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Old 04-27-2017, 10:54 PM   #1
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Talking bought a short bus. let's do this thang!

whelp, here we go! actually, me and my daughter are doing "Hers n' Hers" short bus conversions. mine is on the lot, her's is coming on 5/3. we've been waiting and designing off and on for over a year! here's what's coming...

Full Solar: 600 watts on the roof, 1800w inverter, 4 12v sealed battery array
Kitchen: Mini fridge, vessel sink with hand pump (water storage below). counter height at 31" (below window line) but we are both very short. Portable double burner. Sun oven, but also a wood burning stove (12" cubic mini).
Bathroom: YES a full bathroom! what? 3'x2' galvanized horse trough for tub. Shower loop system (water drains from tub into self-priming pump, through water filtration system with UV, and back out the shower head). it's way more complex than this. probably do a separate thread on my water system. Composting toilet. I can't wait to pee off the bus.
Windows: removing and replacing with custom vinyl sliders
Insulation: recycled denim insulation in walls and subfloor.
Framing: all wood used on the bus is sustainable, chemical free

I'm including a picture of my floor plan / schematic. If you can understand it, feel free to steal whatever you like.

SO EXCITED!
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:51 PM   #2
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I think everybody here loves enthusiasm. It's really a fun process and you'll learn so much about your vehicle.

So side by side builds huh? That's very energetic. You've already got me very curious.
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:26 AM   #3
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too cool!! two builds!!..

so im a Bus Geek, im interested to hear what kind of busses you guys got!
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:42 PM   #4
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WORD! we are two cool for skool LOL. side by side builds. we will definitely post pics when we actually get started. Bus #1 is a Thomas Built Mini(taur), Bus #2 is a Micro Bird. However, same engines, etc., just different chassis. Which meant different framing schematics (grrrrr). but yes, we stoked! always exciting when your plans start to become realities and the bus is actually parked.
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Old 04-28-2017, 07:10 PM   #5
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It's an amazing thing when things start to come together ..when you go from that " wow that's cool" stage to the " omg I just got groceries in a school bus for fun" stage yeah it's kickin!!
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:22 PM   #6
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I'll say this, people remember you when you grocery shop in a school bus.
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Old 04-28-2017, 09:27 PM   #7
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I would love to hear more about the shower system. Please do share. Seems like you've already got it figured out.
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:13 AM   #8
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Made a new thread for how i set up the shower loop. http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/sh...tml#post200555

I hope just copying the URL works to give you think. If not, it's under "shower loop"
I don't understand why more conversions don't have full bathrooms but i guess it's just a matter of what's important to the people living there. Me? i wanted a full tub and hot showers.
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Old 04-30-2017, 08:39 PM   #9
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I have a Chevy Micro Bird. I am not planning on any power or water hook-ups until I have a little more experience with it.
My son and I are also working side by side. His is 40 foot long and he gutted his and is doing a real make-over.
Sounds like you are having fun with it!
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:05 PM   #10
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I understand! some folks really gut the things and go all out. we're not removing the interior metal. also, the one thing we're paying for labor on is installation of the solar power. i've got a great guy on it but still $20 an hour for labor. I'm doing the plumbing though. easy peasy. i hate to say this but if i wear a low cut shirt to Home Depot, i can get just about any help I need. LOL
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