The classic #outback road. One single strip of bitumen and a wide border of beautiful red dirt. This was the road between Cooper's Creek and Windorah the other day. We are loving our outback adventures!
Dug into the emergency exit alarms today – turns out on this bus they can be disabled by simply… unplugging the switches. (Or more dramatically, cutting the wires).
The reason this works is that the buzzers are connected to 12V on one side, and the switch on the other. When the switch is in the alarm position, it just grounds the buzzer to the body, creating a circuit. Interestingly, while verifying this, I discovered there doesn’t seem to be a starter interlock on the bus, unlike @redfoxbus (school busses usually refuse to start if an emergency exit is open, or locked). Well, as long as it starts!
While tracing wires, I came upon the Zonar control box in one of the electrical boxes. If you haven’t driven a commercial vehicle, you’re forgiven for not recognising the name – they make a variety of products for improving commercial fleet safety. For busses, it’s common to use a handheld reader to scan RFID tags around the bus during your pre-trip inspection, and confirm that you checked all the relevant things in that area. When I was driving a real school bus I found it a handy double-check that I didn’t miss anything. Anyway – when powering on the bus, I noticed the “CELLULAR” light on the Zonar came on – hmm, if it communicates over cellular, is there a SIM card inside that I could use to hijack some free data? Alas, no, they use an integrated circuit for their 3G connectivity. (Also hopefully @clarkcountysch cancelled their subscription for this bus when it was sold).
Meet Birdie 🐱
Birdie joined our crew after many hours, “meows”, and tree climbs.
Yesterday while Josh was out for an evening bike ride, he heard loud meowing coming from a nearby tree. He called me and said to bring gloves and meet him. We couldn’t see any cat or kitten from the road, but could hear it up in a tree (we live deep in the sticks) I put on my gloves and started climbing. I quickly found a tiny little calico kitten wailing in the branches, but spooked her and she jumped from the tree into heavy brush below.
After two hours of “meowing” back and forth, we finally spotted her back up in the tree. So back up the tree I went, and back down to the bushes she went. At that point it was completely dark out so we left.
This morning I had to go check if she was still there... and sure enough she was! This time she was about 50 ft up in a different tree. I grabbed a bag and started climbing. Within 1 ft of her she spooked again and jumped from branch to branch down. We were able to spot her quickly on the ground and found her half way stuck in a hole with her booty sticking out. I was able to grab her FINALLY!
If you didn’t figure it out yet, Birdie got her name because she can’t seem to stay out trees just like a bird🐦 It didn’t take long for her to get comfy in her new little home with a fully belly. She is very snuggy and won’t stop purring 😻
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Putting the wires in for your electricity in your bus is no joke! If it’s done wrong, you can’t... we’ll, have electricity 😉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Luckily we have some pros coming in to check our work when we’re all done!
What are your tips that you’ve learned while doing your conversion? 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #conversionvan#skoolie#skoolienation#diy#skoolieconversion#skooliebuild#skoolielife
Do you have other travellers in your family? I do ;) This is my sisters’ amazing home on wheels!!! 🚌👇... SWIPE to see inside ❤️
🅘🅝🅕🅞 ➝ You've probably heard of the tiny home movement and van life, but did you know that "bus life" is also a thing?
Instead of converting vans into tiny homes on wheels, bus lifers turn buses into moveable abodes. Often, these are former school buses, which are affectionately known as "Skoolies” - HAVE YOU HEARD OF THEM?
Well, my amazingly talented sister Amanda, did just that - turning an old yellow school bus into a VERY stylish home on wheels called "MABEL” 👉 @mabeltheskooliebus 🚌
Amanda has always been a traveller as well as a makeup artist and a design artist 👩🎨 you can check out her amazing work here 👉@amandagreenwoodartist
Now along with her husband, daughter, dog & cat they travel the open roads., as Amanda says ‘Home is where you Park it’ and boy does she park it in the most amazing places!!! 🤗
🅣🅘🅟🅢 ➝ If you are ever interested in learning more about the Skoolie life, feel free to contact Amanda...she says she’s happy to share ;)
🅓🅘🅢🅒🅞🅤🅝🅣🅢 ➝ Check out the link 🔗 in my 🄱🄸🄾 for travel discounts such as: UBER, AIRBNB, BOLT, LYFT, LIME, DOOR DASH, HelloFresh, Trusted House Sitters + more...
"Going tiny doesn’t always mean compromising. When we built our home, the kitchen was the biggest game of tetris. We wanted an oven, two burners, a fridge with a freezer, a large sink, hot water, a wide countertop, and a bunch of storage. Without taking too much space or feeling overcrowded. And that is what we got 👌" -@littlegusthebus
Another one form @littlegusthebus . I seem to be obsessed with bus kitchens lately. I've told @brockbutterfield "in our next bus, I want a full kitchen!" so much lately. This one is so dreamy. Also, does seeing tiny wood stoves give you the same reaction as seeing a puppy?!!? Cuz yeah, I squeal and just want to squeeze them.
Post by contributor: @valeriebus
28 3,1064 July, 2020
for the past three months I cleaned city buses to keep my business and myself afloat. I tried to keep up with my buses too while doing this, but to be honest, it proved to be too much. last week I cleaned my last city bus, and today, I got to spend the day cleaning and catching up with luna❤️ I may still be waiting months before my next event, but I will continue to create for you and me and will dream about the day when the buses are full again✨