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Spring 2017 – Bus Conversion Tour

After another long winter we have a lot of progress to show off. During the autumn of 2016 we were able to get the bus insulated with closed cell spray foam. This combined with the installation of our Dickinson Atlantic cook stove was a complete game changer for us. We now had the ability to work on our projects inside …

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Shaving Spray Foam With Fein 350QSL

As you may have seen in our previous video, the bus has been insulated with closed cell spray foam.  What was once a dark echo filled cave, has become a bright and comfortable workshop.  As the temperatures sink during the long cold Minnesota winter, I am repeatedly reminded of how far we have come and how truly thankful I am.  During …

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Sukkot in the Bus – Impromptu Tour

Rather than pitching the tent in the pouring rain, we decided to setup camp for Sukkot in the bus this year.  Our tiny home has been a construction zone all summer long. After a lot of sweeping, we moved in and set the table for dinner.  Enjoy a little impromptu tour of our temporary dwelling. If you are wondering what …

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Tiny Home Seating – Building a Bench Frame

We’ve had a pretty decent winter thus far. The freezing temps came late this year, which allowed me more time to wrap up things outside. When the cold finally set in, the family and I headed in doors. Natalia and I have been putting the final touches on our tiny home plans. Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time …

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New Swinging Bus Door

After a year of dealing with the air actuated bus door, I decided it was time to eliminate some complexity and take a simpler approach.  That simpler approach ended up taking many more hours to complete than I had anticipated.  The original door mechanism was well engineered and sealed very well, however it was designed for use while the engine …

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Well I Made the News

Well I made the news, but not in the way I would have preferred.  As I was walking out to my bike for the commute home, I came face to face with a large news camera.  Take a look.

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Spring 2017 – Bus Conversion Tour

After another long winter we have a lot of progress to show off. During the autumn of 2016 we were able to get the bus insulated with closed cell spray foam. This combined with the installation of our Dickinson Atlantic cook stove was a complete game changer for us. We now had the ability to work on our projects inside …

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Shaving Spray Foam With Fein 350QSL

As you may have seen in our previous video, the bus has been insulated with closed cell spray foam.  What was once a dark echo filled cave, has become a bright and comfortable workshop.  As the temperatures sink during the long cold Minnesota winter, I am repeatedly reminded of how far we have come and how truly thankful I am.  During …

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Shaving Spray Foam With Fein 350QSL

As you may have seen in our previous video, the bus has been insulated with closed cell spray foam.  What was once a dark echo filled cave, has become a bright and comfortable workshop.  As the temperatures sink during the long cold Minnesota winter, I am repeatedly reminded of how far we have come and how truly thankful I am.  During …

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 3

We’ve torn into the HVAC system and I am pleased to announce that we have a functional cab heating system.  We’ve removed quite a bit of problem prone complexity from the system and have retained the ability to stay warm while driving down the road.  One cool item that I failed to mention in the video is that the heating …

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 2

Today we’re dismantling the front section of the air conditioning system.  My wife and brother-in-law really pitched in to help me ease the heavy pieces over the edge of the roof.

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 1

This was such a good day.  The day began with a short motorcycle ride to pickup some fresh cinnamon raisin biscuits for our family breakfast.   Next I was off to work on the bus roof.  Our landlord came over with his kids to fix some things.  Natalia and Lydia enjoyed reclining in the front yard with them.  A bunch …

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Wall Panels and Original Insulation

We removed the original insulation from the walls and ceiling.  This allowed us to closely inspect the condition of the chassis and prepare sections of the frame for welding.  We plan to build our walls out of square tube steel. For a look at the insulation we ended up installing, check out this update.

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Spring 2017 – Bus Conversion Tour

After another long winter we have a lot of progress to show off. During the autumn of 2016 we were able to get the bus insulated with closed cell spray foam. This combined with the installation of our Dickinson Atlantic cook stove was a complete game changer for us. We now had the ability to work on our projects inside …

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Tiny Home Seating – Building a Bench Frame

We’ve had a pretty decent winter thus far. The freezing temps came late this year, which allowed me more time to wrap up things outside. When the cold finally set in, the family and I headed in doors. Natalia and I have been putting the final touches on our tiny home plans. Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time …

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New Swinging Bus Door

After a year of dealing with the air actuated bus door, I decided it was time to eliminate some complexity and take a simpler approach.  That simpler approach ended up taking many more hours to complete than I had anticipated.  The original door mechanism was well engineered and sealed very well, however it was designed for use while the engine …

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Spring 2017 – Bus Conversion Tour

After another long winter we have a lot of progress to show off. During the autumn of 2016 we were able to get the bus insulated with closed cell spray foam. This combined with the installation of our Dickinson Atlantic cook stove was a complete game changer for us. We now had the ability to work on our projects inside …

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Sukkot in the Bus – Impromptu Tour

Rather than pitching the tent in the pouring rain, we decided to setup camp for Sukkot in the bus this year.  Our tiny home has been a construction zone all summer long. After a lot of sweeping, we moved in and set the table for dinner.  Enjoy a little impromptu tour of our temporary dwelling. If you are wondering what …

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Impromptu Update – Cleaning Up The Bus

While spending some quality family time in the bus, my wife decided to shoot an impromptu update.  Of course I just happened to be all covered in grit and grime.  I don’t expect Spielberg to be calling me any time soon to star in his next award winning film. An assortment of demolition materials had built up in the bus.  …

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Come Meet the Family

The Papa Jacob is a man of many odd interests.  He enjoys digging deep into topics such as performance vehicles, recreational shooting, sustainable living and agriculture.  He’ll even pickup a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook to turn a scane of yarn into miniature work of wearable art.  One of his favorite things to do is to sit …

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Spring 2017 – Bus Conversion Tour

After another long winter we have a lot of progress to show off. During the autumn of 2016 we were able to get the bus insulated with closed cell spray foam. This combined with the installation of our Dickinson Atlantic cook stove was a complete game changer for us. We now had the ability to work on our projects inside …

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New Swinging Bus Door

After a year of dealing with the air actuated bus door, I decided it was time to eliminate some complexity and take a simpler approach.  That simpler approach ended up taking many more hours to complete than I had anticipated.  The original door mechanism was well engineered and sealed very well, however it was designed for use while the engine …

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 2

Today we’re dismantling the front section of the air conditioning system.  My wife and brother-in-law really pitched in to help me ease the heavy pieces over the edge of the roof.

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 3

We’ve torn into the HVAC system and I am pleased to announce that we have a functional cab heating system.  We’ve removed quite a bit of problem prone complexity from the system and have retained the ability to stay warm while driving down the road.  One cool item that I failed to mention in the video is that the heating …

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Finding and Fixing Issues

We’ve made a lot of progress lately.  As we’ve dug deeper into the bus a number of issues have been discovered.  Despite their serious nature, none of them seemed to daunting to overcome.

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Well I Made the News

Well I made the news, but not in the way I would have preferred.  As I was walking out to my bike for the commute home, I came face to face with a large news camera.  Take a look.

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 3

We’ve torn into the HVAC system and I am pleased to announce that we have a functional cab heating system.  We’ve removed quite a bit of problem prone complexity from the system and have retained the ability to stay warm while driving down the road.  One cool item that I failed to mention in the video is that the heating …

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 2

Today we’re dismantling the front section of the air conditioning system.  My wife and brother-in-law really pitched in to help me ease the heavy pieces over the edge of the roof.

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HVAC – Removing AC Part 1

This was such a good day.  The day began with a short motorcycle ride to pickup some fresh cinnamon raisin biscuits for our family breakfast.   Next I was off to work on the bus roof.  Our landlord came over with his kids to fix some things.  Natalia and Lydia enjoyed reclining in the front yard with them.  A bunch …

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Tiny Home Seating – Building a Bench Frame

We’ve had a pretty decent winter thus far. The freezing temps came late this year, which allowed me more time to wrap up things outside. When the cold finally set in, the family and I headed in doors. Natalia and I have been putting the final touches on our tiny home plans. Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time …

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Wall Panels and Original Insulation

We removed the original insulation from the walls and ceiling.  This allowed us to closely inspect the condition of the chassis and prepare sections of the frame for welding.  We plan to build our walls out of square tube steel. For a look at the insulation we ended up installing, check out this update.

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Sawing Wood in the Snow

Finally after weeks of freezing temps we’ve been blessed with a window of warmth.  I’ve been stuck inside for far to long.  About the only thing I’ve been able to do is research and find the tools and materials needed to keep us moving.  Time to get outside and put some of those tools to work. Since the bus is …

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