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Old 03-01-2010, 07:50 PM   #11
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Re: Bailey Bus Bunedoggle

I believe that is a power steering line that runs from the rear hydraulic resevoir to the steering gear up front. You will want to change that sooner than later. Probably have to run all new lines from rear to front.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:30 PM   #12
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After churning through iteration upon iterations of floorplan ideas I decided the wheelchair lift had to go. Itís big. Itís heavy. It only marginally works and worst of all, itís in the way.

That lift is built like a tank. In order to remove it, I first lowered the lift to halfway down then detached all the hydraulic lines from the lift. A little advice: have a bucket handy. Thereís going to be a lot of fluid. The reason I put the lift halfway down was, I wanted it to drop some distance so I could remove it from the bus. If I had it all the way down it wouldnít have moved when I unbolted it. All the way up, and it would have fallen the full 3 feet, perhaps violently.
Once the lift was free of the hydraulic lines I simply removed the six bolts that hold it to the bus and crash, down it fell. The lift is actually wider than the door so we had to push the uprights together to get it out of the bus. A little wrestling with it and it came free. Now I have to figure out what to do with it. Anybody interested in a wheelchair lift? Cheap?

Also, I started a blog to record the bus progress. I'm going to duplicate some of the information here since this site has been such a fantastic resource for me, I'd like to give a little back.

However there will be more details here:
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:37 PM   #13
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I would guess that you could either list it on Craigslist, or call your local van/truck modifiers, the places that install these things. They may have a customer on a tight budget and would either gladly have it, or purchase it from you. Probably even pick it up.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:45 PM   #14
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Here's the latest floor plan. I'm pretty firm on the beds and bathroom/shower but the kitchen and seating is still in flux.


FYI: The grid in the background is on a 1 foot scale.

I want to put the gray water directly under the shower. i'm not sure how I'm going to get a trap in the drain though. I guess I'll just mount the tank a few inches from the floor and squeeze a trap in there.

Black water will go right under the toilet. Fresh water under the mater bed. I'm planning to put two "house type" air conditioners. one in the kitchen above the fridge and microwave and one in the mater bedroom. There's a place above the rear window where the rear destination sign would normally go. There's no rear sign on this bus so it's just a sheet metal box. I figure I'll stick a shelf up there and cut a hole for an AC unit.

I'm looking at getting a solar panel setup. I saw a link at jesperskoolie.tk for http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/shop.htm

Of course there are 100's of places that sell solar kits to choose from, or I could put together my own parts. Anyone have any other experience/suggestions.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:52 PM   #15
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I just realized that I should have probably mentioned that there are four more buses just like mine for sale at Northern Bus Sales in Hudson NH. All the same price, $4995.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:09 PM   #16
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... I want to put the gray water directly under the shower. I'm not sure how I'm going to get a trap in the drain though...
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-37420-Fl.../dp/B000EDUTPO
We originally had the flexible sink drain in our pop-up. It worked quite well. Unfortunately it had water left in it one winter and froze (cracked). At the time we couldn't find a replacement since we had no clue as to who made it or anything. We also have a grey tank planned to fit under the shower area. We are planning on either raising the floor in the shower or using the camper drain. The cup looking thing is the strange "P" trap.
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So the wheelchair lift is gonzo. The hydraulic setup is still there, that will come out next.

I gave up on the sheet metal signs for covering the windows. I didn't want to peice together sheet metal to cover the windows, I wanted a nice uniform sheet. So I went to Kelly's Sheet Metal and picked up a peice of 20 guage galvanized steel to cover a three window opening. The guy there was super nice and really helpful.

I went to buy paint for the sheet metal and I was reading the primer can and it said do not use on galvanized metal. Hmmm, maybe I'm the only person who didn't know this, but you can't just paint galvanized steel. I guess, from what I read on-line, paint doesn't like to stick to galvy. I went back to the store and found this stuff:
I wiped the oil and dirt off the sheet with paint thinner and I put the primer on with a mohair roller. Came out pretty smooth. I may wet sand it before putting on a coat of white. Hopefully this stuff sticks.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:56 PM   #18
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I plan to put a bead of silicone caulking on the uprights and pop rivet the panel in place with aluminum pop rivets. It's gonna be tricky holding the sheet in place while I drill and rivet. I'll have to invite some friends over.

Speaking of friends, turns out Bus Bozo http://www.skoolie.net/forum/memberl...profile&u=4133 lives less than a mile from my house! He stopped by tonight to check out the bus. What are the chances of two people buying the same make and model and year bus to convert to a Skoolie living a mile apart and not knowing eachother? Crazy!

Now we'll be pooling out knowledge and experience and tools. He's got a 3-4 month jump on me so I can benefit from his experience for sure.
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I went to buy paint for the sheet metal and I was reading the primer can and it said do not use on galvanized metal. Hmmm, maybe I'm the only person who didn't know this, but you can't just paint galvanized steel. I guess, from what I read on-line, paint doesn't like to stick to galvy.
I've read that you can paint galvanized metal if you "etch" it first using any number of methods. I used vinegar to etch mine, and the rustoleum rusty metal paint stuck to it as far as I can tell.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:40 PM   #20
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Hola, Senor Bunedoggle,

Looking at your floorplan, just one thought comes to mind. Most dump stations are set up for RV poo tanks on the left sides of RVs, generally towards the rear of the vehicle. It may possibly complicate things to have the black tank on the right side - will you have dump valves on both sides of the bus?

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Hmmmm, Didn't really think about it. I guess I could run the dump valve to the other side. I already purchased the shower so that's gotta go on the right. The toilet could still go on either side. I guess the gray water is easier to run a farther distance.

Good point, thanks, I'll have to think about it.
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