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Stage 24: Building the BunkRoom Closet

Stage 24: Building the Bunk Room Closet

Since we started with the bunk beds and the last thing to build out was the closet, we went ahead and finished that out. We framed the walls with 2x4s, just like every other wall and secured to the studs that run horizontal on the sides and to the plywood under the floor.

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We used the 1/4″ plywood for these walls on the side of the bus/interior closet. Less weight and I only needed the studs for my closet system I wanted to hang.

NOtice below that we added a piece of wood across the top of the closet from one end to the other. We did this on every closet we built, including the bunks and bathroom. This also allowed us to add trim later as well as keep it all secured.

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We used the same 1/4″ plywood for the interor side walls too. We used 3/4″ on this side, which is my closet, so it could support the shelves we would be building. Notice the top of the walls scribed to fit the grooves of the ceiling. I also insulated the space b/w inside of these walls too with foam board, as mentioned in previous posts.
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Closet Maid System I custom created. One bloody Nose while use bolt cutters to cut the shelves to fit LOL
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Some Planetarium Silver Paint by Behr
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Add a curtain and trim and done! When it is clean it looks great!
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The bunk Room thoroughly gets used on inside days! I forgot to mention, we also built a box over the wheel well, see it under all the crap?

The box over the wheel well is also secured to the wall/studs with L brackets so it does not move in travel. It is a great spot for my printer, Big paper we use for projects, bedding containers, and kid books.

The main shelving on too hold toiletry extras,.paper towels, Tp, towels, and an office supply 3 drawer unit. The kids each have their own shelf and rod for clothes, toys, and books. The drawer system is 4 drawers. Each child has school stuff in a drawer, I have a craft drawer, and the smallest drawer is for the animals brushes/tooth care/backpack, etc. I have loved using large containers with lids.for the kids clothes and organizing boxes. I may buy a shelf system you hang from the rod to try a new way of their clothes being organized. It is all an experiment really!

Closet maid system: https://amzn.to/2nFYAgu

Closet Maid Drawers: https://amzn.to/2BdZ2vU

Back to:

Stage 22 :Building the Bunk Beds

Stage 23:Building the Master Bedroom

Stage 23 Re-Do Master Bedroom

Forward To:

Building the Utility Closet (coming soon)

Utility Closet+Electrical Design-Coming SOON

Building the Bathroom (coming Soon)

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How to Set Up at an Rv Spot in your DIY Skoolie/TinyHouse

Here is a video on how we decided on where to put our connections (water, sewage, and power), some tips on being prepared, what will help your Set up time to be much faster, more. Below are some links to my other videos I bring up in this video. ENJOY!

POWER:

WATER:

Stabilizer Jacks (end of video):

Amazon links to products:

50amp female to 30 Amp male- https://amzn.to/2ITcFEk

30 Amp female to 15 Amp male- https://amzn.to/2JfOGyE

Water hose 25′ (we have 2)- https://amzn.to/2LBMkbv

Backup 50′ water hose- https://amzn.to/2IWXZzQ

Septic kit- https://amzn.to/2L4nYpL

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Chitty Bang Skoolie Tiny House Journey- NO Cal on the 101

Check out our newest video of Chitty Bang Cruising down the 101 in northern California this summer:) it was easier going south from klamath than from crescent city to Klamath! That little 21 mile stretch is a tranny stopper! But wow its a beautiful drive!!

Https://youtu.be.com/6eFGet1Jbwl

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Stage 21 Part 2: Installing External Storage Boxes

Yes, the long awaited part 2 as to how in the heck we installed the storage boxes under the bus. Thanks to a good friend’s knowledge (Logan, thanks man!), he allowed us to pick his brain and helped us develop some good braces to hold the boxes to the chassis of the bus, without having to bolt through the floor. Our dreams were to learn to weld on this project, and thanks to another couple of good friends (Drew and Robbie, Thank you guys!) we practiced and learned to weld well enough to do our projects 🙂 So below is our first welding class…

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For practice, we welded a welding cart or our HOBART 210MVP welder we bought from Home Depot. Great Price for a little machine. We flux core welded off of a 110 outlet!! But it also has the option for 210. I will be posting an article on our welder and welding cart soon:)

Next, it was onto the real thing. Braces made from angle iron.

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Then Spray Painted…

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Next, We need to attach these braces to the chassis of the bus, with the proper spacing as well. With only having access to 110 electric, we did not think that our welder would weld well to the 1/2″ Channel Iron Chassis of the bus. If we had it on 210, definitely. So, our friend Robbie shows us how to weld with his stick welder (with its own generator) and he ends up doing one whole side for us just for the “Robbie Starter Pack”, which consists of a case of Dr. Pepper and some packs of Pall Malls 🙂

One Side Complete as far as the hanging goes! We thought we would be able to fit 5 on each sie, but after realizing we would need some space between brackets and the position of some holes and other large bolts in the chassis got in the way, so we ended up only fitting 4, which i am still very happy with!

We later added some pieces of 3/4″ plywood in the bottom of each box, as well as bolted them down (4 bolts with washers and nuts, 1 in each corner) to the angle iron braces we made.

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Chitty Bang Skoolie Video Tour: Interior


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:)

So click below to our YouTube Channel, Subscribe, and look for future videos from the beginning of our build!

Video Tour of Chitty Bang Interior

or this link too!