Last week if you saw my post you could see I was feeling a bit over whelmed by the conversion process. I’m doing much better this week. I am try to remember at this point I need to be focused on just those things that need to happen to make Prudence registrable. And on that front, I’m feeling pretty good. One of the big hurdles we have is getting her painted, but that could not happen until the sheet metal went up over some of the windows. I am happy to say that got completed this last weekend and painting will start tonight. Tonight and tomorrow night we will be putting Henry Tropicool paint on the roof to reflect heat. Friday and Saturday we will be painting the rest of the bus. Anyone interest in helping, let me know.
The more I get done on the skoolie build the more I realize I have to do. The list never seams to end. I know this is issue is a product of my own making, it is still stressful. I gave myself a deadline when I got the bus to get her ready to be titled as an RV and travel able by Labor Day Weekend. That deadline is creeping closer and closer and although I think I will make the deadline for titling. The reality is much more needs to be done before she is travel ready, including the solar system up and running. Clearly, more days off are in my future. I hope the weather cooperates, I really hate losing days to the heat and rain.
With the current heatwave, work on Prudence has slowed. The next couple of days will not see a lot of changes. Last weekend was a killer heat wise, I just could not drink enough water. So I am learning from the experience and will limit my work during the heat of the day. Stay cool and safe out there, dink lots of water.
Well actually, it is Prudence that is getting framed. Starting Friday we begin framing the walls of our tiny home. It is exciting to finally be building. Once the framing is done we will be running water and electrical lines, even though those wont be used for a while. Once the framing is done we can start insulating the walls and building the bed platform. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed and YouTube channel for updates.
So this morning we finished the floor prep. You can look for that video next week at: https://www.youtube.com/user/rlpearson67. Honestly, the floor painting was the easiest thing we have done so far. That being said getting the floor ready for paint was a lot of work. Next steps will be putting the floor in. I found a great deal on craigslist for some industrial, sound absorbing sheets. I know one of the issues with a skoolie is the road noise while driving. I hope this will address that issue. In my viewing of other skoolie builds I have not seen anyone use anything like this. In a later video we will be testing the affects of this materail as measured in decibels.
If you haven’t seen this weeks video at Temple Farms check it out here. Paula took me for Father’s day, it was really cool. As an update, deconstruction is done and that video will be coming next week. We are in the middle of prepping the floor so we can start building. We did take advantage of an 11% rebate sale at Menards and stocked up on most of the building materials we will be needing soon. Paula’s garage is full of stuff, that hopefully will be in the bus soon. I also picked up a sound dampening materail I plan to put under the floor, hoping that will help with noise as we’re driving. More on that later.
The seats are out of the bus and all the metal trimmings holding the rubber floor in place. I got the last of the center walkway out yesterday and half of the rubber floor is gone. I also manages to free up the heater from the floor in the back of the bus. I decided to leave it intact. We will shorten the heater hoses and move it towards the front later on. Later this wee we plan to get the rest of the rubber floor out and the plywood underneath. The it will be prepping and building time. So far we are on schedule and hope to stay that way. FINGERS CROSSED!
I want to start out with an apology for not posting in a while. but I’m back. So big things happening in ThePrudentTraveler’s world. Videos will be rolling out on Tuesdays every week and you can find new Instagram posts on Sunday night and Thursday morning. I think Wednesday will be blog post day. I still have to figure out my twitter posts, I have really neglected it. This last weekend we went to the Ray Bradbury Art and Music festival, you can find that in the next YouTube video along with a couple big announcements. Take care and talk to you next week. Remember, travel, explore and live life to it’s fullest.
I just wanted to give everyone an update on the channel. I spent the winter researching buses and diesel engines. Oh, so much to learn. We went a looked at a couple buses a few weeks ago but no luck. We are still searching and hope to be building soon.
This is video 2 of 3 from my trip to Witchita to see family. We spend sometime at the Botanica Garden in Witchita, they had a really cool butterfly exhibit and then we went to the Sedgwick zoo. We had a lot of fun and I want to thank my cameraman assistant Bently. He did a really good job. You can check out the video here: https://youtu.be/Pe5fM5k_sZE