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Old 03-22-2015, 06:50 AM   #131
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I think our personality type gravitates towards these kinds of projects.
I second this. I like to think of myself becoming a jack-of-all-trades. I think that's why we're all here discussing how we're going to hack apart school buses.

Seriously though, I've read this thread end-to-end twice now and the level of thought you've put into this clearly shows. Extremely impressive.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:23 AM   #132
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Slide out update

Here is slide out update:

1. I made box holders:





I used them to attach outside edge of slide out box to sliding frame:





I made them from square tubing (cut in half), piece of flat bar, threaded rod (3/8") and some nuts... All welded and pained... This holder are adjustable and allow to move box up/down.

After installing box holders and some adjustments I finally could move slide out box in/out.
I added some aluminum to compensate future floor finishing height:



Also because box was empty I put 2 55 gallon drums and filled them with water to compensate future load:






At this moment The flange is not installed, so I added temporary wood blocks to each top corner:



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Old 03-30-2015, 12:41 AM   #133
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Slide out update

Here is slide out update:

I made box holders:





Here is aftermath:

1. I can slide slide out by hand in and out.

2. It slides fairly easy.

3. In "out" position top blocks hit the wall and there is about 1 1/4" gap left on the bottom:


4. From this point I had to use 2x4 and a small car jack to push slide out until bottom touches the wall.

5. I don't know exactly how much force I needed but I used 3/4" wrench and it was easy, so my guess under 500 lb.

6. I measured how much box sunk before jacking and after and it was about 1/2".

Here is before jacking:



Here is after jacking:



Here is slide out in out position:





So at this point I can call it successful. I still need to add hydraulics but at least I know it will work great.

I added wood strips and insulated all walls and ceiling using the same ISO insulation I used in the bus. The only problem I had to cut 1/2" from 2" ISO boards in order to use them in 1 1/2" slide out framing (Windows are made for 1 1/2" walls....). That was a fun "snow man" game...

I embedded some wiring inside insulation for future lighting and receptacle.

I am thinking about some spring loaded contacts (like ones used in Van sliding doors) to power slide out wiring. I might find a better way to supply power to slide out but at this point I am just to tired of thinking....
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:39 AM   #134
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:35 AM   #135
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:03 PM   #136
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I'd like to suggest you avoid the contactor style interface for wiring in your slide and use a flexible cable track, kind of like this stuff:

1M 25 x 57 mm Plastic Cable Towline Tracks Flexible Cable for CNC Router Machine | eBay

I always see that sort of track in the CNC machines I use, so I assume it would last with many openings and closings.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:06 PM   #137
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Did you have the bus suspension blocked up so you weren't leaning the entire chassis to one side? It seems to me like a half inch of drop might be more than expected given the rigid nature of the slide.

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Awesome job, by the way. I'm proud to see you advancing the impression of school bus chassis coaches considerably.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:54 PM   #138
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Did you have the bus suspension blocked up so you weren't leaning the entire chassis to one side? It seems to me like a half inch of drop might be more than expected given the rigid nature of the slide.

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Awesome job, by the way. I'm proud to see you advancing the impression of school bus chassis coaches considerably.
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As always, top notch man.

You know they make rigid Styrofoam in 1.5 inch too. lol

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Old 03-30-2015, 01:52 PM   #139
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As always, top notch man.

You know they make rigid Styrofoam in 1.5 inch too. lol

Nat
I do know... ;) but I have a ton of 2" fibreglass skinned top quality ISO board. This kinda ISO board is used in commercial freezer application. It is like $50-$60 half a sheet(4'x4'). I found it as a surpass liquidation at $10 half sheet and bought enough for whole bus and even some will be left...
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