Completing Construction

Published by on October 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Construction is complete!!

“Whaaat?!?!”, you say. “The last post was about sealing the roof, and now y’all are done building!” 

Yes. Yes we are. It took a little less than a year to do it, but we are now officially done with all the construction.

We didn’t post as much as we thought we would throughout the building process. Zack doesn’t like to write posts and I don’t know how to write about construction. Not to mention, he and his dad did a lot of the work during the week while I was not there. Better to have no posts than for me to try to write about something that I know almost nothing about. Lets just say I have embarrassed myself more than once when they asked me to go inside and get them a tool.

Since there aren’t many posts on it, feel free to ask any questions about the construction process. Materials we used or how something was done. Zack is really good at answering specific questions!

From picking the bus up, to cooking our first meal, here is our album of photos that we are constantly updating. They provide the detail of our bus construction that our lack of posts don’t.

…and some photos of the finished bus, minus decor. That is what we are working on now.


The grand entrance


The living room/dining room/kitchen/everything room


Our sweet setup


Hidden refrigerator


Bathroom door & storage


The throne




A born and raised Arkansan, Annie has always had the desire to get out and travel. To explore new places and experience new things. It wasn't until she was in college that she really discovered her love for the outdoors: biking, hiking, kayaking. Growing restless with her 8-5 job in a cubicle she and Zack were looking for ways to get more fulfillment out of their lives and to do what they really loved. So what better way than to buy a school bus and travel the country!

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  • Debbie Mayes

    Have you shown how you made the couch anywhere?
    …I absolutely love it!

    • Zack Andrews

      Hey Debbie, we don’t show a step-by-step anywhere, but we took some photos while we constructed the couch in this album: It shows how we framed it out with 2×2 then attached the plywood as a skin. There’s really not much too the couch, so it should help show the process.

  • Josi

    Can you direct me to a post (if I missed it) about the ceiling? Or can I get some more info on how you did it? Looks great!

    • Annie

      Hey Josi, I don’t think we wrote about how to do the ceiling. We have a photo album that has some pictures in there. You’ll have to scroll through to find the ones for the ceiling. To try and explain, we screwed thin strips of luan to the ribs in the ceiling. we stapled the 1/4 tongue & groove panels into the luan strips (on the side so the staples didn’t go into the ribs).

  • gringo jones

    Hi! What an awesome bus. We’re in a Hino Ranger travelling New Zealand full time. I’m keen to learn more about your solar setup. Is there a post or can you let me know how many watts of solar panels you managed to fit with that layout and what your battery bank capacity is like. Love the idea.

    • Zack Andrews

      I don’t have a post about the panels specifically, I don’t believe. However, to answer your question, we have 1000 watts of solar on top, 4x 24v 250w panels tied to 4x 155Ah 12v batteries through a 60 amp morningstar charge controller. We’re off-grid indefinitely when we want to be, over the past 7 months we’ve only been plugged in for a week.

  • Debbie Jay

    Would you please share your electrical setup. I love your home. The simplicity and clean lines make this one of my favorites.

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