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Old 06-08-2012, 11:17 PM   #191
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Re: 2012... The Year of Renewal

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Might???? Want to look at the bath room counter tops......... They are only 21 inches deep vs 25 inches for the kitchen counter tops...
You would want to use an RV sink rather than a standard kitchen sink. Countertops typically overhang the face of a cabinet not to mention backsplashes. and rear cabinet frame. You would need a sink that is not more than 19 inches front to back.
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #192
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And.... the counter top is in! Woo Hoo. (more like, Whew!)

Wrangling a 10' counter by oneself is... um... challenging, to say the least!


Looking from Front to Back


Looking Back to Front

Wrangling 10' lengths of 2"x4" is an equal pain. And getting everything to line up properly, and level off evenly... aurg! This was another, "3rd time's the charm" job.

But it's done. It's installed. And it's worth it!

The silver bowl will be my sink. Right this second, the idea is to keep it sitting on top of the counter with a fancy faucet (i.e. brass spigot + copper piping) leading up to it. But I have always loved the under-sink installations because it is so easy to wipe up a mess and direct it into the sink. While the laminate countertop will not allow a true under-sink setup, the lip on the bowl is about a 1/4" wide, but only a 1/16" thick. I should have no problem wiping spills over the lip and into the bowl.

Of course, this is just the "get it done" installation. Like the couch, there's LOADS of extra detail I will add. Later. When I have time. After the trip. Right now, this was the last big piece of 'furniture' that had to be installed. Everything else is either detail work, or plumbing & electrical. But even if I don't get a chance to add my drawers and shelves under the cabinet, I can always use totes instead (which is the plan for the trip). This will allow me to gain a better understanding of what I will be using on a regular basis before committing to holding areas that may look "standard", but would not work for me.

My next big project for tomorrow will be swapping the window A/C unit out of the driver's side rear window and putting it in the passenger's side space. The driver's side will then be built to hold the hot water on demand unit.

<sigh> I'm tired! Off to sleep. Busy day tomorrow!
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:30 PM   #193
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WOW , looking good in there! Nice counter too
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #194
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This was another, "3rd time's the charm" job.
That's what my mom said when I was born. My other two siblings heard that and tried to eliminate me throughout childhood.
Just kidding.
Seriously, I feel the excitement building about your upcoming long trip. I wish I could snap my chains and as Steve Zodiac says on Fireball XL5 "Go, Go, Go."
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:30 PM   #195
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Been a while since I've updated. Just been busy with "real life". But I HAVE gotten some things done.

I pulled out the glass window in the rear passenger's side, built an insulated wall, and switched the A/C from the driver's side window...


I cut out and fit a plug to frame the A/C on the outside, and bought some metal to make the final cover and drip-pan.


There is still finish work to do on the A/C wall, but at least the unit is moved and I now have space for the camp shower unit on the driver's side by the tub.

The latest project has been custom building a grey water tank. It's a project I've dreaded doing, but think the end result will work well enough until I can get the tailpipe relocated and fit a larger, square tank into the space.

I used foam core board for most of the shape, then added regular poster board for the tricky curved wall where the tailpipe is.


Looking forward. You can see how much space the pipe takes. What's strange is it's lower here than at the exit. I would think this would make it trap condensation at the low end and cause a rust spot in that area. Whatever.


The counter-weight in the back. The space I have to work with is 28" x 32". So the tank will be 26" x 30"... with various depths.


Making the first template piece. Depth at this point is 20".


Measuring for the tailpipe rise and length.


Making the most difficult section first. I used the grid on my kitchen floor to help maintain squareness in the tank.


Marking the score lines on the card stock. I should have used framing card stock to gain rigidity, but the poster board worked well enough.


Upside-down tank. Almost done here. The section on the left will be the only "regular" shape on this tank.


Right-side-up. The tape is where the tank template was fastened to the forward beam under the bus.


Last wall to go... I ran out of foam core and couldn't finish the tank this weekend like I'd hoped. Yesterday and today are consumed with my Mom's birthday (a good thing), so I won't get back to this until later this week.

Hopefully, a layer of epoxy will make this a good form for some fiberglass matting. If I build it up enough, it should be strong enough to function as a water tank for now.

Well... off to the birthday dinner with Mom. More later as I have time...
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #196
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AND, in other good news...

My cousin finally had time to look at the bus, check the kingpins, the brakes, tires, etc. He said the kingpins were actually in good shape. It was probably the shocks that were bouncing the tires like crazy. So, new shocks and new tires all around. I think it will be money well spent to get the bus more stable going around curves. That, and I should probably slow down some
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:28 AM   #197
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I think it will be money well spent to get the bus more stable going around curves. That, and I should probably slow down some
Speed is relative

Guys here at work say I drive like a grandpa(not yet I hope)....I am the only one w/o a speeding ticket tho

Doing great on the chariot by the way
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:47 AM   #198
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Re: 2012... The Year of Renewal

You are doing a very nice job on your bus. It seems to me that your air conditioner needs to be more towards the outside of the bus. Normally, only the front panel of the air conditioner is inside. The vents on the side of the cabinet are for letting the heat out.

There are many people who have put air conditioners back there. Usually they have to make a bracing system to hold it up.

It is nice to see all the pictures that you are posting.

OH, cool idea about making your own custom fitting fiberglass holding tank.

Great job.
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...It seems to me that your air conditioner needs to be more towards the outside of the bus. Normally, only the front panel of the air conditioner is inside. The vents on the side of the cabinet are for letting the heat out.
Yessir, you are correct!

But the only photo I had was of "before" the A/C was moved. That was when I'd been yanking and pulling and cursing at it because the silly thing kept catching on "something". I took a break and shot the photo, then went at it some more until I finally pried it loose. It is now installed it in the window on the left. I'll take an "after" picture eventually.

Thanks, everyone, for the compliments. It really does keep a body in motion when the urge to get out and work on the bus is lacking.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:15 PM   #200
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You are doing a great job on the bus. Are you trying to show off your feet?

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