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Old 03-08-2010, 08:01 PM   #31
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Hey, great progress Brian!! That sheetmetal came out great! Should have called me. I would have come over to give you a hand. I was working on my skoolie all day saturday as well. Got some interior paneling cut and installed.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:22 PM   #32
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Hey, great progress Brian!! That sheetmetal came out great! Should have called me. I would have come over to give you a hand. I was working on my skoolie all day saturday as well. Got some interior paneling cut and installed.
Yeah, I should have, I certainly could have used a hand.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:26 PM   #33
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Whats your skoolie schedule look like for the rest of the week into the weekend? Maybe I'll stop by and check the progress.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:43 PM   #34
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Looking at waste tanks. The prices here seem decent: http://www.mobilemart.com/class.aspx?d=05&c=506

I'm thinking 30-40 gallons each for both my black and my gray water tanks.

I'll have 50 gallons of fresh water, I think.

Anyone have a cheaper/better source? What should I know about waste tanks before I drop a few hundred $$?
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:50 AM   #35
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My plan is to have a black tank that is higher than it's broader, so when it's full and ready to be dumped there should be a vigorous flow of No.1 and No.2 out of it. Let gravity do the dirty work of draining the tank. I also noticed that this company sells gadgets to help the process of emptying their poo tanks - if the tanks were better shaped in the first place, one shouldn't need these gizmos to effectively dump their contents.

My suggestion is to fit the biggest tanks that will fit and that you can afford. You may not need all that capacity most of the time, but sometimes you may be very thankful to have it. I plan on having a 65 gal poo tank, so I could go a long time before taking a dump (so to speak).
Ya know, I wanted to get a rectangular tank for the waste tank but looking at the black water tanks they have kind of a taper toward the poop shoot. I figure this is to encourage the solids to drain. With a big rectangle, I fear the solids might build up in the corners.

Actually, now that I'm writing about it, maybe it would make sense to mount a regular rectangular tank at a slight angle toward the drain end, that would help. If work has taught me anything it's that **** flows down hill.

OK, so let's say I'm buying a big rectangular tank for my waste. Where are people sourcing those? I saw some on ebay and a bunch at plastic-mart.com that are intended for potable water.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:19 PM   #36
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Couldn't you just install a macerator pump?



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Old 03-11-2010, 02:13 PM   #37
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Couldn't you just install a macerator pump?

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Sure. However I feel this would add unnecessary complexity and expense. Maybe I'll think differently the first time I have to deal with a clogged poop pipe.
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Might try this gent for barrels as tanks? I've a few from him (some come cleaned, one came needing a cleaning). http://stores.ebay.com/Reusable-Barrel-Company
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:28 PM   #39
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More progress over the last few days. I've haven't posted much cause I've been too busy on the bus

All the windows I plan to cover are now covered. Here is the passenger side. One panel is a different color, but I plan to repaint the window covers when we do the final paint scheme.


The drivers side windows are done too, but this is the only picture I have of that side and two are not done yet in this photo.


I insulated the individual openings with some 2" styrofoam I already had and some 1 1/2" foil backed styrofoam from Lowes. The 1 1/2" fit much nicer but at $18 a sheet I decided to use up what I had of the 2". Then I put strapping horizontally at 16" on center.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:41 PM   #40
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I put 1/2" foam R3 insulation between the strapping. This was cut from a 4'x8' sheet. Much easier to cut this stuff that the styrofoam.


Finally I got to put some panels over the strapping. I ran the panels horizontally from just below the wire chase to the chair rail. I'm not planning to cover from the chair rail to the floor since this area will be covered by closets and bunks and whatnot. I figure I'll use this space as a chase way for wiring. I also left a gap at the top so I can unscrew and remove the wire chase at the top. I'm not sure if I'll need/want to remove it, but I will cover that area with molding to finish it.


Lastly, I've started framing the bunks on this side. Framing inside a bus is definitely challenging. Things are not square, true or level. This is what I have so far but I'm thinking now I'll need to rework it, we'll see. The wheelchair anchors where in the way so I had to grind the heads of them and pry them up. I planned on doing that a while ago, but until they were in the way I was putting it off. Only took 5 minutes.


One thing I always do when I'm framing is to use screws. That way when I make a mistake (not IF but WHEN) I can take it apart and try again.

That's it for now. Next step is to seal up the side door.
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