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Old 01-28-2019, 04:49 PM   #331
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Weeeeee? Ain't this a lot of fun...IMG_20190128_174747.jpeg
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:09 PM   #332
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Dash area is coming together. Trying to get buckled up in time for the skoolie swarm. IMG_20190206_200317.jpegIMG_20190206_200337.jpegIMG_20190206_200614.jpegIMG_20190206_200606.jpeg
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:34 AM   #333
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This the best before pics I could find of the stair well. It's patched up an ready for some wood. Gotta let the paint dry.

I had some 20 ga metal (8" wide) bent at a 90 angle (4" per side of angle) left over from when I originally sheeted and patched the floor and windows. Cut those to fit the 90 spots I cut out. On the bottom I cut another piece of 20 ga to fit the shape of the bottom stair.

Pre drilled some holes and screwed it into to make sure it would all fit. Pulled it apart. Layers down about 3 tubes polyurethane construction adhesive/sealant and screwed all back in/together.

It's strong enough to not flex now. I'll throw some extra Rust-Oleum on the underside at some point. IMG_20190206_200614.jpegIMG_20190208_122127.jpeg
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:14 PM   #334
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:24 AM   #335
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More stairs. Framed with 1x2 and filled with 3/4 eps foam. Templates for each piece. Screwed in. Not finished yet, but far from what was there.IMG_20190209_080853.jpegIMG_20190209_080919.jpegIMG_20190209_093836.jpegIMG_20190210_112124.jpeg
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:49 AM   #336
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Lack of updates.... Took the bus to skoolie swarm. Was a great event.

Took a shake down trip to Port Saint Lucie. Ran great. Have a squeak I can't locate. Think it has to do with the hood. Not sure.

Relocates exhaust out the passenger side, hung another box and the generator. Got the propane lines installed and working. New shocks installed, need power steering gear box as well. I'll they to add some more pics as I can. IMG_20190311_093405_RAW.jpegIMG_20190311_093418_RAW.jpegIMG_20190221_112040_RAW.jpegIMG_20190308_150028.jpeg
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Old 03-29-2019, 02:45 PM   #337
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Got the towing set up installed. Drive around the block. Never felt her there.

My bus Cat has decided she didn't like bus life and taken off into the woods behind mom's house. Only time will tell if she returns... IMG_20190329_154225_RAW.jpeg
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Old 03-29-2019, 03:31 PM   #338
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Got the towing set up installed. Drive around the block. Never felt her there.

My bus Cat has decided she didn't like bus life and taken off into the woods behind mom's house. Only time will tell if she returns... Attachment 31265
She knows where the food bowl is, she'll be back. Mine just got back from the vet pulling staples and drain tubes.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:24 AM   #339
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My bus Cat has decided she didn't like bus life and taken off into the woods behind mom's house. Only time will tell if she returns... Attachment 31265
Cat come back? Hope so. I've been bringing our dogs in the bus while I work. They hate it so far, even with blankets and treats.
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:29 AM   #340
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Well, we got our cat back. She got trapped in a step van that was used for storage for almost a week. It must have had a good supply of mice and water leaks. I ended up driving 12 hours round trip to go pick her up.

We left Columbus and are now just outside of New Orleans at a state park. I'll be working the electric today to find out which battery is causing the voltage drop. She's been plugged in for three days and all the voltage meters show 13.6~ volts. I'll verify with my multi meter after I disconnect all the cables. I'll add one battery at a time, put a load on, and see if she drops like a rock again. I'll also let them sit for a while and retest the voltage with the meter.

Emailed Aims and they claim I shouldn't see a voltage drop like this even with a full load on 840 ah of batteries. I'll contact renogy once I figure out which batteries are dropping voltage so fast. Should be covered under warranty but I'm prepared to battle if need be.

Heading through Texas soon. That should be interesting. Also, I'm getting about 5.5-6 mpg... Oh well, guess I built too heavy plus pulling this big ass SUV doesn't help. Keeping fluids topped up and stopping every couple of hours for fuel, to let her cool a bit, and to let the kids stretch their legs. Top end, floors, 54 mph. Trying to stay around 50 mph. That brought my mileage up to 6 mpg. Thinking about swapping the rear end after this first tour around the country. It would be nice to go 60 if needed.

Bought some diesel purge as well. Going to add that to the fuel filters soon and see if cleaning her out helps. Put a new air filter on as well. Suppose I need to get an after market tach to strap to the alternator. Also need to buy more cable so I can install the battery isolator.

Generator works great on propane. I ended up routing the generator exhaust out the other side of the bus. I'll pipe it up in the air past the roof at some point. Right now it has a 90 elbow and points down. It is pretty quiet in economics mode. Will be more quite when I pipe it up in the air.

Gotta figure out a way to check my gray tank level as well. Overflowed it this AM. Oops! Maybe a strong flashlight on top? I saw someone use LED strip lights on the top to see the level as well.

I'll take some pics of stuff today and add them to the thread. If anyone wants to see anything in particular, just ask and I'll snap some pics and post em.
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