The work on the boat became daily routine. Sometimes we don’t remember what day it is! Working on the weekends became new normal. But for some reason we don’t see big progress on the bus. We planned to start insulation of our Lucky8 by this time! But, we are not ready yet. Well, here is what we actually accomplished for this short month: we installed a sunroof (made from Lexan), installed all six windows ( terrible experience!), installed plumbing for water and diesel heaters, water pump, pulled electrical cables for 120V and 12V, installed electrical breaker, inverter… and, of course, worked on the engine. Turned out that we have a big problem with air system on our bus. Kevin changed the air tanks and hoses, fittings, but, we still have work to do. We changed oil on our bus (that was very black dirty experience) and drained old coolant. Still, it seems, we are far away from the finish!
How many lights do we really need? Life is not always about needs. Nevertheless, we are running enough wires to light the place up like a Christmas tree. On the last vessel that we owned, Chief Yoga guru used to turn all the lights on and go outside. With the added lights on this new machine it will take her a bit longer to turn on the lights on. My mom would not be a happy camper to if we did such a thing in our house growing up. To make matters worse, we can now turn on all the lights, the air conditioner, open the windows and then go outside.
There is lots of talk about the correct way to run wires. Don’t do this, do that. One rule is don’t run 12v and 120v wires parallel to each other. This is a tough rule to follow on a small bus.
We purchased electric panels from the Marine Connection Outlet in Fort Pierce. This store sells used boat parts. We spent about 2 hours in there “shopping”. We used to shop here for our boat supplies.
The electric continues. Maybe tomorrow we will install the distribution panels.
Well, I don’t want to be a plumber someday. There are so many connections, pieces, parts and sizes. We have been working on the plumbing for quite some time now. It seems that we are getting it done, but there is always another fitting that we need. So we go to Home Depot, nope, they don’t have it. So we go to Lowes, they have one of the fittings. Next stop Peter’s Hardware, formerly Ace Hardware, they typically have something close to what we need. Last stop is John’s Plumbing, a real plumbing supply shop, nope, we don’t sell barb fittings. So we end up back at the bus with something that might work. It certainly now looks like I did the plumbing. We have a blend of pex, nylon, PVC, stainless, bronze and brass. I am sure that goes against some code somewhere. With that mix we are able to make 1/2″ barb, 3/4″ barb, 1/2″ npt, 3/4″ npt, 3/8″ npt, 1/4″ connections and we are not done yet. No metric yet on this project, but the rest of the bus is littered with metric as well. We have not even tested for leaks yet. This project is far from over.
Marina is utilizing her amazing cleaning skills and getting dirty. It seems our bus has not been to a car wash since about 2005. This gives Marina plenty of opportunity to exercise her skills. The front of the bus engine seems to have some oil seeping down the passenger side. We are trying to find the leak as well as just clean up. Marina was blessed with the job of doing a bit of cleaning. The magic we are cleaning with is mainly dishwashing liquid and Krud Kutter. Well, we are also using scrapers, scrub brushes and toilet bowl scrubber.
Marina likes to get dirty…her is proof
Our new house is a bus, which means it has an engine, transmission, diesel tank, batteries and air tanks. That means, there is some work has to be done under the bus, and, it’s very dirty there. Couple weeks Kevin is fighting with leaking air tank. So far, it’s not very successful. Marina is trying to clean fifteen years dirt under the bus, so Kevin would see what is going on there. Very dirty job….
And, we are back to work on the bus. Today’s goal was to put up the walls for the shower/head and closet/pantry. It doesn’t seams like a complicated task, but it was for us. Cutting the tops of the walls (3/4 inch of the plywood) to fit the curve of the ceiling was almost impossible! After couple tries, we finally got it right. As the result, we have nice four walls and our bus start looking like a house.
We took couple days off from Lucky 8 to work on our current home, sailboat Lucky Seven. Couple things had to be fixed on the boat before she will have the new owner. On the way to the boat yard we had a chance to sail with our jib, the last time… After fixing the problem we anchored in the nearby lake for overnight, saying good by to our companion in travel of seven years.
Today is a very exciting day for us. We are installing pex in the floor for heating bus’s floors. I would love to have this feature on the cold winter day in my future home. The process of installation is pretty easy. First, create tracks in the floor’s foam insulation (that creates a lot of sticky flying little pieces), then place pex in these tranches, then cover it with the aluminum thin plates for the better conduction of the heat in the floor, then cover by the plywood and, the subfloor is done!