So, I’m behind on my updates. Trevor finished up all our plumbing. While it was very cold, he crawled around under the bus and installed our water tanks and intake valve. Inside we plumbed the kitchen sink, the washing machine and the tub (a shower head). This will all draw from a clean water tank and then drain into our gray water tank. Our tanks hold 46 gallons each sold that should keep us for a bit.
While Trevor was installing the plumbing, I had been calling around trying to get the bus insured and researching everything we needed to get it registered. This process really deserves its own post but I’ll summarize here. I started looking for insurance probably at least a month ago. After to talking to a number of agencies I found on the web and not getting anywhere, I took the advice I found online in forums and started looking for a local agent. Three local agents and about three weeks later I hit the jackpot. I found a woman in town who didn’t bat an eyelash when I said I needed to insure a converted bus as an RV. She got me a quote on the phone and less than hour later we were in her office signing the paperwork. After weeks of searching the bus was insured.
From there we went to the DMV to register it. Again, not the most straightforward process. Four hours after we arrived at the DMV we did walk out with plates. We had to speak with the Safety and Emissions Department, the Enforcement Department, as well as the normal registration agent. I had previously spoken with someone from Safety and Emissions about the bus and because it had been registered as a blue commercial tour bus before I was told it didn’t need another inspection. This needed to verified. Then we showed them photos of the conversion. We were told we could register the bus as a personal vehicle but if we wanted camper plates we would have to have an inspector come out and make sure the conversion met the requirements for camper plates. Apparently, some campgrounds require these- who knew? Being anxious to finish the whole process and have the bus street legal, we opted to just get the personal vehicle plates.
We’re just about done. The seat for Aurora and me is installed. There are seat belts so her car seat will be secure and I will be safe. Trevor is finishing off the bench as I write this. He also framed in our refridgerator so it doesn’t roll around while we’re driving. There’s a little more trim work that could be done around the bus but it is essentially completed.
Plus we’ve been packing. The kitchen is pretty much stocked. All our pots and pans, dishes, appliances, even our spices are in drawers and cupboards. In the house it’s been a frenzy of keep it, toss it, give it or store it. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with ourselves. We haven’t acquired a lot of superfluous stuff. Most everything falls into the keep it category, with maybe the exception of baby clothes which I have a giant box of clothes Aurora has outgrown that fall into the gift it category. The packing is just about as complete as it can be. Drawers are empty. Storage bins are full.
Our expected departure date is now Feb 8th. Just ten days left. Then the real adventure begins.