Are you looking into refurbishing a bus? For either a family trip or as a living space? There are quite a few things to factor into the process of purchasing the big old thing.
To break down these steps in refurbishing your bus, you need to:
- Imagine the lifestyle for you.
- Inspect and do research before the big buy!
- Clear out! What needs to go?
- Gutting the bus. DIY or hire someone.
Converting: Size Matters
Since some campgrounds do have length restrictions, you may want to consider buying a compact shuttle bus. This is if you’re just using the vehicle for recreational activities such as camping and constant traveling.
You may be wondering, well what about all these people I have to accommodate? Look no further! A school bus may be of more interest. The case also might be that a more permanent residency would be more fitting with a more sizeable vehicle.
Well-being of the Bus
Other than the size and style, the conditions of the vehicle need to be thought of. This can overall affect EVERYTHING.
- Is the bus alive or dead?
- Does it need a buff or a major conversion?
- Stainless steel or anodized aluminum?
The term ‘alive’ essentially means that the bus is in adequate conditions. The heating and AC works seamlessly. The paint job is okay. The flooring and paneling are in check and there is no irreversible rusting.
Be aware of the “fixer uppers” that are actually dead. This would require maximum effort and might not be worth it if you’re on a budget.
If the bus you are looking at is made up of stainless steel, it can be easily polished. On the other hand, if it is made from anodized aluminum, the interior would need to be stripped.
So then would it need a quick buffing or a major conversion? Conversions are rather difficult and require lots of time, money, and patience.
DIY or hire someone to refurbish?
In this article, the company Flxible discusses the stakes that come with having to convert the bus. They claim that if you are trying to do it yourself, you need to be a mechanic, a bodywork person, an electrician, a woodworker, and a cabinet maker.
Don’t be afraid to push your limits but at the same time, be honest with yourself. These are important so that you are able to deliver your dream bus.