How did I manage to ignore the fact that I never even shared our bus conversion floor plan?
I’ve been showing all the work we’ve done for our skoolie in fits and starts, but no overview. Shame on me! But my sister pointed it out, and so here it is, Joanne!
Hopefully you can understand my design.
When you first enter the front door:
- on the right there is a built-in shoe shelf under the dashboard
- on the left there is an open cupboard shelf to store the window coverings for the front of the bus
- the couch side of that same cupboard is an open book shelf
On the 2nd couch there is a slot behind the driver’s seat to hold maps, plus a fire extinguisher mounted for easy access. At the far end of this couch (end of the kitchen) is an open shelf where we can store our computers even while charging. Each couch has storage below them the entire length, though some of the area is taken up with wheel hubs.
We have a few shelves below the fridges, and a little awkward space above them. The upper shelf has a lip on the front to hold things on the ledge, plus a strip of wood placed just far enough back to permit a typical mason jar to fit between without sliding back and forth when we drive.
Under all of the upper bunks is personal storage the length of the bed. The lower bunks have a much smaller storage area due to the presence of the wheel hubs. And under the single upper bunk there is plenty of storage for crafts, movies, office stuff, and eventually foodstuffs once we fully more in. There’s also a designated spot to collect dirty laundry and keep our soaps. You can see some pics here.
Underneath the master bed is the largest storage area, accessible from a trap door under the foot of our bed. This is intended to hold out-of-season things or those which are used less often.
We’ve kept all the original bus windows. They each have curtains, including the window in the emergency door.
We have a full length blackout curtain separating the kitchen/living area from the bedrooms. This gives as much privacy as possible to our small sleeping quarters and makes the hallway usable as a change room. It is also used by the kids to make a room darker when watching movies, particularly if the battery on the computer is running low!
There is also a similar curtain (on an angle) for privacy for the toilet area.
As you might recall, Everette built a cute little hobbit door for our bedroom…its the only swing-door inside the entire skoolie!
Out for a Spin
It’s getting closer to the time when we’ll be hitting the road once again, heading south for the first time in Our Argo. We’re very excited to be doing it in our skoolie.
This week we did take Our Argo out for her maiden camping trip. To see if there was anything major we weren’t aware of that needed immediate attention before we actually left Sooke. Doesn’t appear to be. But we had a family camp next to us the final night, and he’s offered a few RV items to us that we still don’t have, so Everette will go later this week to check those out and see how applicable they might be to our bus conversion.
The Bus Conversion
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