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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100 thoughts on “From double decker bus to RV in 20 steps

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. What a fantasticg idea! You have created a masterpiece! The Dutch people are very creative and imaginative and it was fun watching your double decker RV come to life! Oh and clever use of laurel and Hardy! I still ROTF about the part about the wife finding out about the engine! 🙂 Tot ziens!

  9. So before you bought it you had it checked by an expert did ya? How much did you drive it around before you took it to the shop to have the kitchen installed? I mean if you didn't drive it much (or at all) before taking it to the shop, then the person checking out the engine must not have been much of an expert. I don't know what happened to the engine but to replace the whole thing means something serious was wrong… just curious why the expert didn't catch the problem before you bought it. In any case, the bus turned out beautiful!!

  10. Hi , nice job. Q: of not mistaking in Holland 1/4 of houderschapsbelasting of you qualify as a camper, which you do. What’s the weight and therefore the houderschapsbelasting turn out to be?

  11. The double decker bus video in my opinion should have been undertaken by a person not the computer type imaging model used. The music was unnecessary and dull. Obviously the bus turned out to the buyers expectations however it would’ve probably cost as much as a house (including the purchase of the bus). Albeit the two modes of living have differing expectations.
    Would be nice to see the bus viewing again in a different style and concept.

  12. Nice job. One day you will reach the insanity level of…NOT converting , but restoring a bus lol. Because…because. And then one bus isnt enough and then you get two, and ship them across the globe. Yes, I am perfectly sane, I swear lol.

  13. Awesome, thank you for the video. A comedic journey to fruition, now drive safe.. drive like there is all the time in the world.

  14. Question: Couldn't a substitute engine be used? Something a lot cheaper? Say a Ford Scorpion diesel, for example. It would have a lot more power, and be a lot cheaper to get worked on and fixed when the time came, or if the need arose.

  15. Wow that was so fun to see a double decker converted! We are landing in Arizona today to go bus shopping. All the busses we're rusty in Ontario Canada! So we flew down here. So excited to do our conversion. Thanks for the inspiration, and quirky video! Love it! -Erin + Brian

  16. If you want the perfect permanent window tint, simply paint the glass on the inside, perfect results every time cheap as chips

  17. In the UK you would need a D licence to drive this and it would cost around £2000.00 including training and the licence ($3400.00). If the coach is manual and not automatic it is very hard to pass and you need lots of skill, the pass rate is 37%. It should be strict for such a large vehicle that weighs nearly 20 tons and has a 20 litre engine.

  18. Guy? Seems kind.
    His humor? Wholesomely old.
    Camperbus? Dude, i'm jealous.
    Fancy? D u h.
    Hotel? Triva- wait why would I need one? I could make a camperbus with this information!

  19. 1 IDIOOT >20 JAAR OUDE BUS
    2 IDIOOT >GELOVEN DAT ER MAAR EN PAAR KLEINE MANKEMENTJES WAREN
    3 IDIOOT >EEN CV/GEISER IN DE BUS? ( KOOLMONOCIDE )
    4 IDIOOT >JE MOET WEL IDIOOT ZIJN OM DOOR TE GAAN NADAT DE MOTOR HET BEGAF
    5 GOUDEN VROUW. ( BLIJVERTJE 100% )
    6 VERHUREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! weet niet wat het totaal was maar, zal zeker bij verkoop zonder verhuur niet gehaald worden. ( mijn mening )
    echt gestoord en geniaal.

  20. Can you actually walk around upstairs without bowing your head? I would be OK at 1.69m tall but I don't think I'd want to be much taller. And everybody in the Netherlands is at least 2 metres tall. Even the kids!

  21. The video went much too fast. It was very difficult to see what you were talking about and the next frame cut it off too soon.

  22. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that you didn't show more of the completed project. Plus the last part was shown in fast motion

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