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23: Skoolie Build Master Bedroom

Stage 23: Building The Master Bedroom

Once the Bunks were done, the Master bedroom was easy to tackle. We just needed a bed frame, some walls and closets.



However, we wanted to be able to be in cold places in the winter, so we decided that our water tank should be inside where it would not freeze. Along with our other water lines. And, at the time, we thought we would be boon docking more so we wanted 2- 100 gallon water tanks under the bed. These tanks come in all sizes. We found ours at an irrigation supply store in Odessa, TX. We used bulk heads and pex piping to plumb it out into our residential plumbing we later installed. The tanks I found were rather tall, which meant we were building a loft bed at the time.

We built 6 of these frames, a top and bottom for the frame. We later added some l brackets to the corners on the inside and underneath to make sure there was extra support. No pics of those though.
Our English Mastiff, Mila, loved the tall bed because her dog bed was going under our bed and that meant she could just walk right into her spot!


We also made the bed in three pieces so we could detach the middle of the bed to use the back exit door if we ever needed to. We got this idea from an Alaskan couple on YouTube who built their bed this way for that reason. We have actually had to take the bed apart quite a bit since installing it to access the tail light wires (behind the brick wall), take out the water tanks and put in a new one, to build a new bed frame, etc. So that idea worked well!

I put felt between wood joints to help with squeakiness!
To make the middle removable in the middle we just used long bolts, washers, and nuts, 2 on each side.

We also screwed the bed frame to the 2×4’s In the wall by countersinking the screws, and we screwed it to the floor as well. The frame took up the entire width of the bus so that it would be able to be screwed into the bus wall, and later we add a foot board with secret storage here!

A place to sit down, what?!


At this point we learned of the Perfect Butt and began using it on the walls. Notice how the wall in Ryon’s closet fits snugly to the curves of the corrugated metal. This took some time to do. We had to have a scrap trace piece and eventually got it perfect…trace, cut, fit…trace, cut, fit. But it looks great! For these walls we used ¾” plywood but we could have went with ½ “ plywood. It was just on special so we went with the thicker wood that was cheaper!

Crab’s/Misc. Closet After, before trim
Crab’s/Misc. Closet Beginning . Also notice the top of the wall curving with the ceiling now.

I built my side of the closet…it is not square lol!



My Closet Beginning
My Closet After, Before Trim



My Closet and Headboard Before (we should have just came all the way down with that board. I don’t know what we were thinking. We had to add a piece of wood when we dropped the bed 1.5 years later. Link below article.

My Closet and headboard After, Before Trim
The Foot end of the bed. Crab used an old piece of a beam that went in our friend’s house as a shelf for our room! He even beat it with a chain to give it texture! Before Trim and Renovation.
My oldest did a lot of sanding of the beautiful birch walls.

Pretty Much DONE!


Here is what the bedroom looked like all done. We purchased a Queen Foam Zinus mattress from Amazon. It came all rolled up so it was easy to bring in the bus and unroll. We had to let it set for 24 hours so it would rise throughly, but it still works fine 2 years later!

The bed came to my stomach and I am 5’6″. With it at this height I would have to literally climb into bed LOL!

A year and a half later we decided we were only using 1- 100 gallon water tank of the 2. 1 tank would last us 3-4 days if we were boondocking, but honestly, we just weren’t doing it enough to justify the added weight and higher bed. Plus, sex was kind of uncomfortable being so close to the ceiling! We also discovered you can find water anywhere on the road. So we found a 42 gallon fresh water tank from (free shipping deal, total cost $80), replumbed it to fit the RV fittings, and lowered the bed J I will eventually have a link here to direct you to how we plumbed everything.

Back to Stage 22: Building Bunk Beds

Here is the link to the Stage 23 Re-Do: RENOVATION of the MASTER BEDROOM (COMING SOON).

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Skoolie Bus Conversion Tour of Garage and Back Deck Extension & Stabilizer Jacks

Hey all! Here is a video I posted on YouTube a couple of weeks ago on the rear end of Chitty Bang and all the welding we did as rookies lol

That Hobart 210 MVP really was a hoss! And great for beginners! We only used it for flux core but it also does Mig. We used it mostly on a standard outlet, but to do a few welds on the 1″ channel iron extension under the bus, we used a 210 outlet.

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9: School Bus Rust Removal/ Prevention Part 3 of 3

Stage 9: Rust Prevention

Up Close & Personal. Is it odd Crab was drawn to Hunter Green? Looks like Army green to me ;)
Up Close & Personal. Is it odd Crab was drawn to Hunter Green? Looks like Army green to me 😉

After the slaying of the Rust, we have to do our best to prevent it from happening again. The last step in the floor prep is painting the floor with Rustoleum. We figured the color did not really matter since it will be covered with frame work, insulation, and then flooring, so Crab grabbed Hunter Green. Cool.

Our plan was to include the kids as much as possible, and what fun could painting a whole bus floor be?! The previous day Crab and I spent bent over filling holes, so it was time for a Crab Team Effort. The girls were excited, of course, and did an excellent job!

Cheap Labor :) Sneaking a peek at the chirren working on the future dream:D Crab is supervising, kind of. Lol.
Cheap Labor 🙂 Sneaking a peek at the chirren working on the future dream:D Crab is supervising, kind of. Lol.
Starting the crack and lower wall painting.
Starting the crack and lower wall painting.

The girls started with the prep work of filling the cracks and lower walls with paint brushes. They got pretty bored with this by the time they reached the front, but a little under 300 square feet, really doesn’t take too long to paint 🙂

From the Rear. Almost complete
From the Rear
These guys did an awesome job on the paint job :)
These guys did an awesome job on the paint job 🙂

What I have loved most about this Tiny House experience is that this is a project we can all pitch in and create. The dream for our family is not everyone’s dream. It is not for everyone either. Through our experiences of Army life, deployments, the effects of war, and just plain crazy things that happen in life, we made the decision together as a family to get out and travel, to live in a tiny space together, and eventually find a place where we all want to set up our Crab Homestead. We want to create a lifetime of memories and adventures, and it took a long time of trial, error, admitting being wrong, learning, appreciative and humbled at being right at times, researching, sacrifices, and hardships. It is just so exciting that this is only the beginning (or really another chapter) of our Tiny House experience. And I appreciate all of the days we are out working on the bus together, *ahem* even the really really dirty ones 😀

Now, while the girls were painting the floor, Crab and I were scraping letters and reflective tape off of the bus. Which leads me to

Stage 10: Heat It, Scrape It, Sand It, Seal It……could be a new song…:)


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