When we last left off, we had cracked open the battery housing and were planning on configuring our 2013 Nissan Leaf module into sixteen 24-Volt batteries. The original plan called for 24-Volt configuration because each of the Nissan Leaf modules is configured with 4 cells, 2 joined in parallel and
Did you think we got swallowed by the bus? Some days it feels like it. It seems like we eat and sleep "bus". In fact, I've been having dreams about the bus - wiring, dash gauges, etc. Homeschooling is about to start again, and I am so thankful to have
When we originally decided to pursue this full-time RVing life back in 2015, we set an “ideal hit-the-road date” of June 2017. Why wait two whole years? Well, back in 2015, we still had a one-year-old. And, to be perfectly honest, I had been pregnant or nursing a baby for
We have been researching solar power since before we started on this full-time journey. Initially, we wanted to setup a system that would run our pool pump and maybe offset some of our high Arizona air-conditioning bills. There is something really cool about getting energy directly from the sun (for
When we removed the wheel well covers, we discovered some holes that needed to be dealt with. Some of these holes were from rivets, but some were clearly spots that had rusted through.
I guess after 50-plus years of water and debris being kicked up by the tires, even aluminum
RV refrigerators are strange. Strange and expensive. I have always wondered how the heck they can run on either propane or electricity (110 Volts A/C). Now that we have an RV, I had the opportunity to dive further into what the differences are between RV and "residential" refrigerators.
We keep plugging along on the demo, weekend warrior-ing it every Saturday and Sunday. We would love to be able to keep the bus at our house so we could work on it during the weeknights after work and school, but that’s just not an option, unfortunately. Darn HOA.
Deciding on a battery for our bus turned out to be pretty involved. Our bus came with 4 deep-cycle lead acid batteries (only 2 of which were even hooked up) and a small 750-watt inverter that connected to literally 1 outlet inside. We spent hours researching chemistries, capacities, and configurations.
A lot has happened on the bus since the last post, but Juan and I still haven't gotten the hang of adding blogging and video editing into a full life of homeschool, work, and family commitments. So, we have fallen a bit behind in the renovation updates. We also decided
It’s All Coming Down!
After taking out the living room furniture and kitchen, we spent the next few weekends taking apart the bus one piece at a time. Each day, we didn’t know exactly what would come next. We would start with a general plan, but you know
After spending about five minutes in the bus, my allergies were going haywire. The first day we spent some time looking through it just doing inspections, taking measurements, etc. left me unable to breathe through my nose for the next few days. What was living in this bus? It was