From double decker bus to RV in 20 steps

From double decker bus to RV in 20 steps


from double decker bus to RV in 20 steps I’ll show everything. from the.. …empty space… …to the luxury from the planning… …to the building from the misery… …to the fun! so let’s start with step… 1. Buying In 2011 this Neoplan was for sale, so I went to take a look Neoplan ‘Skyliner’ Year: 1992 seats:90 engine: Mercedes V6, 255 PK length: 12m, width: 2,5m, hight: 4m I walked around and in short: I liked what I saw did I fall in love? well, maybe 🙂 I told the seller that I wanted to buy, but after a testdrive checkup by an expert ..during that testdrive I sat upstairs, of course.. 😉 he said there were some minor technical details to be fixed, but that it was a fine bus.. ..so I bought it WTF have I done? Did I buy a 16000 kgs, 20 y.o. dieselslurping vehicle with 90 seats and 8 wheels?? my expert did some welding and other fixes and got it new spray painted, after which it looked like this… now it was my turn for step.. 2. Planning (& stripping) I created the whole bus in the computer, but now more important.. ..was the floor plan with upstairs a bedroom in the back a bathroom in the middle and bunk beds in front for the kids ..and downstairs a place to sit and the kitchen in the bus I started stripping seats out.. storage rails out.. everything out! I wanted to start building upstairs from the back to the front.. ..but.. 3. Big things first There were tow ‘Big Things’: 1. power – for my tools and to keep the batteries in shape 2.the watertank – the beast (600 liters) is so big that it has to go first I had to make a wall to mount the charger/converter fusebox, so I’ve got power! (and the batteries stay in shape) the watertank had to come here.. So I.. ..made a drawing of a frame.. ..which was welded by a good friend frame in place.. ..tank in place, time to go upstairs for step.. 4. Walls in my plan I counted ten walls.. ..and there they are! now that was quick, wasn’t it? two of the walls I made out of cherry tables, one of them was our dining table at home for 15 years 5. Insulation I bought insulation material, which mainly.. ..came in the windows, which made the bus look.. ..quite stupid from the outside, don’t you think? inside I covered parts with plywood, now on to step.. 6. Wiring I planned 3 circuits: -24 volts, -230 volts from the converter, -230 volts from the outside I used wireless switches, less wires and less work, I thought, they work fine! in the end I installed more than 500 m of wire 7. Bedroom I wanted to make a bed, electric roller blinds on each side, and an AC first the bed walnut flooring (got it cheap) it was getting cold so I needed the heating function of the AC I made the roller blinds myself, it isn’t much more than a pipe, a motor and some fabric anyway The Gracious End Result 8. Crazy projects I did some unconventional projects, I used the heat exchanger of a condensor dryer in the ventilation system unconventional #2, I asked myself could I use Wi-Fi, my iPad and a Wi-Fi Cam as backup camera? I bought a Wi-Fi cam, made a bracket and hung it behind the rear window does it work? yes.. but.. it’s a long story ask me picture quality is good, Wi-Fi connection reliable enough 9. Bathroom this was the plan, toilet, sink and sitting bath (shower wouldn’t fit – too low) I started building The Graceful End Result 10. Bunk beds the plan was quite simple: two beds this is where it all should happen building The Grand End Result 11. Cupboard yes, it’s the cupboard opposite to the bunk beds interior: two shelves The Groovy End Result 12. Walls stairways I wanted these walls to be shiny white, but I don’t like paint then I found this flooring – shiny white! 13. Cupboards there are two cupboards between bedroom and bathroom, this is the one on the left side of the bus and this is the one on the right side of the bus anything extraordinary? yes! here is the inlet of the central vacuum system the vacuum is right underneath the hose switches the machine, with the 10 m hose you can do the whole bus! 14. Ceilings the ceiling consists of two main parts: first I had to do the curved sides.. ..and then the straight strip in the middle on the curved sides I started with a sheet plywood, to be covered with.. ..a sheet of 1 mm HPL – it was a tough job, the sheets were big and brittle. glad it turned out OK the middle strip – I wanted no screws to be visible, and roller insect screens The Glorious End Result the next big step would be the kitchen downstairs, but there was a lot of preparation to do before that 15. Infrastructure plumbing time! I installed a pressure pump.. ..and all the needed pipes – the white pipes for water, the grey ones for grey waste water two 100 liter standard tanks for grey waste water, luckily I didn’t need custom made tanks two taps, one for grey, the other for black water underneath there are two Storz couplings to attach a hose – yes, much like fire fighting fittings they came here in the floor of the bus, the left one connected to the black water tank.. ..which is here in the bus – the capacity is 300 liters every tank has an ultrasonic sensor – for the meters I made this little dashboard next was a big 100 liter gas tank (LPG) – here is where I wanted it to go there it is in place for hot water I installed a geyser ..which I connected to the water system 4 new household batteries came in the cupboard in the kitchen I bought 4 AGM 220 Ah batteries and connected them on to the next step – the kitchen you would say… …well, not quite… on the way to the shop the bus showed some problems… the worst of it was… …it needed a new engine 16. New engine that cost a lot – actually… more than a lot me when I found out my friend when he saw the bill of the engine but eventually… much, much later… what are you laughing at? when my wife finds out how much that engine was (she took it very well, by the way) my new baby! (be it more expensive than a real baby..) back in, all set for a new start! 🙂 17. Kitchen the kitchen was the first interior job to be outsourced, it would have taken me another 2 years – they did it in 3.. weeks this was my design after one week The Glamorous End Result 18. Carpeting another outsourced job – a specialist can do this so much better The Gorgeous End Result 19. Window film remember the insulation you could see from the outside? I had to get rid of that, so I chose sun blocking film on ALL windows The Grandiose End Result 20. The rest there were so many little things left to do – we got all the seats new upholstered, and I made a table opposite ot the table I made a couch I made doors for the bathroom with a well thought-out lock, (if I say so myself 😉 it works with magnets. the advantage: one switch locks two doors at the same time then I brought in some art – next to the door is a strip of an old map of Amsterdam (from 1649) this is a drawing by Rembrandt, the Wester church in Amsterdam in the back I mounted the Nightwatch. I can tell a lot about it, ask me that concludes the 20 steps, let me take you on a quick final tour through the interior starting at the second door thanks for watching! if you liked what you saw – thumbs up! If you want to see my other (more humble 😉 projects, subscribe!

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  1. I think that if this had been my project I would have placed the master bedroom at the front above the driving position and then the kitchen/dining area behind that followed with the rest.

  2. This shit is off the chain, I really love that bedroom up top with the windows in both sides… if u was I the mountains or on the beach somewhere,thatd be dope

  3. Complimenti davvero. È sempre stato un mio sogno convertire un pullman a due piani e convertirlo in un camper 😍

  4. — ok ok GREAT job,, but ,, can I come over ? promise I won't stay too long ,,,, lol,,,
    ———- You have great taste and your Wife must be one Happy Lady to have you.,, All your choice materials ,colour schemes layout with lots of space and the Tub ohh lalala ! Me like a lot–
    ———– HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIEND —————

  5. And Rembrandt in the back…..when making love…..Mmmmmmm……Dutch people! Well done!!!! A great project, executed to perfection!! Nou! Nou! Leuk hoor!!

  6. I would want large and many opening windows to allow fresh air coming in. I understand when it's hot outside you turn on the air conditioning but there's nothing like having fresh air if it's 65 degrees F or cooler.

  7. Buying that Rembrandt must have cost more than the engine though? 🙂
    Oh, I guess the size suggests it might not be the original. 🙂

  8. I really enjoyed watching this – Very well done and I loved the bit about the new engine – so funny!

  9. How much did you pay for the bus, and how much did you spend from the day you boaught it and the day you finished the renovation? I always want to know how much?

  10. very good video, only thing i would add is speakers in the bathroom so as I relax in tub, I could have soothing music, and of course dim-able lights.

  11. Wow. Just wow. I just came to watch the Charlie Chaplan and Stan and Ollie. You have a great sense of humour and humbleness.

    But you are talented and patient.

    Soooooooo how much was the bus? How much was the paint job? How much (don't let the wife see this) was the engine?

    Thanks again, don't mind me asking, but what do you do for a living? Engineer I take it.

  12. While watching I was just thinking "this is a pretty awesome project as long as they didn't try to pawn off a bus with a bad engine or transmission". Then I got to the part where you had to get a new engine. A 12.5 Liter turbo diesel is very expensive. Especially a German one. I might have tried a rebuilt Caterpillar C13 if it would fit.

  13. And remember that for in the future before buying a used vehicle. Have a good and trusted mechanic to check out the engine. Your renovations are superb. And you should be commended for excellent work on the conversion.

  14. V6 255 HP engine? I would have bought a new engine first! It's a frikin double decker BUS. Put the V6 in a VW Beetle or a lawn mower.

  15. Well you could of made the beds for the tour video! Im kidding ive got nothing bad to say except could you give me a loan and design my school bus?

  16. "From double decker bus to RV in 20 steps"
    Shouldnt that be

    "From double decker bus to RV in 21 steps"
    Step one being, you will need copious amounts of cash in your Bank account to take on this project?

  17. F it at 2:45 I stoped watching… It's looks really cool but very very annoying! You could talk … But instead you wrote everything in the left side down and actually pretty small , so it's annoying to read and same time to watch pictures from right which are constantly changing (even 2–3 during same parte of " story " writes on left). . You could put a normal subscription on down side and pictures to all screen, same like on movies……

  18. Mate, you are my hero. I’m going to do this in Australia and integrate solar flex panels (naturally). After touring OZ, I’ll sell it to some sucker (probably you) and get one for Ëurope. US RV’s are too wide for bush roads.

  19. Thanks for that return comment. I'm actually quite serious about doing this, but I have to buy a coach with fully adapted suspension for Australian conditions. That's not too hard here. Will definitely need modified tires , And extended fuel and water tanks. Of course the solar panels will need to be devoted to air conditioning. I have friends in Western Europe have been complaining about the temperatures being in the high 30s, but anywhere towards central Australia 45° plus is quite normal. I have no kids so I don't need the bunkbeds, however I will be putting in a drop-down double bed (or two), as I have a lot of friends and tend to make more 

  20. Only joking about the air conditioning. I do know my thermodynamics lol.
    I do actually have some serious questions concerning using Wi-Fi throughout the system, general regulations in W.Europe versus Australia (European strict, Australia insanely strict ), And generally improving performance, for example, using trade second aeroplane equipment and plastics to lower weight particularly on the upper deck? I'm quite sure that you get the sort of questions all the time, and if you're not able to respond but is okay. I'm quite capable of doing my own research , But it's a good idea to us somebody has actually been there and felt the pain!

  21. Actually The new high efficiency Chinese Flexi panels can be quite useful for a dribble charge, particularly in a place like Australia. Mostly it just takes over the smaller tasks and leaves The big stuff to the 240 V mains. There's quite a bit of research done on it particularly in Australia and southern United States. Watch TV, ja. Air Con, nein.

  22. Actually The new high efficiency Chinese Flexi panels can be quite useful for a dribble charge, particularly in a place like Australia. Mostly it just takes over the smaller tasks and leaves The big stuff to the 240 V mains. There's quite a bit of research done on it particularly in Australia and southern United States. Watch TV, ja. Air Con, nein.

  23. I just watched your 2017 Euro trip. Can you be home sick for a place you never lived in? Well I did live in Düsseldorf and London for a time. Also Leeds – the less said about that the better. (Get up in the dark, come home in the dark – not for my tropical blood). But in the late 1980s, I walked those roads with nothing but an old fashion backpack. Everybody was so friendly, they put up with my bad French and even worse German. No English speaker learns Dutch of course, because it sounds so much like English we all think we can speak it. Lol

  24. The original Aussie bus to Rv conversion

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  25. I am a newie to this lifestyle. Sold my home and moved into a motorhome — though nothing like this one.. Considering all the things you have to discover about it — and there are many — it's fascinating to think that the engine would not be the first thing you'd consider before the outlay of everything else. You're so lucky to be able to create something like this. Well done. Yes, a different licence required but, what the heck — a small price to pay.

  26. A fifth of a million dollars for this? It's a nice piece of work, but for that price I can afford a pretty nice 3-bedroom new house in Ft. Worth.

  27. Hey. I assume you're Dutch. Geweldig en heel gaaf man. Cheers. Outstanding. I wish I could build myself one 👍👍👍👍👍🍺👋

  28. Nice bus! I grew up in two double decker buses. Both were old Leyland town buses, the same as the old London buses, one from Melbourne and the other was from Sydney, Australia. My dad did all the conversion himself as he is a carpenter by trade, and also built a 70ft yacht from scratch. The second bus was called the 'Aussie Explorer' and when we passed through Perth, Western Australia, we made the front page of the Perth Times with the heading "Now this is the way to travel", with a picture of the bus with a car trailer and LandRover and motorbike on the back. That was back in the late 70's.

  29. Why was this in my recommendations? I don't know, guess Google is hearing everything I say. I'm a custom coach fan and this turned out beautiful! And I'm sure the previous owner knew damn well that engine was going to pop. The people I know go backwards from your system. They first tear down all the guts and rebuild from the ground up. It takes years, I'm sorry, I meant decades! But normal folks like us don't always have that kind of time and money! I hope she has been good to you and she knows how much you love her! I myself can only dream about taking a trip in what you created! A very close friend of mine owns a custom coach MCI 102A3. I can't get enough of it. I love being in the bedroom, listening to the Detroit diesel and being rocked to sleep!

  30. I'm amazed, or should I say I was staggered that in such a huge area there was no lounge! You can find a better dining/settee arrangement in a 4m (14ft) caravan.

  31. Magnifico Grazie mille per il video. Prendete per favore caldissimi saluti e auguri cordiali per Lee e per tutta vostra famiglia dalla cuore della Russia antica.

  32. I am amazed by what you did!! Congrats 🎈 May I ask what was the amount of that engine? Inquiring minds want to know 😜

  33. Zu groß für Campingplatz, zu teuer auf Campingplatz. Wand-, Boden-, Dachisolation, Schwitzwasser – scheint mir nach bauphysikalischen Gesichtspunkten nicht ideal zu sein.

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