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Old 01-06-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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Welcome aboard Can't wait to see how your project progresses Are you looking at building a full-timer? day camper? keeping the lift?

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:40 PM   #2
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Pack as much insulation into it as you can afford! Tough to insulate AFTER it's converted. 1 1/2" foam on the floor is the minimum you should be using and that's not enough (as I sit and type this in a Class C with 1 1/2 " foam insulation in the floor in 41F daytime temps... my feet are cold!). Coat the roof with a heat reflecting elastometric barrier such as Snow Roof's Elastometric Coating, Snow Roof Elastometric or Black Jack White Siliconized Elastomeric Roof Coating (the last two you can buy from Lowes). The Elastometric barrier will keep the roof cooler in the summer, seal any small leaks (use the patching material for big leaky seams) and will help provide a thermal break between the rivets on the roof of the bus and the outside (no icy stalactites hanging off the ceiling in the winter). Use 2 coats... also quietens the sound of the rain on the metal roof.

http://www.snowroof.com/catalog.asp%...0primer%20too)

http://www.lowes.com/pd_139937-29-55...roof%2Bcoating

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:59 PM   #3
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Welcome!!!
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:10 PM   #4
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Didn`t say what you did with the seats but I know I wished I`d have kept mine for the wood and steel. I started out the same way - took the seats out and moved in. I did not have a rent payment for six years and thats a fair amount of money over time and it can all be spent on the bus. White paint is a good way to start off and it wards off unwanted attention. It looks like a prison bus in most states. Good luck. Pictures are everyones favorite thing to see when they come to skoolie.net
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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Welcome, o'LOTRO player. Nice bus you got there
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:24 PM   #6
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If it's a DT466 (and not a DT360), it's probably an MT643 trans.

Nice bus...and about 1/4 the miles mine has.

Is it full air brakes or air-assist hydraulic?
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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I wish I had that big box and you had a feather up your nose, we would both be tickled pink.... wow
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:30 PM   #8
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You get a flashlight and go under the bus and write down any and all the # you see stamped on any flat surface.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:34 AM   #9
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I'll trade you that undercarriage storage space for a couple of hobbits

Not sure how people get those sigs. I'm on um Gladden or some sort, play Neem of the Old Timers Guild. Level 36 hunter. Played beta for six months, burnt out so didn't buy game at launch, came back this year just before free to play went in. Don't get to game much, too busy doing make-believe and dreaming of skoolies.
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:09 PM   #10
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You need to download the installation instructions and read them..
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... Install only below ceramic or porcelain tile, stone or brick floors, or in a self-leveling mortar bed below vinyl floors, floating wood or laminate floors. Use only cement-based polymer modified mortar. Do not use solvent-based adhesives or pre-mixes because they are not as heat resistant....

... Self-leveling mortar bed = 1/4" to 1/2" thick...
Most of these electric pads require a "mass" to work properly. It's why I keep looking at them. I think there are one or two brands that do not require the "mass". David has decided we need heated floors but wants to install a hydronic radiant floor. We don't need the mass and that will help to keep the weight down as well as possible breakage of mass layer. We can install the hydronic under the bus and use the existing metal under the floor as a heat disperser (we won't need to use the 18" long aluminum sheets... just a strip to hold the PEX up to the floor pan and the pieces for the "curves" in the pipe). We can also run the radiant heat under the cabinets, shower pan and washer unlike the electric pads.
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