Our first week back on site in Elkhart, went pretty well. Our second week however, was a bit more of a roller coaster.
Despite some set backs and continued delays, in the end lots of progress was made – and we’re happy to report, that Zephyr is currently back in the paint booth getting prepped!
Here’s our weekly progress report video, with daily short video clips we’ve filmed at the end of (nearly) each day:
Some of the highlights of the progress:
All of the plumbing work was finally done on our Precision Temp Jr. propane hydronic system. After some bad documentation provided by Precision Temp, we finally figured out how to correctly wire it up – and successfully tested the water & coolant side of the system. We still need to finish wiring up thermostats to test the radiant blowers for house heat.
All of the new holding tanks have been installed and mostly plumbed in. The new fresh tanks still need an overflow valve, and the waste tanks need the dump valves and tank washing system installed. And then of course, the SeeLevel monitoring system needs to be placed on them all.
Our new Dometic 320 toilet has been installed – it’s their most residential like toilet option (if you’re curious if we considered a composting toilet – check our video live chat archive.)
The new generator has been installed, tested and that project is DONE. (If you have questions about our choice of a 2500w propane generator – please view the archive of the live video chat below we did this last week where we addressed that – we WILL also do a separate article on it when we have time.)
- The Viair RV 450C air compressor is installed and tested.
- All of our new dual pane windows from Peninsula Windows/Motion Windows have been test fitted. We thought they were done last week, but apparently they only did a couple windows.
- A bunch of wood working has been done and wrapped up.
- The mechanical projects were to a state that we moved back to the paint booth yesterday and preps are underway. This is a HUGE milestone for us. The bus is being prepped in a way that access to the bays is still possible so work can continue on those systems.
- And there’s probably lots of other projects I’m forgetting… overall, LOTS of progress made this week.
Obviously, Master Tech has missed their promise of having our project completed by TODAY.
We need to turn our borrowed 5th wheel back to our friends early next week, and hope at least the bus might be livable by then as the projects get buttoned up. Master Tech has given us another RV option to move into onsite, or has promised to put us up in a hotel if needed.
After paint, lots of stuff has to go back on the bus – like solar panels, antennas, awnings and accessories. So even once paint is done by early next week, there’s lots left to do to get us back on the road.
We haven’t yet made a decision on what we’ll do about Alburquerque – but we are well aware of the deadlines, driving time and needing to leave plenty of flexibility for a thorough shake-down of all these new systems. We do have back-up options ready however should we make that decision.
It’s been a roller coaster of a week. We’re exhausted after non-stop 18-hour days for the past 9 days keeping on top of these projects, plus our work commitments. Now that the bus is in the very capable master painters hands, we can take a breather for a few days and let them do their magic.
Thanks for your continued support, enthusiasm and positive energy that helps keep us invigorated. Zephyr will be AWESOME when this is all done..and it’ll all be worthwhile.
Bus Updates & Info:
Zephyr’s Summer 2015 Renovation Hit List – the original project list, including our decision points for various items (such as why we’re going propane and not diesel on the hydronics & generator).
Bus Renovation Progress Report: A Riveting Tale of Why We’re Way Behind Schedule – Our first report onsite back in Elkhart.
Bus Renovation Progress Report #2: Week of August 17 – Last week’s progress report.
All about our Bus – A little history on our bus from start to now.
Some of the products mentioned in this post that we’ve selected:
We had a great time hosting our live video chat this past week on RV Renovations – talking a little bit about how to do projects on the road when your RV is your full time home.
A lot of viewer questions however where about our specific projects. If you’re curious as to why we selected a 2500w propane generator (will that small of one really meet our needs? Yes, yes it will) and why we didn’t go with a composting toilet like so many other RVers have… then please view the archive where we addressed those questions. Just be careful – it is nearly 50 minutes long.