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College grads create green RV out of old school bus
The American-Stateman newspaper reports that Dave Weaver and Thomas Ruble have converted a 1979 Bluebird International bus into a hip motorhome they can live in while parked in a yard in Austin, Texas.
The bus, which runs on recycled vegetable oil, sleeps six and contains a hot-water shower, kitchen, refrigerator and freezer. The interior is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and features a fireplace, and a music studio with a stand-up piano.
The men have also created what they call "the penthouse" by attaching the shell of a 1979 Volkswagen camper bus onto the roof.
The 40-foot-long, 13½-foot-tall vehicle has four 50-gallon tanks - one for conventional diesel and three for vegetable oil - and gets seven miles to the gallon. It carries a 50-gallon water tank and two 10-gallon propane tanks that power the water heater, fridge, stove and fireplace.
Besides two starting batteries on the engine of the bus, the Bluebird has solar panels and two golf-cart batteries, which power the fluorescent lights, guitar amps and computers when the bus is on the road.
The two purchased the bus for $1.500 and have put another $20,000 into renovations.