So, this weekend we took the bus up to Austin and hung out with some friends and got to sleep in the bus for the first time - was quite nice! We had a successful "leak check" as we had torrential rains on Saturday night - we stayed nice and dry. Yahoo!
We ran an extension cord from our friends house so we had such creature comforts as a fan when it was hot and a heater once the cold front moved in. We used magnetic hooks and hung some blankets on the windows for privacy and a curtain sectioning off the bed area from the rest of the bus, and the heater kept us nice and toasty!
We've made some more progress on the bathroom area and the plumbing, and looks like we will be taking a little break from the bus as we head to Mexico for the holidays to spend some time with my parents who live in Sayulita on the Pacific coast. Hope everyone has a great holiday season and a safe New Year and we will continue the build as soon as we get back to the States!
I leave y'all with some more pics!
mounted the water pump on the underside of the bus near the tank, and its nice and protected and out of the way. Still need to wire it up, but that will wait until after the holidays...
fresh water tank fit nicely in the back middle section between the frame. Got it all plumbed up and ready to go...
Drilled more holes in the side of the bus (eeeeek!!)
to get the city water and gravity fill in and connected. Did the city water leak check and it worked great - did not have a waterfall in or around the bus!
Here's a closer look...
Started to enclose the bathroom walls - did it in pieces as we did not have nice big pieces of plywood - decided to make do with what we had instead of buying more wood. Worked out great.
decided to use angle bracket with sheet metal screws into the ribs - came out nice and sturdy on that side and was great for dealing with all the uneven bits. We're going to cover the inside walls on the bathroom with FRP or some other waterproof material (vinyl, etc..)
we will make a jig (thanks to Vonslatt.com) to cut the curvy bits for the upper part of the wall. That will have to wait until after the holidays...
"action shot" of me screwing the wall into place - don't I just looked thrilled!
used double-sided foam tape on the bracket that was up against the metal so it would cushion it and not have metal-on-metal. Figured it can't hurt...
Hope everyone has a great holiday and we'll see 'ya after the New Year!
John & Erica