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Old 04-20-2012, 06:24 AM   #101
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I've have to chase more than one hornet/dauber from the bus. They also like the interior AC unit that sits right behind the driver's seat. I'll have to take a look at the cover of that thing and figure out a way to remove it long enough to put some screening on the inside of the vent opening. The openings are like, 1/2" tall by 4" long. I guess being inside, no one thought about the bugs that might like to make a home inside.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #102
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What a truly craptastic day here. I started building the framework of the side walls, then realized I couldn't finish 'em until I removed the windows and made sure they were all cleaned and resealed. And of course, it will rain for the next couple of days. Bah!

In good news, I picked up a Shurflo RV pump on demand (2088-422-444) that's 2.8 GPM and 45 PSI. I also bought an accumulator tank from Camping World. Then I went to Harbor Freight and bought 4 more of those little magnetic lights, a tire gauge that goes up to 120 PSI, and a Micro Temp infrared "non contact" temperature reader. I'll be interested in using that for a couple of things. First for reading skin temperatures before and after insulating, and second, for reading the temperature of the tires/wheels after driving a while.

Mom's boyfriend brought over his compressor and a small air grinder so I can remove the vertical support bar on the passenger side cage. It's rubbing against the bed every time I try to lower it and it's damp outside. Maybe I can get that done today. Otherwise, I think I'll take a cue from the dog and cat and just SLEEP.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:46 PM   #103
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I just put one of those accumulator tanks on my system and what a difference...well worth the investment.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #104
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I just put one of those accumulator tanks on my system and what a difference...well worth the investment.
Yeah, I know.... your post is the one that convinced me to go ahead and do it myself!
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:57 PM   #105
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And.... VICTORY! The vertical iron bar that was blocking the bed is now GONE.
It only took:
  • An Electric Grinder... for the majority of the welds[/*:m:b8zt9t16]
  • An Air Grinder... to get into those tight spaces between the weld and the ceiling & wheel well[/*:m:b8zt9t16]
  • A Cold Chisel... to start cracking the last tiny bit of weld[/*:m:b8zt9t16]
  • AND 3 DIFFERENT SIZES OF MAUL... to, um, persuade the damned welds to finally let go!!!![/*:m:b8zt9t16]


Seriously, kudos to the dude who welded that puppy in place. The welds were perfect 1/4 inch beads with great penetration into both the support bar and the vertical bar itself.

Now if the rain would only go away, I could get the rest of the windows removed & caulked. That will be another week of after-work sessions. Where in the world is the time going???
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:16 PM   #106
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I think Iíve found the coolest bathtub ever! Itís a 1 foot tall, by 2 foot wide, by 4 foot long water trough from Tractor Supply! Itís just big enough to sit in comfortably, and deep enough for a semi-soak if Iím so inclined, yet roomy enough that a standing shower will work great as long as the shower curtain I get is magnetic at the bottom (to hold it inside the tub).


Tractor Supply also had a water tank that should be fine for the potable water. Itís only 35 gallons, but it fits perfectly in the space Iíve designated for the sink. I bought a fitting that reduces the drain from 1 inch to 1/2 inch ID, which is the same as the pump. With a package of 25 feet of matching hose, Iím on my way to working out the water system!


The tank fits perfectly between the cage and the heater. But I may turn it sideways to give more room for the pump and accumulator tank, plus the sink drain.

Iím excited to see it all starting to take shape.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:45 PM   #107
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... as long as the shower curtain I get is magnetic at the bottom (to hold it inside the tub)...
DollarTree sell shower curtain liners for $1 with 3 magnets sealed in the bottom. Liners are thinner versions of shower curtains. I have used them to line my fabric shower curtain as well as stand alone shower curtains. I toss them when they get yukky. About once a year. I salvage the magnets out before tossing. They make nice refrigerator magnets.
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I'm very interested to see how the water trough works out. I toyed with the idea but couldn't come up with what I thought was a satisfactory way to add a shower drain.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:02 PM   #109
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I think Iíve found the coolest bathtub ever! Itís a 1 foot tall, by 2 foot wide, by 4 foot long water trough from Tractor Supply!
When I first got my bus, the previous owner had a similar 'bathtub'. It is about half the length of the one you show, but made of thick black plastic. I am sure it came from a farm supply store also. They had a shower curtain that went around it and they filled it half full of warm water and used a ladle to pour the water over themselves. It seemed a little old fashioned, but apparently worked very well, especially with small children.

Are you planning on plumbing in a drain in the bottom?
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:14 PM   #110
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Are you planning on plumbing in a drain in the bottom?
Yep. I've already picked up a drain for the 'sink' I'm installing (which is no more than a 13 qt stainless steel mixing bowl)


What makes it nice is both the bowl and the tub have flat bottoms that rest flat on the counter or *floor surface.

For the sink, this means it can be installed either sitting directly on the countertop (like those fancy sinks they sell for bathrooms now), or I can set it flush to the bottom in a more traditional manner so messes are easier to wipe into the bowl.

For the tub, it means the entire bottom is already supported. I may put a thin rubber mat under it to prevent abrasion, but otherwise, I will be cutting directly through the floor to install the drain.

and here's the tubing I bought the same time I purchased the tank and tub...
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