V Completed the Mosaic on the Skoolie

V has completed the mosaic in the bathroom. That was a big deal.

During this period of time, I completed the furnace installation, installed sheer on a lot of the walls and put silicone in the back joints of the cement board to make the shower water tight. It was a big week.

The Eldorado Skoolie Propane System (Experimental – DO NOT COPY)

Do not copy this skoolie propane system. It was strung together by a non-expert. I created it from scratch and it’s probably not safe. This is for entertainment only.


This blog is in response to Scott (or KJ, I don’t know who controls their Facebook page) of the Roll With It bus conversion. This is the best video that I made of the propane system, if you’d like to follow along with our School Bus Conversion build (https://youtu.be/Lmy1uGzFgoo).

I remember how painful it was to develop this plan on my own, so I hope this helps you with whatever propane system you build on your bus. Also, I hope anyone seeking solutions to their skoolie propane system can find this entertaining.

skoolie propane system | May work for vanlife
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Skoolie Propane System Shopping List

  1. Propane Tank – http://amzn.to/2jKdT8J
    1. I didn’t purchase it online, but the linked tank will serve exactly as the one I picked up in town.
  2. Low Pressure Regulator – http://amzn.to/2xTwfdD
    1. I don’t know why, but I think this is important.
  3. Gas Bottle Rack – http://amzn.to/2yeSt5V
    1. I store my propane tank OUTSIDE of the bus. I’ve got no interest in having a bomb in my house.
  4. 3/8″ to 3/8″ NPT Nipple Pipe Connection – http://amzn.to/2xpEX1Y
    1. I used gas plumbing tape to join the quick connect hose (5) to the regulator. This was a small, but important piece.
  5. 3/8″ Flare Tee – http://amzn.to/2fCgZHa
    1. I used three of these little brass pieces of metal.
    2. These tees act just like you would imagine, they empower you to make your system bigger.
    3. The guy at the hardware store told me that this was an illegal system.
    4. Image below of my harnessing strategy. Note that the screws turn to pull the bailing wire closer together. It’s a very sturdy harness, despite that it looks redneck.
  6. Mr. Heater 12′ Gas Hose – http://amzn.to/2xplfDo
    1. This one is expensive, but I want the exterior gas line to be very sturdy. I’m happy with this thing
  7. Stanbroil Gas Appliance Hookup – http://amzn.to/2xq4Tuh
    1. I use this hookup kit to connect one of the tees  to my cook top. It has a manual shut off as well as a collection of fittings.
  8. Steel Braided Hoses
    1. A – Ten Foot – http://amzn.to/2jMrE6F
      1. This one goes from a Tee to the refrigerator
    2. B & C – Three Foot – http://amzn.to/2xwS01U
      1. This one connects one tee to another
    3. D – Six Foot – http://amzn.to/2yt5g5w
      1. I don’t know why I wrote 5′ in the drawing. This hose connects the furnace to the tee.
  9. Camco 3′ Propane Hose – http://amzn.to/2jMmhV6
    1. I don’t know why I went with a different brand on this one. This is the symptom of a scattered mind. But hey, it works fine.

Make Sure to Check Connections

The most important part of a propane system is to check the gas connections. I used about a spoonful of soap (http://amzn.to/2wM6tTF) in a spray bottle. Then I would spray the connections and look for bubbling connections.

Smell was not enough for me. When I turned my propane tank on, I couldn’t smell any gas leaks, but I could see them when I tested for leaks. A bubbly connection looks like this:

Skoolie Propane Hose Testing For Leaks

Testing Electrical Wire Continuity and Grouting a Custom Tile Bathroom Floor in the Skoolie

Today we finished the tile work in our skoolie. It was a massive project which required a great deal more of our time than we anticipated. Here’s a past video I did on ready set and grout that you might find useful (https://youtu.be/wF5iQQBBdrg).

We are confident that it has been done well so we are feeling very good about it, well at least I am. V is still worried. Today I rewired our battery bank with appropriate wires. A month ago, I connected the AGM solar batteries to our 12v fuse block using ~ 22 AWG wires.

This was probably dangerous. Too much draw could have melted the wires and created a fire. Luckily, a few lovely folks noticed it and gave me a heads up about the risk in a past video (https://youtu.be/TrKu5Zmvsnw).

Electrical Stuff I Used in this Video:

In this video I run the 4 AWG wires from the solar batteries to the fuse block. In line with the positive, I add a 125 amp fuse link which should protect us from any dramatic power surges. One of the things I cover is how I did my continuity test.

Continuity Test

A continuity test is where you set your multimeter to a certain setting so that when you connect two points together, the multimeter will make a noise at you. That way you can tell if two ends of a wire are part of the same wire. This helps if you’ve already run the wires and you have no idea which one is which. This is a simple multimeter practice that I find to be quite enjoyable.

Vinyl Plank Flooring, Wastewater Tanks and a Custom Mosaic Bathroom on the Skoolie

Today I wrapped up the floor. Critical to today’s success where a table saw, a circular ‘chop saw’, and careful measurements.

V worked hard on her custom mosaic tile bathroom. It’s been a crazy time. We’re working all the time and it feels like we’re never going to be complete.

Also, I lifted the wastewater tanks up on the underside of the bus today. Huzzah!

Thank you for watching.