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Old 03-09-2016, 09:03 PM   #21
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We got it classified as an RV through DMV then just added an RV to our existing auto/home policy with minimum coverage
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:05 PM   #22
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just a big buddy propane heater. it doesnt get below 30 usually and the summers are 50-65+ degrees.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:14 PM   #23
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We are new here too! No worries...
The window coverings are black out curtain liners covered in fabric. I strung picture hanging wire along the top hem and wrapped the wire around existing window screws to hold them in place. I sewed 3 extra-strong mini magnets into the bottom hem to hold them up to the ceiling out of the way when not in use. Its daylight til midnight in the summer so we needed the black out curtains, but didn't want to lose the open window concept.
We don't have any real plumbing. We use a 5 gal water jug with a hand pump for the sink and drains into a bucket underneath. The toilet is a self contained porta potty - we havent used one of these before so a little apprehensive to the clean out process. We'll see how that goes once we've started using it.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:17 PM   #24
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The inside color made a huge difference for us! I like the funky feel of it and the institutional grey was depressing. So, the roof and back/front upper panels are next for paint, maybe a lighter yellow or something soft?
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:19 PM   #25
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your little bustito looks similar to our Bumper...got any pics? love to get ideas and brainstorm.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:00 PM   #26
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Here is a link to an update video of the conversion so far.

https://youtu.be/iGI3bvvAdQ8
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:04 PM   #27
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Update Photos and Video

Hello, we were granted a reprieve from the rain for a couple of days so we decided to take Bumper to the beach for a day trip for her maiden voyage. She ran great, I have fixed the mechanical issues and once her water temp got up to 180 degrees she ran smooth. She got up to 55 mph no problem, although our roads are defiantly not freeways so we stayed at around 45 mph. We finished the exterior paint, yesterday and of course it rained just a few hours after we finished, I hope the paint isn't ruined. I also removed the "big bug eyes" the mirrors from the school bus so the driver can see what or who is in front of the bus. We still have some work to do, but all the current things are complete. Next is to build walls for the bathroom, we're going to use recycled wood.

Here are some pictures and a video at the beach on Saturday 3.12.16

https://youtu.be/ao-L08_ZRdo






Here are some pictures of the completed paint as of 3-13-16









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Old 03-14-2016, 08:16 PM   #28
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That looks nice and clean. I always thought a solid dark bus would look kind of menacing or intimidating, but that looks nice.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:21 PM   #29
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Man, you guys are going to have so much fun in that thing! The black is awesome. Looking forward to seeing your bathroom build.

And hey, throw that thing on the ferry and we'll meet up down in Homer one day!
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:27 PM   #30
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Black is good if you live in Alaska, not so good in southern Arid-zona!

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