So, I guess this will be my build thread
I'm Shay. I'm 51.
I'm having an existential crisis.
I bought a bus.
She is a good bus.
Rust free and everything I wanted in a bus except a basement.
I bought her from NorthWest Bus sales in Seattle.
Flew out. Drove her home across the Rockies. Great 2400 miles back to DFW.
(I tried the auctions for a while but I always got outbid.)
I'm married and have somehow
convinced my wife to live on a bus full time.
I'm unsatisfied with the treadmill of work/pay bills/work/pay bills/retire,die.
We are heading out west. Probably start with the New Mexico state park pass to get our full time feet wet. But I am building the bus to be a competent boondocker. Boondocking is the goal.
I have stripped the bus and am now raising the roof.
I didn't need to but, I am considering traveling about and helping others with their conversions. I needed to get one under my belt. We will see.
Roof is raised 14.5"
Had some hat sections bent up to splice into the ribs.
Welded them in.
Skinning the bus with 18 ga sheet steel.
Will finish the skinning within a week I presume.
Bus is at a friends house about an hour away right now and it gets dark so early this time of year. It's been over there about a week and a half.
I'll bring it back home then.
I'm planning 200 gallons fresh and 800+ watt solar.
And hope to make it very nice.
Been another long day so I'll leave you with some pix and I'll update when anything gets done.
Feel free to ask anything.