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Old 03-21-2010, 11:22 PM   #61
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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!
My latest thinking for a generator is to combine a high output alternator with a 8HP Briggs and generate 12 Volts directly to charge my batteries. This will save me money on a battery charger, plus I save the inefficiency of converting from 110V AC to 12 V DC and back to 110V. I already have the engine and a 200 amp alternator is under $200.

If you add a car muffler to a Briggs or Tecumseh you can get it pretty quiet too. Plus you can repair the whole rig yourself with parts available anywhere.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:06 PM   #62
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Time for an update.

The was a cable supplying power to the wheelchair lift. It took a bit of effort to extract it from under the bus, but the reward was 20 feet of #2/0 copper wire! Sweet, that's all the connection wire I'll need for my battery bank, and more.

I ended up canceling the order I placed for my water tanks. I had ordered 4 tanks from rvsurplus.com along with the pump and accumulator tank. They emailed me yesterday and told me there was a miscalculation in shipping and it would be $119 instead of $43. With the new higher shipping I found I could get tanks on ebay cheaper. I ordered just the freshwater tank. For the grey water, and maybe the black water, I found a local guy who has some HDPE barrels. 30 gallons only $20 which I'm going to try and use.
http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/mat/1651067329.html

Last few days I've been dealing with the side door opening. I first bolted the door closed. Then I ran a bead of silicone around the outside and inside. After removing the door handle I filled the holes left behind with bolts.

Then I put strapping on the inside of the door and furred it out to the level of the inside wall. I used the same 1/2 foam insulation to insulate it. Then on to the floor...

The floor has been a bit more challenging. I had a piece of steel from the lift that fit pretty well but I wanted to make sure it was well sealed from moisture. I cut some flashing I had and made some pans to fit the hole. Then inside the pan I'll put plywood.

Here's some photos...
The door covered and pan visible.


And just the floor pan.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:27 PM   #63
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So are you nixing the wheelchair lift for the motorcycle? Thought that would be a cool thing to have, but it seems to take up a bit of space...
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:08 AM   #64
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So are you nixing the wheelchair lift for the motorcycle? Thought that would be a cool thing to have, but it seems to take up a bit of space...
There's no way on earth that lift would have lifted anything but a small dirt bike, maybe. My 800 lbs Roadking wouldn't have budged. When making the lift go up and down with nothing on it at all I would see little wisps of smoke would come from the hydraulic pump. I wasn't about to push my luck.

Also, the lift was only attached with 6 bolts that went into wall pillars. There was NO attachment to the floor frame! I'll bet the wall would have collapsed had I actually been able to lift a motorcycle off the ground.

An yes, it takes up lots of space. It's funny, when you first get a bus you walk around inside marveling at all the space. You can't image what you're going to do will "all this space" Then as time goes on and you pile more and more stuff into your future RV, it suddenly doesn't feel so spacious.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:29 PM   #65
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There's no way on earth that lift would have lifted anything but a small dirt bike, maybe. My 800 lbs Roadking wouldn't have budged. When making the lift go up and down with nothing on it at all I would see little wisps of smoke would come from the hydraulic pump. I wasn't about to push my luck.
I've seen those lifts struggle with one of the heavier electric wheelchairs, so you probablly made the right choice. Looks good on the work you did! Great progress.

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An yes, it takes up lots of space. It's funny, when you first get a bus you walk around inside marveling at all the space. You can't image what you're going to do will "all this space" Then as time goes on and you pile more and more stuff into your future RV, it suddenly doesn't feel so spacious.
Amen to that! It fills up in a hurry
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:23 AM   #66
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There's no way on earth that lift would have lifted anything but a small dirt bike, maybe. My 800 lbs Roadking wouldn't have budged. When making the lift go up and down with nothing on it at all I would see little wisps of smoke would come from the hydraulic pump. I wasn't about to push my luck.
I've seen those lifts struggle with one of the heavier electric wheelchairs, so you probablly made the right choice. Looks good on the work you did! Great progress.

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An yes, it takes up lots of space. It's funny, when you first get a bus you walk around inside marveling at all the space. You can't image what you're going to do will "all this space" Then as time goes on and you pile more and more stuff into your future RV, it suddenly doesn't feel so spacious.
Amen to that! It fills up in a hurry [/quote]

yes and my dad is thinking of getting one of these buses so he can load a quad which is about the same. my dad and mom have driven buses for 20+ years for the walla walla and collage place school dist.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:35 PM   #67
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Bunk, bunks and more bunks! I'm getting sick of the bunks. I received my fresh water tank and pump today. I'm eager to start the plumbing.

I've finally framed the second set of bunks. I dragged the digital SLR out to the bus tonight with the wide angle lens. Things are getting tight in the bus and photos are getting harder to take.

I've changed my floor plan and moved my toilet to the back driver's side. It works out better for many reasons, one of which is the need to empty the tanks on the driver's side. It also gives me more space for the toilet.

I'll post the new floor plan soon.

Anyway, on to the progress pictures...


I finished this bunk tonight.


Here's one of the links I'm putting over the existing light sockets. This one is in the top bunk. You can get these on ebay for less than $3.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:22 AM   #68
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New floor plan. Grid is 1 foot per division. Feel free to comment.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:19 PM   #69
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Plumbing time! I fabricated a frame for my water tank and mounted it under the master bed:



I welded the frame to the original bracket that held the rear seats. I ended up only getting a 30 gallon tank but I left enough room for a second tank.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:33 PM   #70
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The pump and accumulator are mounted just below the water tank. I ran pex directly to the pump (I know it says braided vinyl tube up to the pump but I figure the PEX has enough give, we'll see.)

With ball valves on both sides it should be easy to replace the pump.


For a water heater I'm trying this one:
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I plan to mount it in an enclosure under the bus. It's so cheap I can't resist giving it a try. Tomorrow I hope to finish the walls around the tub and plumb in the shower valve. My shower value has a tub output which I'm thinking of routing back into the water tank. That way I can run the water back into the tank until it gets warm and not waste the water and fill the gray water tank waiting for hot water.
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