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Old 08-27-2014, 03:44 PM   #81
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If either of you gets a cramp in that tub it's going to get interesting real fast

I just read through your build and I wouldn't change a thing. Years from now you'll be really glad you did the proper prep before building. Can't wait to see what you do next.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:31 PM   #82
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how big is the tub?

ugh

shower pan?

ugh

Dinghy?

ugh

the silver thingy
2' wide x 3' long x 2' deep.

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Getting comfy at the Cone? (Can't help the Cars movie quote........ ) WAIT A MINUTE!!!! Y'all have THREE people in there!!!! Isn't she expecting?!?!?!?!
She is expecting our SECOND!



He just turned one on the 20th...

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You guys are doing a great job! Working together building a home for the family will give your team the experience and confidence to tackle all sorts of things in the future.

Where do you plan to park this bus when it becomes your full time home? Can you do RV park, relative's property, buy a lot, etc?

20+ years into the family deal I sometimes wish we had started out with the conscious intent to keep things small and simple. Your "things" can come to own you if you are not careful.

Good day! Bob
We had big dreams when we decided to live in a bus. We had gotten a whiff of the "closed-loop off-grid" mentality and thought we could make all that happen in six short months on one modest income. We wanted the option of living on a campsite or in the middle of nowhere. Then reality hit and now we're compromising, although I like the word "prioritizing" better. The truth is that it takes a significant amount of money to set up an off-grid home, period. We just don't make enough to make that happen right away, though it is still an important goal and a milestone we're going to continue working towards. We rearranged a lot of our plans and goals, picking out the necessities and pushing back the luxuries, so by the end of the year we're hoping to have something capable of docking at a campsite and being livable.

I really owe it to my wife for the "intent to keep things small and simple". It's really easy to get absorbed in the acquisition of things and goods, and upgrading and buying things feels good, especially for someone like me, who was raised by a bad example of financial responsibility. Having a stable job and a steady income is new to me, and if it weren't for my wife I think I would have been seduced by the promise of status and acceptance that goes along with conspicuous consumption.

Thank you all for the encouragement. You motivate me.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:37 PM   #83
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all I can say is 'good luck"
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If ya'll come near east TN...giimmi a hollar...grill will be going and so will the wine.....and sippy cups fo the kids.....(eehhh no alcohol....just kool-aid)
got acouple acres for a "sleep" over
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:15 PM   #84
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Having a stable job and a steady income is new to me, and if it weren't for my wife I think I would have been seduced by the promise of status and acceptance that goes along with conspicuous consumption.
"Retail therapy" is seductive to all of us but I've gotten much more enjoyment from building something or resurrecting some old thing than just going out and plunking my money down for the new "must have" of the moment. It's the process that's enjoyable - the learning, planning and building rather than the "having." One of our friends said we should have just gone out and bought a used RV but had we gone that route we'd have paid our money, brought the thing home then we're back to our boring lives. Doing our conversion was a three year project from concept to completion so I got a much larger bang for my bucks and also met a nice bunch of people here on Skoolie.

Everything you bring into your life claims a bit of your soul so be sure your new toys are worth it.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:49 PM   #85
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Haven't updated in a while.


Smoothing out the bed platform with some joint compound.


We're using extension cords for wiring.




First layer on




This decal was the big, intimidating one. Hard to get anything under it without scratching off layers of paint. Really learned how to use a heat gun here.


Ritual vacuuming?


We thought about building all our cabinetry, then looked at the amount of time we had left, amount of money it would cost, and our skill levels, and decided Ikea cabinets were our best option.


My kid helped us assemble a few of them






Then we busted out the spray foam.


Warming them up with the halogen worked well, but the light needs to be close, and it needs to be on them for a long time.




This, we found out, wasn't necessary. We didn't know how it behaved though.




















Muffler delete. Is this necessary? No, but you know what? It really makes me happy.






Trimming this stuff is hard work, and it gets everywhere.
























High-temp black


Primer/sealer


















These are mounted in an unusual way, as you can see. They come with mounting holes on the sides, but only toward the open side of the box. When we screwed the first one in, all that force on the front cocked the box toward the front. So to make sure they mounted flush and straight, we drilled diagonally opposing holes on one side.


Oh man these little dudes are everywhere. It's mating season.


Exhaust parts


The instructions actually call for the rug..












Sink will go here


Nice and flat, painted, looking good.
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:08 AM   #86
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Here we go.


These will cover the holes in the roof where the vent fans used to be.


Mounting more boxes. This task stands out in my memory as being really unpleasant. I don't remember why.
















Scraped more decals! Fun!




Saw this from above, yep I'll be replacing those




I love these things. Saving them to reuse later.


It was hot that day.


























4" to 6"


Rigged up a hanger for the pipe


Doesn't look half bad!
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:15 AM   #87
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You Guys Rock! --- And obviously make a great team. Thanks for sharing and keep the pix coming.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:54 AM   #88
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Thanks for the pics... Frank
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:54 PM   #89
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Your bus is looking great!

What spray foam did you go with, how much did it take, and from what supplier? Thanks, Steve
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great update, it's lookig good
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