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Old 04-24-2017, 04:02 PM   #11
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Seems some of us don't even bother with floorplans. I have a rough one in my head, sorta.
Then some folks have a floorplan and 3d model built before they own a bus.
Different strokes, I reckon.

Dave's bus is awesome! Sounds solid when you walk on those floors, man!
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Old 04-24-2017, 04:08 PM   #12
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Speaking of solid, does anyone use stabilizer jacks? I don't, but I feel like I'm on a boat sometimes. Gotta have sea legs for that rocking feeling.
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Old 04-24-2017, 04:44 PM   #13
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Two (sorta). I have a 13 1/2" square access for the fuel pump and I have the filler neck that comes in the interior of the bus for a short distance. Not sure how that was ever legal. I know it's diesel and not nearly as bad as gasoline but some hippy dippy lawyer mommie should have been all over that.
My bus also has that penetration for the filler as well. And, like I said, make sure you design in access for your fuel pump. Guy I know used to be a heavy mechanic, working on buses. He has horror stories of that access in conversions being blocked off and the shop having to tear apart the interior
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Old 04-24-2017, 04:54 PM   #14
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Speaking of solid, does anyone use stabilizer jacks? I don't, but I feel like I'm on a boat sometimes. Gotta have sea legs for that rocking feeling.
No stabilizers here man, best thing to do is just get a hammock and let the gentle motion of the wind powered rocking-bus lull you to sleep...

My floorplan was all in my head too. Interestingly enough I've only had to modify the couch area slightly from the first design, just lucky that way I guess...
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:38 PM   #15
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Here is how we did our sub floor. It took several times but the thing is wicked solid now.
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Here is about the spray foam we used. We used two different types and our friends used a third. Tiger Foam was by far the best. Lowe's Froth Pak came in second.
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Good thinking about building it all in cardboard first. That was our initial plan but since we are using counter depth appliances we just built the rest out of tape to those depths. Saved time on obtaining, cutting, and then recycling all of that cardboard.

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I don't see a lot of choices in the floorplan. Each of us has a bowling alley of varying lengths that can only be set up in certain ways to work effectively. i.e. your passenger area is generally always behind the driver area.
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I don't see a lot of choices in the floorplan. Each of us has a bowling alley of varying lengths that can only be set up in certain ways to work effectively. i.e. your passenger area is generally always behind the driver area.


True. But you have the option of a vertical or horizontal bedroom. With that option you then can make a master suite or have your bathroom area separate.
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That was my original idea. A nice small sink, shower and toilet combo. Then I became aware that Oregon insurers will not ever insure a self built motorhome. That's when this bus became a van, which can not be a motorhome. So, no mounted tanks or permanent plumbing, no permanent propane tanks, etc. etc. It is a van after all.
My plans are to make modular components that will serve as furniture and cabinetry that can be removed when necessary, because this is a van. And in this state you're not allowed to live in any vehicle for over 180 consecutive days. Loosely enforced if someone complains.
This is my mobile fishing cabin anyway. I'll fit it out nicer as time goes by but I still have to conform.
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Yes, and there are so many people with buses and tiny homes that the government is starting to notice. Going off grid means you're not a good sheep.
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