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Old 04-24-2018, 09:59 PM   #501
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Now that the weather is halfway decent we can get going on the build a bit more. Winter was longer than expected here in MN.

finished wiring the back up camera for its final spot. Finished the lock on our front door, it shut but never locked because we did not drill out the area for the bolts to go through yet. Now it works like a charm.

We also rebuilt the bottom area and covered it up, as well as the stairs getting a layer of plywood. we are currently shopping for some type of vinyl/linoleum for the stairs.
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Old 04-25-2018, 06:01 PM   #502
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covered the last of the stairs in plywood.


Then we started in on the bathroom. We are going the composting toilet route. We'll see how it works out. The bin on the left is for the composting medium that we'll put over our business. the bin on the right is for toilet paper and other things. the middle bin will house the toilet and the exhaust fan.



Here is the design we made of how the end product will look. the corner shelf will house a lamp that plugs into that receptacle.
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Old 05-21-2018, 08:18 PM   #503
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main electrics making their way in. not pictured in the panel is the 30 amp double pole breaker the outside power coming in will run through before the other circuits. We will still need loads of other things along with a transfer switch when we add solar.


the 30 amp shore power plug. twist lock and weatherproof.







the bedroom is nearing completion. mainly trim left in here and then finish up the water system underneath the bed. A brand new purple mattress for the bus too.






A view of the bus right now. window sill trim is going in, countertops are getting worked on, power system going in under the couch, passenger chair getting upholstered and wall mount for the t.v mounted into a bus rib, way sturdier than we thought it'd be and tilts in every direction. the only thing we need now is free time away from work to get some things done on the bus.

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The bus is looking awesome! Yall are doing some really good work
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The bus is looking awesome! Yall are doing some really good work

thanks jjhwick - we also ordered tires from my work today, so hopefully we'll be on the road shortly!
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:33 PM   #506
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So we finally saved enough money to buy a welder that we'd need for the thinner metal. Here it is: wirefeed flux cored. $350.
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After buying the welder (online) early in the morning on one of the rare days we have off together we had bus fever, so we had to go out and do something while we waited. There are so many things that need to be done that it is daunting so i tend to find myself doing the quick easy fun things when I'm low on time. So since we did not have a seat that was bolted down to drive it around the farm while in maintenance mode we decided to make a quick fix.
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All we did we use the previous floor pedestal that was stock on the bus and mounted to the new chair, two of the holes of the floor pedestal matched up with the stock bus one. All we had to do was drill two holes and we were set. The bus is a thrill to drive with this now installed, I did not want to stop driving it was now very comfortable, the seat reclines, moves up and down,forward and reverse.
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We will be using the 2nd free seat as a test subject of replacing the padding in it and reupholstering.
After seeing this and needing a mid level welder for this project. I just went on line and ordered one, well I didn't order it yet, I have a $275 make offer in on a BIN of $301/FS, same machine. Now I have to go sign up for the 3 night class at the local tech college 3 miles from me. Now I need a bus to play with. Now to find the page where you capped the RR.
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After seeing this and needing a mid level welder for this project. I just went on line and ordered one, well I didn't order it yet, I have a $275 make offer in on a BIN of $301/FS, same machine. Now I have to go sign up for the 3 night class at the local tech college 3 miles from me. Now I need a bus to play with. Now to find the page where you capped the RR.



that welder has done everything we've asked it do and more. welding range can go 20gauge-1/8" thick. my dad who has been a life-long welder with a prior welding business has even been impressed by it. every lincoln electric welder i've seen and used has always been great. 1lb spools at home depot $11, found a 2lb spool at napa once for $24. I've heard though that getting the lincoln electric brand flux-cored (cant remember the number) is what you want to use as it has the least amount of impurities in it. Great welder for a beginner for sure.
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that welder has done everything we've asked it do and more. welding range can go 20gauge-1/8" thick. my dad who has been a life-long welder with a prior welding business has even been impressed by it. every lincoln electric welder i've seen and used has always been great. 1lb spools at home depot $11, found a 2lb spool at napa once for $24. I've heard though that getting the lincoln electric brand flux-cored (cant remember the number) is what you want to use as it has the least amount of impurities in it. Great welder for a beginner for sure.
I have a problem with ebay sellers who offer the "make offer" option and then won't accept less than 1% off. He had it listed for $301MO. So I offered $275, he came back at $299.I countered at $290 and he countered at $298. That's when I told him of my problem with his tactics and would just pay the extra $2 his competitor was asking and did so.
I need it for fabricating tube frame work that will not exceed 1/8" wall, and sheet metal, so sounds like the right machine for the money. My best friend works for a welding supply company and overtime I ask him what a good deal on a welder for my needs would be and he's always over $1k. I knew there was a cheaper option that would do what I need.
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I have a problem with ebay sellers who offer the "make offer" option and then won't accept less than 1% off. He had it listed for $301MO. So I offered $275, he came back at $299.I countered at $290 and he countered at $298. That's when I told him of my problem with his tactics and would just pay the extra $2 his competitor was asking and did so.
I need it for fabricating tube frame work that will not exceed 1/8" wall, and sheet metal, so sounds like the right machine for the money. My best friend works for a welding supply company and overtime I ask him what a good deal on a welder for my needs would be and he's always over $1k. I knew there was a cheaper option that would do what I need.
I've been running into a lot of that recently on ebay. I've bailed on several offers because they won't to do the dollar lower counter offer.
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Old 05-27-2018, 08:45 PM   #510
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major purchase checked off the list!
ALL new virgin tires.

2 - 10.00X20 steer tires
4 - 11r22.5 drive tires




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