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College Friends Convert A School Bus Into An RV And Travel Cross-Country

by Elyse Wanshel
Elyse is a Senior Writer at LittleThings.com. She enjoys tacos, kickboxing, and naming animals. In fact, she named two of her mother’s six cockatiels Mr. and Mrs. Featherbottom.

The band The Who once crooned the lyrics, “Too much, magic bus.” But can a bus really be too magical?

After seeing a recent school bus renovation, in which eight college friends converted a clunker into a gorgeous RV, I have to beg to differ.

Back in August 2014 eight recent college graduates decided to buy and covert a 1995 Carpenter school bus into a tiny house on wheels, “Despite only myself having any formal construction experience,” says serendipitibus, a Imgur user and participant who documented his and his friends’ efforts. Yet, despite their lack of knowledge, “Everyone stepped up to the plate and took on significant roles in the project.”

The final product, which they dubbed “The SerendipitiBus” not only helping the friends go on a five-month road trip across the U.S., it also came beautifully and is one of the most impressive tiny house conversations I have ever seen.

Just one step inside and you’ll be blown away…

In August 2014, eight recent college grads decided to buy a 1995 Carpenter school bus, on Craigslist

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

It was 40-feet-long, had a diesel engine, and a “killer paint job.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

The group drove 20 minutes to pick it up “and we were suddenly the proud owners of a bus (with nowhere to park it!)”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

Regardless of its condition, “It was love at first sight for us.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

“We first bolted runners to the floor with rigid insulation between to keep out road heat and noise.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

“We next built boxes around the wheel wells to pack with insulation – again to keep out road noise.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

They built a frame for bunks next.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

A kitchen was then designed.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

And of course, they needed electricity.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

The exterior of the bus got a makeover as well.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

The final product is pretty stunning.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

The inside is even more thrilling.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

They designed an “amazing electrical system with five house batteries and a Schneider inverter/converter that we used to power phone chargers, computers, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and even an AC unit.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

The interior of the bus is brimming with surprises like secret compartments for extra storage.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

They also created extra legroom in the cramped space.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

Their efforts are pretty impressive.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

“Books to make us look intelligent.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

“The kitchen with space next to the sink for a double hot plate/propane camp-stove.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

And they also included “The all-important liquor drawer.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

They also included a map wall with even more storage.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

The map pinpointed where they planned to travel in the bus.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

They built bunk beds for each of them, that all have a privacy curtain.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

“The plywood under each bed is on hinges to allow for access to storage beneath.”

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

They also added a bathroom with a removable toilet.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

An AC unit was installed below a shelf with a collapsible vent pipe to allow for them to slide the unit out to the beds.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

Once the bus was completed, they embarked on their cross country trip!

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

Somehow they managed to find parking spaces all over the place.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

They’re not quite sure how, though.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

But the friends have one theory.

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

It was serendipitous – or SerendipitiBus

Eight college friends convert a school bus into a RV tiny house.

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