Shakedown trip complete!

We took the bus on a 2nd shakedown trip a couple weeks ago.  This, almost exactly a year after we drove her home from Colorado and started our build.  We spent a week in central Michigan fishing, hiking and (most importantly) getting to know our bus.  Sure there were some things that needed to be…

details, Details, DETAILS

So, we’re still cruising along on the build.  Plumbing is complete and the bedroom and bathroom have progressed quite a bit as well.  There are still lots of details to attend to…..lots of trim work to be done.   Major work to be done includes: Propane System, Solar Panels, Roof Deck, small Back Deck, Window Screens,…

Further

So, we’re further into the design and build.  Some of the plumbing is roughed in (pro tip:  be sure to buy the right parts in advance so you don’t end up running back to the store in the middle of the installation!).  The big development is getting the interior partition walls up.  This gives us…

The Update (long overdue post)

Been awhile since I’ve updated this page, but, irregardless, we’ve been working diligently…..most every weekend….on Dazzling Blue.  We’ve addressed the leaky window issue in 3 ways.  First, we removed all windows and sealed them with Automotive Seam Sealer.  Next, we’ve installed an interior rainwater catchment system (aka Gutters) below the windows. Using superdupersticky foil-faced Waterproof…

A throne fit for a king, among other things

  We’re finally starting to make some progress.  It may not seem like much to the casual viewer, but it feels to us like things are starting to come together a little bit. We’ve added some trim to the window frames.   The window frames and beadboard have been finished with Boiled Linseed Oil.  This…

Beginnings of a skoolie loo

Started fleshing (flushing?) out our bathroom layout.  We picked up a stepped tub made for RVs.  Like just about every other grand scheme we’ve had, reality has blessed us with a change of plans.  It all looks good on paper until you start physically laying out the space and realize that your bus has better…

The woodstove

At last, we feel like we’re moving forward.  We had a chance to build up our hearth and install our Cubic Grizzly wood stove.  It went surprisingly smoothly.  We sealed any bolt holes in the wheel well, then build up a box around it and filled it with insulation. Slate tiles cover the top, and…

We should have named her Leaky McGee

After a healthy bout of showers, we seem to have found some leaks.  Many, many leaks.  The existing silicone around the window frames wasn’t holding back the forces of nature.  Even the smallest pinhole leak would send a torrent of water down to the bottom corners of the window.  We’ve since been informed that silicone…

Insulation and Beadboard and Painting….oh my!

Well, we picked up some 3″ XPS insulation from Craigslist.  This should have an R-value of around 14-15.  Over that, we’ve put 1/4″ Luan underlayment and, finally, 3/8″ beadboard/wainscoting for a finished look. Never ones to let extra materials go to waste, we used the cutoffs from the insulation to press the wall panels firmly…

The adventure begins!

As usual with us, the first step in our long journey started with an online search!  A school district in the mountains of Colorado was retiring a fleet of buses, so naturally we snatched up the pick of the litter.  Here you can see the Class C RV seat we’ve added for the co-pilot, and…