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Old 03-13-2010, 09:26 PM   #71
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Have you thought of putting your mailbox on a removable post? Then you can just pull it up and put it back so you dont have to worry about killing it...
Lol. Yeah, when the neighbor reworks the end of the driveway, we'll be relocating the mailbox to a better spot. No need for a removable post, it just won't be in the way anymore. Even smaller delivery trucks have difficulty with our driveway sometimes. It doesn't help that the road is rather narrow. 2 8' wide vehicles meeting on the road have to ride on grass to avoid scraping. Seeing a combine coming down that road means backtracking.

One of the curses of living in the country is being the last on the list for road improvements and scraping of snow and getting the electric back on, etc. Still, it is nice not having to get permission to build a shed. lol

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:43 PM   #72
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Yeah, it's just about 39' long, with a fairly long wheel base.

Talk about that sinking feeling though.... lol

All's well that ends well.

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Old 04-09-2010, 11:45 AM   #73
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I'm really interested in hearing more about this project!

Your idea of raised floor and side-aisle with storage underneath sounds exactly like what I have been envisioning in my head.

Maybe I missed it somewhere in this thread, but what do you plan to have along the side aisle in the middle, versus in the centered portion? Bathroom in the middle, I assume...kitchen as well?
gwreddragon, I'm planning to leave the original (structural) floor exactly where it is, although I do plan to improve the insulation. I want a side aisle down the curb side, and really would like to have a lot of visibility out that side as well.

I plan to raise the roof 30" to 36", bringing it to a total of 12'6" to 13'0" at the tallest spot. That gives me 6" to 12" of room for "stuff" that I haven't figured out yet.

I plan to build up a secondary floor 18" to 24" above the original floor. This would clear the wheel wells completely, and provide me with a lot of storage for tanks, etc within the main thermal envelope. This will also help keep the center of gravity low. Above the drivers area, I want to build a loft. I want to treat the main entrance and drivers seat area as an airlock or "arctic entrance" like is used in Alaska. I want the main interior to be well insulated. The drivers area will also be insulated, but unfortunately, I won't be able to be as thorough in that area (big single pane windshield, pedals, etc).

At the rear of the bus, I plan to have a a very small room above the engine's highest point for tool storage. I want to have a passthrough so that I can escape the bus that direction if needed. The bottom of the room will be above the engine access panel, so it'll be quite a ways off the ground.

The rest of the engine covering area in the rear will be inside the bedroom. I want either a queen or king sized bed, but haven't figured out that detail yet. It will need to be movable so that the engine service panel can be accessed.

Forward of the bedroom will be the bathroom. I'm hoping to be able to squeeze a real tub in there, but I'm not sure how I'll accomplish that yet.

Forward of the bathroom will be the galley. I'm not much of a cooker, so it will be a small galley. My hope is that most of my cooking will be done outside, on a grill. I do plan to have a propane stove/oven, a microwave/convection oven, and the main sink in the kitchen.

Forward of the galley will be the living room area. I'm still not sure how that layout will end up being.

The bathroom and rear bedroom will have privacy doors. There will be some kind of door between the living room and the driver's area. The loft will probably be just curtained off, but I'm not decided on that yet. I want a small skylight in the loft so that it can also be used as a reading nook.

I'm considering having the rear bedroom be down at the original floor height so that I could put in a ceiling fan if I wanted.

I plan to keep my original curved roof. I plan to steal Smitty's "truss" idea for the interior.

My heat plans are to have everything be hydronic. I want to have multiple heat sources (solar, engine, propane boiler, and diesel boiler) and multiple heat load zones (engine, different room zones, and a few forced air heat zones, as well as the drivers area, and keeping the fuel tanks from getting too cold).

I'm considering installing a basement type A/C unit.

Beneath the original structural floor, I plan to have the remaining essentials. Those include the battery bank, generator, extra fuel tanks, propane tanks, and some exterior access storage.

All tank drains and power inputs will be kept on the driver's side of the vehicle.

For food storage, I plan for some of the space between the two floors to be used for dry goods storage. I also plan to use small chest type freezers for both frozen foods and as a refrigerator (using a thermostat to turn off power to the freezer to keep it above freezing).

I want a very large water tank, and reasonable sized grey and black water tanks. My main water tank will be considered non-potable, so I can refill it from a river or lake if necessary. I'll have a separate potable water storage.

I have a lot of plans, and a finite space, and so there will need to be compromise.

Anyway, enough babbling for now. I'll be happy to answer any specific questions.

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Old 04-09-2010, 11:55 AM   #74
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I'm going to have some progress to report soon.

This week, Miss Utility came out and marked where all the buried stuff is, and we'll be relocating the mailbox soon.

I'm taking a week of vacation from April 17 thru April 25 so that I can focus on working on the bus. During this time, I intend to get the roof raised (at last!). The windows will be removed, and the sides will end up getting skinned hopefully. I also want to figure out where the windows will end up being.

I'm still working with limited funding (whatever is left over after bills), so progress is still slow. However, I'm at the point now where all forward progress is waiting on the roof raise.

I've also managed to get my old RV stripped of everything I intend to salvage from it. I destroyed part of the side to gain access to the propane tank so I could get it removed, and in the process of tearing open the side wall, I discovered the aluminum tubing used to build the old RV is corroded badly inside. I definitely made the right decision to switch from an RV to a bus.

I've removed the onan 5500 watt generator (which weighs about as much as my bus according to my strained muscles), and the propane tank, and the fresh water system (tank, pump, expansion/pressure tank). Last night we even cut the welds for the electric step. On April 19, I'll be driving very slowly to the scrap yard and getting as much cash for it as I can. It'll be nice to no longer have that tax drain on my finances.

I'll post more as more happens.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:30 PM   #75
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now that is a sinking feeling!!

ya some better treads might help out. either spend the $$ or try a wreckers?
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now that is a sinking feeling!!

ya some better treads might help out. either spend the $$ or try a wreckers?
I hardly drive the bus on the road right now, preferring to focus on getting it converted. I don't want to spend money on tires that will just sit in the yard for the next year or two, reducing the life I'll get out of them when I finally hit the road.

I do know a place where I might be able to get a decent set of used tires for not too much money, and I plan to have a talk with them while I'm off work later this month.

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Old 04-10-2010, 08:03 AM   #77
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now that is a sinking feeling!!

ya some better treads might help out. either spend the $$ or try a wreckers?
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lol overkill!
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lol overkill!
well if it is for a bus it's not. it is a 12,000lbs i picked up off ebay for $457 .
overkill for my 71 chevy yes!
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Due to some overtime, I got some extra time off for my vacation. So, I got started early on the process of raising the roof.

First step was to remove 2 windows, and get access to the pillar between the two windows, so that I know what steel to order.

I decided to take out a normal window first. That was fairly easy, 2 screws on each side, and one in the top center, and it pretty much just popped out (technically, it popped inward).

Removed window:


The second window I tried was an emergency exit window. This one was more of a PITA, as the window has to be swung out to access the screws. However, that wasn't too difficult. The real problem was that one of the screws had the head stripped, and I ended up using the angle grinder and destroying the window to get it removed.

Removed window:


Here's a shot from inside out showing the gaps where the windows used to be:


And a shot from outside:


Now I have some measurements:



It looks to me that the hollow is about 1 1/8" wide by 1 3/4" deep. Does that sound right?

I need to put together a steel order, and I'm not sure what I should order. I have 14 pillars on each side, so I need 28 pieces pretty much identical. Since I'm aiming for 36" of maximum raise, and I want some overlap, I'm thinking each pillar insert will need to be 5' in length (1 foot overlap at top and bottom). I'm thinking I can buy the steel in 10' or 20' lengths and cut them down to whatever actual size I need.

Re-reading the millicent thread, I see Elliot used 1x1 1/4" rectangular tubing, and some 1 1/2 x 3/16 flat stock to make up his inserts. I'm thinking if I do the same, I should be good to go. Does anyone see a problem with that?

I have to go up to town (about an hour drive) on Tuesday for a meeting about new insurance coverage at work (yawn) and plan to take the bus and pick up the steel in the same trip. It's the only vehicle I have large enough for 20' lengths.

Elliot used a method of one tube inside another to lift his roof, and I'm planning to do the same thing. I already have the 4 jacks that match his (different colors though), and just need to put it all together. Any recommendations on the sizes for the lift rams and lift guides? I've been re-reading elliot's thread and just don't see those sizes mentioned.

Any other sanity check items I'm forgetting to ask?

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