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Old 08-13-2015, 10:52 AM   #1
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1991 Carpenter Cadet Build Out

Purchased this from a local fire department. 6.2L diesel with 47,000 miles.
I thought it would be a good purchase and probably maintained well.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:04 AM   #2
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Cool bus. We are using metal roofing in our build too.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:31 AM   #3
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Looking really good so far! What a unique bus!
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:19 PM   #4
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Great shape, no rust.

Have to love fire department vehicle's.

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Old 08-13-2015, 02:58 PM   #5
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That 6.2L is an AWESOME engine!
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:41 PM   #6
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Hey! nice job so far, it looks as if you are using recycled denim insulation. I had planned on using that too but only for walls and ceiling. If you could just describe briefly how it went while you worked with it, and if there's a noticeable difference. I did a price quote myself from local hardware stores (home depot, menards) and it would cost around $400. eager to kinda know how much you spent and the size of your bus so i could compare it. When you get time, thanks.
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:54 PM   #7
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Hey! nice job so far, it looks as if you are using recycled denim insulation. I had planned on using that too but only for walls and ceiling. If you could just describe briefly how it went while you worked with it, and if there's a noticeable difference. I did a price quote myself from local hardware stores (home depot, menards) and it would cost around $400. eager to kinda know how much you spent and the size of your bus so i could compare it. When you get time, thanks.
I only insulated below the windows and the floor. I think the denim insulation was $45 each bundle, and it took almost two full bundles.....$90.
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:59 PM   #8
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that ain't too bad at all. Thank you! i have a 77 pass bus so it may be around double the price so thanks for the information.
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:02 PM   #9
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I'm looking to insulate my skoolie as well. That's good information. Does it really matter what type of insulation is used?
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:35 PM   #10
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I'm looking to insulate my skoolie as well. That's good information. Does it really matter what type of insulation is used?
I would look at cost and R value. I went the denim insulation route because it was easy on the lungs, came in a compact bundle that I could transport in my car (because I don't have the bus insured, yet), and has a high R value...
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