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Old 11-28-2003, 06:49 PM   #1
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Jacuzzi Bus

I found this site while browsing the web today, these guys put a hot tub in the rear of their bus.



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Old 11-29-2003, 04:14 PM   #2
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that's my bus ! It's been a lot of work, but worth the effort. Some of the parties we've had are just amazing !
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Old 11-29-2003, 04:17 PM   #3
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The thing I really want to know is how much power does it take to heat the water and where that power coming from?
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Old 11-30-2003, 12:57 PM   #4
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excellent question ! it does take a lot of energy to heat water, especially now that old man winter has arrived here in Michigan. The most efficient way i've found to heat the water is using engine heat from the bus. I removed all the electrical stuff from the rear bus heater, which left me with just a large heater core. I simply place the heater core into the hot tub while i drive, and it heats 400 gallons of water 50 degrees in less than an hour. This engine heat is usually just wasted to the atmosphere, so i'm just harnessing "free" engergy.



I do have a large generator. I use it to run the jets on the hot tub. On occasion i will use it to heat the water also. The hot tub has a built in electric 5000 watt heater. The downside is that the geni is rather noisy. Barely noticable inside the bus however, especially when the stereo is thumpin.



The third option is to just plug the hot tub into the electric grid. It requires 220 volts, making it slightly more difficult to find suitable power when not at home. The only available 220v outlets at peoples houses are usually not accessable, ie behind the stove or dryer. I devised a simple connecter that lets me use two separate 110 volt extention cords plugged into two separate outlets which gives me 220 volts.



To keep the hot tub from freezing, i leave it plugged into the power grid when at home now that it's winter. I have a long super heavy duty cord that plugs into my welder outlet in the barn.
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Old 12-05-2003, 06:48 AM   #5
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Greetings,

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Old 12-05-2003, 03:18 PM   #6
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The party happens wherever the bus goes. I meet people all the time: while fueling, shopping, or just hanging out. Even though it's winter, i'm still getting invited nearly every friday and saturday nite to go somewhere. I love the bus. The idea of a hot tub in a bus is silly,,,,,but i'm astounded at the overwhelmingly positive reaction I get from people the first time they see the inside.
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I think everyone secretly wants to own a bus. If you ever rode a bus to school when you were a kid you've had a dream about driving the bus and getting to sit in the drivers seat and open that awesome school bus front door. I have found that just about everyone you meet wants to be on the skoolie.
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not only open the door, but also push all of those buttons ! That's one of the reasons that i didn't convert the door the a standard rv style. People love "old school"



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Yeah I don't know about your bus but the Wards have a panel with 18 switches on it. Everyone wants to flip them so they can try to figure out what they do.







It was really nice that there were some extra switches there that I could wire in to do other things that I wanted.
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here is an idea i'm in love with, a bus on top of a bus. not really a double decker, more of a decker and a half. I have a free donor bus available if i want to attempt this conversion, but i'm not sure if i have the desire now that old man winter has set in.



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