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Bus Life: Water Leak, & Another, & Another…

 

After getting to our workamping gig a little over a week ago, we found lots of leaks through our water system….Bus life is not Always Glamorous!! LOL

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Stage 19: Floor Prep 2- Laying PLywood

After the insulation job was done, we moved onto laying the plywood down! More construction and building up! Again to save on head room we went with 3/4″ plywood..or possibly a little thinner than that. We used wood screws, finally, to screw the pieces into the wood furring strips. The hardest part was cutting around the wheel wells and in the front of the bus. Also, the bus is not exactly 8′ wide so one side of the bus it was super easy laying down the 4′ wide by 8′ long plywood, but the other side had to be cut a few inches to fit nicely.

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Even had a little helper…Homeschool Woodshop 101!
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Just how I like my men; Shirtless, Bearded, and wearing a tool belt πŸ˜€
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Construction zone…what what?!
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The difficult last bit!
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The pic explains itself really πŸ™‚
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Plywood Doneskies!
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Plywood Back to Front

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Stage 15: Wiring in New Toys

After cleaning the wires up, next step was adding the wires to anything that we wanted to run directly to the bus battery. Why was this our next step? Because we chose to use spray foam insulation and once you spray that in, your wires are there f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Well, unless you feel like cutting them out and risking cutting them…anyway, this seemed right to us, so we did that.

Number 1: BACK UP CAM AND MONITOR/SPEAKER

Crab wired that in with no problem!

The New Monitor, Back Up Camera, and the wiring done. The Silver box came with the kit and we mounted it next to the Driver Seat inline with the other wires there.
The New Monitor, Back Up Camera, and the wiring done. The Silver box came with the kit and we mounted it next to the Driver Seat inline with the other wires there.
Backup Camera Installed
Backup Camera Installed

This camera works really well! It also has a built in Mic and very clear picture. There is also room for us to be able to run more cameras and hook right into the hardware that came with this kit. It was bought off of Amazon!

Number 2: LED LIGHT BARS ON FRONT AND REAR

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LED Light in the box
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Off and On pics of the new LED light bars!

Third: STEREO AND SOUND SYSTEM

Radio and Speakers
Radio and Speakers
Kicker Amp Wired in
Kicker Amp Wired in
One of the 6 new Rockford Phosgate Speakers.
One of the 6 new Rockford Phosgate Speakers.
The New Radio! Excited about this one becaue it syncs with Pandora on your phone:) And it changes colors!
The New Kenwood Radio! Excited about this one because it syncs with Pandora on your phone:) And it changes colors!
A happy and successful couple!
A happy and successful couple!

Everything Working=We Wired it Correctly! CLICK HERE!

Here is Us Celebrating after we got the speakers and all plugged in!

During these projects, we also did some side projects so we were not burned out on only electrical. Those will be posted soon, as well. The great thing about working on your own home is that you make the rules. There is no manual for converting a school bus to an RV, and this is the closest thing to it I guess πŸ™‚ So, with that said, a few pics may look like we skipped ahead, but really I am just grouping them all together if they are alike to help keep the blog from being too scattered. The best thing about this project is that we have the ability to bounce around from project to project. Tired of electrical, go do some mechanical work, go sand something, go do some metal work! Great learning experience!

 

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Β Last Seal Job *fingers crossed*

I have decided this never ending seal job of leaks will end this day! We went into the bus on a hard rain day and used chalk to mark all the spots that were leaking. We attempted to spray the bus with the hose to find any leaks, to no avail. So we have been waiting for hard rain storms to hit us the last few weeks (thank God we are not in a drought anymore!) so we can get a realistic view of what kind of leaks we are looking at. Almost all of the leaks came from the seal between the glass and the metal and was collecting in the corners of the windows, dripping down to the floor…eventually will cause rust issues and mildew in the walls if we don’t take care of it. And as our Sgt Crab says, Don’t do the easy wrong over the hard right. And I don’t want issues later *grumble* so here we go!

About to start the last of the sealing job!
About to start the last of the sealing job!
Crab getting down to business!
Crab getting down to business!
The grey looking seal on the glass is super old. So re-sealing these is really common sense.
The grey looking seal on the glass is super old. So re-sealing these is really common sense.
After using the 2 in 1 Premium Polyurethane by Loc Tite. Yeah it is messy, but really I don't care. Our counters will actually be a little taller than the bottoms of the windows anyway, so I won't see it. And I can sacrifice some looks for a job well done.
After using the 2 in 1 Premium Polyurethane by Loc Tite. Yeah it is messy, but really I don’t care. Our counters will actually be a little taller than the bottoms of the windows anyway, so I won’t see it. And I can sacrifice some looks for a job well done.
We also sealed in between each window to prevent any other leaks from appearing. We plan on painting this white anyway, or covering with trim to make it look all fancy schmancy. We will see though:)
We also sealed in between each window to prevent any other leaks from appearing. We plan on painting this white anyway, or covering with trim to make it look all fancy schmancy. We will see though:)
Don't forget the last and first windows on the edges! We also ran out of the white polyurethane and finished up with the regular polyurethane by loc tite, the stuff we used on the bolt holes on the floor.
Don’t forget the last and first windows on the edges! We also ran out of the white polyurethane and finished up with the regular polyurethane by loc tite, the stuff we used on the bolt holes on the floor.

After this, we waited a few days and used the hose to spray all over the bus. No leaks! But, then it rained really really hard one day and I ran out into the bus to make sure (who can recreate mother nature, really?) and *GASP* a few leaks! But they were only around the Emergency Windows (those are total crap anyway and will be covered inside and out with aluminum anyway). SO I just sealed every single crack on them, and problem solved! I did not even have any roof leaks this time! The only leak we have left is coming from the back door, and that is just as easy as replacing the rubber seal around the door. I have been told by my Skoolie thread on Facebook that I can get that stuff anywhere. So that will be next. Then we think we may just go ahead and cover the outside of the emergency windows with the aluminum b/c we have the rivot gun for it, we just need to get the rivots and sheet of metal.

Either way, we are still making slow progress….we did not drop off the edge of the world, I promise! Summer is here in Texas, and so is the heat…and a smaller bus budget so we can do some family stuff…The dream will continue! Thanks to everyone for continuing to follow and support us in this huge adventure of ours! Look for an update on our GoFund Me page I am creating if any of you would like to help us get moving on it too!

Thanks all and have an awesome day and I hope everyone is having a great summer!

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Previous Sealing Jobs On Bus

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Stage 11-13: Re-Do and Leaks

With all of the rain Central Texas has been getting, it really has allowed us to get some realistic ideas on if we did a good job with our caulking & foam. Leaks, Leaks, Everywhere!! Ok, they are not as bad as they once were. Since re-sealing the windows, roof, and sides; the leaks have been minimal…but still…I am ready to build. But, first things first…Where oh where could they be coming from…

Not what I wanted to see..LEAK 1
Not what I wanted to see..LEAK 1
UGH! LEAK #2
UGH! LEAK #2
Last One..Leak #3
Last One..Leak #3

Time to inspect. They were only on the passenger side of the bus, and it felt wet in the corners of the windows. There were wet spots on the ceiling on the left side only….

Some of the leaks are coming from the corners where the Great Stuff is.
Some of the leaks are coming from the corners where the Great Stuff is.
From the outside, I squished a piece of the Great Stuff and water came out like a sponge! It is definitely not fixing the leak problem..
From the outside, I squished a piece of the Great Stuff and water came out like a sponge! It is definitely not fixing the leak problem..

Lesson #24 in Bus Renovations…Don’t use great stuff on the outside of the windows. Solution? Darn tootin.

Apparently, it was absorbing water amd making its way through our newly sealed windows…I THINK NOT! We scraped the foam off on the outside only, and used the 2 in 1 Premium Polyurethane (used on the windows) to really gob up the corners.

Def learned we are not professional caulkers ;)
Def learned we are not professional caulkers πŸ˜‰ But, I don’t see any holes!
I do think that this will prevent any more rain or water from entering.
I do think that this will prevent any more rain or water from entering.

Next after fixing the windows, I needed to make sure the roof was leak proof. Completely leak proof. Or at least as close as I could get with my experience πŸ™‚ The only thing I had not sealed yet was every single bolt and screw. I did the seams and a few of the bolts that looked “rough”. So, I headed back up to the roof and finished the job!

Using Premium Polyurethane (same as on floors) to cover each and every bolt/screw on this god forsaken roof!!
Using Premium Polyurethane (same as on floors) to cover each and every bolt/screw on this god forsaken roof!!
Using the last of the 2 In 1 Premium on the side roof bolts after running out of my other polyurethane.
Using the last of the 2 In 1 Premium on the side roof bolts after running out of my other polyurethane.

Ok. Final Drum Roll Please……..

I think this did it. Fingers crossed this did it. I really really hope this did it. LOL. Whatever, live and learn! I will keep everyone posted on if this fixed it! Since we are supposed to have great weather next week I think I will use the hose to find my leaks…ready to tackle and end this beast.

At the end of the month (June 2015) we should be heading to get the electrical stubbed out, and then we will begin building…I hope!!

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