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Old 04-07-2012, 09:23 PM   #81
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Your bus has air brakes, right? Can't you fill the tires using the bus. That's what most of us with air brakes do. Those little oilless compressors don't seem to do much pumping at higher pressures.
Trust me, if I knew how to do that, I'd be under that bus in a flash to hook up the hose!!! Unfortunately, I just don't have the know-how or confidence to try it. Luckily, my mother's boyfriend DOES know how to do that cool stuff. I just have to wait for him to get back from a trip. In 2 weeks. But, in the mean time, I need to get some air back in that tire.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:35 AM   #82
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Re: 2012... The Year of Renewal

A suggestion is find your air tank.
Where the air hose goes i make a pipe t with a valve and air chuck for your air hose to blow up the tires or what ever you need to do.
Me I ran an aero quip line from the same "T". I then ran it to a place easy to reach and mounted the end again with an air quick connect.

When I was a trucker I made up a hose with an air "glad Hand" connector. That is what you connect your brake and air hose to the trailer for.. I'd hook it up and turn it on. I then attached what I needed to blow up a tire.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:51 AM   #83
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David's air compressor fills the bus tires just fine. It is a good sized, yet compact, compressor he used to use to power is pneumatic nail guns. We WILL be putting it on the bus to air up ALL our tires (not just the bus tires). We don't want to get rid of it so we have to put it someplace.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #84
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David's air compressor fills the bus tires just fine. It is a good sized, yet compact, compressor he used to use to power is pneumatic nail guns. We WILL be putting it on the bus to air up ALL our tires (not just the bus tires). We don't want to get rid of it so we have to put it someplace.
What's the make and model on that compressor, Lorna? If I can afford it, I'll trade the one I bought yesterday for something that will actually work.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:01 PM   #85
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David's air compressor fills the bus tires just fine. It is a good sized, yet compact, compressor he used to use to power is pneumatic nail guns. We WILL be putting it on the bus to air up ALL our tires (not just the bus tires). We don't want to get rid of it so we have to put it someplace.
What's the make and model on that compressor, Lorna? If I can afford it, I'll trade the one I bought yesterday for something that will actually work.
Home depot and Lowes both have compressor/ finish gun combo packs for @ $200 - $300. The compressor is regulated to 120psi, but that should get your tires just fine. At the price they sell these for, its like buying the compressor and getting 2 or 3 nailers for free (or vise versa). If you can find a kit with a 18ga trim stapler as well as a 18ga brad nailer and a 16ga brad nailer, get it.. this combination will make your finish work a dream
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David's air compressor fills the bus tires just fine. It is a good sized, yet compact, compressor he used to use to power is pneumatic nail guns. We WILL be putting it on the bus to air up ALL our tires (not just the bus tires). We don't want to get rid of it so we have to put it someplace.
What's the make and model on that compressor, Lorna? If I can afford it, I'll trade the one I bought yesterday for something that will actually work.
Haven't a clue. It's short, compact and sitting over 100 miles away in Socorro. It's small and light enough that I have no problem picking it up to tote it around. It is not a wheeled unit. It is about 15" high X 24" long X 8" or 10" wide. We have enough air hose (even after selling off most of the air hoses) to stretch from the back of the bus to the front plus enough to park the jeep in front of the bus and air up all the tires. We did think ahead before selling off the excess air hoses. David had enough air hose to leave the compressor in the ground and power the Dewalt pneumatic framing nailer on top of a 2 story roof. The compressor could power two framing nailers at the same time. We sold the Dewalts (both framers), the Makita (a finish nailer) and "Baby" our finish/brad nailer and got next to nothing for them. So we decided to keep the compressor since we did have a use for it. Shop around and you can get a good compressor at a decent price.
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Thanks guys!

Boy, I really need to update this thread! But between posting to my regular blog and trying to create/load videos to YouTube, this one seems to get left behind.

In a nutshell, here's what I've been up to:
  • The tire was OVER inflated! It appears the compressor I bought worked just fine, but my gauge was crap.[/*:m:2bvc2h7b]
  • The wheel wells in the back of the bus were boxed in (and subsequently removed on the 'bed' side)[/*:m:2bvc2h7b]
  • The foam and plywood subfloor are installed in the back of the bus.[/*:m:2bvc2h7b]
  • The "bedroom" wall has been double-insulated and covered with luan.[/*:m:2bvc2h7b]
  • The "murphy bed" was built and hung.[/*:m:2bvc2h7b]

And here's some photos:


Box frame for the wheel wells behind the cage.



The 2" pink "Foamular" is cut out and installed.


Plans for the "Murphy Bed"


"Bedroom" wall framed out and ready for 2nd layer of insulation (2" total)


"Murphy Bed" in place and hinged to the wall using a 6' piano hinge


Bed swings up smooth as can be!

I still need to add hinged legs to the bed and some type of latch system to keep it in the up position for storage, but otherwise, the bottom is glued & screwed in place, and it's ready for a 6" foam mattress!
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WOW! thats fantasic progress! hadn't thought of a Murphy bed though, good idea. I cant wait to be done with the shell, and on to the cool stuff, unfortunately I got quite a bit of rust to deal with.
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not bad but bout half foot too short for me!
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I don't have much experience with piano hinges, but they seem kinda flimsy to me. I suppose the number of attachment points makes up for the thin metal, but I'll be curious to hear back in the future how well it holds up over time. I do like your concept for the murphy bed though - I considered it myself, but it wouldn't have worked with my floorplan.
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