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Old 09-20-2018, 01:35 PM   #11
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1. Remove all the seats, sell for scrap metal (Use Impact Driver?)
a. Grind/Remove seat brackets
b. Remove rubber flooring in the stairwell and entire bus
c. Remove heat/ducts inside and under bus
d. Pull up any plywood with a crow bar
e. Remove interior metal between the windows and chair rail (But DON'T REMOVE CHAIR RAIL
f. Remove wheel well covers and ceiling panels
g. Tear out fiberglass insulation
h. Make sure all the rivets are out and clean out
2. Use grinder to get rid of surface rust
a. Wire Brust the Whole floor
b. Powerwash
c. Use a degreaser (Any brand recs?) and thoroughly rinse
d. Use a rust-converter (Corroseal)
e. Patch any tiny holes (check for leaks during rain) with 3M 5200 Sealant
f. Paint over with Epoxy Paint to seal over the rust converter and wait 24 hours
3. Cut/drill holes for plumbing/electric, oh my
a. I'm still confused about this part. We'll be using a compost toilet of some sort on top of the wheel well, 1 sink, 1 small shower. If anyone has suggestions for electric set up for off-grid (minimal A/C and fridge use)?
b. Build a box to contain the generator/batteries
c. Run wires and outlets?
d. Mount a main and sub panel
e. Install On-Demand Propane Water Heater (Gravity fill/vent hose in the wall behind shower)
f. Install Water Tanks (30 Gal Fresh and Grey Water) under bus
g. Install 2 Propane Tanks (Where is recommended to put this?Driver side behind the wheel well?)
h. Put in ventilation tube over wheel well
4. Replace Windows OR insulate and seal them?
a. Take out all the windows, Replace every other 2 windows with a sheetmetal wall. Get in any large pieces of furniture/wood in while windows are out.
b. What is recommended to put on the windows to keep out the sun or insulate the windows better?
c. Caulk all the windows for leaks
d. Replace one of the windows in front of the range with a fan
5. INSULATE the ceiling and walls
a. Put in a conduit for wires. Use Great Stuff expanding foam for walls. Put in slow to give time to expand and dry. Shave down.
b. Put insulation boards into the ceiling. 3/8" Foam Boards with foil face?
c. Put up a frame for the wall material later. Wood between the windows? Furring Strips?
d. Put Ceiling panels back in
6. Subfloor
a. Install Radiant Heat Barrier (What kind of material is best for this? Paint on OR Foil?)
b. Install insulation (Spray? Foam Boards?)
c. Laydown Plywood/OSB (If using OSB leave gaps bc it expands
7. Tape Floorplans and cry (Use tape that comes up clean and easy)
8. Put in window A/C OR on the roof
9. Hope that the plumbing and electricity is all good, cover up wall insulation
10. Framing
a. Make cardboard cut-outs to practice. (If you mess up on the curve, use adhesive foam rubber strips to cover it?)
b. Make a jack-in-the-box for toilet.
c. Box over wheel wells with plywood and whatever material is safe for a tiny pellet stove.
d. Create frame for bed, with about 2 1/2 feet storage underneath
e. Various storage frames
f. The awful attempt to make 2 pull-out sofas with storage underneath.
g. Make kitchen counters, with a pull out L-shape counter
h. Coat all the wood with stain/finish
11. Pray all the furniture is in the right spot. Put down flooring where there aren't any appliances
a. What kind of flooring do you all recommend?
12. Lighting!
I'm thinking mostly long strings of LED lights and a few sconces.
13. Put in a wire halo for shower curtain, install bathtub bucket
14. Interior decoration and finishing?
15. Exterior
a. Paint with insulating paint
b. Install awning
And hopefully be ready to set sail? I know there must be lots I missed. I appreciate any recs![/QUOTE]
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:40 PM   #12
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1. Remove all the seats, sell for scrap metal (Use Impact Driver?)
a. Grind/Remove seat brackets
b. Remove rubber flooring in the stairwell and entire bus
c. Remove heat/ducts inside and under bus
d. Pull up any plywood with a crow bar
e. Remove interior metal between the windows and chair rail (But DON'T REMOVE CHAIR RAIL
f. Remove wheel well covers and ceiling panels
g. Tear out fiberglass insulation
h. Make sure all the rivets are out and clean out
2. Use grinder to get rid of surface rust
a. Wire Brust the Whole floor
b. Powerwash
c. Use a degreaser (Any brand recs?) and thoroughly rinse
d. Use a rust-converter (Corroseal)
e. Patch any tiny holes (check for leaks during rain) with 3M 5200 Sealant
f. Paint over with Epoxy Paint to seal over the rust converter and wait 24 hours
3. Cut/drill holes for plumbing/electric, oh my
a. I'm still confused about this part. We'll be using a compost toilet of some sort on top of the wheel well, 1 sink, 1 small shower. If anyone has suggestions for electric set up for off-grid (minimal A/C and fridge use)?
b. Build a box to contain the generator/batteries
c. Run wires and outlets?
d. Mount a main and sub panel
e. Install On-Demand Propane Water Heater (Gravity fill/vent hose in the wall behind shower)
f. Install Water Tanks (30 Gal Fresh and Grey Water) under bus
g. Install 2 Propane Tanks (Where is recommended to put this?Driver side behind the wheel well?)
h. Put in ventilation tube over wheel well
4. Replace Windows OR insulate and seal them?
a. Take out all the windows, Replace every other 2 windows with a sheetmetal wall. Get in any large pieces of furniture/wood in while windows are out.
b. What is recommended to put on the windows to keep out the sun or insulate the windows better?
c. Caulk all the windows for leaks
d. Replace one of the windows in front of the range with a fan
5. INSULATE the ceiling and walls
a. Put in a conduit for wires. Use Great Stuff expanding foam for walls. Put in slow to give time to expand and dry. Shave down.
b. Put insulation boards into the ceiling. 3/8" Foam Boards with foil face?
c. Put up a frame for the wall material later. Wood between the windows? Furring Strips?
d. Put Ceiling panels back in
6. Subfloor
a. Install Radiant Heat Barrier (What kind of material is best for this? Paint on OR Foil?)
b. Install insulation (Spray? Foam Boards?)
c. Laydown Plywood/OSB (If using OSB leave gaps bc it expands
7. Tape Floorplans and cry (Use tape that comes up clean and easy)
8. Put in window A/C OR on the roof
9. Hope that the plumbing and electricity is all good, cover up wall insulation
10. Framing
a. Make cardboard cut-outs to practice. (If you mess up on the curve, use adhesive foam rubber strips to cover it?)
b. Make a jack-in-the-box for toilet.
c. Box over wheel wells with plywood and whatever material is safe for a tiny pellet stove.
d. Create frame for bed, with about 2 1/2 feet storage underneath
e. Various storage frames
f. The awful attempt to make 2 pull-out sofas with storage underneath.
g. Make kitchen counters, with a pull out L-shape counter
h. Coat all the wood with stain/finish
11. Pray all the furniture is in the right spot. Put down flooring where there aren't any appliances
a. What kind of flooring do you all recommend?
12. Lighting!
I'm thinking mostly long strings of LED lights and a few sconces.
13. Put in a wire halo for shower curtain, install bathtub bucket
14. Interior decoration and finishing?
15. Exterior
a. Paint with insulating paint
b. Install awning
And hopefully be ready to set sail? I know there must be lots I missed. I appreciate any recs!
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All the above means nothing if you haven't got a good sound bus under you electrically and mechanically. A ton of work for nothing!
You need a dependable vehicle before you think converting at all, or are just making expensive scrap.


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Old 09-20-2018, 04:46 PM   #13
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You forgot the most important part.....Naming the Bus...
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:57 PM   #14
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All the above means nothing if you haven't got a good sound bus under you electrically and mechanically. A ton of work for nothing!
You need a dependable vehicle before you think converting at all, or are just making expensive scrap.


John[/QUOTE]

We have our bus, a 2003 Bluebird with CAT engine and Allison transmission. She's right out of school district use, it was inspected well and we haven't found too much rust after beginning to pull up the plywood
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:00 PM   #15
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You forgot the most important part.....Naming the Bus...
Very true haha So far her name is Bussica the Succubus~
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:01 PM   #16
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Some general questions for insulation and walls, if anyone has done these:

1. Is there any benefit to taking off the metal in the wall and replacing any insulation? Is it ok to just put insulation on top of the pre-existing metal wall up to the width of the chair rail and then put up a new wall?
2. Debating making walls out of windows by painting over the windows, caulking and gluing them shut, then using the same insulation and wall material over top of them. Is this better than taking the window out and replacing it with sheet metal?
3. Should I leave the plastic wheel well cover on for safety? Or just box over the metal part?
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:29 PM   #17
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Great Stuff has a max R-value of 4.2. I have 1" double-faced foam with an R-value of 6. Then there's https://www.insulation4less.com/Insu...aspx#fragment1.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:54 AM   #18
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5. INSULATE the ceiling and walls
a. Put in a conduit for wires. Use Great Stuff expanding foam for walls. Put in slow to give time to expand and dry. Shave down.
d. Put Ceiling panels back in
b. Install insulation (Spray? Foam Boards?)
7. Tape Floorplans and cry (Use tape that comes up clean and easy)
8. Put in window A/C OR on the roof

My ideas:
a. I wouldn't use the Great Stuff as the main wall insulation. It's just supposed to be a crack filler.

d. I personally wouldn't recommend re-using the metal ceiling panels, especially if you are putting the ceiling back up last. Research thermal bridging in skoolies.

b. I'll be using a two-part closed-cell spray foam on the walls and ceiling. Maybe even the floor. I'll probably be using Tigerfoam.com (Coupon Code: Save50). Does anyone else have a better/cheaper recommendation?

7. Don't cry, buddy, you can do this! Also, just leave the tape on the floor.

8. Have you researched RV rooftop A/C vs a mini-split? I'm going to be installing a mini-split in my bus.

Other: Are you going to be using any solar panels or a rooftop deck? If so, I'd put up the solar rack before installing the ceiling insulation, so you can access the attachment points to reinforce the rack.

Good Luck!
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:30 PM   #19
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Great Stuff will eat metal and will never set fully in a closed compartment. Needs to be "closed cell foam" so that it does not hold moisture.
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:40 PM   #20
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Good to know a 20 Gal will last that long! Thank you!
20# is not the same as 20 gallons. 20 gallons would be 84lbs, a 20# full weighs 4.7lbs.
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