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Old 01-27-2015, 01:21 PM   #101
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That is truly amazing. Nice work. I look forward to it coming along.
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Old 01-27-2015, 02:21 PM   #102
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Fantastic job друг, it's really coming together.

You and I have a very similar bus and the esthetics of the entrance door bugs me a little bit. Look at the left side and you'll note the slope down from the front of the nose towards the wheel well. on the right side, it's squared off (and lower) to accommodate the entrance door. I'm planning on shaving the body to be the same angle on both sides, with a slightly smaller (by a few inches) door.

The approach angle on the vehicle will be slightly better too.

What are your thoughts on door mods like that?
I tried to understand you ("Look at the left side and you'll note the slope down from the front of the nose towards the wheel well. on the right side, it's squared off") but I probably did have enough sleep last night.... The best if you just mark one picture and post it....

I completely removed old staircase ( was rusty) and build new one. I changed entrance opening by adding angle on top, angle on right (window side), angle on left sides. I noticed the opening wasn't square but I made it square now.

I will build new aluminum entrance (flat) door instead of heavy by-fold monster. New door will be a manual open/close. I will add a window to make driving and turning easier....

Here are some more detailed door opening pics:

Staircase



Right side notice silver angle:




Top, notice silver angle:



The whole thing:

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Old 01-27-2015, 02:30 PM   #103
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Wow

You have created, and set a milestone in skoolie conversion slide outs.

I don't know of any other skoolie with a slide out nearly that big.

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Old 02-17-2015, 12:18 PM   #104
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The framework for the basement looks pretty good. It's something I've been wanting to do on my bus, but there's something I'm hung up on -- the access doors. I just don't have any good ideas (ie, functional and also manufacturable) how to shed water off the side of the bus so that it doesn't get into the basement. Then of course there's security, ease of use, and so on.... Do you have anything figured out yet for your basement access?
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Old 02-17-2015, 01:08 PM   #105
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Saw an old Bird years ago under which the chap had installed pre-fabbed, aluminum, supposedly weather proof work boxes made for tractor trailer rigs. They would still get some water inside, oddly, mostly when parked instead of on the road. He added "eyebrow" style drip rails above them and said it cured his problem. Apparently the weak spots were the top mounted hinges (?).
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Old 02-17-2015, 01:45 PM   #106
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The hinges on a factory bluebird school bus basement appear to be an aluminum strip with a piece of rubber sandwiched between it.

I'm going to be applying truck bed liner to the basement surfaces, so hopefully that'll seal things in a little more. I may add some drain holes.


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The framework for the basement looks pretty good. It's something I've been wanting to do on my bus, but there's something I'm hung up on -- the access doors. I just don't have any good ideas (ie, functional and also manufacturable) how to shed water off the side of the bus so that it doesn't get into the basement. Then of course there's security, ease of use, and so on.... Do you have anything figured out yet for your basement access?
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Old 02-17-2015, 01:59 PM   #107
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I just love the angle on the front of the roof raise. I'm doin mine like that if I raise it. Leaning more toward doing it.
Keep the pics coming!
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #108
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I just love the angle on the front of the roof raise. I'm doin mine like that if I raise it. Leaning more toward doing it.
Keep the pics coming!
Most people who decide to raise the roof use one section between ribs for slope. I did the same way but because I raised the roof by 24" I didn't like steep angle. Later I cut one more opening and used one rib set in the middle of the slope. Now the roof slope looks more "natural".

You will need a huge piece of sheet metal to cover the slope. I used 3 pieces and tig brazed them together.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:13 PM   #109
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Insulation..... takes more time than expected....

Here I got stuck on insulation project. It does take more time than I expected. But I slowly keep fighting....
Here are few pictures:









Now my plan is to spray a thin 1" foam over the styrofoam on roof. I bought a 600 board feet spray foam kit at HD. The problem is winter.....

I ran into another problem a few day ago. The steel roof is covered with black tar-like spray from inside. I glued styrofoam directly to this black tar and I noticed later some pieces started to fell off. I decided to add plywood strips to hold styrofoam pieces in place and spray foam over.... Here are plywood strips:



All this little things keep eating my time....

The show must go on.....
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:30 PM   #110
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I just love this build.....

That right there is why I will be filling my ceiling cavity full of spray foam, bonded right to the inside of the outer skin of the bus. Even if the foam released from the inside of the bus skin, the shape of it would hold it in place forever.

Keep at it, don't get discouraged.

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