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Old 08-12-2010, 07:58 PM   #161
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Kitchen counter is about 30" high. I used Fiberglass reinforced plastic panels in the shower stall. I would not be able to fit a one piece stall through my front door because I have a rear engine bus. So no back door. Besides the one piece stalls are quite expensive.

The FRP panels are about $27 for a 4'x8' sheet.
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:54 PM   #162
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Well, almost everything I have cut has not been straight. But I used a metal jigsaw blade to cut the FRP. (cuts really easy). And I glued it to 3/8" plywood using a "Liquid Nails FRP adhesive" and then used a bathroom, tub, sink sealant/caulking around the edges and corners to seal it all up.
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:03 PM   #163
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Hello. Thanks. The stove I got is designed to just drop in the counter and screws in on the side. So you basically cut a hole in the counter, drop in the stove and then put screws through the framing of the stove horizontally into the countertop.

I put the propane tanks under the bus. I made a frame for them and ran black iron pipe under the bus and 3/8" copper tubing inside the bus. If you scroll back in my conversion process you will see the propane install.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-14-2010, 11:58 AM   #164
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Nice looking build...

Looks like you're picking up some skills along the way...

I know the propane thing was gone over, but you can lay a forklift task on it's side because the way the pick up in the bottle is... The difference is the valve... There are liquid valves and vapor valves... Household stuff like grills, stoves, rv fridge, ect use vapor valved lp tanks... Where as, engines use liquid valved lp tanks... I use the forklift ones in my 4x4 and have a large 38 gallon I'll use for an on board re-fueling station... After talking to the local propane guy, all I'll need is the different hoses to refill either... They will gravity feed from the 38 gallon under carriage one... Just an FYI...

Sorry for the thread hi-jack...

Bus looks great, keep it up...
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:56 PM   #165
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Got the dinette seats paneled. The seat bottom comes off for storage underneath. I screwed 2x2's to the bottom of the plywood to keep it from sliding around. Tested out the stove. Boiled some water very quickly!!

Also started the overhead cabinet face. I was thinking of using oak plywood but that is too expensive. So I am using 2x3's for the frame and I will attempt to make cabinet doors out of 2x3 whiteboards and Luan. Then just probably polyurethane everything.

I used 1" angle iron and screwed it to the original holes for the wire chase covers above the windows. The bottom board of the cabinet will rest on this. I bought 1 1/4" angle iron with holes to attach the cabinet face to the angle iron. The angle iron does not sit perfectly vertical when attached to the roof. I'm thinking I might have to bend it a little once I get the face bolted on. We will see what happens.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:58 PM   #166
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Continued.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:59 PM   #167
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WORKING STOVE!!
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:07 PM   #168
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Thanks DD.

GREAT NEWS!!!! MY SKOOLIE IS NOW REGISTERED AND INSURED!!! I found a local insurance agent that a buddy of mine recommended and they will insure it!!

SWEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In Mass you have to type a Affidavit stating the bus has been converted to a "AutoHome" and get it notorized. In the letter you have to state that you have A/C 120 volts, LP, pooper, etc.. etc.. Then you have to title it first, THEN go to the insurance company so they can see on the title it is now called an AUTOHOME and they will insure it. THEN, you have to go back to the registry and get it registered. Whew. Lot accomplished today!



So, back to the conversion. Lately I've been working on the outside screens for the windows. I will have pics of that process up soon.

I also got my 2 house batteries installed! What a deal I found on these!! They are Trojan 12volt deep cycle. One is 195AH and the other is 175AH. I kinda wished that both were 195AH. Hope it won't be a problem. Anyway, the day before I was going to spend about $500 on 2 group 31 floor scrubber type batteries which I found out would not have been even close to 195AH each, I was talking to a buddy of mine who recommended this battery recycling place.

They resell good, used, tested and warrantied for a year batteries. All types. So he load tested them and check voltage right in front of me. I ended up picking up these 2 batteries for $100 each! They are only a year old!

They will sit in the air cleaner housing compartment.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:25 PM   #169
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NICE JOB SCUTCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:45 PM   #170
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True Smitty. All worked out good.

THANKS BUSFREAK!!
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