Alex Oetzell


If you, yes you, are one of many who look at this and think, "Oh I've always wanted to do this" or "I was thinking about buying a bus a few years back, or even "I could never do this"... Let me tell you what, yes you can. I had NO experience, skill or supplies when I bought the bus. I had never met anyone in real life who had done anything like this. Shoot, I had no clue. I learned everything from YouTube, staying up late at night, and brainstorming, and yes, I learned from tragic trial and errors. If I can do this you can do this. 

lack there of plans). I worked full time at a beach cafe and spent all my free time working on the bus. I just about completed my school bus to RV conversion in 6 months. Great friends and neighbors helped me out, but most of the conversion was done by yours truly. It was hard work, but a labor of love, of course. 

I left San Diego in August, and drove up to Los Angeles, where I had some magical repairs done in Redondo Beach by the world’s best mechanics at Beach Side Auto. My route from there took me to Redlands, and up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Along the way my favorite was Bottle Tree Ranch, Manzanar museum, Mt. Whitney Portal, Lake Mono and Travertine hot springs. Met a wonderful family at the hot springs with 6 kids and spent the evening and morning at their farm right near the border of Nevada.

     I began my adventure New Years eve of 2016 in San Diego, California.  I found a sweet, short school bus on Craigslist for just under 4k. Little did I know that this bus was going to drastically alter my plans for life (or

All seats and flooring were removed and redone. The walls were insulated, paneled and painted. The stove and heater run on propane, the fridge and phone/laptop charge off 200 watts of solar and the battery is a 400 amp hour goal zero yeti. Water for the sink is pressured by a hand pump, and my bed can turn up into 2 parallel couches. I have a table that seconds as a chess board and 2 of the original seats. This conversion was not very expensive, obviously solar panels and battery were not... cheap, but I salvaged most of my wood and purchased only 2 power tools; a circle saw and a drill.