Modern interior van life charming. Travel space. Generate AIBus conversions have become a popular DIY project in recent years, with amazing outcomes. People transform them into small homes, use them to travel across the country to see their dream sights, and even convert them into interesting business ventures.

Refurbishing a bus is a hefty project to take on, so you’re going to need all the help you can get. Follow these four tips to ensure you have the necessary tools for a successful and rewarding bus conversion!

1) Envision Your Lifestyle Before You Buy

Do you plan to take your bus on a long-distance road trip or camp at a new national park every two weeks? Or are you trying to create the perfect RV to pack you, your spouse, and your two kids into for a summer-long adventure on the road? Knowing the kind of lifestyle you want your renovated bus to support is the first step to determining what sort of vehicle will fit your needs.

Consider size, style, and overall condition when you make your choice. A small shuttle bus may be best if you intend on widespread traveling or camping, as certain roads and campgrounds have length restrictions. A larger-style school bus may serve you better if you’re looking for more interior space or to accommodate more people.

2) Perform a Thorough Inspection Before Investing

A quality bus is a substantial financial investment—make sure you know what you’re paying for before you sign the check. The bus you choose will be the foundation of your project, so pay attention to its condition.

Preview a bus before considering it for purchase. Pay special attention to the undercarriage, as corrosion can be a big issue in your conversion. Become familiar with essential information such as engine type, mileage, usage history, expected lifespan, and common issues associated with a specific drivetrain or model year.

Take extra care to inspect the tire tread and condition before you buy, as new tires can add up to several thousand dollars to your conversion cost, depending on the size of the bus you’re considering.

3) Determine What Needs to Go

After you find the right bus, determine which parts can be used and what needs to go. If there are existing features and infrastructure that you can restore or renovate as is, you’ll save a considerable amount of money. That being said, don’t skirt around corners—get rid of anything that isn’t compatible with the design you have in mind or could be a safety hazard on the road.

Depending on your vision, you may be able to remodel parts of the bus to meet your needs and fit your style without completely replacing them. For instance, the windows may be in good enough condition to keep, or you may want to leave the rear heater if you’ll frequently be staying in colder climates.

4) Start by Gutting the Bus

You have to purge before you can create. Deconstruct your bus—leaving the foundation and whatever features you’ve deemed functional—so you can begin your project with a clean slate. Building from the bottom up is the best way to ensure quality in every aspect and construct your dream bus.

Remember as you hammer away that it might be a good idea to hold on to some of the metal you’re trashing before you recycle or dump it. You may be able to reuse some of the materials you pull during deconstruction when it comes time to rebuild. It’s a great way to save money on expensive sheet metal you’ll need for restoration.

Once you determine your goals and what you’ll need for your bus conversion, check out the wide selection of new and used buses we have for sale at Las Vegas Bus Sales. Whatever you have in mind, we bet you’ll be able to find it in our affordable, quality inventory!

Call us at (877)456-9804 or complete our contact form online to request more information today.