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Old 08-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #31
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This is the front room work site.

On the right you can see the furnace I removed and sold. Some guy drove 200 miles to come and get it. I guess $50 was a good price.

On the left are two long curtains made of heavy material. I mounted them on tracks to isolate the bedroom which is in the middle of the bus. Had this been a totally empty bus when I bought it, I would have laid it out differently. I had to work around the existing structure.






The furnace is sitting on the last of the metal frames that supported all the car seats you saw earlier.

Towards the rear you see one of the five stacks of bendable insulation that were given to me by my friend Stanley. He got them from a factory he worked at.

They were used as packing material when they received shipments. He collected them for almost a year. He still has many more. Each piece is 2 feet by 2 1/2 feet.

It is made out of a spongy closed cell foam very similar to the wrapping around some soda bottles or fruit juice bottles, only a half inch thick.

Stanley is also the guitar player that I get together with weekly to play music and record. He has been playing for over forty years and has his own style.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:34 PM   #32
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Back to the closet. You can see that the wheel hump has been insulated. I put a face frame (3/4 birch plywood) on the front.

The black area you see is where the hump ended and there was flat floor. I basically built a box and lined the inside with black trunk mat carpet. Once again, I used the spray adhesive for that.

Next comes the closet floor and a door for the shoe cubby. The side wall is also insulated with two layers of the Stanley insulation.






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Old 08-05-2011, 12:36 PM   #33
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This is the temporary electrical feed. I knew there were ghosts in this bus. Can you see it?


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Over the right front wheel hump, I built one of the dog beds out of 3/4 plywood. Underneath it is my clothes hamper.

All of the cabinets are put together with L brackets on the inside so you don't see any screws. I have gone through 200 of them now.

The ceramic tiles you see next to the bed are going on the kitchen and bathroom floor. I got a hundred of them for $80. Good price. I bought them from a friend.

I used grey trunk mat carpet on top of the dog bed and spray glued it on. The front of the dog bed makes a handy hand hold as you enter the front steps.






Another view.



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When I got this bus, there was already an area for the fridge to be housed. There was no fridge though.

So Shawn and I took some measurements and went to the Dodge motorhome that I am dismantling. Lo and behold, with just a minor adjustment, we got the fridge out of the motorhome and installed it into the bus.

What a chore that was! We had to remove the door frame from the Dodge just to get it out. It was a breeze to get it into the bus because of the back door. Now THAT is cool. How many motorhomes have a back door?

In this picture you see the bifold door that was for the bathroom, the fridge (gas and electric) and then the double bed. You're looking from the rear to the front. Oh, also the curtains I mentioned earlier are hung on their tracks.


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Hallway view of twin sized bed looking towards the rear. Again made from 3/4 inch birch ply and fastened with L brackets from the inside. Much storage underneath. The floor underneath is insulated with 3/4 inch stiff board insulation as well as the side wall.


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Another bed view. As I mentioned, there is insulation on the floor and on top of that, I put 1/2 inch plywood.

You can barely see the Stanley insulation on the wheel hump. At the foot of the bed is a wall. It is the fridge area wall.

The fridge sits high so there was room to put the water tank under there. It is too long to have it stick in the hallway so I cut a hole in that wall and ran it partially under the bed.

You will see a better picture of that. The bed frame sticks out into the hallway 8 inches but does not impede traffic because the closet across from it sticks in 6 inches.


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Now a twin bed. A view looking forward from the kitchen. On the left, part of the fridge, the curtain, then the bed. On the right some wires from the box. You can see that the wall has been insulated. It is now covered with the grey carpet.


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Here you can see where I cut that wall so I could stick the water tank under there as well as under the bed.


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There is lots of storage under the bed.


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