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Old 04-16-2010, 01:16 PM   #91
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I like the wide angle shots. You must have a good lens on that camera. Keep up the good work.
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:26 PM   #92
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Youre definatley going to need to vent it out the side of the bus (as it is a "flue" type, not a "direct vent" type), especially since the whole kit is so close to 40lbs of LPG.... Youre a brave brave man!
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:30 PM   #93
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I like the wide angle shots. You must have a good lens on that camera. Keep up the good work.
Two lenses technically. It's a $50 wide angle that threads to a Canon 18-55mm kit lens via the filter threads. Chromatic aberration is pretty terrible but you can't beat the price.
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Old 04-16-2010, 03:14 PM   #94
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OK, so back when I was looking into a black water tank (a real black water tank for an RV) a few people hear said they were using rectangular polyethylene tanks for black water. So I bought one of those to save $$.

Now I'm trying to figure out the best way to connect a 3" pipe to this tank and I'm finding it's not so straight forward.

I see two (maybe three) options:

1. Spin weld fittings. There are a number of places that sell polyethylene fitting meant to be "spin welded". This requires a special arbor to hold the fitting and a high speed router. (More on that here: http://www.spinwelding.com/page9.htm) These seem like the best solution. The fitting are cheap and the result is as strong as the original tank. However the tool is expensive and it requires a bit of technique to do it right and I don't have any practice pieces I can ruin to learn this method.

2. Slip bulkhead fittings (or bolt-on bulkhead fittings) These look pretty good but you have to have an access hole to get at the inside in order to put the "nut" on the fitting. This means I'd have an access hole to fill in afterward. Also the damn fitting are pricey. Almost as much as the tank itself.

3. I could possibly make my own metal, through-bolt bulkhead adapter using plate steel and pipe. This would be cheap and if I made the plate rectangle or square I could put it through it's own hole and I would have to make an extra hole. Drawbacks here include: relying on my weld to be water tight and crating a big square hole in the tank which I'm guessing would weaken it quite a bit.

Had I know about this before I may have paid the extra to get the tank from plastic-mart.com they put any fittings you want on the tank for free!

I can probably use the 1 1/4" outlet to drain the gray water, but I'd like to hear suggestions/experiences on the black water outlet.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:08 PM   #95
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I like the wide angle shots. You must have a good lens on that camera. Keep up the good work.
Two lenses technically. It's a $50 wide angle that threads to a Canon 18-55mm kit lens via the filter threads. Chromatic aberration is pretty terrible but you can't beat the price.
I spent big $$ on a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens for my Nikon setup, it is an amazing lens but it is too much just to take some pics for the message boards. I may have to pull it out for the interior shots though, especially when I get to working on the cabinets and such.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:47 PM   #96
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More on the waste tanks...

For those interested Campers Inn (there's one near me and other locations) sells spin weldable fittings for polypropylene tanks. They have a 3" one for $8.

I decided not to go the spin weld route. After reading about the process I'm not confident I could make it water tight and I'd rather not ruin these tanks.

I found bulkhead fittings on Ebay for a decent price. I had seen many costing $40 or more. I got two on Ebay for $38. It still seemed expensive, but they came today and these buggers are HUGE an look pretty nice. So now I don't feel so back about the price.

I also bought two inspection ports made for a boat. I was thinking I could install these on the top of the tank to allow me to reach inside to manipulate the bulkhead fittings for installation. This will leave me with inspection ports should I ever need to "inspect" the inside of my waste tanks (*shutter).

I'm not 100% certain I'm going to try and use the inspection ports. I have another idea for filling the access hole with a toilet flange that will connect to the toilet. For the gray water, I might use the already integrated port to drain the tank. This port is only 1 1/4" or so. I'm concerned that may not be large enough.
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I spent big $$ on a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens for my Nikon setup, it is an amazing lens but it is too much just to take some pics for the message boards. I may have to pull it out for the interior shots though, especially when I get to working on the cabinets and such.
First of all, a picture is worth a thousand words, so good photos save on typing

Second, as everyone here on the Skoolie forum know, if there's no photo then it didn't really happen

I'm curious to see how the 11-16mm performs now.
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:59 PM   #98
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Did some bathroom work the other day.

Picked up this vanity at Lowes for $98 with the sink. I had already bought a PVC sink but I liked this one better and it provides more leg room. I cut the base to fit the wheel well.


The toilet came and I set it in place with the vanity installed. I think it's going to work well.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:36 AM   #99
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Looks good....though I'm always afraid of a sink that close, straining too hard, blacking-out & hitting my head as I fall
Smitty, I know you don't expect passengers, but I have wondered about using the impact foam from the kiddie seat backs to create padded cell walls around the potty, so any passengers using the facilities while on the road would be cushioned in the event of a maneuvering incident. Just thinking . . .

BBB - nice use of available space!
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:06 PM   #100
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...though I'm always afraid of a sink that close...
It's called a convenient place to set your drink while you sit in the privacy of the "library" reading a book!
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