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Upgrading Vintage Round Headlights

The above picture is the bus before I started.

I've been working on my school bus conversion for a while now. All the lights on the inside where changed to LEDs. While I changed all the exterior light fixtures I replaced them with modern…

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Added by Leonard on December 24, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sunset at Rock Hound State Park Deming, NM

Added by Leonard on January 24, 2016 at 9:59am — 8 Comments

The Roving Craft Shop is in full swing.

One of the reasons I chose to convert a 40' bus as a single traveler is because I wanted to build a workshop in the bus.  The last eight feet of the bus is a craft/work shop where I play and work.  I have a heat press for tee shirts and coffee mugs and other items I can sublimate.  I have a vinyl cutter/plotter where I make vechicle graphics.  I have a small wood lathe among other toys and tools.

It's mostly to calm an over active, restless mind.  But I can and do make a…

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Added by Leonard on December 6, 2015 at 11:20am — 3 Comments

Vintage Truck Camper

If you've been following my Bluebird school bus conversion you know I have more installments to come.  I haven't stopped.  I just haven't had time to update.  Which I will do shortly.

But I thought I'd tell you about another project I've picked up that I will be working on at the same time.  I've always wanted a small camper that I could use for weekend trips and not have to take the…

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Added by Leonard on March 8, 2015 at 2:01pm — 9 Comments

RV Power Grid Monitor

Here's another addition I added to my bus conversion.  I wanted to be able to monitor my RV power grid from the drivers seat and anywhere in the bus. So the wheels got to turning again.

This is a very simple and inexpensive project. However it can save considerable hardship and foresee problems. Total cost for this was less that…

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Added by Leonard on October 19, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

How To Put Square Cabinets In A Round Bus

In this ongoing saga of my school bus conversion, my first choice for kitchen and over head cabinets was to make them. Older school buses have rounded roofs and stock cabinets are square. I figured I'd solve this problem right off by making the cabinets to fit.

The roof in older school buses was round, I'm told, for better roll over protection in the event…

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Added by Leonard on October 1, 2014 at 7:07am — 3 Comments

Installing a heated floor in bus conversion.

I HATE being cold.  I hate the thought of being cold.  I hate getting out of bed on a cold winter morning to step on a cold floor.  Even carpet can't really take the cold out of a cold floor.  The most it can do is attempt to mask the cold and it doesn't do a good job of that.

So I decided to install in floor heating in the bus in an attempt to address that concern.  Read about it here:  …

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Added by Leonard on September 8, 2014 at 3:21am — 1 Comment

Angel Bus

I recently wrote about Habitat for Humanities RV Care-A-Vanners and what you can do with an RV.  Well to go one step further, if you have access to a motor coach, you can signup with Angel Bus as a driver.

Angel Bus® is a…

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Added by Leonard on May 22, 2014 at 3:18am — No Comments

Take One RV And Add Habitat for Humanity

What do you get when you add RVs and Habitat for Humanity?  Why, you get RV Care-A-Vanners!  I recently spent about two weeks in Springfield, MO with the Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners 25th anniversary build and celebration rally April 21-May 4, 2014.  HFH has been using RVers to help build affordable housing for 25 years.  Building skills - not necessary.  You only need an RV and a…

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Added by Leonard on May 16, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments

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