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Old 06-18-2014, 10:44 PM   #11
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Re: Potential bus converter, have some questions

Originally Posted by roach711
... Seems to me that long term parking is your main issue. The usual solutions are a campground or parking on someones land. Shore power, drainage and water supply are key. Campgrounds are unlikely to let you dribble grey water so you'd need a spot with hookups.

Lorna and her daughter Mel are both full-timers and will probably chime in.
You can stay in mobile home parks if you have your own showers and bathroom. The mobile home parks that I am familiar with tend to either hardwire the power supply or (more common in my experience) to require a 50 amp plug. We heat with a combination of LP (LP fireplace and LP tag-a-long space heater) and electric (2 Patton Milkhouse style utility space heaters from Wal-Mart) We have lived in two mobile home parks - long term. One in TX and one in TN. Utilities setup depend on the park. This is not a short term option. You would be looking at a 6 month to 1 year commitment. Also, in freezing areas, you would need to either buy or make a heated fresh water hose. I have always choosen to make my own. Other than I refuse to pay high prices to a pre-made heated hose, by making my own, I can make the hose as long or short as I need to.

The ability to have electric and heat during a power outage is a good option to have during the winter.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:32 PM   #12
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Re: Potential bus converter, have some questions

Hi Complextinction,

I am still in the building phase of my conversion. Exterior is finished, generator and all wiring have been run, ceiling is finished, and flooring should be done early next week. So, I have not had the opportunity to use the generator as yet. My main concern for heating and cooking was over the use of propane and wood stoves. Propane because of leaks and potential explosions. Wood stoves because my wife is very sensitive to wood smoke. My only real choice was electric heat. If I am plugged into shore power then I will not need the generator. If I need heat and shore power is not available, then my highly efficient diesel generator under the bus will work just fine. It is computerized so that if I turn on the heat, the computer will tell the generator to turn on. It is hooked up to my 112 gallon diesel fuel tank and uses very little fuel per hour. Also it is very quiet plus its compartment under the bus has been insulated to reduce any noise coming from the generator.

If I had kids on the bus, I would be worried about hot wood stoves for heat or propane leaks. However many conversions on this site have different sources for heating and cooking. It really depends on personal preference and tolerance for some risks.
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