PRE-CONVERSION CHECKLIST

  • Are you cut out for full time mobile living?
  • Is a bus the right kind of vehicle for you?
  • Can you convert a bus into a Skoolie?
  • Define your needs, wants and expected usage.
  • How much time to dedicate to learning about buses?
  • What is your vision for living full time in a bus?
  • Resource Directory

PRIORITIZING WHAT YOU NEED IN A BUS CONVERSION

  • Define your needs vs your wants
  • Classify needs based on importance for day to day life vs on the road travel
  • Create a budget for your bus conversion needs
  • Create a list of resources for your conversion needs

PRIORITIZING WHAT YOU WANT IN A BUS CONVERSION

  • Define your wants vs your needs
  • Classify wants based on personal priority
  • Create a budget for your bus conversion wants
  • Create a list of resources for your conversion wants

LEARNING ABOUT BUSES

  • Prepare yourself to watch hours and hours of videos!
  • Prepare yourself for forums and subscription emails
  • Prepare yourself for lots and lots of bookmarks
  • Prepare yourself for spreadsheets and organization

PLANNING YOUR BUS LAYOUT

  • Do I have to plan out my layout before I buy my bus?
  • How do I layout my bus?
  • What tools can I use to help visualize how my bus will look?
  • What are important decisions that I need to make before I start my bus conversion?
  • How do I create a budget for my bus conversion?

PICKING YOUR BUS

  • What type of bus is right for your conversion plans?
  • What type of bus engine is the best for my travel plans?
  • What type of bus drive train is the best for my travel plans?

BUYING YOUR BUS

  • Develop a budget your bus purchase
  • Developing a plan for finding your bus
    • Internet auction sites
    • Private sales
    • Forum Sales
    • Craigslist
  • How to inspect your bus in person or from afar
    • Traveling to and inspecting your bus
    • Hiring someone local to inspect your bus
  • How to pay for your bus
    • Methods for payment
    • How to travel safely with cash

RECEIVING YOUR BUS

  • What to do when you pickup your bus
  • Things to verify prior to taking delivery
  • What paperwork to make sure you get from prior owner

TRANSPORTING YOUR BUS

  • Pre-Transport / Driving Inspection
  • How to do it legally
  • How to do it less than legal
  • Towing and Hauling services

REGISTERING / TITLING / INSURING YOUR BUS

  • Register your RV as a personal recreational vehicle
  • How to register your bus as an RV prior to conversion
  • How to get insurance for your converted bus

SECURING A LEGAL LICENSE

  • Do I need a special license to drive a school bus?
  • How do I secure the special endorsements or license needed in my state?

MECHANICAL REPAIRS

  • What mechanical repairs need to be made to my bus before conversion?
  • What are the most important items that I should make sure are working correctly?
  • How do I find a good mechanic to work on my bus?
  • How do I find good repair parts for my bus?

STRUCTURAL REPAIRS

  • What structural repairs are important when converting a bus?
  • How do I repair damaged sheet metal?
  • How do I repair a damaged frame?

TEAR OUT AND DISPOSAL

  • Removal of seats
  • Removal of wall panels
  • Removal of ceiling
  • Removal of floor
  • Removal of bus specific items - sign, lights, etc.
  • Removal of heating systems
  • Removal of wheel chair lift
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INSULATION

  • Why is insulation important in my bus conversion?
  • What are the insulation options?
  • What is the best insulation?

ROOF RAISING

  • Why raise the roof on a converted school bus?

FRAMING

  • Why do I need to install framing in my bus?
  • How do I frame out my bus?
  • What is important when framing out a bus?

ELECTRICAL

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PLUMBING

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REFRIGERATION

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INTERIOR ENCLOSURE

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EXTERIOR ENCLOSURE

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TIRES

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BRAKES

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ENGINE

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HEATING

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COOLING

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SOLAR

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WASTE MANAGEMENT

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ROOF MODIFICATIONS

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STORAGE

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DRIVER COCKPIT

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