Hello all, This weekend I started working on the bathroom. For the most part I will be using the bathroom from a 5th wheel I was given a couple of years ago (free is good). Originally I had planned on having the BR at the rear of the bus with its center located door facing forward. I designed and built the rear frame extension with that in mind. Like many of us do as we start building these projects I saw a better way to use my limited space (13 feet from the drivers seat to the rear door on the floor and 12 feet at the roof line).
By rotating the BR 90 degrees in one direction and the sink 90 degrees in the other direction I end up with a side entrance bathroom, space for a small hanging clothes closet and a tiny dressing area not in full view from the front of the bus. The rearrangement also makes hanging the black tank easier. So thats the good stuff. The bad stuff is that I had to cut up a perfectly good fiberglass bathroom into 4 major sections to facilitate the rearrangement and do some creative fiberglass hacking to make the BR clear bits of the frame which would not have been a problem if I had stuck to the original plan.
The BR will be dropped 7 inches below the bus floor and the roof will be raised to parallel with the pop top (when closed) to give 6'2" of standing space in the BR. I will try to maintain the rounded "Art Decco" look of the toaster as the raised area will only affect the area directly above the rear door. Try to inagine the back of the late 40's early 50's busses and you will have an idea of what I mean.
Placing the BR in the rear also means having to slope the back wall of the fiberglass BR to match the shape of the rear of the bus. I did a mock up of this using the various parts and it should work--I even sat on the throne just to be sure
I took a S load of pics only to discover that my camera failed to alert me to the fact that I only had 3 pics available on the disc--so that's all I have.
[b]I will use rectanglar tubing to replace the sections of bus body frame I cut out[b/]
[b]Hacking the fiberglass
[b] Trial fit using tape etc to hold everything together. Yup it leans--I'll fix it later if I remember