Leaking roof

Before I painted, I used body filler to patch some rips and holes in the roof (from a tree limb?)  Sanded and painted over, along with many other questionable and rusted rivets, I felt confident that I had fixed most of the roof issues.  I was sure there would be more in the future.  Heavy rains last week demonstrated some issues, and it looks like most are seams, as they all stopped when I moved the bus uphill – all but one. The one dripping on to the driver’s dash. The primary suspect is this guy. Not sure what it is or purpose, or even what problems I will cause if I caulk it/remove it?


Inside, beneath the vent, the ceiling looked like this….


Advice from the skoolie.net crowd yielded the advice the vent was not needed, and was often problematic, so I got to pryin and cuttin.

then I had to administer a beat-down, to make the roof “flush” for the new patch.

post beat down



patch installed, lotsa sticky jelly underneath and around edges



Front drip over the dash? GONE
3rd Passenger window drip? GONE
2 of the 4 rear leaks? Gone, but only 2 of them.

the 2 remaining drips are most likely due to the fact I skipped some rear seams, and was stingy on the other rear seams to conserve the 212 – yes, I knew what I was doing. So I had to crawl back up there, but at least I am confirming the 212 works.  Now waiting for a bigger storm to confirm, no more leaks.  Maybe I can build some cabinets now?


Engineering challenge #1

#1 challenge appears to be solved, with 2 bolts, 2 nuts, 4 washers, and a $14 c-channel, cut in half and drilled, combined with an aluminum ramp I had already.  The only other addition is a kickstand platform, to keep the bike from leaning too far.

Works pretty damn well.

And the bike as it sits in the rear of the bus.


My new home is in the driveway

20150328_075205600 miles to Ohio, and 600 miles back – a great ride back. but rolling in at 2:30 in the morning was pretty suck.  The preview to my new adventure got off to a good start, with no catastrophic failure.  Not sure I could have even recovered from a bad tire, after spending almost all reserves on the bus  and travel expense.  Cutting it close, but I need to get started now while I have a base.

20150328_155131Ripped out the seats, and cleaned the rubber puke mat, after the fail of attempted removal of flooring.  I estimate it has 700 bolts that must be CUT out from UNDER the bus, and I doubt that I can even get to them all.  So the puke mat stays for now, I will build on top of it.



20150402_091149My next challenge is to refit the wheelchair lift to allow me to lift a motorcycle, and load it into the rear of the bus   Right, it looks as simple as extending the ramp about 18 inches to get the bike UP to the bus.