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Old 04-26-2011, 11:12 PM   #201
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For what its worth, I used a regular home style closet flange on my RV toilet and it worked fine. Don't rememer what brand of toilet I have, but it is an RV toilet.

Good to know... I have two rv toilets, but haven't looked into flanges yet...
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:10 AM   #202
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Here's some more progress pics. I kinda feel bad about using mahogany plywood for the walls, since it is only to give the FRP something to adhere to, but I had a few sheets lying around that got water stains on one side, and figure if moisture gets behind the FRP, the mahogany will not be affected as bad as spruce or other plywood. I decided to keep the rear window to let in some light, I framed in a shelf to set shampoo bottles on and to allow elbow room when showering. The top of the shelf will probably get finished with tile. The walls will all be covered with FRP. I will add recessed 12V lighting to the room. The shower pan sits directly on the floor, the rest of the bathroom floor will be raised even with the top of the shower pan. I considered tiling the floor, but will probably just use vinyl flooring to keep things simple. Here's some pics!!!
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:19 PM   #203
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That shower work looks dang nice!!!
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:38 PM   #204
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That shower work looks dang nice!!!
Thanks. I started with using a hand saw and found that I can't cut straight. I ripped it all out and went to find a miter saw. I ended up with a 12" compound miter saw with a laser sight that was on a clearance sale. Now it is all perfectly straight and strong. Best investment next to my new cordless drill, at least for this project.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:08 AM   #205
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I wanted to put a sink in the bathroom, but with the amount of space I have, it wasn't going to happen. So, after work today I went to the bus to 'have a look' and decide what the next step is. I finished removing the metal from the wall ahead of the bathroom, put some 1/4" ply on the wall, and began to frame in some cabinets. Well...I got carried away because now I have a place for a sink, if I can find a smaller one, as well as a great start on some storage space. Of course, here's the pics...
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:35 AM   #206
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Since the water lines will run under the window to the bathroom and shower, I figured I could just put a small sink under the window. I will have storage space under the sink, and a small area above the sink to use as a medicine cabinet. Between the sink/window area and the refridgerator, I am building a wardrobe cabinet to hang clothes in. It will have the face of it angled to maximize living space while providing enough storage. The only reason I stopped working on it today is because I ran out of 2x2's and screws. I will go buy more in the morning and continue with the project. I would add more pics, but I am getting a "Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached." error.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:42 PM   #207
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Sometimes it pays off to visit an actual RV supply store. I had been looking for hardware for my shower for a while now, and plumbing is quite expensive. I stopped by the local RV store just to get some ideas, and found the taps for my shower, and they were only $20! I also found a roof vent cap for my blackwater tank for only $3! These will make things so much easier than adapting home stuff. PEX pipe on the other hand, was about 10x more expensive at the RV store, so I picked that up along with PEX connectors and clamps at the local hardware store. Here's some pics...
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:57 PM   #208
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Update time...

I got the holes cut through the floor for the shower, the toilet, and the vent pipe. I finished framing in the bathroom and am now ready to mount the shower pan and toilet. I ran the vent pipe up from under the cabinet under the window and over and up through the wardrobe cabinet that I framed in just behind the refridgerator. I did it that way in order to get the vent cap further towards the center of the bus roof where it can sit more level. We plan on camping this weekend, so I gotta get my bus cleaned up and repacked for camping. Not sure where I am going to put everything, but that's part of the fun of building in stages.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:33 PM   #209
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So I scored a 13,500 btu rooftop a/c unit for my bus. It is kind of a funny story....we were camping last weekend and I was laying on the bed staring at the ceiling thinking it would look so much better with an a/c panel. I pulled out my iPhone and checked out the local classifieds. I had been in discussions with a guy about a rooftop unit and noticed that he still had it listed so I sent him an offer. One thing leads to another and now I have a Duo-Therm Brisk Air 13,500 btu A/C unit complete with heat strip add-on sitting in my garage. Now the question comes...how do I wire it in to my 110v electrical panel. I don't have a 20 amp breaker available, no space to add one, and the panel is a bit obsolete. I have considered getting a new 8 slot Pioneer breaker box that uses the stab-lok breakers. Then I would end up with 3 extra slots for future updates. The other question I have is, do I really need a main breaker in my panel??? The post usually has a breaker right where I plug in so it seems a bit redundant to have another main breaker in my panel. I would run a 20A line to my power converter/charger, 20A to my A/C unit, 15A to my refrigerator, 15A to my internal outlets, and a 15A line to my GFCI outside outlets. Then I would still have 3 empty slots for things like electric water heater, microwave, etc. So I guess my questions are...

1) Do I really need a 30A main breaker in my panel?
2) How do I run the #12 romex wire through the wall and into the ceiling for the A/C unit?

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Old 05-27-2011, 11:49 PM   #210
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My generator has outputs for two 120V 20A circuits out of phase to each other. This way I can run 240V equipment at 40A which is a pretty decent size generator. Unfortunately for me, when I plug it into my bus's 30A wiring, I only get 20A of service out of it. The generator has a 4 conductor twist lock connector that I should be able to use to get both halves of my generator power into the bus. I was thinking I could hook one side up to the A/C unit, and the other to the rest of the bus. My biggest issue is that I am not sure how I would wire up a transfer switch to be able to pull this off. I don't really want to wire up the bus for full 50A service, I think the 30A service is safer and more reliable....and a LOT more common in campgrounds around here. I doubt I would ever find a site with 50A service.
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