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Old 08-13-2014, 03:10 AM   #61
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Re: Big Bertha

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It seems like there's a bunch of us in the Seattle area that are building on a bluebird platform (me included). It might be fun to meet somewhere and compare experiences! I'm in the Renton/Issaquah area.

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You kids are doing a bang up job in record time. Have you decided on bathroom and kitchen and holding tanks yet?
I'm in Bellevue, WA and have some spare holding tanks and toilets available if you are interested. We are building
a 1996 Bluebird All American Rear Engine maybe we can get together and compare notes.
We are on the other side of the mountains, Tri-City area. Lots of places to park multiple busses! Keep us in mind if you decide on something.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:26 AM   #62
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Yes we just ordered a Natures head for our build after much consternation as to how to fit a black
water and a grey water tank in with the side door step and the almost full basement on our rig. We
also bought an oxygenic shower head which is supposed to use a lot less water while still giving a
full shower. You've probably got one of those as well.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:54 PM   #63
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This weekend we framed our partition walls. We used a combination of lumber connectors and pocket screws to fasten studs to the inside walls of our bus.


Early morning planning session










































Beautiful day.










The next morning greeted us with some great fog


We happened to be parked next to a guy who makes chalkboards out of recycled fences. He runs his operation out of this shipping container, and we get to use this convenient little pad of asphalt in front of it. Nice little work space.


Starla begins and ends each workday by vacuuming. It's not a compulsion, it's a ritual.








Oh by the way, she's fourteen weeks!













Before we left, I went around and drilled extra holes so that every stud had two screws on each side of every anchor point. In retrospect, bugle head wood screws weren't the right choice. Still, the studs are rock solid.













That's all that was on our list this weekend, and we finished just in time. There is a long itinerary for the next couple weeks of things to research, parts to order, plans to draw... my son's first birthday is next weekend, so we're not doing any bus work. When we do get back to it, it will be time for utilities: electrical, plumbing, plus EXHAUST!!!! Can't wait.


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We also bought an oxygenic shower head which is supposed to use a lot less water while still giving a
full shower. You've probably got one of those as well.
I hadn't heard of that before now, we checked them out when we were at Lowe's though. I know we want something low-flow, so we might go with one. I'd be interested to hear how you like yours.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:06 AM   #64
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Re: Big Bertha

I'm a big fan of the way you're fastening those joist hangers with the rivets. Since you are installing framing without the insulation, are you planning on a spray foam setup?

Have you given any thought to using some gray PVC conduit for wire runs?
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:27 PM   #65
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I'm a big fan of the way you're fastening those joist hangers with the rivets. Since you are installing framing without the insulation, are you planning on a spray foam setup?

Have you given any thought to using some gray PVC conduit for wire runs?
Thanks, rivets made sense. Shame only a few lined up with the steel ribs.

I'm aware of people using nonmetallic conduit, but I haven't decided if I'm going to use it yet. Cords will be installed prior to spray foam for exterior walls, and then for the partition walls we'll throw some XPS board in there. Probably use something like this to secure to studs:

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Old 08-20-2014, 04:25 AM   #66
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Great Job! Keep it rollin! Angela and I are in Tacoma, Were up for a PNW Bluebird Rally!!!
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:47 AM   #67
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congrates on the new youngun
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:27 AM   #68
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One slick item we found for plumbing drains it a HEPvO valve which replaces the usual
drain trap and can be mounted in any position.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:21 PM   #69
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One slick item we found for plumbing drains it a HEPvO valve which replaces the usual
drain trap and can be mounted in any position.
I JUST found that online the other day! I was freaking out because we hadn't considered the depth of a trap when we designed our kitchen + bath storage. It looks like it should work nicely. Do you have a build thread? I'd love to follow your progress.

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congrates on the new youngun
Haha, thanks!
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Picked up our tub yesterday!



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