Jon’s Bus Conversion Part 41 – Plumbing and Composting Toilet

Jon’s Bus Conversion Part 41 – Plumbing and Composting Toilet


Hey how’s it going? My name’s Jon – welcome to Jon’s Bus Conversion!
This week I’m going to continue the walk through of how the bus works I started last week for
Annie and anyone else that want’s to see. Today I’m going to be covering the plumbing
both freshwater and waste water – composting toilet and how I hooked up the propane.
Sounds exciting huh? Hey stay tuned!
Hi guys remember me? I was that nerdy little 11 year old kid who went on rants about gluten
not healthy? I’m 15 now. Here we are under the bus and there’s a grey
water tank here. It’s normally used for shower water and sink water things like that. In
my case, I bought the grey water tank used from a guy who also had a black water tank
that was broken that he threw in for free. The black water tank would normally be used
for sewage water but I don’t have – – in this bus I have a dry composting toilet. So I plastic
welded this back together and if you are interested in that I’ll put a link – I have a couple
of videos where I show how I did that. I had this also so I figured I’d just hook
the two together – so you can see they are just hooked up together. And I just use them
both as a waste water – grey water system. And so I have – man – about 90 gallons of
capacity as far as waste water goes. Even though I don’t have nearly that much in fresh
water capacity yet. I’ll have to add more later. The drain for the waste water system
comes out here. I have this valve I can open and then unscrew this.
You can see – the kind I have I can hook a hose up to this, which is normally what I
do. I don’t have sewer water so I don’t need to use a regular sewer tank.
I can actually just water my lawn – I’m using bio degradable soap. Also the urine from the
urine separating composting toilet also goes into that tank as well and it all comes out
here. And here’s my composting toilet. I also have
some videos on how I made this which I will post as well in case you are interested.
The way it works is – there is a – this funnel kind of thing here. I bought it on ebay – I
have a little filter on here. I bought that on ebay. It is made for this purpose – for
a urine separating toilet. And there’s the bucket to – poop goes in the bucket. The pee
goes into this thing and down into the holding tank below. The secret of these toilets are
two fold. First of all both things are equally important. You must have this to separate
the urine and equally important – I can tell you from experience – failed experience – is
you must have this vent as well. All this does is it is connected to – well
there’s a computer fan in here which I can turn on with this switch that’s currently
off. And the reason it’s off – this has to run 24 hours a day. This is an extra fan.
I have a solar operated stand-alone – it will run 24 hours a day – it’s got it’s own lithium
ion battery. It’s a roof fan. That was a little spendy. The entire – the toilet itself was
under $50. The roof vent was – which is optional – I think was $200 or so. But I don’t need
that I can just use this computer fan. I’m drawing off the battery when I do this and
I’m not drawing off the battery when I use the solar operated one.
But it really doesn’t use very much. The computer fan hardly uses anything.
Now this here is where my water hookup is. You can see there are two fixtures here. This
one is for the city water hookup. So if I screw a hose into this, and turn the hose
on, the sinks in the bus will all work and the shower and everything like that.
This one here is for filling the water tank. It’s underneath next to where the grey water
tank is. I can unscrew this and put a hose in there. I can fill the water tank up this
way. I actually have another way to fill the water
tank, which I’ll show you in a minute. It’s pretty cool how this works. The water
comes in behind the wall here. There is a one way valve in there on the other side of
the city water. So the city water hookup comes in. There’s a one way valve to prevent it
from back flowing toward the tank. And then there is another one way valve on the water
pump itself. What that does is when the city water is hooked on, the pump pressure is never
going to go below normal so the pump will never go on when the city water is hooked
up. But when it’s off, and you turn the water one, the pump will depressurize and just work.
It just sits there and works, you don’t need to switch between city water and on-board
water. It just works. And then as far as filling it up, if I have city water hooked up, I can
also fill my tank by opening this valve here. All that does is it bypasses the one way valve
I just talked about so the water can back flow into the tank. You just have to remember
to turn it off when you are done – otherwise the pump won’t pump it will just recirculate
the water. It’s a good idea to have a shutoff switch for your pump because if you run out
of water or something the pump will just keep running. If the water tank runs dry – you
don’t want that. So instead of having to pull the fuse to turn it off it’s a good idea to
have a shutoff – so here’s my shutoff. It’s of now and now the pump is on. When the pump
is on, the water works. And the last thing I was going to show you
is the propane. The propane tanks are in here, I had to use extra small ones because they
wouldn’t fit. A standard tank doesn’t fit. I drilled holes in the top bottom and sides
of this thing to provide ventilation according to the specs I found on the net. Also this
bin does not lock – I took the lock off it. So it’s always accessible. The propane runs
under the bus – I used black steel – which is specifically for propane and then also
copper tubing specifically for propane. That’s beyond the scope – don’t even do it if you
don’t know what you are doing – it could be dangerous. But you have to – you would never
use regular water copper – you have to use fittings that are flared not soldered together.
Fire and propane don’t mix. Ok well hope you found that useful. I will
put links down in the description to the videos I mentioned and if you have any questions,
suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me or whatever. How thanks for
watching! Hope to catch you next time. Later.