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Old 05-25-2016, 02:32 AM   #101
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I think i remember from when i was designing a catamaran your looking at justabout 64 lbs per cubic foot of water. Wich is crazy to think you can get almost 8 gallons in a cubic foot.

On the smoker for rust treat it like a cast iron pan. Heat it up and rub it with oil.. i like bacon grease.

As for advise on a grill smoke likes to go up not over so build up not out. If I do another one i will try to get a residental propane tank thats out of date and flip it vertical. Make sure you have a good seal on the doors, brick or tile line the firebox, and you need to be able to have as much vent as intake but controle both.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:44 AM   #102
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So today i should be hanging the last pannel in the rear. It has been a pain in the butt, but its just about over. The good news is i discoverd butyl strips/mastic tape/tacky tap so im not screwing around with the butyl caulk and inertubes exept in a few rough spots



I was fortunate enough that one of my uncles had a large 8' ish x4' aluminum panel so im able to have 1 continuous panel on the nose. I was also luck to have a friend drop in for a few hous and get it shoved in place befor the storm hit us too hard.



A few days later we came back to it and backed out the screws to move the drivers side corner up a 1/2 inchthen we starterd puting screws in and used ratchet straps to help hold down the corners while we beat the corners with a 2x4 and hammer and screwed them down one vertical row at a time.

Also i cut off the rounded tips of the trim and re welded them, flaper wheeled, and primed them on the other side so i can use them over what was the exit door to the new door.



Not too bad, may put a little bondo in at the end to smooth it out.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:10 AM   #103
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wow!! thats one serious roof raise.. how tall will your bus be total?
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:05 PM   #104
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wow!! thats one serious roof raise.. how tall will your bus be total?
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13' 5.9" +/- the uneven dirt its parked on and an escape hatch swap
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:35 PM   #105
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That is an impressive lift, and pass the brisket.

Ahhh... .9"? Just add water, in tanks. I'm thinking the height may change when you get that loaded, or are you on air bags?

The back wall is out. Toy hauler? Wow, still can't get over the height. Not to many back roads for you, huh? Those 11' railway bridges around my area would block your getaway. Very impressive, and a lot of work done relatively quickly. That countryside looks pretty green in your vid. Arizona never looked that color to me, but I passed through in winter of '88.
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:30 AM   #106
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That is an impressive lift, and pass the brisket.

Ahhh... .9"? Just add water, in tanks. I'm thinking the height may change when you get that loaded, or are you on air bags?

The back wall is out. Toy hauler? Wow, still can't get over the height. Not to many back roads for you, huh? Those 11' railway bridges around my area would block your getaway. Very impressive, and a lot of work done relatively quickly. That countryside looks pretty green in your vid. Arizona never looked that color to me, but I passed through in winter of '88.
no air bags yet thinking about it down the road. the .9" is me just being a smart ass 13' 6" is the legal limit and i'm trying to stay just under, it does com out to be around 13 5 and change on most of my measurements tho.

just got the back wall panels back in today, not toy hauler. that's why i got the 8.3 cummins so i can tow any toys.
yes driving back east concerns me for low bridges.
the bus is on the dry end of the property but down to the east we have an irrigation ditch that waters the lower pasture. its a great spot in AZ 1 hour from every thing. 1 hour up to skiing at snowbowl in the winter. 1+ hour to Phoenix for shopping......RV salvage yards.. 1-hour to Prescott and you can drive 10 min in any direction and go shooting. lots of land for hiking rock climbing number of lakes if you need the beach. definitely glad I made the exodus from Californistan and came home.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:44 AM   #107
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the silver lining of yesterday

a frien came over and helped me hang and screw in the back panels. he brought his drill and impact, i think i might be investing in an impact gun becaus my dads onl 3/8 drive drill strips more, weighs more, drives less and is more likely to break your wrist.

any way we got a pretty good system down wich sped up the drilling and screwing
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:51 AM   #108
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13'-6" is the national standard but don't drive expecting it to be consistent everywhere. In fact, I believe there is a truckers guide somewhere that maps out thousands of known "low spots" around the country.

Guess how they were discovered?
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:56 AM   #109
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