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Old 04-09-2019, 10:10 AM   #111
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It got down to -19 farenheit. I was working underneath, finishing my propane install, putting mudflaps behind the front tires, and improving the ladder for my side door. I also replaced the top for my stove.
Holy crap you are way tougher than I am. I grew up in Fairbanks & know that cold well. If you can work in that temperature you belong here. I have a personal rule about not working in temps below freezing unless I'm getting paid or a life close to me is in danger.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:23 AM   #112
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Holy crap you are way tougher than I am. I grew up in Fairbanks & know that cold well. If you can work in that temperature you belong here. I have a personal rule about not working in temps below freezing unless I'm getting paid or a life close to me is in danger.
me too unless I'm running a team - lol
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:33 AM   #113
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Holy crap you are way tougher than I am. I grew up in Fairbanks & know that cold well. If you can work in that temperature you belong here. I have a personal rule about not working in temps below freezing unless I'm getting paid or a life close to me is in danger.
At those temperatures, it's about 50% inside getting warm. It depends on what you are doing - gloves are a lot easier than holding metal in bare hands. I would get anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes at a stretch.

It's now 50 degrees in the day. Soon, it'll be 75 with 24 hours/day of sunlight. This is a lot more pleasant.
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:13 PM   #114
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Just found put I have 4 weeks before deploying to Iraq. So, can I get the bus waterproof?

Edit, maybe not quite so soon - answer coming shortly....

Even if I don't deploy in a few weeks, I'll probably deploy in a few months. Either way, I'm going.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:51 PM   #115
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Ever wonder how flammable your driver's seat is? One spark from the angle grinder, and it went up in flames. Luckily, I had a fire extinguisher right there... which didn't work... Fire extinguisher #2 from the house did.

The damage:

1x Driver's Seat
1x Seatbelt
1x Steering wheel (partly melted)
2x Windows (driver's and the one behind it)
All the labels for the driver's switches (wipers, lights, etc.)
All the wiring going to the rear lights
Misc small stuff (an outlet box, some insulation, etc.)

All together, the damage was fairly minor. I wanted to replace the destroyed stuff anyway. Unfortunately, I wanted to wait until next year and now I need to do it right away.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:53 PM   #116
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Also, I have a few months before I go to Iraq again. The short-notice thing was squashed.

I'm trying to get the bus in decent shape prior to July vacation, with the expectation that I will have little time to fix it up between then and the mega-roadtrip leaving Alaska next summer.
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:05 PM   #117
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Ever wonder how flammable your driver's seat is? One spark from the angle grinder, and it went up in flames. Luckily, I had a fire extinguisher right there... which didn't work... Fire extinguisher #2 from the house did.

The damage:

1x Driver's Seat
1x Seatbelt
1x Steering wheel (partly melted)
2x Windows (driver's and the one behind it)
All the labels for the driver's switches (wipers, lights, etc.)
All the wiring going to the rear lights
Misc small stuff (an outlet box, some insulation, etc.)

All together, the damage was fairly minor. I wanted to replace the destroyed stuff anyway. Unfortunately, I wanted to wait until next year and now I need to do it right away.
HOLY S****T!! - fire in an enclosed area like a camper or skoolie is something I have been concerned about, or at the very least, it's been in the back of my mind - something to think about for sure - a bus lined with plywood with it's flammable glue, cloth or plastic upholstery, foam insulation, tight quarters, especially in the dark, could be very serious - almost explosive
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:05 PM   #118
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Man!!! those are not the pics of projects we like to see. That sucks. My biggest concern will be the wiring to get it running again. I hope you can get it all running again soon. best of luck!!!
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:22 PM   #119
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I started the bus, cranking it from the engine compartment, and I moved it about 50 feet. I know the lights are out, but I'm not sure what else is damaged with wiring. The total number of wires is probably about 40, and it's intact just enough to trace everything. I think I'll be ok on wiring - I'll just lose a few hours.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:30 PM   #120
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Oh man...glad to hear nobody got hurt. Those photos are scary. Best of luck to you!
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