Hacks to Convert a Bus to an RV

Hacks to Convert a Bus to an RV


RV camping is all the rage today, whether you’re looking to ride out your retirement or you’re a millennial on the road. There are all kinds of ways to start RVing, you can rent, buy or build your own. That’s right, today we’re looking at the DIY RV.

Building Your Own RV vs. Buying A New One

New RVs can cost a pretty penny. However, the upside to buying a new RV is that it’s ready for the road and all costs are included. The downside is that you won’t get much customization if any at all.  If you’re looking to put in a little extra work, you could build your own RV camper. This could definitely be the cheaper route, although you always have to be prepared for unexpected costs to arise. Many people have gotten creative and re-purposed old vans or buses. The possibilities are endless! So buy or build? It’s really up to you and your needs! Take a look at our list to see if building an RV is right for you. If you’d rather buy, check out Tips for Finding the Best RV for Sale

The Value Of Having Space

Let’s talk space. Think about how much room you’ll need. If you need lots of space, consider purchasing an old school bus. If you need less space, a van should really do the trick. Make sure to
get any kind of van for as long as it is designed to be used commercially. Get some great ideas by checking out our DIY RV Camper board on Pinterest

Creating List Of Items Needed

Make a list of things you need in your RV. For example, do you need a kitchen? How many beds? A fridge? If you’re building the RV with someone else, these are things you’ll have to discuss together.
You have to decide how you’ll be using the RV. If you’re going to be on long trips, you’ll likely want a small kitchen and bathroom, as well as a sleeping area. If you’re using the RV for shorter trips, or will usually have an outdoor living space, you might not need as much in your camper.

Choosing The Water System

Choose your water system very carefully as your drinking water will rely on this water system. Also, consider how many people will regularly take a bath so you will know which model of water system you should install. This is because if you are going to use the water exclusively for cooking and cleaning, you will need about 5 gallons.

Checking The Electrical Wiring

Check your electrical wiring for safety. Your appliances will need about 12 voltage of electricity so you might just have to go looking for extra batteries as well as a proven durable alternator.

Comfort And Mobility

Make sure that when you are ready to buy your appliances, you also look for comfortable beds, kitchen counters and cabinets that are especially designed for mobility. You will find these inclusive of adapters as well as mounting services included.

Hiring An Expert

And most important of all, make sure that you will assemble your converted RV with extra care on the design and further consideration on convenience and comfort. If you will need to make some necessary adjustments to mount everything properly, then by all means, do so. It would be best to employ the services of an expert if you are not so comfortable with your own designing. That way, you will be worry-free when you travel in your newly-built converted RV!

Do-It-Yourself RV Ideas

Before you scrap that old RV and buy a new one, think of getting your hands dirty. DIY projects are the way of the future, at with a little time and TLC, that old RV could be something truly special.

So, where do you start on a project like this? We’ll help get your creative juices flowing.


You don’t have to wait until spring to get started on this adventure. First take everything out of your RV, this includes all personal items and soft items like seating covers. Don’t go crazy cleaning, but give the RV a nice once-over. Then go through everything you removed, included covers, shower curtains, window curtains and more. See what needs to be updated, what can be refurbished and what needs to be tossed. 

Look around your RV. Simple changes might make all the difference in the world. With this kitchen, we see a few changes that would be simple, cheap and easy to do. The brown and yellow cabinets scream tacky. Although replacing cabinets might be expensive, painting them is not. If your cabinets need some TLC, start there. You could also paint or replace the paper towel holder, replace the curtains, remove the tack decor and spray paint the stove. There’s not a spray paint called stainless steel that will make your oven look expensive without the cost. 
Add Some Flare
Go to thrift stores and find great pieces to use inside your RV. This will help bring some life and personality to your old home. Plus decorating doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It can be unique and beautiful with DIY projects too. Finding pieces for your RV will make it seem all the more special to you. Try to stick with a theme, grab some louder items and go for pops of color. 
Okay, now that you’ve saved tons of money not buying that new camper, we believe it’s okay to splurge a little. Buy yourself a new stove, a new fridge or a new shower head. You certainly don’t have to buy everything, but getting one nice new item can make your camper feel like home again.

What DIY tips and tricks do you have?