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Old 06-22-2018, 03:48 PM   #81
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This is the bus I saw at the festival that the owner (who I now know is named Mike) said has never been hassled for being a 40 footer in a national park.

Sorry I missed an opportunity to meet other Skoolies there! I shoulda been smart enough to pre-announce my plans to go and make arrangements.

Maybe I can get over the bridge sometime soon and see your bus!
Being new to Skoolie.net and skoolies in general, I was also hoping to meet some of the DC area skoolie faithful. I did post my intentions for the festival here.

Is the bridge you are referring to the Woodrow Wilson? I don't know where in MD you are, but FWIW, I am in zip 30637. I would welcome a visit; PM me if you want to swing by some time.
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:23 PM   #82
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The bridge I referred to was the Bay Bridge. Looking back, I don't know why I assumed you were on the Eastern Shore.

I've known people over the years in Waldorf, Brandywine, Mechanicsville. I have some familiarity with your area. I'm in Burtonsville - halfway between the top of the Capital Beltway and Columbia.

I missed the posting with your intentions; sorry. I'd known for a long time I was going; that was the fam Father's Day thing this year. If I'd seen the T shirt with your logo on it I would surely have recognized it off of Skoolies.

I'll pm you my phone #; we can make some plans.
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Old 07-15-2018, 07:56 AM   #83
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I finally put the solar panels on the bus... Okay, I actually put them IN the bus.


After cleaning out and pressure washing the storage bays, I decided I could put that space to work, and get at least some of my garage back.
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:50 AM   #84
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Okay, I actually put them IN the bus.
That's a step in the right direction!! One step at a time!
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Old 07-15-2018, 04:34 PM   #85
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Just saw an easy to fabricate prop that eliminates the need for the vise grips on your door struts. Works automatically, one hand release, permanently attached. I'll try to get one fabricated soon.
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Old 07-15-2018, 04:51 PM   #86
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Just saw an easy to fabricate prop that eliminates the need for the vise grips on your door struts. Works automatically, one hand release, permanently attached. I'll try to get one fabricated soon.
Vice grips on door-windows struts can be dangerous. A number of years ago I had to move an 87 Camaro, the owner had the back hatch held open with vise grips. That hatch has to weigh over 100lbs and once latched the latch automatically pulls itself shut. I pulled the vice grips and it slammed shut so fast I couldn't get my arm out, it latched and then started to pull it tight. I can't, and they didn't either, believe I didn't break my arm. Left a nice dent in my arm for a day or so.
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:39 AM   #87
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I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted, and a month since I've done any "real" work on the bus. A few factors have contributed to this unacceptable lack of progress:
1) In July I bought a new "jelly bean" car to commute in and eventually trailer behind the bus. (a new Fit)
2) The heat and the rain have both been bad here in SOMD.
3) And maybe the "real" reason, or at least the biggest reason, is that I am not motivated to do (or finish) some of the current jobs that need to be done before I can get to what I consider the "fun" stuff...

Here is a list of some of the thankless, non-sexy jobs that I need to get finished up:
1) Resealing the REST of the windows, 15 done, 13 left to go. Basically all the driver side windows and the rear window are awaiting my action.
2) Reinstalling the rain gutters. Although the passenger side windows have all been resealed, I still haven't reinstalled the 35ft long rain gutter, and I am not looking forward to it...
3) Wiring up the new dashboard. This is of course will be super tedious, and frought with peril.
4) Closing up the air system. I removed the air door lines, moved the air horn actuator to an overhead pull chain, and disconnected the air ride seat.
5) Closing up the bus engine cooling system. I removed the old bus heaters and will be replacing them with new. This, along with the air lines and electrical are needed before I can start the bus up again.

It has been about six months since the bus has been driven and that makes me nervous too.

RANT OVER: time to suck it up and get back to work...
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Old 08-14-2018, 12:04 PM   #88
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I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted, and a month since I've done any "real" work on the bus. A few factors have contributed to this unacceptable lack of progress:
1) In July I bought a new "jelly bean" car to commute in and eventually trailer behind the bus. (a new Fit)
2) The heat and the rain have both been bad here in SOMD.
3) And maybe the "real" reason, or at least the biggest reason, is that I am not motivated to do (or finish) some of the current jobs that need to be done before I can get to what I consider the "fun" stuff...

Here is a list of some of the thankless, non-sexy jobs that I need to get finished up:
1) Resealing the REST of the windows, 15 done, 13 left to go. Basically all the driver side windows and the rear window are awaiting my action.
2) Reinstalling the rain gutters. Although the passenger side windows have all been resealed, I still haven't reinstalled the 35ft long rain gutter, and I am not looking forward to it...
3) Wiring up the new dashboard. This is of course will be super tedious, and frought with peril.
4) Closing up the air system. I removed the air door lines, moved the air horn actuator to an overhead pull chain, and disconnected the air ride seat.
5) Closing up the bus engine cooling system. I removed the old bus heaters and will be replacing them with new. This, along with the air lines and electrical are needed before I can start the bus up again.

It has been about six months since the bus has been driven and that makes me nervous too.

RANT OVER: time to suck it up and get back to work...
I have to do a LOT of the same things although I only have a few more window openings to go. It has taken SO long to do the windows. I spent over an hour cleaning each one and they are NOT spotless by any means.

Any photos/tips you figure out for sealing up the air system and reconnecting the front heaters would be greatly appreciated.
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