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Old 05-18-2014, 10:52 PM   #11
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Roger keeping the heaters if you are mostly in "cool zones". Most of them are very efficient as well as costly units. Do what works for you.
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:59 AM   #12
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Progress slow but steady. Removed all seats, flooring, and metal trim from floor.


I hated to throw all those seats away in such good condition but I could hardly give the seats away from the last project.


Scraped off as much floor adhesive as we could. Wire wheeled a couple of small rust spots, ground down some MIG holidays I found around the wheel wells. Painted the floor with Rustoleum smoke grey we had leftover from another project and caulked all the screw/bolt holes.


I saved some of the seat back metal to see if I could repurpose it. Next on the agenda is subfloor. First, I have to find a level spot around here. Worst case scenario, I park out in the street during flooring and framing ops.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:12 AM   #13
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Nice looking bus. It's great to have all that slave labor...eh hem...I mean little helpers.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:15 PM   #14
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Pretty short people, some are better helpers than others.
1 inch of EPS covered with 1/2 plywood, fastened to the floor with Teks screws (screws I highly recommend)

I had to cut off the wall metal which was a huge pain in the rear end.

700+ screws later, we had the ceiling metal off. I am very thankful the panels weren't riveted on.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:27 PM   #15
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All roofing insulation out, nice place to ride the bike during the monsoon season.

A little note left over from the factory.


I had the idea to put the metal roofing panels back up, I'm very hesitant to do this because of condensation at the rib area where it meets the panel. I put some pipe wrap adhesive insulation on the rib where the panel would screw in. I'm wondering if this would have any effect on the thermal break.

I really think I would like to put some luan plywood or other paneling on the ceiling for ease of installation. Putting those ceiling panels back up is a major chore.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:42 PM   #16
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HEY! No riding bikes in the bus! Wait..I'm a grandfather now--go ahead.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:57 AM   #17
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A quick update, pics to follow. Built a three seater bench/bed up front with lap belts. Five inch foam for the seat portion and two inch foam for the back, needs covers sewn yet. Put some lauan on the ceiling. Couldn't get it to bend despite all attempts at kerfing and steam/water treatment so we just pieced it together. Looks awful in my opinion but it will work.

Repurposed two bus seats for the dinette/bed. 3/4 plywood for the table top secured to the wall with aluminum style hinge and folding leg underneath. The dinette will also have lap belts installed and enclosed underneath for storage.

Removed some windows and skinned over with 20 gauge cold rolled sheet steel. Riveted in place with 3/16x1/4 wide flange steel rivets. Butyl rubber tape between the skins and channels.

Waiting on more building supplies to arrive via usps...
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:18 PM   #18
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The conversion's been a whirlwind of activity lately. Our biggest problem is our short summer coupled with a maritime climate which typically brings a lot rain. So it's been a lot of cutting plywood and dimensional lumber inside the bus, spending time enjoying the summer doing non-skoolie stuff, fishing, and doing other repair projects around the house. The original intent of this project was to do a conversion with a full plumbing setup, grey water/blackwater tanks, 12 volt potable water/city water connection, full 120/12 volt electrical, refrigerator, stovetop, air-conditioning, etc, etc. We planned on driving down from Alaska to the east coast to visit family with the skoolie but despite having an inordinate amount of leave, work decided it was a no-go on granting an extended absence. So we decided to convert to a minimalist "dry skoolie" setup for camping around the state and use as guest lodging for friends and relatives.

I'd say the biggest improvement we made was sealing all the seams on the roof, windows, and "suspect" leaking seams on the sides with "Henry 212 All Purpose Patch". Then we put two coats of white elastomeric white roofing sealant on the topside. This resulted in total (as far as I can tell through multiple torrential downpours) stoppage of all leaks.

Here you can see the port side double bunk setup with a little built in storage compartment.


The bunk space is approx 30" x 72", large enough for kids or average size adults to sleep and sit up in comfortably. The bottom bunk will be hinged for storage underneath.

Both double bunk setups, very messy inside when this photo was taken.


Dinette built with repurposed seats (doubles as a sleeper), 3/4 plywood table, folding leg, rv wall connection device. Bottom of the bus seats are hinged for storage access, etc.


Countertop with sink and hand pump/city water faucet. Faucet is fed with a water jug underneath in the cabinet underneath the sink. Sink drains into a 5 gallon bucket with lid.


Bench doubles as a sleeper, seats 3, homemade cushions, storage underneath.
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:21 PM   #19
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Toilet closet with window. Standard 5 gallon bucket waste container, nothing fancy.
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:41 PM   #20
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Finishing the queen bed frame build in the aft of the skoolie tonight. Replaced clearance lights, ID lights, and turn signals with LED units from Amazon/Ebay. Originals were rusted out and leaking. Stop lamps will be replaced with LED units from Amazon, waiting for them to arrive in the mail.
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