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Old 10-19-2015, 07:26 AM   #1
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Working on a bus in Winter?

Been reading so many threads the past few days and enjoying everyone's bus builds! I'm in the destruction phase of my own and in the next two weeks plan to have every seat, the chrome railing, and the floor up. The two week after that will be the walls and the ceiling. At that point it'll be time to sandblast and remove any rust before painting over.

There's my snag, right there. It's getting into the 20's at night here now and barely hitting 50F during the day. Winter hit fast the second I got my bus and now drying paint, curing sealant, and glue are all so much more of an issue. I'm considering building a temporary greenhouse over her (two plastic layers with air sandwiched between via blower to keep everything tight) to keep out snow and keep her nice and warm so I can get paint and everything to dry. Maybe grow some nice winter veggies in there too xD.

How do you guys who are joining me in the brave, but foolish venture of winter bus conversion plan on handling the cold?
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:54 AM   #2
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I'm just gonna wait until spring to paint. Here in Texas we can probably paint through the end of October and maybe a few sporadic hot days in winter. I'll do prep work in February and paint in April (my March is usually booked solid with rodeo stuff).

I wish I would've been able to do the destruction phase in winter. That was some sweaty work.
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:30 AM   #3
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I did the paint part in the summer, after that I used space heaters until I got the heat installed. Since I am retired I do have the luxury of not having to get something done on a schedule when not working.
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:39 AM   #4
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I'm shooting to have my roof raise done before the snow really starts to fly here in MI. Then I will just focus on the interior until spring...
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:51 AM   #5
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"winter" is the best time to work on anything outdoors here in the Sunshine State!
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:34 AM   #6
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@EastCoastCB - Lucky...bet my bus would start there in the winter. ;)
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:48 AM   #7
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Oh yes its EASY to start em here... Even with a small car battery I could start mine.

But mine started with NO FUSS after sitting 3 months. I was picking up in Kentucky and it was 10* out. Icicles hanging from the roof exits.
Barely any smoke, and started IMMEDIATELY.
I think two 31's is a great setup.
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Old 10-19-2015, 12:32 PM   #8
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Houston isn't a bad place for winter work either! Just got a break on the weather and sealed up the two emergency hatches and the hole where the white flashing lite used to be. Wet weather is coming soon, so I'm glad we got that done this weekend. Forgot the camera AGAIN ........ Will have some pics next time IF I remember the ^&%*&%* camera..... Getting some metal work done over Thanksgiving break so we can look at spray-foaming and getting at least one a/c unit installed before the hot weather returns.......
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Old 10-19-2015, 12:59 PM   #9
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Everything stops for the winter.

If I lived in a sunshine state, my buses would all be done.

Only having 5 months a year to make a living and build a bus sucks.

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Old 10-19-2015, 03:09 PM   #10
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If you can push it off, wait for the warmer, drier weather to paint. I painted the roof on my bus last year around this time and it was a pain in the arse. I would have put it off, but I wanted the solar panels mounted for the winter trip and it made sense to paint the roof before putting them on. It took plenty long to make a workable bus tent and the paint took 4 times as long to dry. Uncured water based paints can be ruined by freezing temperatures so you'll want to keep an eye on the weather report.

I'd recommend getting some space heaters and working on the interior over the winter. I successfully used a kerosene heater before getting the wood stove installed.
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