Insulating Our Tiny Home Bus

| 11/17/2017 9:06:00 AM

Faithful Homesteader 

Several months ago, we bought an old church bus with a plan to turn it into a tiny home. It was already partially converted into an RV, but my husband wanted to start mostly from scratch and do things his way. We have not made as much progress as he would have liked because of financial constraints, but we continue to do what we can do.

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So far, he has painted most of the outside of the bus. He has worked on framing and window tinting. He also made a composting toilet. Insulation of the bus has been the latest project. A big motivation for additional insulation on the bus is better thermal efficiency and to minimize noise. I am really sensitive to noise so I am always glad to find ways of reducing noise pollution in my life.

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Of course, we are working to overcome the limitations of the bus in terms of heat and cold transfer. All of the windows that we are not using have a rubberized coating and are covered with 3/4-inch foam boards. In addition to the insulation already in the double steel wall, we have added an additional 3/4 inch of foam board insulation. We are not sure what type of wall covering we will use but my husband is thinking repurposed cedar fence planks.  

11/29/2017 10:00:09 PM

Thanks for sharing and reading. I hope we can both make better progress on our projects. Have a great day.

11/21/2017 4:04:03 PM

Faithful Homesteader, I so like to read about your extreme church bus make over. It's a innovative project that has many challenges to over come. I have financial challenges as well when I start some long term projects. My never ending project is a vacant lot garden development. I suspect it will continue to be in the developmental stage until I can't do it any more. I first stated six years ago with a lot that was filled with overgrown weeds, brush, vines, and neighborhood rubbish accumulation from years past. It's been a labor of love and continues to challenge me every year. I'm looking forward to future posts about your bus conversion. ***** Have a great construction day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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