Our bus became, after much thought, our new mobile home. We are old mechanics lovers, here is the technical data of our Bermuda. It is a Scania brand bus (www.scania.com) that is built on a Jonckheere frame.Our bus doesn’t have all the modern electronics since it was built in 1985. It is a Scania K112 model Bermuda. The 112 means 11 liters od displacement et the 2 is ofor the serie at the time. Our 11 liter is a 6 cylinder and develops a power of around 224 horsepower.We have a tank that contains about 300 liter of fuel to which we have added a reserve of 80l vie the webasto reservoir we comdemned and 240l in jerrycans (12x20l). We have an autonomy of 620l which allows us a little more than 2000km. This is a calculation based on an average of only 26l / 100km for a vehicle that weighs 17 Tonnes. This important weight is the result of a bulky vehicle that has 12m length, 2.55m width and 4m height.
For the development of the bus in motorhome, we had to meet certain criteria. The first one is obviously common sense. Apart from common sense, the law imposes some regulations. By definition, a motorhome, or considered as such, must have a lunch corner with a table that has to be FIXED but can also be retractable. There must also be a small kitchen corner with a heating area and a sink. A sanitary area is not a legal obligation (since we can wash our teeth in the sink). Regarding the sleeping area, it is not mandatory since our table can be retractable and thus become bed. In terms of expenses, the procedures via the Ministry and the MOT represent a cost of about 400 €.
So this is from a legal point of view.
The other big thing needed for the homologation of this new kind of vehicle is the obvious safety criteria to which it must respond. Our vehicle has therefore met, with distinction, the safety standards required. That was the functionning of headlights, lights and turn signals. The braking tests have been successful despite the fact that we are equipped with drum brakes and not with disks. The different points concerning the direction (ball joints, …) also had to be checked. The experts of the MOT garage of Gosselies recognize the work that has been done in mechanics. And yes, after 32 years and 504000km, we had to replace the radiator, starter, steering bar, and 6 air cushions that ensures good suspension and especially no air loss to the system because the braking also works with compressed air. Everything was good to give a refreshing look to our old bus and call it new CAMPING CAR (heavyweight).
A big thank you as well to our “mecanic surgeon “Michael Deham et Oscar. (D-Meca SPRL from Estinnes).
Regarding the interior design, here we are with a beautiful space of 20m2 to occupy as smart as possible. Many plans have been made. We finally chose to separate the bus in 2 equal parts. A daytime space and a night one. The daytime space must be a place of sharing and the night space allows everyone to retreat into his area as if it was a personal room. The day area has a foldable table that can accommodate 8 to 10 people (with extensions) and when the evening comes, we lower the table to offer us a beautiful family room facing a TV equipped with the omnidirectional antenna, Satellite and a media player. Our kitchen, which represents 40% of the day side, is an L-shaped kitchen with a gas stove, a sink and a fridge. The night part offers us a beautiful bathroom that is the width of the bus on a depth of 1m30 separates the day side from the bedrooms. The bathroom is equipped with a chemically operated toilet connected to a tank of 50L. We collect gray water from the showers for toilets to save the consumption of clean water. A quadrant shower area of 80cm and a bathroom cupboard identical to the one you would have in a house. Our water consumers are fed with 400l of clean water, and for which the used water is collected in a tank of 160l. Let’s end with the most important part for everyone: the beds. It was necessary for everyone’s bed to be comfortable and to allow a cozy and airy sleeping area. Everyone has a bed of 80cm by 200cm which also allows us to sit. For us parents, we have a 140cm bed. Each bed is provided with colored LEDs to personalize the ambiance of the room. It is also possible for everyone to connect via USB to charge their phone, tablet, … night lamp. A comfortable habitat is a warm and healthy habitat. So we had to provide sufficient ventilation but only by the roof as we have fixed side windows and laminated double glazing. So we chose to ventilate with 4 lanterns along the length of the bus.
Comfort is also provided by an adequate heating system. To do so we opted for the Truma Combi6 gas. (https://www.truma.com/en/en/products/heating-trum/truma-combi-6.html) It allows us to heat by blowing hot air and also to heat a water reserve hot. To supply our boiler, we have installed an LPG tank of 85 L. This allows us a good autonomy and especially a saving in recharge. Finally, we have an electrical installation allowing a significant comfort namely 200 AH Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries (LIFEPO4) recharged by 4 solar panels of 100w.
Our bus however requires a regular follow-up and it is necessary to make small checks or even repairs to the fide and the kilometers traveled.
Please find here below a little video of all the work done on our moving home.