Spring is officially here! Which means, warmer weather and much longer days and nights on the bus.
Following our spray foam insulation last month, we’ve accomplished a lot these past couple of weeks. We laid down the floor insulation, finished our radiant floor install, made the inside water tank stand, and finished the fabrication and welding process for the roof deck and solar panel supports.
The radiant heat floor is an interesting and more unheard of concept in the “School Bus Conversion” world. We chose radiant heating as not only an extra source of heat, but because of it’s energy-efficient and quiet nature. We installed hydronic heating coils through custom-made channels in our floor. Then, we laid plywood over the top of them. Once we’re done, the heated water will travel through the system to heat the bus from the ground up.
Our solar panel and roof deck rack has also been something we were proud to accomplish this month. We fabricated the rack to mount and tilt the solar panels. The tilt will allow for extra solar collection during the winter months. Each side will be on its own solar charge controller to collect energy independent of one another. In the center portion of the solar rack, we will have a narrow walkway that will allow us to easily clean and move snow off the solar panels during the winter months. We have a total of 1420 watts of solar.