Category Archives for "Bus Life"

Bus Demolition Day 5: Things Get Stinky – Toilet and Tank Removal

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle

We were dreading this day, but the time had come to take out the toilet.  

The restroom floor, toilet seat and wall were just one long piece of stainless steel.  The room basically had to come out in one piece, which took pure brute force. Don pulled, shoved and kicked it out. With his final kick it gave in and as it gave he fell, catching himself on one hand unfortunately spraining his wrist. 

The toilet’s chemical tank was equally difficult to take out, held in by metal bands that are bolted to the frame, but then it’s covered in fiberglass so it’s impossible to get to the bolts to take them out. So more brute force was required to break through the fiberglass. We had emptied the tank and flushed it through with water and cleaner before driving cross country, but it was still a 20+ year old toilet and it was a stinky job.

We started pulling out a little bit of the flooring around the toilet to see what was underneath there.  We were sad to see the stud beams were rusted. There must have been a leak in the bathroom at some point.  We are hoping this is isolated to the bathroom area and that we won’t find more rust as we take out the rest of the flooring.

 

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We take out the fiberglass wall panels and air conditioning vents.

Bus Demolition Day 4: Ceiling Removal

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle

We started out with such enthusiasm and this is the day where things started to become…..well less fun.

We took down the ceiling metal panels and then rolled out as much of the fiberglass insulation as we could.  We quickly learned that we were not prepared. Teeny tiny bits of fiber glass were falling down on us. So without the proper protection we improvised.  We had caps to cover our hair and help protect our faces. We lacked the proper eye coverage and used swimming goggles, but this still worked because it sealed around our eyes.  You do not want to get fiberglass in your eyes! I learnt the hard way, unfortunately. Face mask to cover your mouth. Long sleeved t-shirt, believe me this stuff is falling down on you and it’s not pleasant.

I (Mela) have some neck problems/injuries, so for me spending hours looking and reaching up was tough.  I was not a happy camper, even though we were making progress this work was very hard on my body. I physically needed a break, so Don and his dad worked on removing the side air vents and side wall panels.

We started to see signs of a little surface rust.  It was disappointing, but I guess to be expected for a 24 yr old bus. You could tell from the rain we had been experiencing that there were some leaks in the ceiling where the insulation was a little wet. Nothing horrible, but it did mean more work for us to treat these areas.

We learned that some of the wires we cut, thinking they were for the speakers and tv in the luggage bins, were actually some of the side lights. It’s okay though because we have to rewire them anyway to fit into our walls and ceilings. 

Hopefully we are getting close to the end this demolition.

 

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Taking out the toilet and the black tank.  Yay, fun……...not!

Bus Demolition Day 3: Drivers side Bin Removal

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle

Having made many mistakes taking down the first luggage bin, this side went much easier and quicker.  We used a floor jack to to hold up a 2x4 that propped up one side of the bins while we unscrewed the other side.  It’s still heavy and it came down hard, but it went smoothly and without damaging anything in the bus or any of us this time.

We took out the remaining wall to the restroom and started investigating the ceiling to figure out what comes next.  We were unsure if we should just pull down the carpet and leave the ceilings as-is to cut down on our work. We pulled a section down and saw there was fiberglass insulation in the ceiling.  

We decided it is worth the work of pulling the ceilings and fiberglass insulation out, and replacing it with better insulation to make life in the bus more pleasant.

 

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The sky is falling!  No it’s just us pulling fiberglass insulation out the ceiling…...

Bus Demolition Day 2: Bin Breakdown

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle

Having managed to get the luggage bin down on one side of the bus, we set ourselves the task of figuring out how to break them down into smaller pieces and get them out of the bus.  There were a lot of wires to cut, fluorescent bulbs to carefully take out, and at times it required some brute force to pull or kick parts off the aluminum bar.  

It turns out the aluminum bar had one join in it.  Once you have taken any small parts off, you can break it down into 2 sections.  They are still rather long though and we propped open the windows to carefully take them out. We are trying to keep whatever parts of the bus we can to reuse, recycle the aluminum and stainless steel, give away the lightbulbs and speakers, and hopefully this will minimize what has to go into a landfill.

We began prepping the luggage bin on the other side to come down. We didn’t get much done but because it started raining and we had to close all the windows and emergency exits in the ceiling.  This meant it became dark and hot very quickly in the bus. We had not anticipated how much weather would play a role in when and how long we could work in the bus.

 

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We take down the luggage bins on the opposite side like pros!

Bus Demolition Day 1: Overhead Bin Removal

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle

We have settled into our temporary dwelling, Don’s parents basement.  Yup, we are in our 40’s and moving back in with the folks! We are so grateful for this support as it allows us time and space to make this conversion happen.  And now we begin to build our dream bus.

We started with taking down the overhead luggage bins. It turns out the luggage bin is basically supported by one long aluminum beam.  So the whole side must come down at once. The restroom wall needed to come out first for us to get to the back end of the luggage bins.  We just started taking any parts of the bins off that we could, until we found the screws that held the bins up to the ceiling and side wall. There are a lot of wires to all the lights, speakers and tvs in the bins and the restroom, all these need to be cut before the bin comes down.  

Be warned, if you are watching this as a guide to do your own conversion, these bins are heavy!  It was a real family affair (it took 4 of us) and took some serious teamwork getting these heavy bins down safely.  You can’t quite tell in the video as it’s sped up, but when enough screws have been taken out it begins to fall from its own weight. So be prepared. 

 

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We figure out how to get these 20 ft aluminum beams out of the bus, because they are not going to make it out the front door!

Tiny House Bus Conversion – Season 2 Trailer

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle

In our quest for seeking out a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle, we made a plan.  

Buy a bus and convert it into a tiny home on wheels to travel around Northern America in search of a new place to call home.

In our next set of videos, things get real! We dive into the demolition, stripping the bus interior so we can start fresh and build it out the way we want it to be.

 

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Stayed tuned for Day One of Demolition!

What We Learned Glamping in Our Bus Conversion

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Kitchen , Lifestyle

We spent a week traveling in our 40ft MCI D3 bus from California to the Midwest. We needed to move all our belongings, our cats and ourselves to the Midwest to begin work on the bus conversion. So why not use the bus as a moving vehicle and our “home” for the week. There were moments it felt like a crazy and not so convenient idea, but at the end of the day it worked!  We made it to our destination safely without too many hiccups, and we learnt a lot about what living in the bus feels like which I’m sure will influence our decisions in our bus build.

There’s Nothing Quite like the Luxury of Running Water

We cooked all our meals during the week in order to stick to our regular diet.  We used a 1 burner cooktop which worked great, we’ll probably keep it for outdoor cooking, as on a warm day it’s nice to not steam up the inside of the bus. We made a make-shift dishwashing station, which got the job done but it was challenging none-the-less. So many times during meal prep, cooking and clean up did we notice how badly we wanted plumbing. So spoilt we are. Our toilet situation was even less glamorous. With all our boxes and furniture taking up the back of the bus, we were limited with living space in the front.  We put a port-o-potty on the stairs at night and filled it with peat moss which meant there was no smell. Being down on the stairs made for a little bit of privacy but was also a tricky balancing act in the dark at night!  We used the RV park facilities during the day, but we were glad to have this toilet as an option late at night or in the early morning when it was 33 degrees Fahrenheit outside!

We definitely want to build a spacious functioning kitchen, so not to sacrifice on the way we eat. A decent sized fridge, a 2 burner cooktop is plenty though, oven or convection oven and a large sink for washing up...oh and did I mention running water! We will build a bathroom with doors on it, we are both feeling comfortable with the idea of a composting toilet.  We did not enjoy our black water tank dumps when we rented the RV in the past, so we are going with a fresh water tank, a grey water tank and will make a composting toilet.

A Room with a View

We were struck many times by the amazing views out our bus windows.  We will have to try to keep as many windows as possible in our conversion plans. No one can see in at all because they are tinted, but we felt privileged to enjoy so much of the outdoors while still being inside.

Not being able to open the windows was a problem though.  The windows in this bus are designed as emergency exits only, they could be propped open, but we can’t do that because of the cats. So we will replace some of these windows so they can have screens put in them to keep the cats in, the bugs out, and create a cross breeze.

Staying Eco-Friendly

We stayed at RV parks for this trip so we could get electric hook ups, mostly to run our heater at night, which worked great and kept us nice and toasty. However we will be putting solar panels on the roof and hope to mostly boondock in the future. Without the ability to cook and clean the way we normally do, we found we created a lot more trash and recycling than usual.  Also only one of the seven RV Parks we stayed at actually offered recycling collection.

Our MCI came with a California rated emissions filter and we don’t plan on driving frequently. I think this will probably keep our carbon footprint about the same or lower than in our previous life as a 2-car-city-driving couple.

I do feel that if we set ourselves up with a well functioning tiny home there is no reason why we can’t live a responsible eco-friendly buslife.

Storage Space

One of the most tiring aspects of the way we lived “glamping” in our bus, was packing up everything before traveling, and then unpacking again when we arrived. Especially because we were traveling every day. We will attempt to give everything a designated space and built in options for things we want to stay out in the kitchen and bathroom. 

We used the overhead luggage bays as storage.  I’m so glad we kept these in to use as storage for this trip, however they were not user-friendly.  We’ll have overhead cabinets for sure, BUT….they have to be easier to open and stay open. Plus no one should ever be at risk of bumping their heads!  

Now the real work begins.  It’s easy to say you want all these things, now we have to actually make it happen.  Step one: empty the bus. Step Two: demolition!

 

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Stayed tuned for our trailer for Season 2 of Rehabit8: Tiny House Bus Conversion

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1 burner cooktop
While traveling we used our butane Colman one-burner cooktop to prepare all of our meals.

Port-o-potty
The 5-gal. Luggable Loo Portable Toilet offers a simple bucket-style design and traditional snap-on lid and designed for "luxury" while on camping trips.

Lights

These lights run on AAA batteries and have a low heat lumen efficacy of 120Lm/W,
Easy to Install on ceiling or wall surfaces with included 3M adhesive tape or stick a magnet to them like we did.

Magnets
Made of Strongest Magnetic Material! Strong Holding Power, Holding Power is not Less than 12 lb per Magnet with Direct Touch and Direct Pull.

Reflectix
A reflective insulation consisting of two outer layers of 96-percent reflective film, bonded to two layers of heavy gauge polyethylene bubbles. This worked great to keep the heat and cold out once we attached it to our bus windows.

Fact Check

Marie Kondo  - KonMari Method

Our Maiden Voyage

By Mela & Don | Adventure , Bus Life , Lifestyle , Pets , Travel

We packed all our belongings into the bus and before we knew it we were leaving Los Angeles. Don driving the bus while I was driving behind him in the Jeep with all 3 cats. It took us just over a week to drive to the Midwest, mostly along the historic Route 66.  We limited our drive days to 4-6 hrs which was perfect. We didn’t have time to do any site-seeing except in Sante Fe where we took a day off from driving in the middle of our trip. This trip was not about experiencing different places but about just getting to our destination safely.  We did just fine glamping in our bus, we slept really well at night, the cats seemed quite at home, the parks we stayed at all had nice facilities, but our set-up was not ideal so we didn’t want to prolong this trip more than necessary. We wanted to get to the place where we could turn this bus into our ideal home.  

Each RV Park we stayed at offered something different. I think Sante Fe Skies was our favorite park. We had an amazing view from our parking spot, an easy trail to walk around the property and stretch our legs (much needed after so much driving), spectacular sunsets, bunnies and large metal sculptures.  It was also the only park that had a kitchen we could use to wash our dishes and offered recycling. Yup, none of the other parks collected recycling only landfill trash, this was something I was surprised by.

Day One -Glen Helen Campground, San Bernardino, California

Glen Helen Campground
Located at the base of the chaparral covered hills of the Cajon Pass with scenic views of both the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains in California.

Day Two - Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel, Kingman, Arizona

Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel
If you’re passing through northern Arizona, and you need Fuel, Food and a great place to camp or board your horses for the night, then come visit us. Blake Ranch RV Park offers the best darn place to park your rig, with all the conveniences you would expect!

Day Three - USA RV Park, Gallup, New Mexico

​​​USA RV Park
​Centrally located on the Historic Routh 66, the park is a short distance from spectacular national and tribal parks including Mesa Verde, El Morro, Window Rock, Zuni, Four Corners, Monument Valley, and the Painted Desert.

Day Four and Five - Santa Fe Skies RV Park, Sante Fe, New Mexico

We went into town for our day off and explored the galleries on Canyon Road. There are more than 100 galleries, boutiques and restaurants along this ½ mile stretch. We fell in love with the distinctive architectural style in Sante Fe. No other city in the country has so many low-slung, earth-colored buildings made of adobe bricks, which consist of a mixture of sun-dried earth and straw. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and will definitely come back to explore more!

Santa Fe Skies RV Park
Santa Fe Skies RV park is located just south of Santa Fe city rested on the top of a hill. Visitors can enjoy the wonders of the nation's oldest capital city and take in the spectacular beauty of the region. Enjoy our beautiful panoramic view of the total Santa Fe area with unobstructed sunrise and sunset views from the Turquoise Trail!

Day Six - Oasis RV Resort, Amarillo, Texas

Oasis RV Resort
Amarillo's NEWEST, FINEST & LARGEST RV Park!

Day Seven - Mustang Run RV Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mustang Run RV Park
​Whether you plan on just passing thru or visiting the State Fair, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the OKC National Memorial or catching a Thunder basketball game, Mustang Run RV Park is conveniently located to meet your needs.

Day Eight - Lamplight Lane RV Resort, Waynesville, Missouri

Lamplight Lane RV Resort
John & Barbara Roser, proud owners and operators of Lamplight Lane RV Resort! It's not an empty sentiment when we say that we "Wish You Were Here" since our goal is to offer the kind of amenities and hospitality that make every guest's stay with us a first class experience!

Our bus definitely attracted attention at times.  We were once asked if we were a band on tour. Kids wanted to take photos next to the “American” logo on the side.  Truckers would pass us on the highway just so they could point at our bus and give us a thumbs up!

The drive went mostly smoothly and we loved watching the terrain change from state to state, like Texas being flat for miles and then being struck by the rolling hills and green trees of Oklahoma contrasted against their red clay soil. Driving with the cats in the car was tough. They climbed over me and under me and everywhere they possibly could in the car.  By the time we got to Texas I was just done with it, and felt it was too distracting. So we bought a dog crate which we bungyed onto the bus walls and put the 2 younger cats in the crate while driving. This worked out much better for myself and Zuri (our 17 yr old cat) who became my perfect travel buddy.  

When we arrived at the RV Park in Sante Fe, Don went in to registration and when he came back out the bus wouldn’t start.  Of course we had a moment of panic, how could the bus be breaking down on us already! Don started calling bus mechanics in town, he found a really friendly mechanic who helped him troubleshoot over the phone.  Turns out that you have to make sure you put the bus in neutral before turning it off. If you don’t, it won’t start. With a little convincing and some luck, Don managed to get the gears into neutral and the bus started, followed by a big sigh of relief from both of us and some giggling.  We ran into a few learning curves like this but our big black bus got us safely to the Midwest!

 

Up Next
Before we start our bus conversion, we give you a quick tour of inside the bus and how we “glamped” over the week.

Fact Check

​Sante Fe Architecture - SanteFe.org

Canyon Road - VisitCanyonRoad.com

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Packing Up for Tiny Living

By Mela & Don | Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Eco , Lifestyle

We dived head first into this new life by buying a bus, now we have to figure out how to fit into a bus and enjoy a life of minimalism.  It was time to downsize again, but in a much more extreme fashion. Our plan is simple:

  1. Buy  a bus

  2. Pack everything we own into the bus

  3. Glamp across the country

  4. Stop in the Midwest

  5. Convert to a Tiny Home

  6. Travel Full-time

But each of these steps is a process within itself.  Our bus is less than 300 sq ft, so we had to start by getting rid of a lot of stuff.

Minimalist Wardrobe

When you put yourself into a situation like this, you realize there are a lot of things you hold onto that you really don’t need or use.  For both of us our wardrobes were such places. We’ve been keeping clothes from 20 + yrs ago, just in case we put on weight, or lose weight, or need that green dragon jacket.  Well, the fact of the matter is that these clothes are just sitting there taking up space. Don was the first one to dive in and pair down his wardrobe with a minimalist approach.  These are the steps he took:

  1. Take all your clothes out of the closet and put them into a big pile. 
  2. Go through the clothes one piece at a time.  If they don’t fit currently, have holes in them or you haven’t worn them in years just get rid of them.  Forget about the “some day” and the “maybe if”, rather hold onto the clothes you really love, feel comfortable in and wear regularly.  You’ll probably find some pieces you get sentimental over, that’s okay. As Marie Kondo says, if it sparks joy then hold onto it!
  3. As you go through your clothes organize them into piles.  What you will keep, what you will donate and what you can turn into rags.
  4. Pack away your clothes neatly and assess what you have left .  You may find the first time round you still kept more than you really need.   

I followed Don in this minimizing process. We both lived with these choices for a little while, then found we didn’t miss the clothes we got rid of and were able to minimize even more.

BuyNothingProject.org

We continued this approach throughout our condo.  We organized our things into what we would keep (and could fit into the bus) and what we would pack away to store for our future home.  We donated and sold a lot of furniture and only held onto a few things as our free storage place is not that big, and paying for storage over a couple years seems like a waste of money.  With so many things to get rid of, I was happy to be a part of the Buy Nothing Project.  

Buy Nothing is a social network on Facebook of your neighbors.  You give, receive, lend, share and express gratitude while getting to know your community.  It’s definitely my favorite Facebook group. If you are not a part of this group yet, I highly recommend you join!  If it’s not in your neighborhood yet, start it up! I was so happy to give away kitchenware, furniture, arts and crafts, clothes, jewelry and much more to the group and see their joy at receiving something they wanted for free. We too were able to benefit from this group in sourcing things we needed.  It’s mutually beneficial, saved us money and best of all prevented a lot of waste. We loved getting to know our neighbors, I only wish I had found this group sooner! 

Rehabitips for Eco-Conscious Moving

Moving can create a lot of extra waste, so we did our best to reuse and recycle wherever possible. These are our tips:

  1. Save all your mailers/bubble wrap envelopes from packages and reuse them for packing fragile items
  2. Reuse boxes.  Collect the boxes you receive packages in, or ask in your local Buy Nothing Group for other peoples boxes and bubble wrap from packages they receive.  A lot of stores will give you their boxes after they receive their deliveries.  Craigslist is another good source for free boxes.
  3. We kept old bedding, towels and clothes to use for extra padding in packing.  With some items we even used our current towels and bedding. You have to pack them anyway, so why not use them instead of bubble wrap.
  4. Save junk mail newspapers and paper grocery bags for wrapping fragile items
Moving often becomes like spring cleaning, you run into household hazardous waste items you have kept as you didn’t know how to dispose of them properly. So take this time to find a hazardous waste recycling center and dispose of these items responsibly.

Moving Day

We planned to move in our bus cross country, so we packed all our belongings into the luggage bays below and the back of the bus.  Then with a little help from Don’s brothers we built a temporary wall in the bus. This wall helped keep our cats out of the box area and secured things in place for bumpy roads.  In the front of the bus we could fit our King size bed, a table and a couple coolers for food. With those securly bungie down and all our overhead bins secured, that was all we needed for this glamping trip.  

I got set up in our Jeep with our 3 cats for the drive, Don in the bus and off we headed for our week long drive to the Midwest.

 

Up Next
We drive to the Midwest and learn the ups and downs of buslife!

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Buy Nothing Project
Buy Nothing Project offers people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.

​​Earth 911 Recycling Search
​​With over 350 materials and 100,000+ listings, they maintain one of North America's most extensive recycling databases.

Fact Check

Marie Kondo  - KonMari Method

We Bought a Bus!

By Mela & Don | Adventure , Bus Conversion , Bus Life , DIY , Lifestyle

When we first started dreaming of full-time road-tripping we imagined we would buy a school bus to convert into an RV.  After doing a lot of research watching a ton of youtube videos and talking to bus mechanics, we decided that the right bus for us was the MCI D3.  We narrowed our search down to the 40ft bus with a Detroit Diesel Engine and an Allison Transmission.

MCI buses have been used by Greyhound for over 50 years.

MCI buses are most commonly recognized from their use in the Greyhound fleet. While we loved the look of the vintage MCI’s from the 70’s, after talking to a lot of bus mechanics they all recommended that we get a modern engine where the parts would be readily available, which is the case with the D3. Not only are parts available for the D3, but many diesel shops and most military mechanics have worked on these engines.

We did lots of online searches all over the country for our dream bus and thought we had found the perfect bus in Ohio. So Don flew out to look at a Silver 1995 D3.  What we quickly learned is that rust is a major issue in Midwest and East Coast buses and something we wanted to avoid. This bus had a lot of tell-tale signs of rust on the exterior and bubbling in the paint job.  If there is rust on the exterior, who knows what you will find once you start pulling the bus apart. So we added to our search criteria to look for a West Coast bus with as little visible rust as possible and service records so we would know exactly what work had been done on the bus. This too meant increasing our budget for the bus, but it felt like it was worth it in the long run.

Our Bus

After searching all over the country, we found our bus just a little drive from Los Angles in Long Beach, CA! It’s a 1996 MCI D3 that checked off everything on our “must have” list. We hired a bus mechanic to check it out and he could not believe what good condition the bus was in. He recommended a few things that needed replacing and service, but that we should get this bus!  So we did! Our excitement levels were through the roof, suddenly things got real. It was at the top of our budget but had been kept in excellent condition and we had a huge folder with all the service records from Day 1 on this bus. We were able to negotiate the cost down a little and the seller agreed to take out the seats for us, which was extremely helpful with our plans for the immediate future. 

Preparing to Travel Cross-Country

We started drastically minimizing our belongings for our new tiny living lifestyle.  Some things we plan to store for our future home, but that too we wanted to keep minimal. We don’t have anywhere to work on converting the bus in Los Angeles, so we decided to pack up and head east to stay with Don’s parents in Indiana. The family has a lot of land and space for us to work this conversion. With minimizing our belongings we figured…..we can probably pack all of our moving boxes into the bus (cross-fingers!), instead of hiring movers, and glamp in the bus as we move to the Midwest. 

Things we did to get the bus ready to travel across the country:

  1. We got the recommended services from our mechanic - oil and transmission fluid change, replace bulbs in brake lights and some adjustments to the air system.
  2. We tried to give the bus a good cleaning! Once the seats were removed, we saw just how dirty the floors really are after 20+ years of transporting people.
  1. We put up temporary curtains to block light and insulation to keep the cold out. We plan to sleep in the bus while traveling to the midwest and in some of the states on our journey, it could get down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit at night. We used a combo of reflectix and felt cut out to the size of the windows and super strong magnets to hold them to the metal frame of the bus.
  2. We added a RV specific Navigation System that you input the size of your vehicle and it figures out the best route to take so you don't run into any overpasses you can't fit underneath etc.
  3. While your side mirrors are your friend while driving a bus, being able to see directly behind you is definitely helpful. We first purchased a 4 camera wired system  . But our attempt to install the cameras was a failure as we were not able to run cables all the way to the back of the bus. We opted for a simple 1 camera wireless back up system that we were able to install easily in less than an hour.

Another obstacle was converting the bus title from a commercial vehicle. Our research taught us that the easiest way to convert your title is to have a licensed VIN verifier sign off on your conversion and then bring that into the California DMV. 

Even after easily getting the proper VIN verification it still took 2 days and 3 DMV visits to find a DVM manager that was able to help us get the title converted in their system. So now our bus is titled as a Motorhome, which is classified as a personal automobile or “Car House” in the state of California.

There’s no better way to learn than by experience and we are learning a lot about the bus already.  So with enthusiasm and a little trepidation, we leap into this new adventure!

 

Up Next
We learn very quickly to become minimalists, pack up and say a bittersweet goodbye to LA.

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Reflectix
A reflective insulation consisting of two outer layers of 96-percent reflective film, bonded to two layers of heavy gauge polyethylene bubbles

​Magnets
​Made of Strongest Magnetic Material! Strong Holding Power, Holding Power is not Less than 12 lb per Magnet with Direct Touch and Direct Pull.

Garmin RV 770 Navigation System
We chose the Garmin RV 770 NA LMT-S RV GPS for it's RV specific routing and road warnings. It has a Smartphone Link app to program in destinations and access to live traffic, basic weather and more. Hands-free features include Bluetooth calling, smart notifications and voice-activated navigation. 

​Back up camera
Quick and simple setup -Receiver built-in the monitor, You just hook the transmitter and power supply to them, They will transport video signals auto.About the only hard part is getting power to the rear view camera. You need to tap into the backup or tail lights of your vehicle or trailer for 12V or it works with 24V as well.

Fact Check

MCI - Wikipedia

Detroit Diesel 60  - Wikipedia

Allison Transmission - Wikipedia

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