It has been eons since I posted a progress report. The last two weeks before Burning Man were nutz. I did my regular day job and worked on the bus/burning man projects most nights till at least 11. Things that got done:
Battery isolation for new house power batteries
Hardwired the AC-rewired all of the wiring from the generator.
Built a new footer and mounted the cabinets that the divide the bus on the wheel hump.
Added door to bed room
Shortened the kitchen counter by a foot for clearance for the bath room
Fab-ed up a bathroom room using doors from habitat
Mounted a 100 gallon black water tank under the bus
Drilled and mounted the closet flange
Changed the oil & filter, trans filter, air filter
I could not find the right size hole saw to cut the inlet to the black water tank before we left. Oh well
There were six of us for the trip. We had 10 bicycles on the roof and hauled camping gear for 5 other folks to bolster the diesel budget. We drove 3698 miles out and back we used 455 gallons of diesel (8.12 mpg). Other than a buzzer going off when we hit orange section on the temperature gauge during long climbs the drive was mechanically uneventful, I need to check if the thermostat is stuck only half open.
Texas Canyon in AZ on the way home
I met Elliot and got to see Millicent and his human powered creations. My crew was equally impressed with his creations.
Jay on Elliot's trike with Millicent in the back ground
Our Home for the week
The dust storms were much worse than last year, though the heat was not bad at all for us Austin natives. I did not use the AC in the bus at all once on the playa.
Pirate Ship themed Art car in dust storm