VIDEO EDIT* @ 15:28 The DRAIN Faucet is for the FRESH WATER TANK not the GRAY WATER! We don’t wash our hands with gray water! LOL!
2 years later I finally did another walk through of Chitty Bang Skoolie! The first one was 4 months into living tiny. Well, we have learned A LOT and changed a few things, added others, and overall have been chillacing and living the easy tiny house life! After the first year, we figured out tiny living and rving…this last year we have actually really been enjoying it even more! I show off our water filter system, our awesome boondocking efficient power system via solar and propane, and how we keep batteries charged when parked! I hope yall enjoy!! Will be adding the links to some products in just a minute, stay tuned! Thanks for watching!
Finally!! I finally got time to clean AND shoot a video of our finished Tiny House Skoolie, Chitty Bang:) We have been living Tiny for 4 months now and are still learning a lot. Adjusting to the space, everyone’s own space needs, schedules, working with each other to move about, and getting in new habits other than building a bus house! For a little over a year we have been working non stop, making Chitty Bang into a Tiny House on Wheels that would be functional enough for us to live, work, and school on the road:) And now, we are figuring out the functionality and deciding wher eto put more shelves, and the best use for certain spaces without getting all cluttered and claustrophobic. Working that Feng Shui:)
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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.
The moment had finally arrived! We were about to spray foam the bus. That meant that the electrical for the bus was done, the metal prep work was done, and the furring strips were laid. I can not begin to explain how excited I was that Chitty bang was no longer looking like an old rusty bucket, or an old stripped out school bus. This was her first step into “House-Hood” in my eyes 🙂
We decided to go with Foam It Green‘s DIY Closed Cell Insulation Kit. We purchased it form their website in October 12015 and it came with 17 free things; goggles, gloves, booties, Tyvek suit, lots of nozzles and fan tips, and ky jelly packets. The kit we ordered was for 1200 sqft and was $1500. It included four boxes (2 part A’s & 2 part B’s), the hoses, and mixing nozzle..and the above listed. If I didn’t have three trash bags of overspray, that would have been enough for the ceiling, walls, and floor. Unfortunately, we were messy so we had to order a smaller kit, Foam It Green 202 Kit -200sqft kit (one small part A tank and one small part B tank)which was $400. So our whole project cost $1900 plus the $20 respirators we bought. You can apply it between 65 & 78 degrees.there is a temperature strip on the tanks that let’s you know if it’s good or not. Also, we are in no way being paid by Foam It Green to review this product. This is based on our own experience using it on our Skoolie conversion.
It is closed cell foam, which is better for metal buildings according to my research. It actually seals so well that it helps structurally, with noise reduction (hence the reason we sprayed on the wheel wells), water resistant, and mold resistant. It cures in 30 seconds to 2 minutes. At least the door and Windows were open when we worked in it afterwards! Had respirators and all while foaming and didn’t go in again for a few days just because we had to buy supplies and plan the next steps.
Foam it green has lots of videos of how to do it (you have to watch these before you do it per instructions) and it was super easy too. The tanks attach to a dual hose with two different color foam ingredients. They go into a mixing nozzle and is combined while you spray. One hose/tank is white the other blue. It comes out green. They do a good job of showing how to do ceilings and walls. One inch is r value 27 I believe….their website has lots of info. https://www.sprayfoamkit.com/spra…/spray-foam-stories.html
They also have a kit for 600 sqft, Foam It Green 602 Kit, if you need that size. Every project is different though.
If you stop for more than 30 seconds you change the nozzle (they give you like 10) and add petroleum jelly to the nozzle (supplied) and trigger so it doesn’t crystallize. I only stopped two or 3 times but we were prepped pretty well. Crab took the front and one side of the bus, and I took the other side and the back. It took us like a couple of hours to prep for this project, and just a few minutes to actually spray. We had to wait for the second shipment to come so we could finish foaming, as well as filled in any gaps we may have missed from the first spray. All in all, I am super impressed with the Foam! It is much cooler in the summer, and stays at least 10 degrees if not more warm in the winter. I will only use Closed Cell Foam in the future, and may save myself lots of money by doing it myself again! Our recently sold 2400 sqft house cost us $8000 for someone to open cell spray foam it…no thanks!
After moving to West Texas and all of the dirty bus electrical we cleaned out, it was time we cleaned Chitty Bang again. We were also ready to start building!! What…what is that I said? YES! No more Demo! We are constructing things now! Well almost…..first things first:)
First, the girls and I cleaned…again..
Next, we decided that since the floor was pretty scratched from all of our moving crap that we would go ahead and repaint the floor to prevent any rust from coming in and spreading like cancer…we also sanded any spots that needed to be…probably only 2 small spots though.
And lastly, we had to install some “furring strips” so we could have space between the metal and the plywood we laid down later so the closed cell foam we were going to spray would have room to insulate the floor as least a half inch to an inch. We also had to save any head room we could since Crab is 6’2″ and the bus height of the ceiling was inches from his head. Which is why we opted to lay them flat instead of on their sides.