Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog 2017-04-15T09:55:57+00:00

Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog

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Bus Conversion: Kitchens, Bathrooms and Miscellaneous

It seems we are due an update. As these things go - in this case blogging the conversion - the momentum has waned, but fear not, the conversion itself carries on as strong as ever. Since we last spoke, a lot has happened. The kitchen is pretty darn far along, as is the bathroom. These will be the focus of this post, but do note that since the last update, there have been other ancillary bits of progress as well. These include, but are not limited to, full installation of the ceiling boards, installation and plumbing of a propane tank under the back of the bus, wiring and outlets, new livery on the back, and the addition of a permanent cellular [...]

Excursion 3: Total solar eclipse of my heart

I'm fairly certain this is excursion three. The first was definitely Pikes Peak, documented here. The second would have been Twin Lakes - undocumented, but mostly consisting of overheating on he side of the mountain roads, and lakes. This time around we took Vicaribus up to Nebraska for some eclipse chasing. Our base of operations was a fantastic gem of a lake called Lake McConaughy, commonly referred to as Lake Mac. What a find that was. Lake Mac is the biggest lake and Nebraska, and when the water is down like now, it is surrounded by exceptional white sand beaches. The sand itself rivaled the best beaches in Florida, though in Florida, there aren't stumps and reeds sticking out everywhere. The [...]

Bus Conversion: How to make an awesome kitchen countertop from a door

We spent a lot of time trying to decide what to do for our kitchen counter top. There were two primary requirements - it needed to be light and it needed to be durable - and for a bonus we were hoping it would be cheap!  Once you start talking about light weight, you pretty much eliminate all stone countertop choices and durable takes away glass, ceramic. I’m no expert, but this pretty much left us with wood - solid or laminate.  We started exploring the butcher block style, and while it met our criteria being durable, relatively light and relatively cheap, it looks like wood and only comes in wood colors like oak and walnut and other shades of brown. [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: A Bus Story, Bus Conversion, Heather, and the Purple Backpack|1 Comment

Bus Conversion: Power Up

We spent over half of our initial budget on a top of the line power system from Victron Energy. And by we, I mean I. You know what they say about initial budgets anyway, "It's like that unicorn you thought you saw.. turns out some guy just glued a horn to his pony. Never gonna happen." One of my favorite sayings. So, why did I go all out on the power system? I'm a hardware hacker. I like technology. I like fancy technology. And, I like data. The Victron Energy systems give me all of that. They have some really nice features around data logging, internet connectivity, open-source software and so on - not to mention all of their stuff is [...]

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: A Bus Story, Bus Conversion, Nick, and the Things|0 Comments

Bus Conversion: Getting Decked

When converting a bus, one must prioritize the order in which things get done. Without a doubt, building a rooftop deck is one of the highest priority steps on the path towards a safe, comfortable and livable bus. Right? Actually, we ended up prioritizing this step early in the build because we thought it would involve putting holes in the roof - screws, bolts, something. Turns out the design our fabricator came up with didn't require an holes in the body, but hey now we have a deck! The deck ended up being 8 foot by 10 foot, and hangs off the back of the bus by a couple feet, providing a nice owning over the back door, and a sweet [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: A Bus Story, Bus Conversion|1 Comment

Excursion 1: 11,000ft Shakedown – Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2017

Even though Vicaribus isn't finished with it's makeover, there's no reason it should remain confined to it's claustrophobic backyard parking pen. Sure it gets it's daily Home Depot run and the odd overnighter at the shop, but sometimes a bus just has to get out and stretch it's legs and see the world. Rather than warming up with something simple for our first real excursion, we decided that we might as well just dive in and give Vicaribus a real challenge. The challenge we came up with was driving up a big ass mountain and spending the night at 11,000 feet in elevation. There was a valid reason for this, however. We've been meaning to check out the Pikes Peak International [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|Categories: A Bus Story, Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog, Travels|2 Comments