Where have the past two months gone?

We have not publish any new posts for about two months! We were so busy traveling in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada and traversing Great Planes of our very diverse country. We really loved dramatic sceneries of Nova Scotia with mountains growing from the cold severe northern Atlantic. We were so lucky to see moos in the forest, watched bold eagles family in the sky and saw great performance of the second large whale in the world – fin whale! After returning back to US we decided to drive west and south. The nights became cold and we have not install the salon heater yet… Coming from Florida we really did not think how cold could be in the skoolie at night! So, we traversed Great Plains in couple weeks – we drove through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas (the best BBQ in the world!!!) and Lincoln, Nebraska. Unfortunately, we did not explore enough all those places we passed by, but we noticed that people are very friendly and happy.

And, finally mountainous terrain of Colorado

Exhaust System Rerouted

Exhaust out the side

So in order to free up some precious space underneath the bus we needed to reroute the exhaust pipe. It originally ran from the front of the bus all the way to the very back. This 4″ exhaust pipe occupied a lot of space and nothing could be close to it because of the heat.

So, we removed the pieces of exhaust that were pieced together from the bank of the bus up and over the rear axel stopping 2 feet before the muffler. Now all we needed was an elbow which we got from NAPA to make the turn out the passenger’s side. The next step was to cut off about a foot of the exhaust pipe still remaining and then place the elbow on that shortened exhaust pipe. With the elbow in place we were able to use a piece of the tail pipe we removed to attach to the elbow and run it out between the fuel tank and the rear tire.

The only part you really see is the cool cheap stainless steel exhaust tip.

Tank Supports Installed

Tank Mounts

Building a bus in Stuart has it’s challenges. Stuart is not a metropolis for building material. While Stuart does offer Lowes and The Home Depot as well as two electrical supply stores right next door to each other, what it’s lacking is selection. The Aisles of this Home Depot are not long enough to show the curvature of the earth as they are in other cities. In fact you can walk across the entire store in about 30 seconds. So with the limited floor space, this also limits selection.

Of course we try to order things online, but when times get tough and lack of planning stumbles upon us, we spend a lot of time at one the big box stores. Marina knows exactly where the restroom is in both stores and is pretty fluent with the Hardware and Electrical aisle at this point.

Nevertheless, we have the supports for our 4 tanks almost up. It’s always almost. Four tanks all the same size all 40 gallons. Two for water and two for black and gray water. The tanks still need to be ordered and that will take about 4 weeks. I better get on that.

15K BTU Air Conditioner -:O

Coleman 15K btu Air Conditioner

I have no idea how much air conditioning we need for a 28′ bus, but I believe this unit should eliminate the need for a fridge. This is the biggest unit that Coleman makes. It’s the grand daddy of A/C units. We purchased them from some mobile RV repair guy in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The jury is still out on how well it works, or if it works. $250!

But what we did get was some really good Tacos in Palm Beach Gardens at Chula Taco or Taco Chula. Regardless, they are the real deal. Great tacos!