Epic Trails Bus Conversion – Week 2: Emptying the bus and filling the garage!

Ickes RV Surplus

What a week! We visited Ickes RV Surplus Supply in Indiana.  We started off early in the morning and pulled in there around 8:20 a.m.  It took about an hour and a half to drive over.  Sara and I took the day off and dropped Graham off at the sitters so we could have plenty of time to browse/plan.  We were there about three and a half hours.  Their showroom isn’t huge, but their inventory is.  If you don’t see it, just ask.  They were very patient with our questions and very nice.  The owner even told us on a few items, “Get that at a big box store, they’re cheaper.”  THAT, I appreciate!  I’m sure we will be back there before this project is through, but because we had plenty of time and with their help, I think it is going to be a while.  Ickes RV Surplus doesn’t have a website that I know of, but they do have a Facebook page here: Ickes RV Surplus.  Ickes was amazing and I would recommend it to anybody who needs RV supplies. They are cheaper than retail and their service is their shining triumph.

Seat removal

This week we removed the last of the seats and wheelchair lift.  This was quite the task.  The seats took a long time to grind the heads off of 80 bolts.  It wasn’t too hateful, just time-consuming.  The weather definitely switched cold on us and that limited our time out in the yellow beast.


I ordered up a Magnum MSH3012 inverter from a reseller on Ebay.  They had it almost $200 less than other web store resellers.  I was a little concerned about doing this just because it is such a big ticket item.  I also ordered up the Magnum Energy ME-ARC50 Advanced Remote.  As soon as I opened the box, my worry escalated.  The top of the box had a big ole dent in it.  I contacted the reseller and they were very accommodating.  They explained that they would take care of it if I wanted to send it back.  It appeared to be just a cosmetic issue so I decided to test it before incurring a huge shipping bill to send this thing back to Florida (inverters are VERY heavy).  I wired it up on the kitchen table and put a 50W load on it.  Everything worked as advertised, so off came the cover.  A little time in the garage with a towel, workbench, and rubber mallet and you can hardly tell now.  I will do a full review after I get it installed.  So far, I’m impressed.


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