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Old 08-27-2005, 10:07 PM   #51
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Nothing new...

...as my arthritis has been acting up on and off lately. I've had to put everything from riding my horse to gardening on hold while I try to bring the swelling down. Started going to the gym and doing aqua aerobics/jacuzzi really helping. Don't think my horse, Kelly doesn't mind at all...the brat. Serves her right if I get some hitching tack and get her pulling wagons again.

Anyway, I've been pondering the water tank situtation and have decided to go back to my original idea w/ a twist. One person here is using 55 gal drums as water storage which I think would work well as I have no shower. I'll either add another 55 gal or a 25 gal tank and attach them together. This would leave more than plenty of fresh water. I might put one of those outdoor shower units in and make or purchase an outdoor shower stall for dry camping. Either way, this would leave room for a large black water tank and I can move the propane tanks to the left side instead of sqeezing them on the right side were I'd like to put some storage boxes. Overall, my wish/goal is to keep the clearance height unchanged for the most part. The rest of this year is devoted to the ugly stuff (floor), changing all the lights to friendier, easy to see, getting someone to fix that mess I made of the wiring & collecting the large pieces of furniture.

Lastly, I finished the general floor plans for TCD and am now working on the plumping & electrical plans. I'd like a porch w/ an awning & hitch for horse trailer but that's way down the line yet.
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Old 09-06-2005, 05:47 PM   #52
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what kinda drums?

Are you thinking of using metal or plastic 55 gal drums, cause I know the horse supply store often sells plastic 55 gal drums for cheap and they wont rust, but you would have to link them with hose not welding, BTW where is this rv salveage yard you went to? I live up in Tehachapi above Lancaster/Palmdale so it sounds like you might not be far away therefore the salvage yard might not be far away. Also, what kinda horse do you ride? My wife Marilyn rides a 6 year old gelding halflinger named Raz. Our Bus Lola will be used as a tow vehicle for a horse trailer as well as all her other duties.
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Old 09-11-2005, 06:15 PM   #53
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Since you live in a relatively sunny area, you might consider some kind of solar shower heating. I have used one of those solar shower bags (3 gallon IIRC) for years canoing, and it works great (as long as you have sun).
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:17 AM   #54
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Re: what kinda drums? Bass Drums! (tossing corn around)

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Are you thinking of using metal or plastic 55 gal drums
---I purchased one for $15 bucks at the horse store.

but you would have to link them with hose not welding
---Yeppers. I have to figure out a way to link w/o the mess this other buser on a will not name yahoogroup but most people know whom I talking about; as his set up was sloppy.

BTW where is this rv salveage yard you went to?
-----Its in Fontana, San Bernardino co. Called Walt's RV. Don't bother w/ the website, just go there. More stuff than you can shake a stick at

Also, what kinda horse do you ride? My wife Marilyn rides a 6 year old gelding halflinger named Raz. Our Bus Lola will be used as a tow vehicle for a horse trailer as well as all her other duties.
---I have a Clydesdale/F. Quarter Horse rode western. Alas, my funds are very much in the toliet and Kelly is going to be sold Maybe down the road I'll get another one but nothing is more interesting than your first horse.
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:24 AM   #55
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Since you live in a relatively sunny area, you might consider some kind of solar shower heating. I have used one of those solar shower bags (3 gallon IIRC) for years canoing, and it works great (as long as you have sun).
And one of those stand up shower thingies too. Yeah I thought about one of those for my car camping trips were KOA wasn't around.
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:30 PM   #56
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Since you live in a relatively sunny area, you might consider some kind of solar shower heating. I have used one of those solar shower bags (3 gallon IIRC) for years canoing, and it works great (as long as you have sun).
And one of those stand up shower thingies too. Yeah I thought about one of those for my car camping trips were KOA wasn't around.
We used it for canoe camping. It would sit on top of the wannigan (storage box) during the day while we paddled, and then we would just hang it from a tree when we camped. We generally camp in remote areas (which is the nice thing about canoe camping -- plus the boat carries all your crap), so we never bothered with any kind of shower curtain.
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Old 09-23-2005, 12:41 PM   #57
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thanks for the heads up on Walts

Thank you for the heads up on Walt's RV I'm about 2-1/2 hours from there. I'm Sorry to hear about your horse. I adopted a clydesdale/quarter/belgian cross gelding from the premarin rescue but he died within 3 months of a sand impaction. He was only a year old so we think he had some other problems. I have'nt been able to consider a replacement for Lightning since then, and he was my first horse also. So at least Kelly is still alive, That's better than Lightning. I think I will stick to mechanical things as I am an engineer and have a greater affinity for them, not that our house isn't flooded with critters, 3 dogs, 6 cats, and my wifes 2 horses. Lola the bus will be a big expense as well when I get to working on her. I guess life is about the joy you get out of it while your here, and you can't take money with you when you go so enjoy it while you have it.
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:12 PM   #58
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Today is the start of a most dreaded job

For today I tackle the rusty floor. (bleech!) I purchased some cans of rustoleum harden stuff-claims you can spray it over rust which means if this is true, I won't be sanding all day. If the product works, I can do the driver area next week provided my neighbor down the way can help with removing the driver seat and eletrical box. I stopped by Lowes yesterday and loaded up on sanders and a degreaser.

Worst comes to worse I order that rust doctor and just dump it everywhere then paint later. My other job (once the floor is done) is to seal all the screw holes. What did people here use to do that? Then tackle the rust under the bus. Which I have NO idea how I'm going to do that....where can I take her to have it pressure washed clean (or did I ask that question already? )

Pictures will be up later on (provided the one-hour is working for a change )
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:12 PM   #59
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Not so long post here.

Happy Fall to all! On the plus side this means more work can get done on the bus. On the bad side...argh rust!
My neighbor helped me to get the driver seat out which now must be replaced if I'm to get her in the shop for some engine work. Propably I'll take a day off, go over to Walt's and see if they have driver seats availible. We also got the cover over the engine inside, removed about a billion screws around the electrical panel. Then we struggled to get the floor up which proved REALLY stubborn and wouldn't come up. I thanked him, we closed up and left.

Yeah.....and then...

Last weekend, I go to start the bus up so it can run for a bit. Turn the key. Nothing but a loud clicking noise. Apparently, something got left in the on position on the panel which drained the battery completely. Because of the way TCD is parked facing inside the yard, there is no way to get a vehicle to her to do a jump. I now gotta get a charger today along with some other serious tools so I can FINISH removing wood, rubber and some rust from the floor. Of course now, its drizzling on and off so no painting today at all

Argh! why why why did that have to happen?? As if that freakin' floor isn't trouble enough! At least the end is in sight and all that will remain is grinding the last remaining sections of floor then painting it with this machine grade paint (with rust proof in it) then laying down the wood.

I don't think I've asked, which I kinda think its a silly question but I wanna make sure, when putting the wood back down on the floor did anyone here reuse the seat holes? If so how did you do it? Secondly, how did you properly secure the floor down? I was thinking of using the seat holes plus drilling three wide space holes on each section of wood, use self drilling screws to cut through the bus floor w/ a nut underneath. How can I make sure I do not have rusty screws afterwards?

Ok, I guess that is it for now. I still have a lot of pix left to take but as soon as that floor is done and I get a driver's seat, I'll post 'em up!

Happy busing!
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My floor is on firring strips. Between the firring is pink styrofoam insulation, and there is plywood on top of it. I screwed the plywood down to the floor about every 6" through the firring strips.

My procedure:

Drill holes through plywood, firring strips, and sheetmetal floor..

Fill holes with caulk.

Screw wood to sheetmetal with sheetrock screws.

I'm not too concerned about the screws rusting because I probably won't be driving the bus much, especially in the rain.
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