How do you make a DIY slide out for your RV or school bus conversion?

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So how exactly do you build a DIY slide out for your tiny home, school bus conversion, or RV? With lots of steel, nuts and bolts, bumps and bruises and untold amounts of broken drill bits. This part of the project is not for the faint of heart. But if you have the right tools and are willing to get your hands dirty this part of the project can be accomplished by most people who have a mid to high level of competency.

Before I go on Here’s the video of the slide out

This has been a pretty big undertaking and I would definitely recommend to anyone that is willing to take on a huge challenge. The rewards of this part of the project is not only measured in space gained in our new home, but also in the amount of self-confidence and morale I have achieved from this step.

Okay, now to the nitty-gritty. Most of the time that I spent on this step was either drilling holes to attach the slide to the buses, but I also spent a great deal of time contemplating, measuring, and making sure that what was in my mind’s eye was playing out as planned. And so far the plan seems to be playing out as I thought.

There’s really isn’t any complicated steps or knowledge need to make this step in the bus conversion happen. Just making sure all your measurements are right and that things are as a level as possible will most likely be enough. Even if you are like me and design things with a lot of wiggle room in mind, it’s still important to make sure things are square and as level as possible to avoid any headaches later.

Overall this was a pretty simple step and I was definitely in my comfort zone. Not that I’ve attached a slide out to a bus before but I’ve done numerous frame modifications on a wide range of custom cars and trucks throughout my life. And because most of the construction of the slide out was done in previous steps, the combination of these things has made this one of the easiest things that I’ve done so far on the bus. I am not saying that it was necessarily the easiest thing, but since everything worked out as planned with little headache, I can say that it was pretty simple.


  1. Adam says

    Hi Luis, this article grabbed my attention then I saw only one picture and no video as referred too in the text. Just wanted to let you know.. nice grabline and disappointing content..

    Let me know if the article gets fixed, I’d be interested in reading it then.. cheers, Adam

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