| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

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!

100 Comments

Tunikborke 1673

Aug 8, 2019, 6:41 pm Reply

Kann mir jemand einen juden markieren

K2020

Aug 8, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

How many tons of foodstuffs can you carry with you while traveling across Europe? I saw some small caravan from NL with more than 1 ton of imported stuff..

Margaret deVries

Aug 8, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

Great job!! Maxing design !

Mitarbeiter 1 DO Halle

Aug 8, 2019, 10:00 am Reply

Lass die Leute redn und hör ihn` gar nicht zu^^ die Ärzte haben das Lied echt auf den Punkt gebracht! Keine Ahnung was manche hier so von sich lassen; sicher können die noch nicht mal nen Staubsaugerbeutel wechseln! Das was Du hier geleistet hast ist sehr beeindruckend! Incredible! Wenn man diese Kompetenzen auf ein Hausboot übertragen würde….holla die Waldfee!!!

Jim Veybe

Aug 8, 2019, 10:15 am Reply

The multiple forced ads are to help him pay for that engine.

The_ Joker

Aug 8, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

Road trip!
I’ll be upstairs watching Laurel and Hardy. ?

Jules3855

Aug 8, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

Why the annoying music? Couldn't watch this.

Linda Miller

Aug 8, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

Super nice , like to camp at OakLakeTrails west of Tulsa nude swimming

Robert Nelson

Aug 8, 2019, 3:17 am Reply

Incredible vision and execution

Hilmar Kleinschrot

Aug 8, 2019, 5:58 am Reply

Well…
I wanted to say something smart …but…
The only thing I could come up with is…. WOW ?

Anton King

Aug 8, 2019, 7:16 am Reply

Great job but I just know from looking at the end result, if you were starting over, you would do some things differently?

Rebel Without A Cause

Aug 8, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Sehe das richtig, dass eine ggf. Vierköpfige Familie auf dem Weg in den Urlaub genau soviel CO2 in die Natur hämmert, wie ein Linienbus, der tagtäglich 100e von Passagieren befördert? Mir erschließt sich da der Sinn nicht vollends. Camping bedeutet doch im Allgemeinen soviel wie, die Natur genießen. Wie lange können wir das denn, wenn sich das jeder leisten könnte? Bitte versteht mich nicht falsch, ich würdige die Arbeit und das Können, aber fragen darf man ja mal. Mal abgesehen davon, dass man damit auf etlichen Campingplätzen nicht einmal Zugang bekommt.

BANANENBUURMAN

Aug 8, 2019, 8:43 pm Reply

10:48 ik denk: ja hoor dat is ons bos… nee het zal toch niet, ik zie alleen een paar gras sprieten… en ja hoor daar is court yard ff later tezien! 😀 vet project man! Laatst zelf daar nog een promootje opgenomen met de caravan 😀

ronan dowling

Aug 8, 2019, 9:57 pm Reply

You are incredible. Well done sir.

Dapper D

Aug 8, 2019, 3:07 am Reply

I'm really curious what the poster of this video does/did for a living.

Stratos Asa

Aug 8, 2019, 3:25 am Reply

Amazing construction.
Great video???

Humble

Aug 8, 2019, 6:07 am Reply

After school:
Friend: Why is there a gray bus on our stop?
Me: That's actually my house see ya tomorrow.
Friend:

saber ahmed

Aug 8, 2019, 11:42 am Reply

I don't understand why do you need to do that much money and time to make that tiny luxury house? ?you can build your own big house very luxury with that money and some more money ?

Steve Cj

Aug 8, 2019, 4:33 pm Reply

Fantastic job well done

Clint4gaming

Aug 8, 2019, 8:00 pm Reply

Gewoon WAUW! prachtig werk! 2 jaar later, Rijd hij/zij nog steeds rond? 😀

kardox kurd

Aug 8, 2019, 9:39 pm Reply

ontrust ,,,,,,, bro u did all little things but u forgot to fix ur bed lol,,,,good job ^5

AnAnomalousSmell

Aug 8, 2019, 10:54 pm Reply

Video could have been made in 4 minutes.

MARVELOUS BRICKS

Aug 8, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

what software did you use to 3d model the bus and interior ?

Nivaldo Balbino

Aug 8, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

Show, show de bola

Nope Nope

Aug 8, 2019, 8:51 am Reply

Hi, I’m really interested in doing a similar conversion and was wondering how much your project costed. Also the final product looks amazing!

JPY HJPY

Aug 8, 2019, 12:48 pm Reply

vidéo pas très intéressante,

Steven Winterhill

Aug 8, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

Stupid ass music…

HighAway

Aug 8, 2019, 12:55 am Reply

this seem good for short people.

Ralph G

Aug 8, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

Brilliant!!! I've thought for years about a project like yours.

Nancy Pelosi

Aug 8, 2019, 8:04 am Reply

Fantastic bang bus!

Ward oo

Aug 8, 2019, 4:45 pm Reply

Two questions: Do you have to watch for low bridges? Is there a document you can buy that lists all the bridge heights in the US or Europe?

Wochenend-Kid

Aug 8, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

are you a mechanic?

Russ Gee

Aug 8, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

dude your a funny guy

David S

Aug 8, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

GIVE ME A ROUTMASTER BUS ANY DAY

craigs 77462a

Aug 8, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

Beautiful job. Wish you had kept more of the windows exposed upstairs, like in the bunks, behind the master bed & even in the bathroom as well as a skylight or two. I'm sure you could've created black out shades for those spaces. Otherwise love what you created.

Thorgious

Aug 8, 2019, 6:09 am Reply

…….jesus christ dude, you got to be a speed reader to get half of what you explained. I just looked at the pictures after the first minute!! I wanted to read it but it gave me a headache having to pause it every time you post something small. Remake the video, and triple the text time

Petie Stewart

Aug 8, 2019, 6:28 am Reply

i gotta admit, i am a little bit envious,it is gorgeous and you did what i dream of doing,

__dummy __

Aug 8, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Great project. The video is too fast to appreciate fully ?

for fun

Aug 8, 2019, 11:25 am Reply

If im rich enough

Guy Werbrouck

Aug 8, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

You're a bloody genious!

Hian Sosa

Aug 8, 2019, 5:57 pm Reply

Que aplicación usan para hacer mos planos de este ómnibus

Lone Dagut

Aug 8, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

Congratulations, elegant and functional home on wheels.

Scott Banks

Aug 8, 2019, 7:03 pm Reply

i think window tinting should have been first, as they usually tint the inside.don't get me wrong this is beautiful

Frank Barone

Aug 8, 2019, 3:30 am Reply

I've done a lot of work fabricating galleys, staterooms and living areas on board yachts, sailboats, and fishing vessels. I can see how my skills would be a real asset on a project like that. Good job considering the materials you used. Looks kind of weighty. Just out of curiosity, do you know what it weighs out at with all the tanks full?

Dominique Gautier

Aug 8, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

Budget?

Zoe K

Aug 8, 2019, 9:35 am Reply

Wait if you were in the bedroom and someone was taking a bath you would be locked in the bedroom?

Reverent Halibut

Aug 8, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

Ahhhhhh…. If only I had a ton of money and time………..

MacSchulte

Aug 8, 2019, 10:49 pm Reply

Ik moet er niet aan denken dat iedereen met dit soort bussen op stap gaat, zoals in Amerika al het geval is. Het gevolg is dat veel campings gaan ombouwen tot busremises. Pull-through places en all facilities in place. Wat rest zijn asfaltvlaktes waar je nog niet dood gevonden wilt worden. Leuke campings verdwijnen.

jeffmack57

Aug 8, 2019, 11:58 pm Reply

You’re a genius and nuts at the same time,

Admiral Beez

Aug 8, 2019, 12:25 am Reply

Needs some popouts.

Mj Carter

Aug 8, 2019, 2:15 am Reply

Love it

William Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

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.

Robin Mohan

Aug 8, 2019, 7:45 am Reply

Worst video I've ever seen

Tips Turnup

Aug 8, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

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

AM RAAM

Aug 8, 2019, 11:32 am Reply

this is pretty cool!

mand0123

Aug 8, 2019, 12:00 pm Reply

How much did Rembrandt charge for the church drawing?

Flavio Corsi

Aug 8, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

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

Bekim Halili

Aug 8, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

Great job! Enjoy the tour/holiday!!!

Komme Da Kyyra

Aug 8, 2019, 1:53 pm Reply

thats dreamhouse

Komme Da Kyyra

Aug 8, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply

ait
imagine driving around in you’re own house.

Jason Danweber

Aug 8, 2019, 2:42 pm Reply

You could easily live there.

robert roberts

Aug 8, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

This is my dream

Jugganuat

Aug 8, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

I was one of the thumbs down you spent way too much money

UBLUEDUCK

Aug 8, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

Do these air conditioners have an outdoor unit? If there is, I wonder where it is?

TCaP Recipes 2.0

Aug 8, 2019, 11:11 pm Reply

Nothing short of amazing.

Ferdinand Willoughby

Aug 8, 2019, 12:00 am Reply

Are you Gipsy?

Masul Roja

Aug 8, 2019, 4:08 am Reply

Excelente video, trabajo e información.

ReVamp-Ideas 101 TV

Aug 8, 2019, 5:39 am Reply

— 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 —————

Johnny Melville

Aug 8, 2019, 5:49 am Reply

R V P O R N

Ross McLean

Aug 8, 2019, 6:06 am Reply

Great RV and video! Very talented!

Marland Travel

Aug 8, 2019, 3:03 pm Reply

absolut superArbeit. handwerklich hast Du echt was drauf. Respekt. Danke fürs Hochladen

G J W

Aug 8, 2019, 4:11 pm Reply

WOW. Just fantastic

G J W

Aug 8, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

But the Bunk Bed look like coffins(just kidding)

Joachim K.

Aug 8, 2019, 5:39 pm Reply

Oh man, this is awesome, respect from germany…and always a lot of fun with your mobile home!

Adam Caldwell

Aug 8, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

um.. its just not right that i can't live in it lol

wooac videos

Aug 8, 2019, 11:09 pm Reply

mileage?

Tom Tim

Aug 8, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

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

SanFranciscoBay

Aug 8, 2019, 3:48 am Reply

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.

First Last

Aug 8, 2019, 5:23 am Reply

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

Lana M

Aug 8, 2019, 5:44 am Reply

Pretty good job!! The only thing is the light colored carpet on the stairs.. But that's just me…

Half Pirate Half Pharrow

Aug 8, 2019, 6:36 am Reply

if only u provided ur costs for inspiration lol..looks great btw!!

Oldham Drum Studios

Aug 8, 2019, 1:25 pm Reply

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

David MS

Aug 8, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

How can so many give it a thumbs down? It’s brilliant!

Bloes Brodder

Aug 8, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Staat hij nu nog als bus of als vrachtwagen op het kenteken.?

Caleb

Aug 8, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

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?

Bruce Cox

Aug 8, 2019, 6:41 am Reply

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.

Steve Barry

Aug 8, 2019, 9:15 am Reply

Excellent and I hope you enjoy it for many years to come

stefaninselaffe

Aug 8, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

Klasse, und – wie fährt er sich ( immer noch ) nach 2 Jahren?

Kalena

Aug 8, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

Good job, but kitchen sink is way too small.

Keizer Florinus van Joppinië

Aug 8, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

'T is prachtig

twisted1800

Aug 8, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

I have to ask, how much did you invest in finishing this bus!?

Tom McLaughlin

Aug 8, 2019, 5:19 pm Reply

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.

jorgensenmj

Aug 8, 2019, 7:28 pm Reply

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.

Gregory Fortner

Aug 8, 2019, 11:01 pm Reply

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.

Nobrun1

Aug 8, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

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.

Wooosh Farmer

Aug 8, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

Do you still live in it?
Did you sell your house for the RV?

OfficialEve

Aug 8, 2019, 11:12 am Reply

the quick tour starts at 11:39

Jason Witkowski

Aug 8, 2019, 6:51 pm Reply

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?

John nohobear

Aug 8, 2019, 8:06 pm Reply

Well done, both the video and bus conversion! 10 out of 10!

Paul Williams

Aug 8, 2019, 9:38 pm Reply

"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?

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