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After weeks of searching, we found an amazing company in LA that were able to custom cut our cushions and ship them to us in Indiana in only three days! My mom sewed all these covers, and then her and Michel’s mom spent a day graciously sewing them onto the cushions while they were here for graduation. Our system includes fresh and grey water tanks, two sinks, a faucet that could potentially be used as a shower, an electric water pump, and an external RV hose hookup.

Anyone looking to make their own cushions – contact Josh at Murano, Inc. Amy worked with Mc Donalds who hooked us up with an amazing sponsorship.

Rory designed an amazing electrical system with five house batteries and a Schneider inverter/converter that we used to power phone chargers, computers, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and even an AC unit.

Along with housing the breaker box, the counter also popped off for shoe storage below. All the doors were bought at the Habitat Humanity Re Store for only /each, as were all kitchen cabinet doors.

This album takes you through the construction process first so if you’re interested in just the final product, scroll about half way down for the finish photos.

You can also check out some great pictures from the 5.5 week journey we took with the bus at facebook.com/serendipitibus.

Along with allowing us to eat at (way too many) Mickey D’s during the trip, they also set up a sendoff event at the local franchise where we bought meals for unsuspecting guests.

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Over the next seven months, we managed to convince four more classmates to join us and spent what little free time we had converting the bus.

Our crew was quite worldly (with riders coming from Ireland, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Virginia) and despite only myself having any formal construction experience, everyone stepped up to the plate and took on significant roles in the project.

From left to right: Amy [marketer/blogger extraordinaire], John [plumber/photographer], Dan [detail carpenter/house maid], Sam [interior designer/videographer], Micheal [roof deck builder/sleepyhead], Nicky K [bus dad/painter], Rory [electrician/group optimist], and me (Nick M) [salty dictator].

The AC unit is installed below this shelf with a collapsable vent pipe to allow us to slide the unit out to the beds.

When a thrift store at our first stop had enough different colors for each of us (plus two guests) we couldn’t pass up on these pants.

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