Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-09-2016, 10:30 AM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8
The Bitcoin Bus (formally the Unschool Bus)

Hi there! Last April we were gifted the Unschool Bus! We renamed it the Bitcoin Bus and drove it from NH to TX. We have spent the past year campground hopping in central Texas as we focused on our new bookstore (we took over a 9 year old store 3 days after we arrived home with the bus, so bus remodle has been SLOW GOING). We love it, but there are certian challenges we are experiencing.

1. Both escape hatches are leaking, we want to pull them and replace and would love feedback on what other schoolies have done with their escape hatches.
2. 2 of 3 after market skylight/vents have cracked, 1 is leaking with duct tape, the other is not leaking with duct tape. These were installed over 3 teens' bunk beds (beds have been removed). We are not entirely sure what we are going to do with the back half of the bus, so we are not sure if we want to simply replace them or do something else... ideas?
3. Much of the dashboard is malfunctioning, there is also a water leak there, we have not identified the location of the leak. We obviously need to replace the entire thing... has anyone ever done this?
4. We had to pull out all of their custom remodel due to mold or rot in various stages, the bus sat for 8 months over NH winter unattended, and these leaks were obviously also unattended to. So we have gutted everything but the floor and walls (they never pulled out walls and ceiling panels, they placed wood laminate over the stock black rubbery floor). We are living with pretty normal house furniture, although we currently have a folding table with a built in sink as our kitchen sink, I am buying a new sink this week, just looking for the right one. We had to remove the entire kitchen, bathroom, and all 4 bedrooms - so the place looks funny right now with paint varieties from each area all exposed, etc...
5. There is a major rust issue around the wheel well near their shower they had installed, one panel has rotted through the wall and I can fit my fist in it. Does this need to be resolved before we remodle or can I fix this later? I have some foam packing stuff shoved in there for temperature control and to keep rodents out.
6. Major rust issue on floor panel upon entry, I knocked out a hole so big I can fit both feet through to see the grass below. It is currently covered by wood but I am reading here that might be dumb due to heat when driving.
7. Either I am super sensitive or I can smell gas fumes when in front of bus over passenger side, especially in summer. This is when we are parked, without the engine running. No leaks detected in gas tank. Have others experienced this?
8. The bus gets so full of moisture I had to keep our stand up AC in a large metal bucket sitting in cinder blocks to catch the water that just POURED out of the AC. I obviously need a new AC solution asap before summer. How is yours set up? What can we do to not over heat in 107 degree weather and not have 5 gallons of water to dump out 2x a day?

9. We pulled all house electric wiring and plumbing due to leaking pipes and a small fire after 10 months using their house wires. So thats ANOTHER project

Sounds ghetto, but we have made it cozy and functional for now. Took us a year to get to this point. We just need to figure out our next steps. Sounds like we need to pull the insulation out - if we have obvious leaks I am sure there is mold. Has anyone ever continued LIVING in a bus while at this step or do we need to move out temporarily in your opinion???

I will get some pics from instagram and post here in comments I will also take some of the inside.

Nice to meet you all.
cat.bleish@gmail.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2016, 01:41 PM   #2
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 5,039
Welcome to the site,

As for living in while remodeling...good luck, most folks can't do it in a full size house, let alone a bus
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 12:29 PM   #3
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8
I just called these folks, and its $389 to replace the escape hatches!!!!! Insane!

Roof Hatches/Parts - School Bus Parts Company Online
cat.bleish@gmail.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 01:02 PM   #4
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 7,904
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
Quote:
Originally Posted by cat.bleish@gmail.com View Post
I just called these folks, and its $389 to replace the escape hatches!!!!! Insane!

Roof Hatches/Parts - School Bus Parts Company Online

anytime you get into anything "safety" related the prices go UP!.. since these guys sell not only to skoolies but also people running for-real school busses they have to sell the gear as passing whatever safety measures DOT requires...

seems you might find some take-offs.. members here yank them off their busses to install camper A/C cover-them over etc..

-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 01:48 PM   #5
Bus Nut
 
Docsgsxr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Arizona via Baton Rouge
Posts: 640
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freight-shaker (Freightliner)
Engine: Cat 3126b 250 HP
Rated Cap: Only 1 seat
Why not frame in an exhaust fan of say 14" size? I see them on ebay all the time. If your hatch opening is much larger, why not have a 16g metal "cap" made to house an exhaust fan? Or just a plain old acrylic skylight could go in it's place.

Or you can do what tons of other people have done, put a roof top A/C on them.

If the bus had so many problems before you got it, I would believe they were in a hurry or didn't care to build it "right" the first time.

-Doc
__________________
My build thread - viewtopic.php?f=9&t=467197
Docsgsxr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 01:57 PM   #6
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 12,097
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Ward/AmTran
Chassis: International
Engine: dt466
Rated Cap: 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Docsgsxr View Post
Why not frame in an exhaust fan of say 14" size? I see them on ebay all the time. If your hatch opening is much larger, why not have a 16g metal "cap" made to house an exhaust fan? Or just a plain old acrylic skylight could go in it's place.

Or you can do what tons of other people have done, put a roof top A/C on them.

If the bus had so many problems before you got it, I would believe they were in a hurry or didn't care to build it "right" the first time.

-Doc
I bought vents with fans and will be paneling over the roof hatches and putting the vents where the hatches were.
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 02:16 PM   #7
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 7,904
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastCoastCB View Post
I bought vents with fans and will be paneling over the roof hatches and putting the vents where the hatches were.
I like those vents with fans, seems for a private bus much better use of the hole in the roof.. at least get along alot longer without the A/C turned on..

something I should look at for mine since I plan to have only engine driven A/C, on my Nap-stops I could away with just running the fans until it got really summery outside.. still keep the windows closed if it was raining or security is a concern.
-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 02:19 PM   #8
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 12,097
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Ward/AmTran
Chassis: International
Engine: dt466
Rated Cap: 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by cadillackid View Post
I like those vents with fans, seems for a private bus much better use of the hole in the roof.. at least get along alot longer without the A/C turned on..

something I should look at for mine since I plan to have only engine driven A/C, on my Nap-stops I could away with just running the fans until it got really summery outside.. still keep the windows closed if it was raining or security is a concern.
-Christopher
Yeah, they help IMMENSELY. there are a couple on my parents Class A RV and the temp difference inside without them on is huge.
When I put some panels up temporarily just to keep the rain out (mostly) my interior temps went WAY up.
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 04:18 PM   #9
Bus Nut
 
Docsgsxr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Arizona via Baton Rouge
Posts: 640
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freight-shaker (Freightliner)
Engine: Cat 3126b 250 HP
Rated Cap: Only 1 seat
Quote:
Originally Posted by cadillackid View Post
I like those vents with fans, seems for a private bus much better use of the hole in the roof.. at least get along alot longer without the A/C turned on..

something I should look at for mine since I plan to have only engine driven A/C, on my Nap-stops I could away with just running the fans until it got really summery outside.. still keep the windows closed if it was raining or security is a concern.
-Christopher
Be careful while idling and napping. EPA won't allow anymore. Lots of truck drivers have gotten tickets for it. Dunno if it would affect skoolies or not.
__________________
My build thread - viewtopic.php?f=9&t=467197
Docsgsxr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2016, 05:05 PM   #10
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 7,904
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
Quote:
Originally Posted by Docsgsxr View Post
Be careful while idling and napping. EPA won't allow anymore. Lots of truck drivers have gotten tickets for it. Dunno if it would affect skoolies or not.

depends n the state.. each state and muncipality has its own anti-idle laws to follow.. the states i travel in mostly have things well-posted and where you can and cannot idle.. have to read the EPA and DOT site for each state.. I know from ohio to florida and ohio to texas (where I travel most) I sure find tons of truckers and cars idling.. I did notice i think jersey and possibly california when ive been there had signs stating no idling in their rest areas..

would be interesting to see if it contains RV;s.. so many things stated for commercial vehicles dont apply to RV;'s..
-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.