Safety and Safety Equipment:
|Last year when I had the bus inspected for it's Massachusetts sticker the guy said
that I should have a set of wheel chocks on board any vehicle with air brakes.
I have been carrying four nice big chunks of firewood for this task but I figured I'd make myself a set of wheel chock that had a little more professional look.
|These were built out of chunks of scrap pressure treated
lumber from a deck project.
They are held together with polyurethane construction adhesive and deck screws.
Holes were drilled and the rope handles installed before the chocks were assembled.
|The teleconferencing camera I was planning to use for a backup camera did not have
a wide enough view angle so I bought this monochrome backup camera from Northern
|I bought this backup camera from Northern Tool.
|After I installed the camera I laid out a couple of 2x4s behind the bus
so I could aim it correctly.
|Here's the view from the cockpit. Note the 2x4s and note that the ladder is
not visible. There is a blind spot imediately behind the bumper about 2 feet
The camera bracket has holes to set the angle, it's not continuosly adjustable and if I eliminated the blind stop half of the monitor screen showed only the back of the bus.
|I mounted the monitor where the rear view mirror would be if the bus had one.
I keep looking here when I'm driving the bus so I figured I'd take advantage of
that engrained behavior rather then having to try and un-learn it.
I also mounted the CB radio and connected it to the four ceiling speakers that came in the roof of the bus so I could use the PA feature to holler at the kids!
|Fire extinguisher at the front of the bus.
|Fire extinguisher in the kids bunk room by the middle door.
|Carbon monoxide detector.
Massachusetts now requires these for all homes so when I ordered them for the house I got one for the bus too.
This is an RV/Marine unit and was about twice the cost of the ones for the house.