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Old 12-26-2009, 11:47 PM   #51
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Well, today I finished taking the metal off the walls and ripped out the old insulation. I'm glad I did. Turns out most of the windows were leaking. Which would probably explain a lot of the rust on the floor.

Looks like the problem area is the outside lower corners of the windows. The caulking dry rots and loses its seal. So, I started to seal the windows so I do not get any more leakage and I can rustproof the pillars and apply new insulation. I can only imagine how long they have been leaking.

In the close up pic of the rusty pillar you can see a little hole where the water was coming through.
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:00 PM   #52
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Well after spending a significant amount of time sealing a couple of the windows that were leaking pretty good. I thought I had them sealed. I sprayed some water on them and they were fine.

Of course this morning it was raining and I noticed some water leakage AGAIN. Do you guys think I should remove them and reseal? Would that be more effective than just trying to reseal with the windows in place?
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:19 PM   #53
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Never mind. I went out to try and take a window out and.. WOW. I can't believe how easy they are to come out. So that will definately be what I need to do. I noticed the edges of the sill are what need to be sealed and that cannot be accomplished easily with the windows in.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:25 PM   #54
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

OUCH that is some wicked rust. What sealant are you using (for future reference)?
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:03 PM   #55
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Yeah, this came from Maine. Alot of salt used in the winter up there. Not too bad though. I will grind off the loose rust and use some more rust shield.

I will probably use just some regular silicone sealant. Unless someone has a better idea.

FINALLY got around to scanning my floor plan. What do you guys think? I have a lot of seating incase I want to load up a few friends and go for a cruise. I would almost kind of like to have some type of living room setup. But I would probably need to change the entire floor plan.

I'm open to any ideas.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:53 AM   #56
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

So, for the past week or so I've been going crazy trying to stop all the water leaks coming in from the edge of the window sills and drippping down the pillars.

I've taken windows completely out cleaned the sills globbed sealent in the sill corners and then drop the window back in place (after scraping off old caulking). I've also sealed underneath the sill on the inside corners (see above pic). AND after the window is back in I seal the outside of the window.

I think someone on here said its impossible to get a school bus to NOT leak water somewhere. I guess they were right.

I know I could just skin them and be done with it. But I would still need to seal the windows that won't be skinned. I certainly don't want to skin them all and have to buy rv windows and install them. My skills are very limited when it comes to that stuff. Besides I really don't like the look of the solid patches on the outside.

I guess I will just have to keep working on getting the leaks fixed.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #57
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Started restoration on the "BACKING" sign.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:35 PM   #58
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The floorplan looks nice...I bet it will be great
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:03 PM   #59
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Thanks Brown Crown. Actually I changed my floorplan because I wanted to incorporate a living room area somehow.

Here it is here.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:11 PM   #60
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

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JUST GOT THE DEAL OF THE CENTURY!!! 6 OF THESE 11R22.5 TIRES FROM WORK FOR FREEEEEEEEEEE!!! The buses that use these tires are being put out of service and they won't need them anymore!!

I'm excited!! I actually only need 2 new front ones. I also got some open center rims from another school bus company that my buddy works for that are in nicer shape than the ones on the bus. Again. FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good score on the tires!

I'm hunting new skins right now myself, but not having your kind of luck!

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