I started Grace in March of 2013, and swore to contribute back to the communities that inspired me. So here she is:
2000 Chevy School bus, I think she originally seated 24. Bluebird body. 6.5 L diesel. 8 mpg (I think that the hardwood floors might have had a bit to do with it). I have a generator in a Jobox on the back, completed with a transfer switch so I can plug into shore power. I am working on getting descriptions and explanations under all the pics so that others can understand and learn, but you know it is a big job.
I did all the carpentry myself with the exception of the plywood sheets - for those, I needed a bit of assistance. Interior electrical (conduit, outlets) was done by a friend, complete with fuse box. I did the rest, including installation of remote start in genny, transfer switch and exterior receptacles, GPS and rear camera, and last but certainly not least, the FRIDGE!
Custom skylights still had to be modified with addition of roof flashing, but survived a winter of Pacific NW rain without a single leak.
Skipped plumbing and running water due to space and monetary limitations. Have Thetford portable toilet hidden in bench, and old school Victorian basin for bathing and dishes. Water tank yet to be installed under passenger side. Oh, and had 6' locker welded under driver's side for extra storage, side panel cut out and hinged back on for access.
Will add more pics to Flicker account as the rest is done - including, eventually, paint. Would love suggestions on paint. I don't like the colors that are available for straight-to-metal at HD and L's, so am going to do it myself with high grade exterior house paint. From what I gather, I should rough up the existing surface with diluted paint thinner, then prime, then paint, then... Seal? Suggestions from those who have been there, done that would be great.
Also, apparently I got a bad unit in my Dometic fridge. Purchased on Ebay (lesson learned), so no warranty to speak of. Would appreciate reference to any RV fridge repair people in the Portland, OR area that are not condescending to women - most of the RV shops so far have been pretty, um, snooty. Maybe it is the bus thing...