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Old 06-18-2010, 11:04 AM   #171
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If you are only renting, I am inviting you to move down into the Confederate states. Live the remainder of your life with the proud and the free.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:53 AM   #172
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Thanks for all the support. I would love nothing better than to just drive the bus somewhere nice and warm, but I still have one more class to finish here before I get my degree and I think it would be wise to get that finished. We were just renting, so I am not going to have to deal with the aftermath of a major renovation which I know all too well. (My brother's house got 18" of water in the basement the day after they started moving in 2 years ago!) Unfortunately, we have no insurance so what we were able to recover is what we have, that's it. We are going back to assess what else we can recover. I will update as I can.
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:25 PM   #173
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Update: We have managed to get almost everything we own into the bus. It is amazing just how much you can fit if you try. I have lived in basements before, dealt with seepage before, but never anything like this. I learned in the past to store stuff in rubbermaid bins whenever there is a chance of flooding, so most of our storage items were already protected, but the everyday items and furniture were on the floor. We will lose out couch, our bed, a bunch of free standing cabinets, but not a lot of other valuables. Thanks goodness. We are currently sleeping at my wife's parents house. Our landlord is trying to get us a shipping container to move our belongings into so that we can use our bus again. Hopefully this happens soon, I like to have my own space. As for the basement, it will be a while before it is livable again, will likely have to replace the lower 24" of drywall and all of the flooring in the entire place. Probably the hot water heater and furnace as well. We may be full timing it in the bus for the summer at this rate. On a positive note, yesterday while I was loading the bus with stuff, a man stopped by with a 4 burner stove/oven and a forced air RV furnace that he wanted to sell. After hearing our story, he gave us the oven and furnace. Hopefully we don't end up living in the bus long enough to need the furnace. But we will have it now if we need.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:20 PM   #174
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...and I am BACK!!!

After moving all of our belongings into our bus, we moved it all to my wife's parent's house where we 'stayed' for a couple months. In reality, we just put what we needed in the bus and spent the whole summer camping in the mountains, at the lake, or wherever we decided to park. We spent more days in the bus than at the inlaws house. We rented a new place in August and used the bus once again to move our stuff across the city. Now I have the upstairs and half the basement of a house, a big backyard with space to park the bus inside the fence, a heated garage, and room for my toys!!! The bus did an amazing job at keeping us dry throughout the summer which seemed to rain every other day. From September until December, I finished my courses at the University and earned a degree in nursing, which then got me a job working in a rural hospital. The crazy part is that my commute to work takes me right past the lake that we camp at. I got to drive through many crazy blizzards this winter, and look at the frozen over lake that we called home last summer. But all is good now, the weather is getting warmer, the snow is disappearing, and I bought a new drill so that I can continue working on our bus. I have stripped out the back half where the bunks and sofabed used to be and will be framing in a shower/bathroom, as well as framing in a bed and some cabinets. I will try to get pics up as the progress takes place. Oh yeah, and we are expecting a new member to our family next week. It was a good summer!
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:03 AM   #175
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Grats all around--degree, move, new family member. Sounds like one heck of a year
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:39 AM   #176
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...and I am BACK!!!

After moving all of our belongings into our bus, we moved it all to my wife's parent's house where we 'stayed' for a couple months. In reality, we just put what we needed in the bus and spent the whole summer camping in the mountains, at the lake, or wherever we decided to park. We spent more days in the bus than at the inlaws house. We rented a new place in August and used the bus once again to move our stuff across the city. Now I have the upstairs and half the basement of a house, a big backyard with space to park the bus inside the fence, a heated garage, and room for my toys!!! The bus did an amazing job at keeping us dry throughout the summer which seemed to rain every other day. From September until December, I finished my courses at the University and earned a degree in nursing, which then got me a job working in a rural hospital. The crazy part is that my commute to work takes me right past the lake that we camp at. I got to drive through many crazy blizzards this winter, and look at the frozen over lake that we called home last summer. But all is good now, the weather is getting warmer, the snow is disappearing, and I bought a new drill so that I can continue working on our bus. I have stripped out the back half where the bunks and sofabed used to be and will be framing in a shower/bathroom, as well as framing in a bed and some cabinets. I will try to get pics up as the progress takes place. Oh yeah, and we are expecting a new member to our family next week. It was a good summer!

And here I was dilusionally thinking I had a busy year........ Congrats on all you got done (and the fun you had last year with expanding the family too )!! I'm still working on becoming a Paramedic when classes resume in August.
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This is the rough layout of what I plan for the bathroom. Anyone know how to properly frame in this style of shower pan? There is about 1" of high density foam attached to the bottom. I am just not sure if I need to frame in extra support and how to attach a drain. I am definately not a plumber. The bucket will be replaced by an RV toilet, and the floor will be raised to be even with the top of the shower pan when finished. Step up into the bathroom, then back down into the shower. This will leave about 4" of space between the bus floor and the floor the toilet will sit on.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:46 PM   #178
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Well..... I'm planning to put the elbow above the floorboards with an access panel to open up to the elbow drain from below or slide it out for access from the side and/or below if I need to do something there. So my plan is to elevate the base high enough to accomplish this but no higher. I also know some people prefer to do this below the floorboards for easier access and better height in teh shower, but I prefer to protect the PVC from road grime. I hope this helps.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:15 PM   #179
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You need to make a wooden frame that the pan will fit into ant attach the pan to the framing (screw the framing down to the floor first). As for the drain... My RV shower has a vanity sink sized drain on it, most likely you will need the same since that looks like an RV shower pan. You can buy them at Lowes/Homedepot. Just make sure it doesn't have the "pop-up/over flow" on it. You need the solid piece of pipe.

You want something like this:
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The pic on the bottom has a hole in the side of the pipe. The top pic doesn't.


Cut the tail pipe to required length (if needed) install into the shower pan just like installing in a sink (don't forget the goop that you need to seal/seat the drain) and attach your "P" trap with a compression fitting just like you would a sink. If you aren't insulating your lower plumbing or if you will not be needing to use the bus in the winter (and you can access the "p" trap), I would suggest that you try to find a "P" trap with a drain plug in it like this one....

http://www.lowes.com/pd_23433-1814-P...tt%3Dp%2B-trap


That bump at the bottom of the "P" is a drain. It's neat, you just unscrew it and any liquid in the trap will drain out. We had one on the pop-up. Otherwise you will have to make sure that you keep the "p" trap filled thru the winter with pink RV antifreeze.
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The shower pan MUST BE resting evenly on the floor at all points or it may crack. Should be screwed to the walls on 3 sides using the upper lip and caulk. About putting the drain trap inside it will take a lot of vertical space ( tail pipe going into P trap + some space to disassemble it just in case) amounts to probably 12" at least. I would put it under the floor and hang a pair of those rubber flappers behind the tires. You are looking for projectile protection from the tires.
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