New to skoolie net
I am new to skoolie.net and wanted to introduce myself to the community and bounce some ideas for my new conversion project. I am a retired software engineer with 31 years in Aerospace and am starting my second motor home conversion on a Crown Supercoach. My first conversion was done to a 1981 35' Crown with a Detroit 671 with the turbo and the Alison trans. For a few months I had a second Crown that I used for parts and then took to the scrapyard. I enjoyed doing the first conversion and have put about 20K miles on the bus. The biggest problem with the first Crown is lack of power. For those familiar with I5 in Northern Cal, I would go 18 mph up the grade going north from Dunsmuir, which is too slow. A few months ago I acquired a 1986 40 ' Crown SuperCoach with the tandem axle and (I believe) a Cummins 350 big cam engine with the Alison trans. This bus pulled the the Dunsmuir grade starting at 54 MPH and was doing 62 MPH at the top. It cruises 65 MPH effortlessly, and got up to 70 MPH when I wasn't watching. It had a little over 50K miles on it from new when I bought it for 3K.
I plan some improvements over my previous conversion from lessons learned. I will not make any structural changes to the bus other than access for the water heater and addition of a hatch opening and hatch on the lower right side, for holding tank, propane tank and electrical connection for outside power. I will be installing a 6.5KW Onan genset where the spare tire now goes. I am installing 1 KW of solar power on the roof, using flexible panels, with an 80 amp charge controller, a 65 amp battery charger for use when running from the Onan or outside power, and a 3KW true sine wave inverter.
I am using tour bus seats for a booth in the front room, plus passenger seating. I will install a 12 gallon propane/electric water heater, 40K btu forced air propane furnace.
Does my approach make sense to others? Also the side will be insulated and unneeded windows replaced by insulation and ribbed sheet aluminum. Pex will be used from water plumbing, and all water plumbing kept inside the bus, not underneath.