Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-11-2004, 12:22 AM   #11
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
Six of us took the bus camping last night at Ledges State Park. I was really nice went we went to bed about midnight, but this morning it was 34 degrees outside. Luckily I have enough battery power to run the electric heaters for a full 24 hours.

__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2004, 11:10 PM   #12
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
Today I finally got around to starting the refinishing of the stairs.

This is what it looked like before:




After I finally got the old rubber/sheetmetal parts off it didn't look as bad as I was expecting for a 30 year old bus.




Now I need to figure out how to carpet. Should I put down sheetmetal or plywood under the carpet. And I need to figure out how to affix the carpet to the stairwell. I have also decided to take out the stair light since it never worked anyways and I don't know what was supposed to make it turn on. What normaly turns the stairwell light on, the dome light switch?
__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2004, 12:17 AM   #13
Bus Geek
 
lapeer20m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: near flint michigan
Posts: 2,653
In my ward bus, the switch that turns the stairwell light on is the switch connected to the door open/close handle. (The same switch that tells the flashing lights to turn off) When the door is open, and the headlights (or parking lights) are on, the light in the stairwell is supposed to light up. In my bus, i noticed people having difficulty seeing the ground when exiting the bus. I installed a white light on the underside of the bus to help illuminate the ground just outside the door. This light also comes on when i open my door.
__________________
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)
lapeer20m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2004, 09:32 AM   #14
Bus Nut
 
Les Lampman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington (USA)
Posts: 465
Hi Steve,

I'd say the approach to materials is going to depend a lot on the 'levelness' and clearance you've got on that bottom step when the door swings in. In my Beaver class C motorhome where the door swings out I used some 3/4" pressure-treated plywood for the steps but on the bus I don't think there's that kind of clearance at the bottom of the door.

You've been without for quite awhile on the stairwell light but I still think they're a good idea ('course I'm getting older and no longer see as well at night. There are several nifty LED cockpit and companionway lights (look at West Marine for ideas) that should work well; they recess, look good, and should last practically forever. I also really like Lapeer's idea of getting some light under the bus at the bottom of the stairs; here again I'd consider using a strip of LED's.
__________________
Les Lampman
1982 Thomas Saf-T-Liner Pusher "Illusion"

Skoolie.net Gallery
Illusion's SmugMug site
Les Lampman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2004, 12:57 AM   #15
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
I have the rope light mounted in the living area now. I will be putting one in sleeping area, outside under the awning, and maybe in the stairs area.

__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2004, 10:41 PM   #16
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
I did a lot of work today:

First I cleaned up the stairs, removed the rust and sanded them.



Then I gave it two coats of primer:



Then two coats of white paint:



They are ready for carpet now, Lowes didn't have what I wanted so I'll have to find it someplace else.


I extended the rope light into the sleeping area:




And then through into the bathroom:




I also added a fifth high current UPS battery into the UPS bank. That makes eight batteries total in the system.

__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2004, 09:45 AM   #17
Bus Nut
 
Eric von Kleist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Grundy, Virginia
Posts: 632
Year: 1985
Coachwork: ThomasBuilt
Chassis: International Harvester S-1700
Engine: 9L IHC V-8 Diesel 180HP
Rated Cap: 60
Looking great!

Looking great! The rope lights are interesting. How are they powered? 12VDC? Are they LED or incandescant?

Right now I'm leaning toward cold flourescent (in my theoretical bus) with oil lamps for back-up/charm, and LEDs for spot lighting.

Gee, it's so much fun working with theoretical busses...

Your battery bank is intimidating!
Eric von Kleist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2004, 03:39 PM   #18
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
Those rope lights pictured are 120V

I got the stairs carpeted with dark green carpet now. I am going to using a off white for the walls.



On the stairs I used #10 sheetmetal screws and washers through the original holes. For the walls I am going to use small sheetmetal screws.

I think I am going to make a cover for the stove. The burners, covers, etc rattle a LOT while driving. The cover is going to be plywood with sides, a countertop on the top and foam on the bottom that will keep the stuff underneath it from rattling around.
__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2004, 07:03 PM   #19
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
As a temporary fix for the stove, I have taken all the loose parts off and stored them in a closet. Then I cut two covers out of cardboard, it doesn't look half bad.

__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2004, 12:03 AM   #20
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
A few days ago I installed a rope light underneath the awning on the outside. Here you can see it going through the roof of the bus, on the inside it is connected to a dimmer [I also decided to install a dimmer on the inside rope lights too because they can be very bright] and switch so that it can be varied in brightness depending on its use.




This is what it looks like at night at full power. Although you can't tell by the picture it really lights up the entire area under the awning very well.




I ordered a camera to see what is behind the bus today, hopefully next week I will do the install and let you know how it went. I will be mounting an LCD screen under or around the dashboard to view it.
__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1972 Crown Motobus Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 1 01-26-2013 01:59 PM
1988 Ward School Bus Camper Conversion Sleeps 5 Steve Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 0 05-02-2011 10:28 AM
1972 International Ward $4500 obo Steve Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 21 04-20-2011 01:31 PM
1972 GMC New look for sale!! Rare!! Steve Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 2 01-06-2011 06:13 PM
1972 Flxible - what would you do? Steve Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 3 06-28-2010 09:40 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.