This is where it all began
Our adventure started when we located this 2001 International IC. We looked at many buses with certain criteria in mind settling for this one. Located at a semi- local school corporation the bus was originally converted to a church bus. Having some painting experience I was not looking forward to painting a very large yellow bus. This one was already painted and most of the school items removed saving us a lot of work and money. We wanted a full size bus to get the most space we could achieve.
We did some research on the engine, they told us this engine was a reputable engine and should have no issue hauling the load we were about to add to it. The school mechanic that showed us the bus had 40 years experience working on their buses. I figured he probably knew what he was doing. The tires were going to need changed due to some dry rotting.
The bus interior was stripped and prepped for plumbing, electrical, and framing. Water lines are all pex, Sur-Flo water pump is 12 volt 5gph. We have two water storage tanks under our bed totaling 90 gallons fresh water. Atwood Water heater is two way propane/120 volt 16 gallon. Our battery bank includes six 6 volt golf cart batteries, This provides us about 4 days of service without large devices such as washer/dryer. The Nature Power inverter is a single 2000 watt we plan to stack . Onan 5500 watt fuel injected generator provides us 50 amp service anywhere. 16 gallon Summit racing fuel cell was added to provide gasoline for generator. Propane tank is DOT approved 29 gallon mounted under bus. Lumber Liquidators Vinal flooring was chosen due to its durability and price.
We love the LG vent-less 4.3 cubic foot washer/dryer. The Norcold Polormax refrigerator is a 18 cubic foot 4 door two way power with ice maker. We are using a LG 5 burner convection oven running from propane. Full size composite sink, lots of prep space on the butcher block counter tops really gives us the feel of a normal size kitchen. The lights throughout the bus are all LED using minimal electricity. Our bathroom hosts a Natures Head vented composting toilet, and sink made from a antique fondue bowl with cabinet space under sink
The shower has a rain head and a wand allowing easy shut off when needed to conserve water. I am six foot tall and have no issues standing under the water. Our bed is a queen size Beautyrest Black we picked up for cheap at a discount warehouse. We decided to keep the windows retaining the school bus look. The Door is all original but plans are in motion to change to RV door. The added screen door and insulation in the RV door is the way to go.
The bus seats were the first to go, then the task of sanding the entire floor down with a wire brush. This revealed some rust spots and holes everywhere from the seat bolts. I welded the holes all shut, replaced all rusted metal, and painted the entire floor with a rust specific primer found at local hardware store. This was then coverd with white paint made for metal surfaces.
We wanted to note that one of the factors when buying a bus is how well you are comfortable with driving a large vehicle. I have prior experience once having a class A CDL and still holding a chauffeurs license. In Indiana driving the bus home you will need the proper license while it is still considered a “bus” on the title. Once you have met all the state requirements to convert the title to a RV you only need a standard drivers license. This don’t mean you can still drive this large of a vehicle. We highly recommend you take one for a ride to make sure you are comfortable with its length and weight.