School Bus RV Conversion Update Preparing for Slide Out

School Bus RV Conversion Update Preparing for Slide Out

Hi guys, so here’s an update on the bus. I got the side panels removed from the school bus and it’s more of the same as far as the technique that I used to remove all of the other panels. You can refer back to this post. That post goes through the process that I used to remove the rivets and screws.

Why did I remove the side panels?

slide outside panel removal preparation

So I started off by removing the driver side panels and it wasn’t too difficult to remove. It seems like I’m getting better at removing these rivets and screws and soon I’ll be a pro. It took me just about two weeks to remove both sides. But that’s me only going about 3 hours every time and maybe 4 days out of the week. I started by only removing the driver side because that’s where we intended to put the slide out. After I removed the side panels we noticed that there was a huge amount of soot buildup between the frame of the bus and the side panels. Also, it had inadequate insulation. I knew that if I did not remove the other side, I would’ve ended up regretting it. I know this is adding extra work to this project. It’s not only removing the side panels but now it’s putting them back up. And with next summer as a deadline every minute counts. But I definitely know that removing the side panels is going be the right choice in the long run.

Here is the video. Thanks for watching.

What is to come?

While I wait for parts for the slide out that we are building, I will begin removing the wood from the floors. We need to see what’s going on under those wood floors. Hopefully it’s not too bad. Let’s see if I can keep up this pace.


  1. says

    love the videos. Thanks for sharing! I’m planning on a bus conversion for my next MH. I’ll probably go back to an apt. for a little bit after being a fulltimer in an old RV for about a year and a half. Your videos are very informative and I am excited to keep watching!

    • says

      Good luck with your school bus conversion and if you have any questions I’ll be more than happy to answer them if I can. I also have more videos coming out pretty soon and thanks for watching.

  2. Ralph says

    After watching your videos I am more and more excited about starting my own project. I look forward to seeing more of your slide out build.

  3. Adam says

    Perhaps it’s my ISP I don’t know, but I can’t see the videos and .. well, I really want too *Smiles gently as I type*.. I realised I may have made the comment too dry on the slide out page Luis, please don’t be offended, I am a bit Aspergers and literal and forget the rest of the world is not…

    I mean’t to give feedback not to criticize that is for sure..

    Hopefully these other comments will let you see how impressed and enthusiastic I am for the sheer effort you have put into not only the build, but to documenting it for other people like myself.

    Thanks kindly,

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