This weekend, I took Bus #1 out camping for the first the time to experiment with the off grid items and their settings, and to have a little fun. I set up camp on the Brazo’s River outside of Granbury at a lovely place. It got pretty cold Friday night, or should I Saturday morning, got down in the mid to low 30’s.
After I got the bus situated and everything set up, I decided to break out the acoustic instruments I had brought along. I decided to do some cell phone recordings to see how the acoustic’s sounded in the bus, and had a lot of fun with it. I’m rusty and so be nice!! : )
I’m new to off grid living, so this weekend was a learning experience on many levels; including keeping the batteries charged up while having appliances, a couple of LED lights, cell phone chargers fired up. My heating source was a 9000 BTU butane heater, which did a pretty good job. I had it connected to a 20 pound tank that sat outside the bus and a 12′ hose was run in between the twin bus doors to the Mr. Heater.
It was fun and I look forward to doing some more camping in it before it sells or we do a full conversion. For more information on the bus click on this link.
Texas Tiny Homes bus # 1 is still for sale, but in the mean time, it’s undergoing some temporary conversion stuff to ready it for some camping, road trips. The conversion is providing learning opportunity for future bus conversions and all that is involved with it. It’s giving us ideas for future bus designs and finish out.
This temporary, under bus shelving storage area, was built to mainly carry generator fuel and propane tanks to camp sites. The generator will ride inside the bus, but be placed on the shelving during camp. The shelving is a prototype design to show one of our welders what we want, they can now rebuild it with iron, and weld it to the bus, and waterproof it on two sides, the rear and the bottom of the compartment. Once that’s completed, the generator could then ride there too, if fastened in place first.
We have a line on multiple buses we can buy right so if you’d be interested in us custom converting one for you, send us an email from our “contact us” tab.The advantage to Texas Tiny Homes, Inc doing one for you verses you doing one yourself, our bus conversions to RV’s are insurable. Getting bus insurance is one of the most difficult parts of this tiny house option.
We just ordered and purchased some off grid items for the bus; including the Generac iQ2000 Portable Inverter Generator
Quiet, smart, long-running inverter generator
Smart LED dashboard shows fuel level, run-time remaining, wattage usage, and generator status
PowerDial integrates the start, run, and stop functions into 1 simple-to-use dial
Generac OHV engine provides long life
Low oil shutdown safeguards engine from damage
Parallel ready outlet allows you to connect 2 inverters together for more power (parallel kit sold separately)
Select from 3 engine speeds (turbo, standard and economy) – to save fuel and reduce noise
The generator will be used to charge the 4 deep cycle batteries we special ordered today, as well as provide power on days it;s raining or the sun isn’t shinning, preventing the new solar panels we also special ordered from doing their job to charge the batteries. The generator will also be use to run the future ductless 9500 BTU A/C unit we plan to purchase as soon as possible. Right now the generator could provide temporary power to run 1600 watts worth of lap tops, phone chargers, TV, LED lighting in the bus, and pretty much everything the bus will feature in the temporary conversion being done to the bus for some camping, plan designing and some off grid fun.
This is our first bus, which isfor sellas a school bus, but we are also open to custom designing and building it out as per your specifications. Right now, it’s under going some temporary camping, road trip conversion items so we can sort of get the idea of what it would be like living in a bus. By doing some temporary conversions things to this bus it’s giving us some conversion experience and some ideas for future bus conversion projects.
Above is the current layout for the temporary conversion. If it were a full conversion, all the interior siding, flooring and seating would be removed/gutted and then construction would be done similar to a new home. The work being do so far would work as home, but it would be best, but its more expensive to gut the bus first.
I plan to do some camping in it, brainstorming for bus conversion ideas, writing in my book, songwriting and just enjoying some scenic mother earth. If you are interested in purchasing the bus click here contact us or in the menu bar and send us an email.
Our first bus is for sale, but we are open to doing a custom design and build for the right clients with the bus. Or you can purchase it as a school bus.
In the mean time, since the weather is getting nice for camping, we decided to remove four of the rear bench seats and are going to build a temporary bedroom at the back of the bus. We will be doing that this coming week, as well as will be making some temporary drapes that are secured over each window with magnets. This is being done in preparation for some trial run, camping as to see how the bus works out for that sort of thing.