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Old 06-02-2012, 12:30 AM   #21
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So we've been working on floorplan, motorhome design theory and acquiring conversion related items. I want to get the ceiling insulated and paneled. So, we dropped all of the factory lights and thought about where we wanted lights placed. Some lights will stay in there locations, some will end up on the sides as sconces and some may be omitted. I picked up some yellow and brown wire out of our salvage electrical area from work (family building supply salvage biz).
All the lights will be consistent then with brown as ground and yellow as hot. The red insulators are really nice silicon, so I saved them for future use. I'll sell the lights at work and the only thing I'll throw in scrap copper are the splices and a few inches of wire. We've picked up a lot of great RV stuff in the last week by trading and asking about a "boneyard" at the RV place next door to Uncle Benny's(My work/ family business).
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:32 AM   #22
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This is over the driver.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #23
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Looks like you're moving right along
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:34 PM   #24
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Worked on the wheel wells! The PO had already gutted the cabin for us and cut out the arches! I was concerned about wheel travel at first, but I measured it and found enough room for maximum wheel travel. It should be fine unless we catch air! In the pics you'll see a sanded, applied rust converter, painted, welded, painted, caulked(with permathane) and rubberized the underside. I was concerned about water leaking in under the floor while driving through heavily wet conditions for long periods.

The metal is 14 gauge, from Craigslist! Came pre-primed 3'x4' $22/sheet. Permathane caulk from Uncle Benny's, it was starting to harden so two of the tubes I had to cut open and use a putty knife to apply. Spray paint and rubberized aerosol from my garage stock of "stuff".
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:38 PM   #25
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Two tubes of permathane adhesive caulk per wheel well. I plan on spray foaming the cavity between the outside body and the new inside section I welded in for insulation and to eliminate that area filling up with mud and junk.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:40 AM   #26
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Hmmmm...If I'm seeing this right, your wheel well/cover is now flush with the floor and only a couple of inches above the tops of the wheels? I have yet to see a bus that did not allow for a great deal more wheel travel. Like eight to ten inches. Might want to check the specs on wheel travel for your unit before going too far. My previous bus (BB All American) had about ten inches of clearance and my '46 chevy has nine above the floor with the tires maybe two below that. Just sayin.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:25 AM   #27
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Re: Benny and Marissa's Bus

ya im seeing floor being torn apart...
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:30 AM   #28
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Good obs Tango. I once built a trailer which I hauled from North Carolina to Calif that didn't have enough wheel clwarance and had it not rained the whole way the entire triler would have burned up. As it was, the bed frame which rested on the trunkated wheel wells had been turned to char by the frictional heat of the tires rubbing on the inner fender

It should be simple enough to check for proper clearance by measuring the distance between the axle and the bumper stops above the axle as a good guestimate. if you then mock up the rear axle and tire height and tire width and apply this measured distance you will know if you have enough clearance. Remember that when you go up an aprin (like at a gas station) one wheel pair will go up while the other will go down. The result of this is that the outter of the raised tires will be even higher than the distance of travel you measured. A little monkeying around with your mock up will give you a complete picture of just how much clearance you have/need
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:52 AM   #29
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Re: Benny and Marissa's Bus

if the bus pictured has air bag suspension, and it is down, then the flat wheel well thing would probably work.. that's my guess. mine raises up about 4-5 inches.

i dont worry about trailer tires rubbing on the wheel wells anymore. I discovered almost 10 yrs ago that by using radial tires, one can just weld the axle solid in the frame with no suspension required. it works great esp with cars with suspension systems. is way more bumpy if i am hauling lumber or something like that.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:15 AM   #30
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I think it's safe to say that all of us would love to have a flat floor and recover that space. It's also safe to say that the manufacturers engineers left the proper amount of minimum clearance for good reason. As noted by ol Trunt...the axle can indeed move as much as whatever the clearance is between the axle and stops. Check the specs. I'd hate to see a lot of hard work put into building on top of them get eaten by the first big pothole.
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