So, we found an RV park that would take us, but the stipulation was to get that beast painted. We probably went a little further than expected, but when you're in a skoolie, it can't hurt to look fancy-fresh. After a little local research, we found this to be the best all-around paint to use: … Continue reading New Skin to Birtha NewWorld (Painting the Bus)
So, I heard a "tip" from the country folks. Word is, put an aluminum can in with a hot fire, about once a month, and you'll never have a creosote build-up problem. I tossed one in there a little while ago 'cause it was getting pretty clogged, and I did hear lots of crackling and … Continue reading Creosote remedy, wood stove installation, thimble assembly.
After installing the floor, I took the opportunity to add a little cheery flair in the form of a green stripe. We will eventually get to painting the ceiling a lovely "true turquoise," again, for cheer. Need to break up all these greys! We did both sides, all the way down. It vibes well with … Continue reading Interior paint–its a wonderful thing.
Okay, now its time to start thinking about insulating for winter. First off, the floor is just bare metal. Well, bare metal that we sanded, and painted twice, so its sealed--but still very cold! The first step was figuring out a general plan. What I've decided to do is to insulate with discarded (but clean) … Continue reading Installing our floor in the bus.
Man, its about time to get organized in this steel beast! First, I found a board and reclaimed it. (Its part of upcycling!) This particular board was round on one half, and shaved flat on the other half. I thought it would look "quite nice," precious. I want to put brackets on there securely, so we notched out … Continue reading Installing a pantry shelf in the bus.
Now to install one patch on the roof, complete the installation of our two cranking roof vents, and to apply the first layer of something called "SnowRoof," an expandable (read that to mean: seasonally effective with expansion and contraction), insulating, as well as sun-reflecting roof paint. This stuff is awesome and only cost me about … Continue reading Installing roof vents and a reflective roof paint.
Well, how did we seal all those holes from the previous owner's shoddy RV install? How did we cover up every breach from all the rows of seats bolted into the floor? You'll find out in this article LET ME TELL YOU. First, I wanted to get something substantial over the holes in the floor … Continue reading Sealing holes, breaches, ensuring few insects enter unnoticed…
So, what have we been doing since the last post? Other than enjoying our adorable doggies? 1. Removing things that are in our way, and cleaning. This includes the propane water heater, all the vinyl flooring and the screws which-will-not-be-turned (turn, damn you!), the driver's seat, the instrument/electronic panel and all its little … Continue reading Step 2: clean and paint that bus!
Well, the opportunity presented itself, and we were fortunate enough to be able to capture it. We bought a bus! Its a 1989 GMC B6000, with a Wayne chassis. The engine is a Chevrolet 454 V8, 6.0L (366 cubic inches), with an Allison transmission. It is considered a medium duty vehicle. I'm beyond stoked! Plus, … Continue reading New Project: Living Space: Bus.