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Old 11-02-2009, 11:01 PM   #81
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Thanks Smitty. Its actually my girlfriend, not a daughter. The test went well, but wont get the results for a few days. I haven't plugged in the freezer yet. Need to find a thermometer to do it. I will do it tho. If it runs close to fridge temps for more than ten hours I may forgo the thermostat cut off. As for the drill, I have a quick change bit and am using it like crazy too, but having the two drills has been so awesome. Especially since one is an air drill with a ton of torque for driving in the screws. But on the plus side, I believe I am done with most of the sheet metal drilling. I will still have some, but the majority of it is up already and I will not have to do it again, so switching bits is not something I will have to do quite as much. Those screws made for wood to metal that say no pilot drilling required are crap. The screws work fine, but you have to pilot all of em in that metal. Especially in the cross struts along the roof line. I am working on the bus the next couple days, then I have a road trip up to Alabama to speak at some public schools, so I need to get as much done as I can before I leave. Fun times.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:17 AM   #82
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Thanks for the tip Smitty. The thin sheetmetal is easy to just use the metal screws right into without a pilot hole. I was speaking more towards the Thick gauge steel beams crossing the roof that my frame attaches to. I basically figured out what size the screw is and went two sizes smaller on my pilot drill bit. So the screws ended up being really snug anyways. I wont be driving the bus on this trip. Taking the old RV instead. Don't have the bus near done to drive (drivers seat isn't even attached). I also dont have it tagged and insured yet. It just gets started and runs for a few minutes every week, and I drive it around the parking lot a couple times. Figured why pay for insurance till I have to. On the plus side, I am gonna be taking a greyhound back from Alabama because I sold the RV to a guy up near there. Should give me enough money to finish up the bus. Oh, and if your wondering, the name for the bus gets released tomorrow night at another place I am speaking. I will post it here after that. I am happy with the name that won the contest. Its always a bit scary when you let other people name something for you, but it is a good one. My RV last year was named Gerty, and this one is another great old lady name too.

So today, I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted. No new pics to post. I did start mounting the spacers on the ceiling for the duct work I am building. Also started working on the frame work for the rear storage room wall. Also moved all the cabinets into the bus. Had to before I built that rear wall. The cabinets may fit through the front door, but it would be really close, and I would rather be safe then sorry. Would suck to have these great cabinets and not be able to use them because I cant get them in the front door. So they are in, which helps some other things too. I am gonna have to move the living room wall back about a foot to accommodate them. Glad I didnt build that wall first. Guess my measurements were off somewhere. Oh well. Just takes a foot off the bedrooms. No biggie, they are just for sleeping and relaxing anyways. As long as there is enough room for a bed and to change clothes then they are fine. More pics tomorrow....and the name.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:23 PM   #83
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Hope all is well with the sweety... Good to hear Gerty has a new home... Did you keep the hood?
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:28 AM   #84
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Ok....the name of the bus is Grace. But I am gonna call her Gracey. Such a great old lady name.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:11 AM   #85
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Ok guys. I am back from Alabama. Had a great trip, but happy to get back to work on Gracey tomorrow. I have no idea who you were talking about by the way. Im a yungun. Anyways, last week I was looking at some drawer units to put in the bedrooms, and was getting annoyed. I am gonna be using them for clothes, and my riding gear. Nothing really heavy, but they need to be sturdy. What I found was horrible. Either I would spend a couple hundred on legit drawers or $50 on cheap plastic ones. Either way I would have to figure out a way to keep the drawers from opening up on the road. Then before I went on my trip I went by the habitat restore here in town and say file cabinets. It was perfect. Five really sturdy deep drawers. The case can be mounted to the studs. And every drawer has a push button on it to stop it from opening. So today I went back a found a couple really nice units. Not too deep or wide, but really strong metal drawer units with 5 drawers each and push button latches on each. The best part is I paid only $30 for the pair. I am very excited about having them. I think they are gonna work great. I also spent some time at the orange store today. Got all my 12 volt and 110v lines and double gang boxes. Gonna start putting all that in tomorrow.

After I got back to the bus and put the file cabinets in I started fooling around with my layout, and have decided to go all the way back to my original layout and got rid of the weird wall cuts and strangely shaped rooms. Gonna just go simple and I think is gonna work a lot better and be stronger too. So I didn't do any work on the bus, but I did rework my layout so here it is. Critique it, tear it apart, love on it, lemme know what you think.

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Old 11-10-2009, 06:10 AM   #86
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Hey Johnny, One question... How you gonna get to the storage area with the bed in the way?
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:42 AM   #87
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Hey Johnny, One question... How you gonna get to the storage area with the bed in the way?
I am gonna have a door behind the bed. Just to get back there if I need to. Originally I was gonna have to go over the bed the other way too, so its no big deal. That is that door behind the bed in room 1.

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Johnny, Gracie Slick was singer for Jefferson Airplane/Starship. Have you considered a booth & 2 benches? You have seating for 2 people, with 3 tables, seems like a table with a bench (w/storage areas underneath) on either side would be more efficient, plus give you some additional (paper) work-space. Then again, maybe you don't need the space? Are the blue/gray boxes at the beds the rear wheelhouses? You planning under-bed storage?
I should have known that Smitty. I collect vinyl and have a few of theirs. Love older music, just didn't know who she was. I thought about putting in a booth, but since we are not eating in the bus often, but are watching the tv i liked this better. This will give us more storage than you would think though. I have a ton of cabinets that are already built that were given to us and they fit into this layout really well. Those blue/gray boxes are the wheel boxes. I am gonna have the beds raised up a bit, so they will serve as a step up for the beds. I am gonna have under bed storage too. Gonna but some cabinet doors on the fronts to get to it. For the front room I have a few small sized camping sling chairs that will be kept in the back in case we need more seating. But generally, me and my driver are the only two that are in here.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:27 PM   #88
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So today was a couple trips to Lowes. On the plus side, found out an old friend is managing there and am now the proud owner of a standing 20% discount. Nice. I got a bunch more framing wood, and some ply for the AC duct. Also got my AC registers and all my 12v wiring. Fun times. On to the pics of the day.

Here is the end of the day view of my skoolie. Way too messy right now. In the back you can see the rear wall for the storage room framed up. On the ceiling you see the top part of the AC duct work. Gonna work on the bottom panels tomorrow. When the duct work is finished the framework will tie into it and help span the width of the bus. Should provide a lot more stability to the walls.



Here is a blurry pic of the AC duct.



Here is the storage wall frame.



Here are the cabinets I moved into the bus for the living area.



Here are the file cabinets that will serve as our bedroom drawers.



Tomorrow I will work some more trying to finish the AC duct work so I can finish all the interior framing. Need the duct to make it all come together.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:36 AM   #89
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Johnny, I'm not sure exactly what your plans are for the A/C & ducting, but it looks to me that your ductwork is going to be improperly-sized. It requires certain sizing at a certain static pressure, meaning you're likely going to have poor airflow throughout the entire system. That's why when you look at any duct system, it starts-out larger, and reduces in size as supply/registers are dumped out of it, in order to maintain a constant static pressure. Think of it like running the garden hose open, then holding your thumb over it to make it shoot farther.
Smitty, it is actually almost exactly what they call for from Coleman for the AC I am running. I am running a smaller AC and we will have the vents in the bedrooms shut when the living room is open and vice versa. If we were running the whole thing all the time it would become an issue, but generally speaking we wont be doing that. Also, the cubic inch they recommend for the duct work is what I based the design on. Talked with the company and shot them some emails about my idea, and they seem to think it will work really well. They haven't had a lot of guys use their system like this. The whole run for the duct is only about 16 feet. It is gonna have 8 registers, but only 4 running at a time (either 4 in the living room, or 4 in the bedrooms, 2 in each). I guess we will see if I am right soon enough. Hoping to get the AC in the next couple weeks. I have to travel again next week up to Pensacola and Panama City Beach. All these trips make it hard to get everything done....but they help pay for it. Haha.
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Looking great Johnny & a 20% discount on supplies, well you suck!
I would love that with all the buiding we have been doing here! How big is the storage area in the back?
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