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Old 03-18-2010, 10:14 PM   #51
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A bit more progress.

The rear heater was right where I wanted to put the fridge, microwave and A/C. I was going to remove the rear heater and plug the lines but my wife convinced me to keep it. There are a lot of good reasons to keep it actually. Like when we go to Florida in February, it'll be cold up here in New England and we'll want heat for the ride. Plus it can serve as backup heat if the propane runs out or something.

Anyway, what I thought would take a few minutes took a few hours. But I moved the heater to under the bottom bunk:
Heater was here:


It's now under here:


I had to move part of the bunk framing over a bit to make way for the heat outlet:
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:33 PM   #52
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Today I framed over the passenger side wall and started the shower framing. My water and holding tanks are on order along with a pump and accumulator tank. So once I have the freshwater tank and pump installed I can finish up the shower.


Some good news too... A while back I mentioned that I saw some really rusted hydraulic lines, which Busbozo pointed out were power steering lines. I'd been worrying about those line for a while now. Today while crawling around under the bus looking for a good place for my batteries, I noticed that those rusty line had already been replaced! They just left them there. The new lines are rubber. Here's a photo of the rusty line coming to a dead end at the front of the bus, YEAH!
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:57 AM   #53
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Don't forget an opening to pull air under the bunk to be circulated through the heater. Might not be a bad idea to frame a rack to slide a filter into to help keep things clean since it's pulling air off the floor (if you think it'll see much use).
Great point as usual Smitty. I was thinking just the same thing. In fact I have this idea. The fridge is going right next to the bunk, so I'm thinking a put a vent opening that goes behind the fridge to feed air to the heater. That way the heater is pulling the warm fridge air and blowing it into the bus when it's cold out.

I'm also working on this idea of a "whole bus fan". In our house we don't use air conditioning, only a whole house fan. It works great keeping the the house comfortable at night. So I'm going to try something similar in the bus.

I have an industrial blower similar to this:


I'm thinking I'll put it in a box under the bus which will act as a plenum. Then I can run ducts from the box to various places on the bus (like behind the fridge). Then we just open the windows (screen covered windows) and let the cool air rush in. I'm going to do some experiments with a cardboard box to test the idea.
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:31 PM   #54
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BB, are you aware that the part of the floor heater that is exposed (facing outward) is the intake side. The heat actually comes out of the other side. Where the fans are. It works the opposite of what you would think. The fans actually suck the cool air through the heater core and throws the hot air out onto the floor.

Where did you get your water pump and accumulator? I about to order mine.
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:18 AM   #55
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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.
Yes make sure you put it on the left side or you will be in for a royal pain in the arrs!!!!! I should know that is how my bus was put together before i got it.
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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 $$?
http://www.plastic-mart.com/?gclid=CP26 ... agodaiF_Ow
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Couldn't you just install a macerator pump?

$126.99 @ Defender.com
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.
You will most likely have the plug in the outlet of the tank, thats where I do.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:55 PM   #58
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For the generator, I'm probably going to find a used one with a Briggs, Tecumseh or Subaru engine and make it a dual fuel propane/gas. Places like this http://www.propane-generators.com/ have kits for standard engines.
I was searching out portable generators today, as the place I am staying has less reliable power than other areas, and I can use one mobile later. Propane is attractive, as the fuel does not go bad, etc.

I came across this place, a Yamaha factory dealer that sells units already converted to tri-fuel: gasoline, propane or natural gas. Hook up a hose and go!
http://www.yamaha-propane-natural-gas-generators.com/ They also apparently do not void the factory warrantee.

The Yamahas inverter units are slightly quieter than the Hondas, and have cast-iron sleeved cylinders for longevity.
It's not in my budget for spring, unless a new clutch for the wife's SUV is cheap, but I'm telling Santa Claus!
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:17 PM   #59
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The fans actually suck the cool air through the heater core and throws the hot air out onto the floor.

Where did you get your water pump and accumulator? I about to order mine.
No, I didn't realize that. But being DC motors I image I can reverse the direction.

I ordered the tanks and pump etc from the place Smitty suggested:
http://www.rvsurplus.net/catalog/displa ... gory_id=47

I'm not sure the pump was teh absolute best price, but the tanks were the best price I could find.
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:08 PM   #60
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Yeah, they do have some great deals on tanks. I'm glad you got to that site before ordering from Plastic-mart.

Unsure if you can reverse the direction of the motors. Definately worth looking into though.

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