Welcome to Bill Cassidy’s “Bus Living”: my bus travel and adventure blog. This is the documentation of my living in a bus travel adventure experience and related content.
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Happy New Year!
Jan 1, 2013
I’d like to move into the bus this year.
The bus needs some finishing touches, but I could move in anytime.
I expect to move some of my things in next month and do a little work.
My biggest worry is that I don’t have enough money to repair a major maintenance issue. I can imagine the bus stopping in the Lincoln Tunnel and me with hardly enough money to pay the towing. I have to drop that fear!
So…. Here’s the rough draft plan:
I’d like to find advertisers, sponsors or founding fathers to help me with the costs. I’m open.
Ideally I would like to document US special events like concerts, festivals and sporting events while promoting the bus sponsors, the website and online business.
Do you think it would be easiest to find one or two major sponsors or a bunch of smaller sponsors.
I think its called “out of home advertising”.
I definitely have to work out the details. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
I’ll be working on the plan.
Watch the video to learn more about my Ford F150 for sale.
Why I’m Selling My Ford F150
I can’t drive a my Ford F150 pickup truck and my bus at the same time. What did you think? Also, I plan to use the money to get a few things I want for the bus and to get on the road.
My mechanic highly advises me not to sell, but I want to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s something I wanted to do for a while and I’m going for it.
Whoever buys this truck is going to get a really nice, reliable pickup truck. I really do HATE to sell but I want to live in a bus more.
Thanks for looking. If you have any questions or want to buy my Ford F150 contact me here or call me at 631.287.6615.
Welcome to my bus conversion blog. It’s about how to convert a school bus into a motor home. Specifically, How I converted an old, retired, West Virginia school bus into a motor home. And why.
I’m currently, hopefully, towards the end of a bus conversion and this is a blog of my progress.
The bus has the seats removed, a new floor installed, exterior painted and the interior framed. I have pictures and will share and detail that part from memory. All other bus conversion details will be posted as it happens including living, traveling and maintenance experiences.
What Is A Bus Conversion?
First, what is a bus conversion? A bus conversion is a bus that has been converted somehow physically from it’s original intended use, (school bus, tour bus) into something different (motor home, RV, party bus).
If you took a school bus and removed the seats and put in couches, that would be a bus conversion – party bus conversion.
Many people today are converting buses into motor homes because of different reasons. Some because of economic reasons and other just want to lose the burden of a stationary house.
Whatever the reason it can be a fun and rewarding project.
How To Convert A School Bus Into A Motor Home?
How to convert a school bus into a motor home. Well, this will take more than a couple posts. So, let’s get started.
First, there is no right or wrong way. Whatever you do is right.
I’m going to share what I did. When I started I found a few good sites that gave me ideas, but I wished there was more quality information. Hopefully this site will help you with your bus conversion.
BTW, I’d love to hear about your bus conversion project. I’d really appreciate any comments and emails.
What to consider before starting a bus conversion
You should, however, really consider what a bus conversion takes to complete. My early research revealed that a lot of people start but never finish bus conversion projects. You can go on ebay and find multiple buses for sale that are incomplete bus conversions with little more than the seats removed. They frequently list the same story: started, sat untouched for years, wife making me get rid of.
If you don’t want a big, old, ugly, yellow school bus cluttering up your yard, seriously consider what you are getting into.
The planning is fun, but removing the seats, cleaning and maintenance is hard work. It took me almost a week just to wash off all the crud before painting mine last year.
Here are just a few things to consider:
- Finance – As usual, money is probably the biggest consideration.
- Buying – What are you going to buy? Where are you going to buy it from? Getting it may require travel and travel costs. How do you want to spend, etc.
- Storing/Parking – Where are you going to keep it. Mine is 40×8 and takes up some space in the yard. (BTW, This would be a great time to say thanks dad. Thanks Dad!)
- Driving – Not hard but some may not like it and it takes some skill.
- Insurance – Another monthly bill but generally reasonable. I insured mine for an extra $50 a month.
- Maintenance – Not a fixed cost and will increase with travel. Depends greatly on what you have and how much and where you travel.
Certainly not a complete list.
Are you still here? OK.
My bus conversion project started actually as a kid with trailer and bus conversion plans.
“BusLiving.com is a website dedicated specifically to Bus, RV, Motor home and travel information and products but will also incorporate an entertaining, real time story of my struggles of buying, converting and living in a bus ” states William better known as Bill or Billy.
BusLiving.com provides centralized bus, RV, motor home and travel resources. Visitors will be able to find useful information on everything like buying, selling, ,converting, insuring, driving, parking, traveling and living in these mobile homes. It is currently difficult to find quality information in one spot without having to spend hours searching through multiple bus, RV, motor home and travel sites for a needed piece of information.
BusLiving.com also offers an open, honest, entertaining story of Bill”s process of buying, converting and living in an old retired school bus. Bus conversions are becoming more popular with today”s economy and many could learn about some of the unexpected trials and tribulations associated with living in a bus. With Bill creating almost daily posts, this is a great resource for anyone thinking about a more mobile life style.
According to Bill “Living in a bus seems like fun and I”m sure it has it”s pros and cons. I look forward to providing an open, honest, helpful window into bus living and travel.”
To find out more about all things bus, RV, Motor home and travel visit BusLiving.com.
Really? Living in a bus?
I decided about three weeks ago to live full time in my incomplete school bus conversion project.
The Living In A Bus Idea
As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to design and live in my own bus or trailer.
Then, 3 years ago I bought an out of service, West Virginia, Blue Bird School bus from a guy in Atlanta and started converting it into a motor home. The bus is at my Dad’s house which is about 6 hours away with no traffic. He and I have been working on it a couple times a year and have managed to remove the seats, install a new floor and paint the exterior.
The living in a bus idea got lift.
I told my dad I didn’t care how long and how much i spent even if I hate it and only live in it one day.
I won’t do that because I know me. -at least a few months.
This is a picture of how she looks today.
My girlfriend and I recently decided to end our co-habitation so I need a place to live. I’ve lived in houses before and besides the costs, it just seemed boring.
I’m about to turn 45 so maybe living in a bus is my mid life crisis. Damn! I was looking forward to a sports cars and young girls. : )
BTW. My name is Bill Cassidy and I currently live and work on the eastern end of Long Island, New York. Better known as the Hamptons.
I own and operate a computer services and web design and marketing business. I been doing PC repair and website design for almost 15 years. I recently discovered online marketing and love it! I have several clients I help create and manage their online presence and my own money making projects.
Yes! I would like more clients that need marketing/business development help.
Developing my online business is critical to me living in a bus. I’ve been slowly reinventing my business model to reflect an “on the road” lifestyle. I still have repair work, but I may have to eventually give that up. Maybe for the Winter.
I just decided less than three weeks ago, don’t have a ready to live in bus and I don’t have a plan other than get the bus started, insured, up to ELI, registered, and put my stuff in it and drive away.
Then where? I don’t know. I have a lot of questions and unknowns but I always have a good attitude and I’m sure I figure it out and be OK.
As I do research and progress towards living in a bus I will document and openly and honestly share my bus conversion and bus living experience.
I hope you stay with me and find out how this living in a bus idea turns out.