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Old 06-24-2015, 10:38 AM   #21
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Can't wait to see some pix of the "blood orange cat sink"!
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Old 06-24-2015, 12:22 PM   #22
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So here's the air conditioner:

It's currently set in a wooden frame that is cut to the size of the window we knocked out. It will eventually be replaced with sheet metal. There's a chunk of rebar in the top and bottom groove that provides extra protection from flipping out backwards. Gonna attach eye bolts on the ends to prevent it from coming inwards during braking as well.

This is the sink! And the custom cabinet we made for it. The back and one side are covered in peg board for usefulness and because it won't be seen. The front will be covered with bifold louvre doors.



Here's the clawfoot bathtub and the couch frame. We have to add slats and the outer luan later. The couch is 20"HX30"WX62"L


Bed frames in the bedroom. They'll have slats and outer luan too.


My bed from the front of the bus. It's 5'2" long because I need to fit the 22" wardrobe at the end of it. I'm 5'4" tall, but I sleep curled up. Also, we'll most likely be utilizing the option to join the beds together to form an almost-king sized bed.


Dan's bed from the front of the bus. His is 84" long and spans the whole length of the bedroom. The mattress is 70" long, so he'll have extra space at the end for a sort of shelf.


Dan's bed from the back of the bus.


The beds and couch are all 30" wide. That way, I can flip open the storage door under my bed and put out a support leg so that the 30" door spans the gap in between. Then I can pull a couch cushion and place it in the middle, making the large bed. The cushions and mattresses are all made of 7" think memory foam. I got two queen sized memory foam mattresses for $180 and will cut each of them in half long-ways. I almost got a different one for cheaper but luckily read the product description on Walmart's website and found out it's treated with green tea for antibacterial properties. I'm allergic, and it would make me itch to high heaven!

Now, for some things I've purchased to install.

We'll convert this chest freezer to a fridge with a temp controller. It'll take barely any power, and the cold air won't escape every time we open the door. It will require sanding and painting, but for $35 and $20 for the temp controller, it's a great way for a low-power fridge setup to run on battery power.


This is the salon counter I picked up for $25. It has another attachable countertop that forms it into an L-shape, but I might not use that depending on whether or not the vintage propane oven works. I love it because it's only about 14" wide from the back wall.


Here's the toilet. It's from a 70's trailer camper.



This is a washer/dryer combo unit I picked up for $150. It's from a 1993 RV, and it runs on 115v power! Plus it's teeny tiny and only holds a 10lb. load.


These are the WVO tanks. We'll be using the large black square one, which is a 100gal system from Golden Fuel Systems back when it was Greasel. I got it from CL for $400 for the entire system, which was >$3000 new. We'll be adding on the other 100gal aluminum tank and putting a centrifuge in between the tanks for extra holding capacity and also an extra layer of filtration. I originally bought another 60 gallon steel tank, but that was before I got the Greasel kit, so I'll be selling it.


On the ground you'll see a bunch of poly tanks. I got them for free from CL. All different shapes and sizes, gas tanks pulled from jet skis. We'll be using a few from black and gray water tanks, and if I can get the gas smell out I'll use one for a non-potable water tank. The rest will be sold or given away.


This is our work area. Conveniently, my dad has an airplane hangar and any tool we'll ever need. Our house has a grass airstrip in the back yard. The bus fits into the hangar with about 1" clearance in the front and back. Also, we're in the country so no one minds all the crazy noises coming from the hanger all night.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:51 PM   #23
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HA! I recently got that SAME washer dryer unit from a mid 90s RV on the free section of CL. Looks barely used.
Looks like great minds think alike!
Where you planning to mount it?
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:50 PM   #24
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We'll convert this chest freezer to a fridge with a temp controller. It'll take barely any power, and the cold air won't escape every time we open the door. It will require sanding and painting, but for $35 and $20 for the temp controller, it's a great way for a low-power fridge setup to run on battery power.
That's a great idea. What's the temperature controller you're using?
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:25 PM   #25
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Lerway 110V Stc-1000 All-Purpose Temperature Controller + Sensor 2 Relay Output Thermostat for Home brew, Hatch, ect - Hvac Controls - Amazon.com

Something like this. Eventually we might replace it with a better one, but for now cheap will do. Some of the fancy ones have timers and such to shut it off and delay restarting the compressor. I read this great article about it. Chest Freezer To Fridge Conversion-The Most Energy Efficient Fridge Ever | A Self Sufficient Life

"We bought a brand new A plus rated Zanussi chest freezer of 260 l capacity, which is the same as our old Gas fridge and more than adequate. It consumes daily between about 150 and 180 watts, give or take a few. If you want to get all fussy as I know some do and I am always getting told off here for mixing power, energy etc the new fridge consumes 0.15KWh to 0.18KWh in any given 24 hours."
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:00 PM   #26
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I say start up that plane and go flying!!
almost looks like a Piper Cherokee ?
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:07 PM   #27
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I say start up that plane and go flying!!
almost looks like a Piper Cherokee ?
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Yep, it's a Piper Cherokee 150. It hasn't been inspected in the last two years, though. Know anybody who wants to buy one?
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:48 PM   #28
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Sweet little Cherokee..and I WANT to buy it...but just can't afford it.

Great job of scrounging & re-purposing so many items. You guys are gonna' do fine.
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:37 AM   #29
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We were trying to think of a way to make the window screens cheaply, and I came up with an idea. I have a giant roll of screen already, and we needed something to attach it to and frame it in the exterior windows. The actual stuff made for window screen framing is expensive, and would cost probably close to $100 for all twenty windows.

That peg board I bought for the walls is the most useful stuff! Screwed on the back of each piece there were two or three steel supports. This support is bent and has some weird tab stuff at the top and bottom. We used two pieces with the tabs cut off to create the door jamb for the front door. We're also going to use some to make tracks for the bifold doors, since each track kit costs $14 at the store. The hardware without the track is $7. We bought one track kit last week, and then decided to use just the hardware and steel supports for the other door.

Anyway, I plan on cutting and flattening those supports and screwing them down over the edges of screen. Problem solved, frugally!
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:08 AM   #30
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Yep, it's a Piper Cherokee 150. It hasn't been inspected in the last two years, though. Know anybody who wants to buy one?
Mount it on top of the bus for a pretty awesome and aerodynamic loft.
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