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Adventurous Couple’s DIY School Bus Motorhome

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This is Will Hitchcock and Alyssa Pelletier’s custom DIY school bus motorhome who bought the bus for $5,500 and immediately did $2,000 in repairs and maintenance to prepare it for the conversion, according to this article on Houzz.

In total, the couple spent about $30,000 renovating it because they had to strip everything out, add insulation, electric, plumbing, framing, and more (as you’ll see below). Today Will and Alyssa run their business from their school bus conversion while they travel. Pretty inspiring, isn’t it? Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Adventurous Couple’s DIY School Bus Motorhome

Adventurous Couple's DIY School Bus Motorhome

Images © Alyssa Pelletier

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Images © Alyssa Pelletier

Learn more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/52565243/list/adventure-seekers-hit-the-road-in-a-cozy-school-bus-home


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  • Jenna
    August 31, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Absolutely Brilliant! I love their use of the space and the seperate computers perfect for the PC working couple…

  • Porcsha S.
    August 31, 2015, 2:17 pm

    Wow, excellent use of space! It feels open and bright. Makes me also think this is the best THOW concept. I like how this home is more portable than most THOW. Fantastic job!!!

  • Valerie
    August 31, 2015, 2:50 pm

    That is a very nice work and cool set up.

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 31, 2015, 3:00 pm

    Very, very nice! Especially the storage in the back under the bed. Clever!

    • Marsha Cowan
      August 10, 2017, 9:12 pm

      Absolutely gorgeous!

      • August 10, 2018, 11:50 pm

        Amazing conversion! This is my second time seeing it. I want to add that I love the décor, and I love the step, vent, bedroom, bathroom traffic area. Very cleverly done. The entire bus is just wonderful!

  • Ed Costello
    August 31, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Best bus conversion ever!

  • Daryl
    August 31, 2015, 8:19 pm

    Very well designed, the materials used make it so light and airy.
    It’s so unusual to see the rear door being used on these old school buses, generally they’re blocked up to make spaces for a larger bed. With all their biking/hiking/camping gear I can see why they went that route. Personally, I’d make it a tad bit smaller or put storage compartments in places, or expand the bathroom slightly towards the back, otherwise it seems almost perfect.

  • Don Lowery
    August 31, 2015, 10:03 pm

    Have heard about some using steel tubs for bathtubs…but this is the first time I’ve seen it in a build.

  • September 2, 2015, 11:36 am

    What an awesome idea. I always love seeing stuff being repurposed like this. And to be honest I’m actually surprised it seems to work as well as it does (as an RV). I’d think there might not be enough space on a school bus for everything you’d need, but clearly they have everything covered!

  • Catherine
    September 2, 2015, 11:28 pm

    Wow! Amazing job!
    Good luck on your travels.

  • August 30, 2016, 2:51 pm

    The best choice, belong to everyone and anyone, but being in the world

    August 30, 2016, 4:24 pm

    Great job….! This is among the top motor coaches I have seen thus far….!

  • Mandy J Baker
    August 30, 2016, 6:21 pm

    Anyone know where I could find someone to hire to make a bus just like this?

    • Jennifer Mitts
      September 29, 2016, 5:05 pm

      I’d love to know as well! An RV comparable to this would cost so much more. $30,000 I can do!

  • anne stansell
    August 31, 2016, 7:37 am

    This is a good story, much more in keeping with the tiny house spirit. Cost seems within bounds for people who don’t intend to spend their whole adult life paying a mortgage. Could someone at this sight put a comprehensive list of where you can park a tiny house on wheels, and just basics of restrictions. It seems like the movement has enough followers nationwide, that some semblance of information could be provided to your readers, for free of course.

  • Jennifer Mitts
    September 1, 2016, 3:20 pm

    Curious: What kind of a toilet is that?

  • Paul Fallon
    September 2, 2016, 6:51 am

    This is, by far, the very best bus conversion I have ever seen. I cannot think of a single criticism to make. Light, airy and uncluttered work to reduce the “closed in” feeling of most buses. In the world of bus conversions, this is a work of art.

  • Susan Wachtman
    September 28, 2016, 9:08 pm

    As a school bus driver for 25 years l find the fact that you have removed or blocked all the exits but one, the main door , l am stunned. And not keeping the back door available, l would not spend even one night in that bus! Any roof hatches (if there was any) are gone. While all the vinal seats are gone, safety should be your first thoughts when designing your home. Admittedly, I’m still thinking like a bus driver but love the idea of converting a school bus. Wish you the best of luck but will keep my fingers crossed for you both.

    • Terry
      August 10, 2017, 5:43 pm

      I think there is an emergency exit on the bathroom window. Safety is very important.

    • Wayne
      August 10, 2017, 7:46 pm

      There’s also an emergency exit in the roof in the bedroom, very large one too.

  • Marce
    August 10, 2017, 5:48 pm

    Sorry hit the wrong button for this .. regarding safety..
    It looks like they kept the emergency windows intact.. the bathroom and one or two int he main living area. So I think they thought that through.

  • Betty
    August 10, 2017, 7:42 pm

    I like this. The couple did an awesome job!!🐸

  • Michelle Kleis
    August 10, 2017, 8:08 pm

    Love what you’ve done, great use of space, bright and welcoming!
    Is this something you could live in during the winter months?

  • Rusty
    August 10, 2017, 9:13 pm

    Wonderful job of creating a comfortable home out of a school bus. I really like the kitchen and work area. The nicest bathroom I have seen in a school bus conversion.

  • Trevion Johnson
    September 22, 2020, 5:47 am

    The bus is do well built. The wood plank above the sink is beautiful .Well crafted .Great articles showing of all the components . Good luck

  • Sammy
    November 18, 2020, 1:19 pm

    Wow Awesome!!!
    Everyone should work on these type of couple goals.

  • DrillingNerd
    May 10, 2021, 8:19 am

    This is just awesome! A home out bus… this is just brilliant. Thanks for sharing this cool stuff.

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