We met this bus mechanic, Joe, early on in our bus search. He came to check out a bus we were interested in. We decided not to go with that bus, but he continued to be a great resource for us.
We were thrilled when he agreed to travel to us to do some maintenance on our bus, teach us more about our bus and answer questions we had. One of the things he was able to answer for us was how to safely take out the buses original AC. We had started this project a while ago but stopped realizing we needed to know more about it before we removed something important.
We are going with 2 mini-splits (heat and cool) in our bus. One at the front and one at the back, it’s a big bus. This makes more sense to us than keeping and maintaining the original AC. Joe helped explain what we could safely take out, resell and how to reconnect the in and out coolant pipes to circulate inside the bus.
The space holding the original AC coils, has a drain pan with holes to drain out any water or coolant under the bus. This is where we chose to put our water heater and water pump. We figure this way if there are any leaks, the water will at least drain out of the bus.
With this space finally prepared for us to use, we begin work on plumbing!
Let the plumbing begin!