This topic is probably one of the most highly debated within the skoolie community. Many pro’s and con’s exist around ceiling and wall removal, mostly based on labor time, cost, and resources. Choosing to removing the walls and ceiling is just the route that we decide to take with our builds, based on our personal needs and expectations from our bus conversion.
The next step is to remove the original floor of the bus. We often get asked why we bother putting the time and energy (it is SO much time and energy!!!) into removing it, especially since we will just be covering it up with a new vinyl floor. School bus floors are generally comprised of three layers: the rubber flooring atop the plywood subfloor, which sits on the actual structural metal base of the bus. We remove the original layers of flooring for several reasons.
Let the fun begin! The first place to start in any school bus conversion is removing the essence of the school bus itself, AKA those pesky bus seats. Can you tell this is not my favorite part of the conversion? Actually its not even my favorite part of the demo! I do have to admit that it is very rewarding to see your bus once all the seats are out, the first real look at your blank canvas. But man oh man, getting there kind of sucks!