I decided to share our project here to both chronicle the progress, as well as to have a place to refer back to if I forget something. We may be setting the record for the longest (time wise) build thread...this will be a 5 to 7 year project. Our goal is to have our home ready when Angie and I hit 62.
This will be a very ambitious and complicated build. Our goal is to have a bus that looks like a motor coach on the outside, but is a 300+ sq. ft. self contained home on the inside.
The Bus: A 1996 72 passenger Blue Bird TC2000RE with the 8.3 Cummins and the MD-3060 Allison.
Layout: It will get a 2' lift and 3 slide outs. A large floor leveling 12'x4', a 8'x2 1/2' slide out opposite the large one, and a 4'x2' slide out kitchen.
Power: I have already acquired enough solar cells to build the panels that I believe will give me 35+ amps of charging current in full sun. The real score is that I bought a WhisperGen PPS-16 with just 78 hours on it....
...This is a stirling cycle co-generation power plant that produces 70 amps of 12 volt charge as well as 18000 btu's of heat on 1 1/2 pints
of diesel an hour. It is also about as noisy as a refrigerator.
Heat: Hydronic with wood backup.
Water: I will get into detail in time, but I plan on a closed loop grey water system with a total of 6 stages of filtration and UV disinfectant. This will allow the use of 25 gal. a day for showering and appliances. I also will have a rain collection system for water replenishing. I will have a similar filtration system for drinking water.
Ok, back to the present
. I was lucky in that when I bought the bus, the previous owner had already pulled the seats and removed the side paneling...
...Oh looky, RUST
. Oh well,it is what it is. 8 sanding wheels, 4 cut off wheels, 9 cans of Iron Armor's Rust Restorer, and around 30 hours later...
Next weekend I'll lay down roll on bed liner.
Thats all I got for now.