Recommended Sequence of Activities for Conversion Project
Has anyone seen a recommended sequence for converting a bus? I know that EVERY bus conversion project is accomplished differently based on needs and experience. What I am trying to do is develop a project plan and schedule so I can forcast what I can...or need to...purchase and when I need to have funds available. I figured the sequence of the conversion would be the greatest help in putting this together.
My thoughts on this are as follows:
1. Purchase generator as I need power for tools, compressor, lights, etc.
2. Remove floor, walls and ceiling and dispose of all insulation
3. Pressure wash the interior
4. Fix any rust issues
5. Fix any leak issues
6. Pressure wash top and exterior to make sure leak issues fixed
7. Prime all interior surfaces
8. Install cable runs and junction boxes for AC and DC wiring
9. Install plumbing components (Grey water drop and lines for fresh water [tank will be under bed])
10. Install coolant loop (radiant heat/engine block heat)
11. Install alternate DC coolant heater for when engine isnít running and test radiant heat/engine block system for leaks
12. Install subfloor
13. Spray insulation
14. Ceiling/walls/flooring installed
15. Mount generator
16. Install electrical system (AC panel feed from either Shore or Genny), Solar Panels on Roof
17. Install A/C system
18. Cabinetry/walls/bed frame
19. Fresh water tank under bed, grey water tank under bus, water heater, bathroom and kitchen connections
20. Tile/finish bathroom
21. Install flooring (thinking cork)
At this point, Iíll have finished floors, walls and ceiling. Power at 120 AC, 48v DC, 12v DC via DC/DC converter from Generator, Shore, or batteries. Cabinets. Kitchen. Bathroom and bedroom. Plumbing and hot water for bathroom and kitchen. Eventually need to install inverter to power fridge while travelling with the batteries being charged by solar and alternator. I THINK thatís it for the big projects making up the coach. At this point, I would go over the chassis systems (mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, air, brakes, etc) with a fine tooth comb and address anything that needs addressing.
Thoughts? Have I missed any systems or does anyone have any recommendations for doing this in a different order?