I put two basement thermo pane windows in the plywood walls where the original bus windows were. This required the cutting of a metal stud that supports the wall & roof of the bus. This isn't something I wanted to do as I didn't have access to a welder. I did install angle iron braces across the top of the window, supported them on either side with upright pieces of 2X2 and screwed them in with angle iron braces to the existing braces on either side of the window along with angle iron braces holding the support that was compromised by cutting it off. I framed the window with 2X2's; then installed the windows. I've driven the bus over 1,000 miles since this and everything seems to be quite solid yet. I put one of these in each side. I'm glad I did as they have proven to invaluable for purposes of light & side draft as the weather warms in these northern climates.

I then drove the bus 75 miles to Williston, ND when it was -15 degree's outside to a gentleman that had a pit in his shop for the specific purpose of spraying spray foam insulation on the underside of trucks, tanks, and now of course, a bus. The shop was brand new and my bus was one of the trial run jobs he did after building his new shop.(The first one burned to the ground). When I went to pick the bus up one of the rear duals was flat. He'd run over a nail driving it in the shop. I went to have it fixed and the truck shop would not fix the tire. They declared it unsafe by some criteria the DOT has set up for Semi trucks; so I had to buy a new tire. All in all there ended up being 4" of spray foam under the bus in the cabin area. As you can see they sprayed the wheel wells too which, at this point doesn't seem to be a problem. This was the single most expensive thing I did to this bus; but I'm glad I did. It proved to be a good move, I realized, as I worked on the bus the rest of the winter.

The outside wall area was insulated with 31/2" batt insulation where the windows had been and 2" insulation on the lower walls. I chose not to remove the tin and existing insulation from the lower walls as the climate where this bus lived its life is, comparatively, dry so I wasn't to worried about mold as some might be buying buses in climates with higher humidity. Besides there is a rivet ever 2" or so on every stud and I didn't want to go there at all. After the insulation was up I stapled plastic over everything. This picture was taken looking forward. You can see the side folding door as well as the stud wall I built behind the drivers seat of the bus.

Although I did the 110V wiring before the insulation I really didn't get any good pictures of it. It is all running behind the short 6" panels that you see the 12V bus lights mounted in. It is looped down to a level that is convenient to place an outlet then looped back up and continues to run along behind the 6" light panels. If you look closely in the following two pictures you can see the wiring. This wiring is in the wall behind the drivers seat that feeds a light and an outlet right alongside the doorway on the inside cabin wall.

Views: 179

Tags: 110V, bus, cabin, camper, cold, fiberglass, foam, insulation, isulation, lighting, More…motorhome, spray, sprayfoam, thermopane, weather, window, windows, wiring

Comments are closed for this blog post



  •         How To Links 

-Search Good Old RV's

-Start a New Group 

-Roof Repair Photos & Products

-Repair an RV Roof

-Pick Roof Sealer   

-Understanding RV Electrical Systems 

-Get RV Insurance   

-What to Look For When Buying a Used RV

-Jack Installs Fuel Injection in his Dodge 


 Paige's VintageTrailer Art  

 Paige's VintageTrailerFabric

 Artist Roads                                            Sandy's Stained Glasshttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/552605816752050167/     



If you love classic and vintage RVs then come Join us. Come on in and have some fun. JOIN HERE NOW


Spray painting the exterior of our aluminum sided camper 2 Replies

Started by MJ Ross in RV Repair & Maintence. Last reply by MJ Ross on Friday.

Golden Years My Arse 3 Replies

Started by Jack Wasmuth in RV Repair & Maintence. Last reply by Terry H Aug 11.

Blog Posts

Does anyone else own a TEC travel cruiser motorhome?

Posted by Fiona on August 5, 2019 at 2:16am

Rolled my trailer in high desert winds

Posted by Dr Nita Bishop on August 4, 2019 at 5:00pm

Does anyone else own a TEC travel cruiser motorhome?

Posted by Fiona on August 4, 2019 at 5:26am

1968 tracvco 270

Posted by harwood on July 23, 2019 at 8:57pm



  • Add Videos
  • View All


If you love classic and vintage RVs then come Join us.

 Come on in and have some fun.         JOIN HERE NOW!

 Dedicated to a simpler, more rewarding and fun way of life in a Good Old RV... 

Vintage Travel Trailers, Vintage Campers, Camper Restoration, Bus Conversions, Vintage RV Forums, Old RVs, Tiny Homes, Boondocking


A work of art by member Paige Bridges

Get your Good Old RVs T-Shirt HERE


 Disclaimer - Please Read it

Enjoy this site and use it totally at your own risk.

By using or viewing this site YOU agree to Hold Harmless anyone associated with it including other members. Also, YOU agree that YOU are solely responsible for ANY and ALL actions, results or damages. Members "opinions" are just that and any repair or alteration comments or recommendations are by folks who are not licensed repair  or mechanical professionals. Any repairs or modifications you do totally at YOUR OWN RISK. Use licensed professionals for all work to avoid possible serious injury or damage. Use  banks for purchases.  Have fun!

Copywrite & Trade Mark Registered GoodOldRV© ,GoodOldRVs©, GoodOldRVs.com©,GoodOldRVs.net©,GoodOldRV.Com©

© 2019   Created by Russ Johnson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service