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From double decker bus to RV in 20 steps

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.. 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!

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

  1. See, this is what we want. 20 chapters in 12 minutes. Great You Tube for that alone. As for the build, well……… I can’t make up my mind. Is this genius couple, with courage or just insanity. Extremely well done though on all counts. I’m genuinely impressed. Thank you.

  2. I have a sneaky suspicion. the previous owner knew the engine was on the way out. But despite having found this after so much conversion, your finished project is well impressive. It's the sort of tour bus musicians might use. I have really good childhood memories, travelling through western Europe in Grandad's Ford Motorhome. Well done Onrust!

  3. Good for you👍.
    You did an excellent job. You didn't mention the cost, but anyway the result is satisfied.

  4. Even with a new engine, I bet you’ve saved thousands over something like a new big American RV! Probably the second time I’ve watched your video, stilled so impressed by your work, such an utterly fantastic idea and you recycled a lovely looking bus.

  5. A new engine?So actually it was all a huge mistake and you should have just bought a rv….got it.Let it be a lesson to all those idiots refurbishing old buses for rv's…Huge Mistake and waste of money on old shit.What a joke,people thinking they can turn old rigs into rv's.Don't be stupid reliability is the most important thing when traveling,don't buy a 2miles per gallon ugly old green bus from the seventies!

  6. What a huge job ! But I can't think of how much this would cost If you bought it already done ! Power to you . You have a wicked cool million dollar R.V. for your family at a fraction of the cost YOU WIN !! I love this !  I LOVE the Stan and Ollie part about the engine !! actually  "Stan " lived a few miles away from me  !

  7. Sad, that it couldn't be built in Hungary… even an engine replacement is a pain in the *ss to do… or just attaching a darkening film on your windows…

  8. Absolutely WONDERFUL work!!! Brilliantly planned and executed. I would actually go camping in a gorgeous rig like yours.

  9. I don't know why it was on my recommended videos list but I watched the whole thing and enjoyed it ! Great job, very impressive !

  10. but you said you had an expert check it out? why did he not check the engine? why not say the costings as you go? it is up for sale for 174,000 euros. no thanks.

  11. Onrust (or whatever his name is i just found this video): Bathroom in the middle
    Me: wait bathroom in the middle? would it be awkward if someone wants to go to the other side while someone is taking a bath or pooping?

  12. The problem with the bus is that, you need a license to drive it and there is no way to convince your wife to get it, at the end, you have to drive it all the way even though it's fun, it's also tiring. So better get a kombi 🙂

  13. how hard would it be for someone to move to Germany and become an "expert" for your self or someone similar, assuming they were already skilled in automotive stuff. would it help if they have a German passport.

  14. It's a nice idea, concept, interior design, it's a challenge itself, I guess the no. of views must have paid the whole thing itself, HOWEVER, as a promotion of your work, you haven't mentioned or considered few factors during the design:

    – Safety applied when a crash happens. I'll explain myself. That structure that holds the 600L water tank (635kg) at the speed of 50kmh (30mph) wouldn't withstand the impact, bolts would snap or the whole structure itself would come off, consequently the water tank would smash all the inside across and through the windscreen and as a result the passengers would find themselves in a deadly situation.

    – Running cost, there must be a massive heat loss through all the windows in winter and green house effect in summer.

  15. very unprofessional work…It happen when somebody do not have enough knowledge about technoligies and not enough money…

  16. Kunt u wat meer over de windowfilm/raamfolie vertellen? Welk merk heeft u gebruikt bijvoorbeeld? Dank u wel voor de moeite!

  17. i do get it its cool, its a house on wheels and a nice one at that but think of it this way, it burns hellla fuel, it cant go half the places you could go with a camper or even a large van, not a lot of places will allow you to keep it parked for a long time without paying an apropriate sum (and finding a place to park it besides your own yard is a challenge itself), depending of where youre from you need to pass more driving tests before you can legally drive this around and the list goes on

  18. The video is not quite shaky enough for me – there were some points where I could actually see what was happening…

  19. I was interested in this video until I couldn’t keep up reading the subtitles…..I only made it 2 1/2 minutes before I moved on.

  20. It would've been nice to see a slower, more detailed walk-through of the finished bus/rv. The whole video seemed to be a bit to rushed. This rv is much to nice to have such a rushed final walk-through.

  21. Hello Onrust! Do you have any idea why there are negative thumbs about your project?
    (in fact I cannot imagine why someone could give a negative thumb if you share your hard homework)

  22. Lucky bastard 😄
    I always dreamed of having such a bus, since i watched The Osbournes on MTV as a teen in the early 2000s.
    I even filled a whole sketchbook with layout concepts and ideas. Congrats for this great work!

  23. Sehr schöner Bus. Du hast bestimmt noch kein ZF 12 AS-Tronik sondern ein ZF AVS Getriebe 8S180. Wenn ich dich wäre würde ich mal im Winter alle Pneumatische Schläuche auf dem Getriebe ersetzten. Es ist sehr mühsam aber es lohnt sich. Eventuell gibt es die Dichtsätze noch für die Schaltzylinder. Kannst du dir viel Ärger unterwegs sparen. Ich habe viele dieser Getriebe überholt. Sind sonnst sehr schön zu fahren.

  24. What a great video.
    And brilliant job the man has made.. Hope you have all the joy it should bring..
    Most of all. What a set of balls to take on a project like this..

  25. Beautifly done. I hope the new engine was more HP. The original sounded underpowered for your needs. Have you taken it on a maiden voyage? Did you find some bugs to work out?

  26. Double decker RV – full interior tour

    I watched this a couple months ago and completely missed the detailed RV tour, so i figure others might of and its a great thing to admire.

  27. There’s something extremely satisfying about this construction video. The coziness but at the same time the luxury and spaciousness appeal to my boy dreamer’s mind 😊 love it

  28. How many tons of foodstuffs can you carry with you while traveling across Europe? I saw some small caravan from NL with more than 1 ton of imported stuff..

  29. Lass die Leute redn und hör ihn` gar nicht zu^^ die Ärzte haben das Lied echt auf den Punkt gebracht! Keine Ahnung was manche hier so von sich lassen; sicher können die noch nicht mal nen Staubsaugerbeutel wechseln! Das was Du hier geleistet hast ist sehr beeindruckend! Incredible! Wenn man diese Kompetenzen auf ein Hausboot übertragen würde….holla die Waldfee!!!

  30. Great job but I just know from looking at the end result, if you were starting over, you would do some things differently?

  31. Sehe das richtig, dass eine ggf. Vierköpfige Familie auf dem Weg in den Urlaub genau soviel CO2 in die Natur hämmert, wie ein Linienbus, der tagtäglich 100e von Passagieren befördert? Mir erschließt sich da der Sinn nicht vollends. Camping bedeutet doch im Allgemeinen soviel wie, die Natur genießen. Wie lange können wir das denn, wenn sich das jeder leisten könnte? Bitte versteht mich nicht falsch, ich würdige die Arbeit und das Können, aber fragen darf man ja mal. Mal abgesehen davon, dass man damit auf etlichen Campingplätzen nicht einmal Zugang bekommt.

  32. 10:48 ik denk: ja hoor dat is ons bos… nee het zal toch niet, ik zie alleen een paar gras sprieten… en ja hoor daar is court yard ff later tezien! 😀 vet project man! Laatst zelf daar nog een promootje opgenomen met de caravan 😀

  33. I don't understand why do you need to do that much money and time to make that tiny luxury house? 😐you can build your own big house very luxury with that money and some more money 😂

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