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Old 09-10-2009, 08:58 PM   #31
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I remember about 6 months ago someone was big on using "Rattle Trap" insulation. Its just like Dynamat, but at about a third the price, from what I can remember. From what I have seen on shows like "Pimp my Ride" and "OverHaulin", its pretty much peel and stick, kinda like band-aids, only you cut to size. Not sure on how well it works for second layers, but the stuff will stick to itself pretty well and they tend to overlap the ends.

I remember someone mentioning another of these mat products, but for some reason, I dont have it written down, so I cant remember what it was called. Hope this helps some...
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:00 AM   #32
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i know reflectix would work great for the heat part, but not sure how well it will work for sound levels. also, not sure how i would mount it. i guess i could use a spray adhesive or something. since its only gonna be about 20 square feet tho i think i would rather get dyna or something like that and just deal with the cost. i dunno. there are other things that are similar and cheaper....like that rattle trap stuff. just wondering if anyone has tried other stuff and had success.
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:24 PM   #33
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Nice progress & prep work Johnny! You are on your way to a sweet bus...
Yer month-clock iz'a tickin'!!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:58 AM   #34
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thanks man...if i get the cash then the month goal will be met. right now i feel that the cash is the only thing stopping me from reaching it. but im sure it will come in as i need it. sorry i wasnt able to call today. im gonna try and call you tomorrow.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #35
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Yea cash flow shortages are affecting us too... Sure give me a buzz!
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:17 AM   #36
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Well, its been over a week since I posted about the bus. I was low on funds, but got some money in and did some work today. I also have a big ol roll of tint coming in tomorrow, so I am currently watching youtube on how to install it. Anyways. On to the pics for today.


Got the engine cover steel wheel cleaned, primed, and painted. Its gonna get covered with dynamat and carpet, but didn't want to deal with rust on it. I have been really lucky to have next to no rust anywhere, but I would hate to have it start on me.



Started building the boxes over the wheel wells. Got one completely done, and the wood cut for the other. It got dark before the second one could come together, so that is the job first thing in the morning. Used the chair rail as a support for the box. Just put a couple bolts through it to secure it. It turned out really strong and plumb. Used 3/4 ply to build it, and it turned out really strong too. The passenger side one is complete, and is gonna have cabinets built on it. The driver side is actually gonna be under one of the beds. Used a nail gun to built the rest of the box, and some corner braces to attach it to the floor. The foamboard insulation and plywood floor is gonna cover up most of the braces when its all done.




Used some insulation inside the box too. They have this stuff on sale at the home depot right now for $7 a roll. Nice. Its just for fill in, and it seemed to work well.



Finally I decided to have a little fun too. I took some masking tape and put a rough estimate of the layout on the floor. Just wanted to make sure it all worked and gave enough room to move. My bus is gonna have a storage room in the back for all the bikes and tools and gear. Then two bedrooms laid out like a yen and yang symbol sorta. Then a living room up front. Because of how I am using it, we are not gonna have plumbing, but everything else.



Here is a copy of the current layout design. It is colorful I know, but it helps me make sense of where everything is going. I am building ductwork for the a/c, but don't have that on the layout. I am still working out the details of it. Lemme know what you guys think.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:06 AM   #37
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If the layout will work for your intended use, then I would say it looks great Its an efficient use of space in any case.
In the future when the bus becomes a regular RV it will have full plumbing and cooking, but for now this really does work for us I think. Plus I get my own bedroom. Gotta love that.

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I see a refrigerator but no means of heating or cooking food. Is it a drink fridge then?
Thanks for the thoughts Julie. The fridge is basically gonna be a drink fridge. I live in the thing 8 months a year, but am eating out nearly every meal. We will have a small propane stove to cook on when needed though.

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I'd also consider flipping the front room so the table is on the passenger side, which would allow the frontmost chair to be mounted on a swivel and serve as a co-pilot seat if desired.
I really like the idea of flipping the room and using the other chair for a second seat up front. I really really like it actually. Funny how the simplest fix sometimes escapes us when you look at it everyday huh? Im gonna look at it tomorrow when I am in the bus and can actually wrap my eyes around the space. Thanks for the ideas Julie. I really appreciate it. So how is the weather up there in Anchorage? I had to mail a bicycle up there today actually. I am hoping to get up there sometime in the next year or two. I love spending time there. Great people, and great fishing ;) haha.

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Here is a copy of the current layout design. It is colorful I know, but it helps me make sense of where everything is going. I am building ductwork for the a/c, but don't have that on the layout. I am still working out the details of it. Lemme know what you guys think.
Unless you will be living in your bedroom, I offer the following as an alternative layout.


This will give you much more storage space (and we all know there is never enough of that), and equalize the "bedroom" space for each bunk. The layout will give each person plenty of room to crawl into bed or to get dressed, and you can use the secondary cabinet space as shelving, or even counter space for camp stove (since I didn't see any cooking area, even though you have a fridge).

Just a thought!
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:20 AM   #39
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Tyger, thanks man. Tomorrow I am gonna change around the tape and see how that flows for me. i do spend a lot of time in the bedroom though. but your layout would be much simpler to build.

Smitty, i actually toyed around with that idea for a while. the issue that i didnt like was the points where the walls were coming to a point. seemed like a lot of wasted space, although it would make the getting in and out of the rooms much easier.

either way, i know the layout will change a few times before i finish. i have some great cabinets that were given to me, so i am really trying to work them into the layout, but unfortunately that means working with the sizes they are. i dont really want to get into cutting up perfectly good cabinets. i am good with wood, but i am by no means a cabinet maker and fear i would do more harm than good. good news though. i got all the window tint in today. so tomorrow i will start installing that. i got 200 feet of 5% limo tint for $60. great buy.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:53 PM   #40
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Got a question for you guys. I am gonna be getting my roof ac this week I think. Also gonna be putting in an undercarriage box for my battery bank. What is the best way to cut through the body metal? I have a cut tool, but its not powerful enough. Also have an angle grinder. I thought I saw a pic on here where someone had a skill saw with a different blade cutting their body metal too. Just want to be ready to install this stuff when I get it. What is the best tool for the job and what (if any) of my tools would work?
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