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Old 05-02-2012, 11:32 PM   #11
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Re: Benny and Marissa's Bus

a 2001! nice!!
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:19 AM   #12
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Hey all, thanks for all the encouragement and nice comments, we feel welcomed to the community! We both posted a thread of our build and would like you all to follow along, we just need to pick one or the other. Since this thread has more views and comments we'll use this one. Here is my original post: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=12438 Thanks for understanding we've got it figured out now.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:36 AM   #13
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Here is our floor plan. I tried to keep the plumbing as cohesive as possible. Ezra will be three and sleeping on his own mattress next to our bed on the engine hump. Our king mattress will be up at 30" to match his mattress height. Storage under the mattress with our inverter/charger at the foot of the bed where there is a bit easier access as the batteries are directly below. black, grey and fresh water tanks fit in cargo bay beneath W/D, bathroom and sink drains. W/D combo is by side exit door where we'll put a screen door. Bathroom is 2'x3' shower/tub, toilet and small wall mount sink. There is a 5' walk in closet between the bedroom and bath with hanging storage on right, shelves on left and access to under bed storage area. There is a 2'x2' pantry between the w/d and fridge. the corner counter with sink is 40"x40". I scored a vintage 20" Dixie from the biz that is next to the sink cabinet. Next to that is our wood stove that is small and will hide for the summer with a window unit in its place. next to the fridge I think we'll put another small counter and cabinet for more worktop. on the passenger's side are two swivel captain's chairs with a fold-down table between. across from that we are thinking of a built in. I also want to put in a rooftop a/c in the back escape hatch. haven't figured out where to put a gas fired source of heat and hoping to find an instant hot water heater for cheap. Let us know what your thoughts are and feel free to ask why we're thinking what we're thinking!
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:41 AM   #14
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Hey guys --- check out Google "SketchUp". Free 3D software that will let you rotate the perspective to view everything in real time, from any angle. Makes quite a difference when you can look at things that way. Below is a quick rendering I did for my Shorty. Use the "Free" version...the one you have to pay for is more sophisticated (harder to use) and expensive. I'm no computer graphics whiz, so it took me about three days to work it out. Youngsters like you will no doubt figure it out much faster than an old geezer like me.

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Old 05-08-2012, 11:25 AM   #15
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!!Nice! Thanks Tango, I'll download it when I get home. A picture is worth a thousand words and a 3d pic must be priceless when trying to convey our plan.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:49 PM   #16
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I see that you are heading down a path similar to the one I'm on with the floor plan.


I had to change where the captain's chairs went because they would have been right over the fuel tank and I didn't want to have to drop the fuel tank in order to BOLT the pedestals in. I don't know where your fuel tank is but you might run into the same issue.

Like you, I also wanted to keep the driver side escape door usable so I placed the bathroom on the passenger side. You can do it that way, it is workable, but it has complicated the plumbing of the drains and the tank hook ups and valve are on the passenger side. Most campground have the sewer on the driver side which means I have to run the sewer line under the bus. Originally I thought Imight be able to have the tanks on the passenger side and the valves on the driver side but I wasn't able to because of the exhaust and drive shaft. I don't regret laying things out the way I have but on my next bus I'll place the kitchen sink and the bathroom on the driver's side just to simplify things even if I have to sacrifice the door.

Just putting that out there.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:39 PM   #17
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Mchunt, yeah, they are pretty similar, I should scan my six sketches I drew up until I started dealing with the reality of toilet location options. I have the toilet as far back as I can for as much space up front as possible. I didn't know about driver's side poop shoots, but I had thought about hanging out on the passenger side of our bus with plumbing and electrical lines coming out everywhere. Unfortunately(or...fortunately depending on how you look at it) if I flipped the floor plan the toilet would be right in front of the side exit... so, if we were boondockin' I could open up the door and enjoy the outdoors!

I was going to eliminate the side door, but we are keeping our factory front door and I thought it would be nice to put a screen door on the side by the washer/dryer. Plus, when we get land and have it parked we can put a deck off the side.

Fortunately I don't have to deal with a drive shaft or exhaust! the fuel tank is centered right behind the front axle and there are air tanks on both sides. I planned on putting the propane tanks in front of the cargo bay as it is all open. Any suggestions on which side to put propane tanks?

I was reading discussion threads and I think I may put our fresh water under the bed now. seems like a good idea. The cargo bay will be really well insulated and will house the black and grey tanks and battery bank, but putting the fresh water under the bed in the back pretty much insures it won't freeze. Anyone have experience with freshwater system being OK in -10F weather inside of an insulated storage bay?
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:36 PM   #18
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I was reading discussion threads and I think I may put our fresh water under the bed now. seems like a good idea.
Two things:
Make SURE you don't block ANY existing access panels to engine or transmission parts or you will regret it later.
If you decide to put a water tank do it into a pan with a drain to the outside. If something breaks you want all the water out of the bus ASAP, not running all over the place.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:07 AM   #19
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i just have a few holes under my fresh water tanks that are under the bed - with a sealed edge around the perimeter.. works just like a shower pan.. found out a couple of weeks ago when one of my fittings leaked..
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #20
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Huh, thanks! I wouldn't have put a pan under the plumbing on my own. Thanks for the advice.
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