Can a bus be really too magical just like what The Who says in their song, “Too much, magic bus”? After you read this, you will beg to differ.
In August 2014, eight fresh college graduates bought a 1995 Carpenter school bus. The friends decided to convert the dilapidated bus into their house on wheels. Only one of the eight had formal experience in construction, but despite that, everyone stepped up and took significant roles in the project.
The final product was dubbed The SerendipitiBus. It became the friends’ home on wheels as they went to a five-month road trip across United States.
Step inside and you’ll be blown away with its beauty. Here’s how the friends created their dream bus as narrated by serendipitibus, an Imgur user and part of the group.
Eight friends decided to buy a 1995 Carpenter school bus on Craiglist in August 2014.
The bus was 40-feet-long and had a diesel engine. It had a “killer paint job.”
After a 20-minute drive, the group “were suddenly the proud owners of a bus (with nowhere to park it).”
The bus was in bad condition, but “it was love at first sight for us.”
“We first bolted runners to the floor with rigid insulation between to keep out road heat and noise.”
“We next built boxes around the wheel wells to pack with insulation–again to keep out road noise.”
Next, they built a frame for bunks.
Then designed a kitchen.
The exterior got a needed makeover as well.
The finished product was amazing.
The inside was simple but very comfortable.
They designed an “amazing electrical system with five house batteries and a Schneider inverter/converter that we used to power phone chargers, computers, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and even an AC unit.”
Secret compartments for extra storage were also made.
Extra legroom in the cramped space.
Their hard work paid off.
“Books to make us look intelligent.”
“The kitchen with space next to the sink for a double hot plate/propane camp-stove.”
And they also included “the all-important liquor drawer.”
A map wall with even more storage.
The map highlighted where they planned to travel in the bus.
They built bunk beds for each of them that all have a privacy curtain.
“The plywood under each bed is on hinges to allow for access to storage beneath.”
They also added a bathroom with a removable toilet.
AC unit is installed below a shelf with a collapsible vent pipe to slide the unit out to the beds.
They embarked on their cross-country trip!
They managed to find parking spaces all over the place.
They’re not quite sure how though.
But they have one theory.
It was serendipitous—or SerendipitiBus.
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