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Β  We were finally there. We had taken a bus that needed a new gear box (unknowing to us), stripped it back to its very aluminium shell core state, insulated it, installed electrics, plumbing and gas – with no idea of how any of these systems worked – and with four months of back to back 12-16 hour days we had something that looked like the version of the mobile home that… Read More

Cushions, art, throws, baskets, bookcase, tiki mugs, own poster, Having set out with this moodboard (loads of images stuck to a corkboard) as the inspiration for what we wanted the bus to look and feel like once we were done, now came the fun part that we had been toiling away for 12 hours a day non-stop for four months – the decorating part! We started at the back of the bus… Read More

So with the pull out sofa starting to take shape, it was time to turn our attention to the kitchen. 1 – Install the Gas Heater & Secure Gas Bottles Whilst many people opt for the old Carver Cascade water heaters that can be picked up for around Β£80-100 we wanted to choose a newer brand that had 240v electric hook up (in case we ever decided to park our van up… Read More

We had to keep the steel panel next to the door that houses the heavy hydraulics for the front door. So we decided that we should build a wine rack around the steel panel, and top it with a useful little oak counter top table. We decided we wanted to see the wine bottles easily from the side, but didn’t want them wine bottles rattling around. I had seen previous wine rack… Read More

Following our original design we wanted to build another double bed at the front of the bus for friends staying over. This would need to fold out/pull out from underneath a sofa. We opted for a pull out version. We wanted a slight L shape to the sofa to make the lounge area a bit more cosy and not just a straight sofa, so that complicated the bed design a little. In… Read More

Once the back cupboards, bed frame and base and shower room were complete, moving forwards in the bus, the next logical thing to build was the closet. This went up quite quickly. We use 1”x2” timber frame that we adding 5mm ply to on the bedroom side to keep the nice white clean bedroom interior feel. We then opted for reclaimed wood on the front and sofa side of the closet to… Read More

Once the bedframe was built we knew how much space we had at the back for the cupboards. This was already somewhat pre-defined as the two heaters on the roof were already installed and was one of the main reasons we had opted for the rear cupboards. We have an Eberspacher Diesel water-to-air heater installed on the bus, but unfortunately it isn’t working. After toying with the idea of stripping it all… Read More

Once the bedframe was complete we installed the lockable water inlet on the outside of the bus and the fiamma 70l fresh water storage tank under the bed frame. We had forgotten to mark out the best place for the water inlet at the framing/insulation stage, so ended up drilling into a one and half inch thick steel plate (which resulted in about 30 drill bits dying and about 5 hours of… Read More