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Old 11-18-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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Re: And Betsie Bus was born....

Here is what the nice lady from the Wisconsin DMV emailed me:

Motor homes require sleeping and dining spaces and must include at least four of the following permanently installed life support systems:

* A drinkable water supply including faucet and sink that is self contained or connects to an external water supply
* Ice box or refrigerator
* Self contained toilet
* Cooking facilities
* 100-125 volt electric power source and/or LP gas
* Heating and/or air conditioning

so our plan for now includes the bunks & dining area, fridge, drinking water, cooking facilities and 125v hook-up
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:45 PM   #12
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Re: And Betsie Bus was born....

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Here is what the nice lady from the Wisconsin DMV emailed me:

Motor homes require sleeping and dining spaces and must include at least four of the following permanently installed life support systems:

* A drinkable water supply including faucet and sink that is self contained or connects to an external water supply
* Ice box or refrigerator
* Self contained toilet
* Cooking facilities
* 100-125 volt electric power source and/or LP gas
* Heating and/or air conditioning

so our plan for now includes the bunks & dining area, fridge, drinking water, cooking facilities and 125v hook-up
If that is how it reads,a cooler(ice box) is covered #1
A $30 porti-potti #2 covered
Bus heating- hydro-heat(or what ever its called)
A bbq propane tank hooked to a burner(covers 4 and 5)
Just be nice and truthful.....no worries

Most states don't actually have a printable law

TN doesn't have one...I got mine passed and "RV'd" at clerks office w/seats etc...still installed

Good luck!!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:23 PM   #13
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Re: And Betsie Bus was born....

removed the rubber and wooden floorboards. at first we attempted to get the rubber off the wood, however, we quickly decided, why bother....
we ended up scoring the rubber along the seams of the wooden boards and just ripping wood and rubber out together.

To our somewhat surprise, all wood was soaking wet.. we did found a rust hole in the lower kick board, right at the water pump for the rear heating, we also noticed a row of somewhat rust stained rivets, but, interestingly the rusty row of rivets is not at a outside roof seam, they DO line up with the rust hole in the kick board.

I suspect one or more rivets are weeping or leaking.. anybody deal with this, how would one seal the rivets on the roof, ... without removing the inside ceiling, silicone them ???

on a happier note, scrapping the seats brought 50 bucks from the Scrappie
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:07 AM   #14
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Re: And Betsie Bus was born....

Here in Washington state they require the 4 out of 6 thing and must be permanent... You have to make an appointment with the state patrol and pass their inspection to get the certificate to take to the dmv... It was pretty straight forward and I had no issues passing, but they told me about others that they failed trying to do the cooler and porta potty thing...

Nice bus tho, good luck on the build...
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:54 AM   #15
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Re: And Betsie Bus was born....

Soo... Ladies and gents...

Any hints on how to remove a single swing door??, mine has rusted through at the bottom.

Also, my bus did not come (vandal?) locks, any good way of securing, read locking, those doors short of placing a bar and padlock across at the outside??
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:49 PM   #16
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Re: And Betsie Bus was born....

Lorna of 'lornaschinske' who posted up your page earlier had a good door redo she posted to me, but she still hasn't posted the lock. Said regular house type lock. I'm going to try that and save the look of the door.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:14 AM   #17
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can u please provide a link?
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:39 PM   #18
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can u please provide a link?
To talk to her you can look back on your page one and click on her profile. Or search 'door'. Or she posted on my page one of my project near the bottom with her door.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #19
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Thanks!!

I did go to the website and saw how the double door was converted to a single door. I did not find on how to get the door out.

the base of the door frame has a pin sticking up, the bottom of the door hinges on this pin, at the top the door rides in a bearing, kinda hangs from it. It looks like the door has a pin, a boss, that sits in the bearing. tapping the bearing out still won't let me lift the door up over the bottom pin.

almost looks like the whole door frame needs to be removed to get the darn door out.

anybody knows a good source for used bluebird doors??
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Re: And Betsie Bus was born....

First off, we removed that cove section directly above the entry door. I later put a thin 110vAC fluorescent light on a swtch in the recessed track. We then unscrewed the hinge (door to body) from the door. Unscrewed all the extra stuff. Used a "multitool" (looks like a trim router and heavy duty cut-off wheels ...not the Dremel stuff) to cut the knuckles off the piano hinge still attached to the body of the bus to make a clean edge to attach the house style door hinges. The door knob is an ordinary house style locking entry from Home Depot. David liked it better than the one I wanted to use... plus the one I wanted to use wasn't in stock at the store we frequented at the time. Metal was cut (from remnants of the landscape edging) to shim out the door knob. I think we need one more shim as its a tad tight and hard to latch... or my rubber weatherstripping is really too fat. The weatherstripping is a temp thing until we get working on the entry steps. I need to use a different weather stripping but will wait until the entry is finished in order to know what thickness of weather stripping is needed. The brown metal on the edge of the door opening is from a metal bed frame. The door is really just finished to the point it latches/locks closed. We still need to work on the opening (minor adjustments, weatherstripping & interior trim). That will be done when we do the finish work on the entry steps. Right now my priority is getting the Galley in (got the "door" walls fitted & painted, cabinet carcases are cut out and painted, materials on hand to insulate and add "nailers" to install the sink side of the galley.... yes, I'm taking pictures of the cabinet build and will post them later).

Here's the door knob....
Outside...



Inside...
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