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Old 10-12-2019, 12:58 AM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
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Build List, penny for your thougts

Hey everyone, in anticipation of getting my bus i have begun a check list to cover my bases and to have a road map to the finish line. Below is that list. It is a work in progress and I will add things as I think of them. Any input is appreciated.

The Skoolie Project
a/k/a The Ark (working title)

Check list - steps to complete the bus

1. Buy bus

Demolition
2. Remove seats
3. Remove side markings, stop sign and crossing bar
4. Remove ceiling and side walls
5. Remove any pre installed insulation
6. Remove any unnecessary wiring. Be careful of emergency exit wirings in rear of bus
7. Remove flooring and sub flooring
8. Wire brush/grind any rust on floor
9. Seal floor

Reconstruction
10. Make bus watertight
*Remove and reseal windows and install screens?
*Spray bus with water and check for leaks
*Seal leaks
11. Replace roof emergency exits with marine skylights with egress
12. Install foam board insulation on floor
13. Install plywood subfloor
14. Install furring strips with foam strips as a buffer on ceiling and walls. Use box tape to cover the furring strips for easy spray foam removal.
15. Create floor plan
*Queen size bed 60”W x 80”L
*L shaped sitting area expandable for sleeping
*Space for electrical components
*Bathroom, over wheel well if possible separating living space from bedroom
*Kitchen next to bathroom, easy plumbing, pantry, fridge 44.5”H x 19”W x 19.5”D
*Space for wood burning heater
*Fresh water storage tank, maybe under bed? 81”x11”x26”
16. Install wiring, 12v lighting wiring and 120 sockets, shore hook up
17. Install backup camera
18. Install plumbing, optional water pressure tank. Must have built-in filtered water spout. Shore hookups, water pump, water tanks (fresh 100 gal and grey 42 gal), tankless water heater
19. Install solar rails and check for leaks after. Use nylon locking nuts.
20. Install solar
21. Box in wheel wells
22. Prep for spray foam
23. Spray foam insulation for ceiling and walls and wheel wells
24. Trim spray foam and fill any gaps with additional foam as necessary
25. Finalize floor plan
26. Frame in bus

Build
27. Install sockets
28. Install switches
29. Install walls
30. Install ceiling
31. Install lights
32. Build bedroom
33. Build bathroom
34. Build kitchen
35. Build living area
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:24 AM   #2
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Foaming in plumbing or electrical might create serviceability problems later on. I might foam in conduit that I’d pull wire in later. I might foam in long homeruns of copper pipe or PEX but leave service boxes Under sinks, behind toilet and shower areas unfoamed and follow up with pieces of rigid afterward.
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:01 PM   #3
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Foaming in plumbing or electrical might create serviceability problems later on. I might foam in conduit that Id pull wire in later. I might foam in long homeruns of copper pipe or PEX but leave service boxes Under sinks, behind toilet and shower areas unfoamed and follow up with pieces of rigid afterward.
The plumbing wont be foamed in. I will be running conduit for wiring. The idea is to have the kitchen and bathroom share the same wall to make running the plumbing smoother and it most likely will be an inside wall and not a exterior wall. I did not think about service access points so thanks for that tip.
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