to see after all, take it slow and have fun though….I’ll be watching to see how your dream unfurls 🙂 quite adventurous you are and Marm gets a field trip too, YAY!

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    1. I think so. I’ll start some serious planning in the New Year. There’s my New Years Resolution right there ~ get on with the school bus camper… ❤ ❤

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  7. Good luck and I am sure you will do a good job of creating it too 😀

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes. The snag is, these projects always turn out a lot bigger than I thought they were going to be…. No worries. ❤ ❤ 😉


  8. carswithasideofcouscous | Reply

    Just realised the link in your post is to my latest! (They don’t call me Bullet for nothing). Thanks for the plug, Jack.

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  9. carswithasideofcouscous | Reply

    Coincidence! We have both got a motor home theme going on in our latest posts. Our route to freedom and the open road will be totally conventional compared to yours though. Good luck with your project if it gets off the drawing board!

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    I’d love to do something like this I’m jealous, good for you though

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    1. You can join me on my travels any time you like. ❤ ❤ ❤ 😉

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        Lol you could regret that offer

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      2. Maybe, but it would be interesting… ❤ ❤ ❤


  11. I hope you go for it. Life is short.

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    1. Well, at the moment I’m still in the planning stage but it’s looking pretty good ~ so far. 😉 ❤


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