Saturday, November 9, 2013

In a world of low pay, living on a school bus home, RV!

This goes back to the hippie days. You might of forgotten about doing this.
If you had a hard time, lost your home etc. There are other options of living.

"How To Live in an Old School Bus"
Living in an old school bus is really possible. It even promotes a different life of
style, and it will allow you to save more money. Below are some of the steps
that show how it is like to live in an old school bus.

1. Purchase a bus. You can do this online by searching the web with
companies that sell old school buses. You can also go out and canvass in your local
community so you can see the product face to face. If you are not a mechanic and
you do not know how to assess the condition of the bus just make sure that
the engine and transmission is working well or you can ask someone who is
knowledgeable in determining the condition of the bus to accompany you.
However, if you really want to get the best deal then here are some things
you should remember when buying a school bus:

* Rust - If you are buying an old school bus, rust is one thing you should consider.
For sure, you wouldn't want to live in a place full of rust. Therefore, you must consider
it seriously, even how inexpensive it is. Most importantly, never buy a bus
with rust near the engine mounts, or else you will suffer from major engine problems
in the near future

* Leaks - Look at the transmission if there are signs of leakage.
Leakage usually occurs in some buses when the transmission gets hot.
So never try to buy a bus with leaks in its transmission.

* Size - If you want your bus to be a good shelter then size matters.
The bigger your bus the more room you will have for your appliances.
Weight issues should not be neglected too.

2. Clean the bus. Remove all the materials that you do not wish to keep.
Sometimes it is good to leave some seats, but disposing the rest of the seats
at the back can give you more spaces for your things and decoration.
This could take a lot of time, hence, asking someone who knows a lot of things
when it comes to designing can help you finish this task. At least, you can have
an overlook on how your house will look like before finally removing everything
inside the old school bus.

3. Start decorating your house. After planning out how your house will look like,
then it is time for you to put all things into action. You have an allotted space of at
least 35 sq. ft. so be cool and artistic in designing. Painting it with different colors
can add beauty to your bus. You can build a cupboard or closet using plywood.
To make it complete, you should install a shower, toilet, bed, drawers and tables,
and even curtains. You can also put insulation to keep you warm during cold nights.

Living in an old school bus is quite cheaper than to purchase a real house.
It will cost you less for maintenance and a convenient life as well.

Before you take your checkbook and head off to the local auction yard or track down that newspaper add, you should know what to expect from your state's motor vehicle regulatory agency, or DMV for the sake of brevity. Assuming that you are looking to turn this into what the state legally considers a Motor Home, these are the folks that can make or break your project.

It's not as bad as it sounds, however. Most of my research on this project suggests that few DMV personnel are familiar with the paperwork required to do this. So, having the relevant sections of your state's Motor Vehicle Code along with your forms when you appear at the window can really make things go smoothly. That said, I will share my experience in Florida in hopes that you can parallel them in your state.

Start by visiting your state's DMV website. You can find your state's official site listed at or at Once there, take advantage of their search engine, if they have one, to find forms and pages with terms like motor home, recreational vehicle, and conversion. My own efforts led me to Procedure TL-13: CERTIFICATE OF TITLE REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, MOBILE HOMES AND OFFICE TRAILERS. This was literally the hardest part of dealing with the state. Once I found this document, I was able to work with the local office to go step by step with them. A single paragraph covered everything I needed to know.

In the case of an individual converting their own vehicle and requesting to have the identity changed on the title in order to have it registered and licensed as a recreational vehicle, the customer must submit an affidavit to the tax collector. The affidavit must certify that the unit has been converted to the extent to include one of the aforementioned items to qualify it as a recreational vehicle.

This is to certify that I, John Doe, owner of a 1982 Thomas Transit Liner, VIN 1234 ABC 56789, hereby request the vehicle be classified as recreational vehicle for the following reason:

( ) Installed 110 volt electrical wiring
( ) Installed LP gas piping
( ) Installed plumbing system

That was it! I had the girl notarize it and do up the paperwork there at the window. $35 later, the bus was a legal motor home. The 110 volt electrical wiring consisted of a four outlet electrical box mounted to the inside where I could plug in my work tools for the rest of the conversion. Now the vehicle could be insured and driven to the work site... which brings us to another important consideration....

***This kind living is cool, smart. It's just something I forgot about!

Also note that many schools would not mind to sale a bus, it gives money
to the school depending what they decide to do. It's worth asking.

If you need a home, go make an RV out of a bus! How cool is that!