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Old 08-22-2006, 10:49 AM   #11
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All of the old nasty flooring has been removed and replaced with 15# tar paper, 1" pink foam board, and 3/4" t&g.
All of the stickers are now gone.
New rv style windows are now in.
The bus is now mostly one color, which is NOT yellow.

Will be working on the interior outside walls starting this evening.

Pictures posted in the Albums section.[/quote]

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Old 09-10-2006, 11:16 AM   #12
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Took the bus out to Springfield, OH for a car show and swap meet. Had a blast. Pulling a trailer with my scout on it, netted me almost 11 mpg. It ran perfect all the way out there and all the way back. However, after dropping my scout off at the house still on the trailer, I went to pull out on the main road and it seemed that the bus ran out of fuel. After checking the tank to see if it was out, which it wasnt, the local law enforcement came and had it towed off of the main road and put it in the towing yard. Now I cant get to it until Monday to figure out what happened. Any ideas?? I am fairly mechanically minded, just dont know much about a deisel, yet. It currently cranks over but doesnt start. Thanks.
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:31 PM   #13
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Wow, just realized that you're from Troy, IL... I'm a Jeep guy from Collinsville that's researching this whole crazy school bus idea to build a tow/camping/party rig to tow the Jeep with... If you need a hand with something PM me. I'm taking some welding classes on Monday and Wednesday's so I'm no help on those nights.

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Old 09-11-2006, 07:55 PM   #14
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No problem Jeremy, give me a shout sometime.

Babylon42, its been suggested that it may be the fuel shut off solenoid that could be the problem. Will be finding out tomorrow morning.
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Old 09-12-2006, 11:23 PM   #15
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Ok, I know what it is that let me stranded Sunday morning. And boy do I feel like a dumbass. It was low on fuel. I took too many turns, too close together coupled with the low fuel, created air gaps in the fuel lines and caused it to die. Iknow now that i have to fill up about every 300 miles, just to be sure.
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:17 PM   #16
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Re: And so the "Redneck Express" is born......

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As of yesterday, I started gutting the bus. Removed almost all of the seats from inside. Dismantled most of the ones I have removed. Started looking at the floor and how to set up the walls. Only have four seats left inside, for a passenger or two, but I think they will come on out and then rip up the rubber floor in spots to check for rotten wood and moldy surfaces. Current plans are to keep the conversion simple for later renovations when I figure out what I really want. Was looking at raising the roof a bit, but still undecided about that. Probably will make that decision after using the bus for a year. Once the seats are gone, then I will be painting the outside to satisfy the dmv for the driving test for a class B license. Hopefully have the painting done by Sunday evening, weather permitting.

I am from your area I went to the currency exchange in Ottawa Il. and registered mine as a RV so the title and tag came back as a RV....

I am in the middle of the conversion to an RV so if I ever get stopped I am good to go, been to cold and wet here the past 2 days to work on mine
I'm also from Illinois and just recently bought a 1996 Ford Elf Carryall. It's like a hospital bus.

So what your saying is, I can just go to the local Currency Exchange to do the title transfer and have it titled as an RV and I won't have to go through the whole "4 out of 6 things must be...." deal?????

That would be awesome.
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Old 04-15-2007, 12:30 PM   #17
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I have been back to working on the bus. Welded the generator cage up and have it insulated with 3/4" plywood on the outside and 1" foam board in-between the 1" bars.



Ran the main power feed down into the genny compartment with 6 ga wire and a 50 amp plug. The genny produces 34 amps, a bit much for a 30 amp plug, probably would have been ok, but went ahead and upped the plug. From what I have been reading some of the campgrounds have a 50 amp service available. Since there are 4 wires in the power cable, black, red, white, and a bare wire, am I correct in the assumption that the black and red wire will provide the "hot" leads, with the white wire providing the "neutral" and the bare for the ground? Currently the genny is wired to produce 34 amps @ 220VAC. I have the black and the red going to two separate breakers in a box, the white going to the "neutral" bar in the box as well. the ground wire is un-attached. This ground wire is to be attached at the genny to the frame of the bus, and to the other grounds in the electrical system, but NOT to be tied in with the "neutral" wire because of the shocking experience?



Not all of the wiring on the AC side is complete. I have 1 or 2 more circuits to run. Including one at the back right side of the bus and one in the genny compartment.

The air conditioner is now installed and is operational. What an easy job that was!! Cut a 14” hole in the roof. Started with a jig saw, quickly went to hand shears, much quieter and less mess. Run the 12-2 wire in plastic conduit, after drilling several holes to fish the wiring through. Re-enforce the ceiling and roof at the hole with 1 5/8” board on two sides and a couple of short ones for the curved end. Sealed the top plate to the bus roof, set the unit on top of the plate, hung the bottom plate in the ceiling and installed the 4 mounting bolts with nuts to keep it from flying off. Tightened it all down and cut off the 4 bolts cause they were way too long. Hooked power up to it and viola!! It was blowing air up to the windshield. A little mastic tape and we have a sealed return chamber.



Best little heat source that a girlfriend could buy. Went to Richmond, IN back in November and bought some RV parts. Arrived on Saturday night, slept at the rest area, got up Sunday morning and it was 46 degrees in the bus. She decided that if she was going to be going with me on these “adventures” that heat was a necessity. A week later she came over and brought this little baby with her. It’s a heating fool. 26 degrees outside and it keeps it at 65 no problem…….will go to 75 if needed. Zero vent.....I was a bit concerned with this to start with. However after monitoring the CO levels with a Bacharac CO tester, levels never got over 17 ppm in 4 hours of use.



The kitchen-ette is going in well. Have base frame work set in place and stove and sink cut outs located. Will be looking at a few counter tops over the next week or two. Don’t really know what will be going under the counter so I am not in too big of a hurry to close it in. I do know that the original rear bus heater will be going in just behind the stove and under the counter. We will be camping from March through November so a little extra heat going down the road is a good thing.



Hope to have the wiring finished up today and the genny set in place and bolted down.

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Old 04-15-2007, 05:37 PM   #18
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You can tie the ground wire into the ground bus bar in your breaker box. Most boxes come with an insulator that will keep the ground and neutral from tying together.

Those little heaters are slick. They're really popular up here with icefisherman because they're compact and light. I am yet to move an icehouse I thought was too light. What's the AC power for it do? Does that model have a blower on it?
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Old 04-15-2007, 06:11 PM   #19
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My breaker boxes dont have the seperate ground and neutral bars in them. So I guess I will be tying the grounds together with a large wire nut or a clamp of some type.

Yes, that heater is the neatest thing since sliced bread, well, almost. It does have a fan/blower kit installed. When we looked at the box, it didnt say anything about the fan/blower kit being installed. Just said it was an option. It keeps my girlfriend happy.

Well, my plans didnt go the way I wanted them to. No genny work, but had to move one of the plugs and the heater towards the front so I can get the refer to sit in place. It was a bit taller than what I thought it was. Propane/AC refer is working great. Just have to figure out the size of vent holes to put through the side. Did a general cleaning to get rid of some of the construction debris that I have been stepping over for the last week or so.
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