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Nearly There

So this last week has been very busy, very productive, and very quiet on this blog. I apologize for that last bit, but time has been sparse, and we were always on the verge of something, so I kept pushing back updates since something bigger and better was coming. That’s still the case – we still have more to do, but I’m going to update anyway.

I should start last week, when we brought the bus by the DMV to see if we could get it registered. From all of the research I did online and over the phone, it seemed like there were no requirements for a converted school bus to be registered as an RV, so we rolled into the inspection lane to see what we could get done. Unfortunately, we showed up just as they were closing, because apparently they don’t stay open as late as the main DMV building. Oops. I managed to briefly talk to the inspectors who were there, and they told me that there was indeed an inspection required, and it needed to be “habitable.” One of the requirements of habitable was a “vented stove,” which both the inspectors agreed on. They couldn’t give us a complete list of what we needed, only that it had to be “habitable.”

A vented stove was something that was not going to happen on the bus if we could help it – cooking outside is far cheaper, easier, and practical for our purposes. We went into the main building to see if anyone could supply us with a list of the requirements that would make the bus habitable, but no one had a clue – it’s not a very common question. We finally found someone in the Commercial Vehicle Saftey department, and he supplied us with a list of what we needed, which mirrored lists I had seen elsewhere.

We spent this week trying to meet those requirements, and when we brought the bus to the DMV earlier today, they deemed it habitable (though they didn’t seem to care about that list). They had a slight issue with our veggie system, and didn’t really know what to make of it. It turns out the guy who would know doesn’t work there anymore, so they put in a call, and we waited. We made Tang in a coffee can from DMV bathroom water. We ordered a pizza. And waited some more. Eventually the call was returned, and now we know what we need to change for the veggie system, so we’ll be making changes over the weekend and registering on Monday.

Other things we’ve been up to: enjoying attention from local press, a new snazzy paint job which I’ll show off tomorrow, plumbing installed, electrical installed, and Ned’s blog launched. He’ll be writing about the trip at that website for the duration of the summer, so I highly recommend subscribing.

At the moment, it looks like we shall leave Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Quick Update Video

From earlier this week, Ned and I went to go visit Joe at Cheney Tech. We’re almost ready to start construction, and Joe walked us through how it will look once it’s done. Thanks to Ned for bringing a real camera to take some decent video.
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Building the Bunks

Today was an surprisingly productive day, considering the time we put into it. Mike, Ned and Dan came by and we cut up and sanded the wood we bought for the bunks. As always, there are some pictures on Flickr, and one absolutely thrilling video of sawing. We’ll be doing more tomorrow, on both the bunks and the benches. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be done with both of those by the end of this weekend.

In case you’re around, free to do things, and interested, I could use your help every day from tomorrow to Sunday (this includes painting). Rain isn’t an issue (except for painting). Just give me a call or drop by if you can help.


We cleaned a bunch of the rugs we got out of Wesleyan’s dumpsters today. Turns out there is a lot of hair in rugs. But in any case, they should be ready for use in the bus, whenever we get around to that. I’ll be posting stuff about the floor plan soon. The bus will be able to sleep 8 people in beds (12 if we use the floor). The overflow folks (or really, whoever wants to) can sleep in a tent or on the roof.

1 – Beginning

A walkthrough of the bus before we touched it, then we start to take out the seats.