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Old 05-12-2018, 03:02 AM   #61
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The addition of a drip rail or bending the end of the roof panel into a lip adds structural rigidity to the bus body.

There is a school district in this area that is partial to Blue Birds. All of their newer buses are spe'c'ed with an additional rub rail above the windows.

Their district is still about 60% off pavement roads so their buses take a real beating.

With the BB's, over time the flexing going down the rough roads tends to cause the body to flex enough that the corners of the eyebrows over the windows start to tear. Adding the rub rail above the windows stops the flexing and tearing.

I wonder if that is why Gillig added the drip rail in the way they did.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:13 AM   #62
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It looks like the rain gutter discussion may have wained...?

FWIW, here is the latest revision to the interior layout. I moved the wood stove to the very front of the bus. This was primarily due to a lack of roof space for the chimney due to all the solar panels, but I think it will also have some additional benefits in that space.

I still haven't settled on a water heater but I am now leaning towards a small (maybe 7 gallons small) electric water heater. I plan to have propane for the refrigerator and stove but a small electric water heater would be pretty easy and manageable power-wise.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:04 PM   #63
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No rain in the short term forecast but just in case.
Famous last words... Since pulling the windows, it has rained almost every day. And this week severe thunderstorms are forecast every day for the DC area. Nonetheless, today I prepped and painted the window openings.


Of course the bus is again covered in tarps...
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If you go electric water heater, get yourself 12 volt dc elements and use those as your dump off your solar charging system. I'm looking at doing the same thing, but will be running an on demand water heater in line as well. The dump from the solar will heat the tanked water, then go to the on demand, making it so the on demand won't have to work as much, and use less propane.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:26 AM   #65
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On another topic, I just stumbled across these Zirgo heaters while reading another thread. For $140 each delivered, I may considering swapping out the original bus heaters in favor of a few of these for heat on the go. Anybody using them? I wonder if I could modify one to provide cockpit heat and windshield defog?
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I bought a similar one that I'm installing up front.
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I bought a similar one that I'm installing up front.
Similar, do tell. Could you share a link?
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:34 PM   #68
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On another topic, I just stumbled across these Zirgo heaters while reading another thread. For $140 each delivered, I may considering swapping out the original bus heaters in favor of a few of these for heat on the go. Anybody using them? I wonder if I could modify one to provide cockpit heat and windshield defog?
My plan has been to run a few of these instead of the crusty factory stuff. I'm redesigning almost the entire dash and interior anyhow.
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Similar, do tell. Could you share a link?
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They have them in several sizes.
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