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Chadluc 09-05-2011 07:43 PM

Model 05 Silver Eagle
Silver Eagle detroit diesel 8v71 4 speed , Former US Trailways. I bought my bus out in Phoenix,AZ from a private owner.I started the build in Hollywood,CA and have moved the bus to Roswell,NM to finish building. I am converting the bus and plan to use it for extensive traveling. I am planning to use the bus also to live on my property in Roswell,NM in the desert out side city limits,off grid.While I attend the local colledge.The bus is built and designed to be on the road with out service hookups for weeks at a time.


4000 watt Duracell generator
1000 watt Honda EU generator
3 150 watt solar panels

Entertainment :

46" LED Samsung TV rear
Sony surround sound
Dish Network - uses a wineguard auto track satellite dish

Chadluc 09-10-2011 09:15 PM

Re: 1974 Model 05 Silver Eagle
I still need to finish off the water lines hot water and instal the shower. I'm going with pex piping( I am using just water hose right now) that most you guys use it seems, Now for the hot weater I have decided on the Ecotemp L 10 tankless hot water heater. I am going to mount it under the bus in the bay that the water tank and holding tanks are located.I hope this unit puts out some heat to keep water and holding tanks from freezing when I drive into cold weather. If not oh well. But I reall want the L10 looks likt it will work perfect for my installation.

The water lines will run stright up from the water heater under the bus to the sink,down the line to the toilet and on to the shower that I will put in next to the toilet. Want to do a sink cabient counter top for the kitchen area when the time comes.

yankeflyer 09-24-2011 08:42 PM

Re: 1974 Model 05 Silver Eagle
Sweet, I had an Eagle in mind when I first started my project but the Thomas was so affordable.Ya keep posting.

skoolz out 10-03-2011 11:59 AM

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I like the studio apartment concept. For safety though, not to mention legalities, you really need to get that propane tank outside. Should be easy enough to install it in one of the baggage bays and install a vent out thru the floor since propane is heavier than air.


Chadluc 10-14-2011 11:24 AM

I was not going to do this full of a conversion,but winter is nearing here in socal and i need to get this project finished. So I installed a L10 tankless hot water system,Pex tubing for pluming,Bought from home depot a bath and shower kit and erected walls and insulated everything in R19 insulation.By the way from the factory this bus was built with 1/2inch plywood and insulation for the entire ceiling.I'v seen some folks tear it out and replace the wood, on the eagles international fourm..but Mine is staying right in place. This is not a show bus... when finished it will be a nice touring bus to take on the road...well it is on the road now, but also something I can pull into an rv park and not have any problems with getting a spot for the nite.
Now Iam hooked and want to get a real kitchen in and finish this project! Ah now the idea's are coming as the project moves forward
[b]you can see in this pic, I studded 2x4 out from the wall and insulated with r 19 over the 1/2" plywood and covered in luan wood.Behind the 1/2" plywood for the outer walls is insulated between the bus framing and skin as well.[b]

Motobus 10-14-2011 12:51 PM

Re: 1974 Model 05 Silver Eagle
That is awesome. Your bus is going to really be something.

Tango 10-14-2011 03:46 PM

Re: 1974 Model 05 Silver Eagle
Make sure the L10 is thoroughly shielded from any breezes if you use it over the road. I have been told they can lose the flame fairly easily.

BTW...your rig gives a lot of us here serious "Bay Envy"! Lookin' good.

Chadluc 10-14-2011 08:15 PM

Re: 1974 Model 05 Silver Eagle
I love this bus. Tango the bays are a must...You can do so much more with your imagination! here are a few more pics of the new layout as I continue making improvements 1 step at a time

Chadluc 10-14-2011 08:18 PM

Re: 1974 Model 05 Silver Eagle

Originally Posted by yankeflyer
Sweet, I had an Eagle in mind when I first started my project but the Thomas was so affordable.Ya keep posting.

yes the eagles run a bit more 15,000 and up

Chadluc 10-14-2011 08:26 PM

Re: 1974 Model 05 Silver Eagle

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