Our hope was to leave Stuart in June. The sun is really starting to heat things up here in Florida, summer is coming. It’s getting too hot to work outside on the bus so we must be leaving.
Or so we thought. We brought the bus to our apartment in Stuart. Our plan was to load up our things and leave in the AM. Well, on the 3 mile drive from our build location the exhaust was blowing so much black smoke that James Bond would have been impressed.
We had no idea why this was happening, so we decided to go to the mechanic. Stuart is more of a quaint little town with nice shops and a marina, where we stayed for quite some time too. Stuart is not a place to get a heavy duty truck fixed. Fort Pierce is a much better location for that, so we drove 15 miles to Rechtien International Trucks to let the professionals figure it out.
Near the end of the day Rechtien called and said they could fix it. But it will take a bit. We need 1 fuel injector, ICP sensor, fix a coolant leak, and replace one sensor that has the wrong sensor in its place. I must have done that one.
Luckily we had a rental car for the week and we were able to drop the bus off, spend the night back at our apartment and come the next day to get it.
Our hosts at Riverview apartments, Veronica and Armond, were very flexible with us and allowed us to stay longer than we had a originally planned. At this point we were in the weekly notice schedule and moving towards the daily schedule.
We planed to finish our conversion by the end of the April, but that did not happen. We worked every day, including weekends, long hours, but.. we are behind. The weather in Florida is getting less bearable with every day. Temperature is steady 90s. It’s humid. The paint is not drying for 3 days. Our little apartment doesn’t have AC. We have to stay here for another month, May.
But we did a lot of interior and “under the bus” work. Our “skoolie” start looking like we can live there!
Our kitchen is almost ready – cabinets are done, the Unique fridge is installed and working, faucet and drain working, settees are done, bedroom cabinets are done, the ceiling is REdone and finally sturdy, shower drain installed and working, the air system is fixed and we feel confident about the breaks.
Marina has been hard at work staining and varnishing the walls. After hours and hours of thoughts and trips up and down the aisles of Home Depot, we decided to keep the walls “au natural”. This decision, or there lack of, gives us the most flexibility. For when we tire of the natural look, we can stain it another color, or paint them, or spread some wall paper on them. The choices are endless and that is what got us into this current situation.
We added some shelves give the bed to hold our all important items we bring with us. The doors are yet to be manufactured, but I am sure that will happen in the next week or so.
But we are getting closer to being finished with the bedroom. I suppose we will never be “finished”, just done enough.
Marina has forbidden Kevin to touch any of the walls with his dirty hands. This will be fun to enforce
It took us three months to get to this point – building walls and ceilings. We built the walls from the birch plywood and ceilings from the white flexible plastic and aluminum strips to hold ceiling in place. So far, we like what we built.
Dressed up in the “bunny suits” we created foamy disaster in our bus. We decided to apply foam insulation by our own, and save about $700. Yes, we saved those money. But, first 100 sq. feet were spent on figuring out “how to” apply this crazy foam. It definitely was not the best application of the expensive insulating chemical. Big amount of this insulation got stick to the floor, water heater, wires and such. The walls and ceiling got a good portion of insulation, but it definitely could be improved. Oh, well. We tried…
Since we don’t know the history of the maintenance of our skoolie, we decided just to change the oil. We were very happy that we did. Because the drained old oil was dark blackish brown color. It’s definitely was not good for the engine. The new oil is nice pinkish color.
We have spent a long time at Sunset Bay Marina and during that time we have met many people who will always be in our memories. Bicycle Bill, as he has been nicknamed, is one of those people. The story goes he owned a sandwich truck or store somewhere on the west side of the US. He passed that enterprise onto others and moved to Florida. That’s the short version. Here at Sunset Bay he gets up before the sun and rides his bicycle all over The Treasure Coast. It is not uncommon to see him peddling down US 1, or sitting in his chair under a tree reading a book. He never has a negative word to say and loves where he is at. You can always count on him to update you on the weather which is more accurate then the weather guy on WPBF. As the evening approaches you can find him watching a local sporting event or sitting outside a pub listening to the local music.