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Old 09-03-2014, 05:05 PM   #11
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Cool bus. It looks like my 1986 Intl. Your roof is taller than most. It's got that 4" section between the roof and the body.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:16 AM   #12
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How did you remove the heaters? We are at that stage and I am just not sure how to proceed.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:43 PM   #13
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How did you remove the heaters? We are at that stage and I am just not sure how to proceed.
Our bus has an access panel on the outside under the drivers window that allowed me to access the hose and wire connections. First thing, be sure to shut off the valve that supplies the coolant lines back to the heaters. As a temporary fix, I disconnected one hose, cut the other hose off at about 16 inches, then attached it to the other pipe. Basically I just made a u-bend out of a piece of hose so that all of the coolant would not run out. But be prepared, you will probably have a lot of coolant run out of the lines that go back to the heaters.

Next thing was to actually remove the heaters themselves. Mine had a metal channel running down the inside wall of the bus with the hoses and wires running in it. I removed all of the screws holding the channel in place, then removed the channel. It was basically just pieces of metal that were in place to protect the lines. Then I cut hoses at the heaters and then lifted the heaters out. I chose to cut the hoses because I was unable to get them to pull off, and the hoses looked like they had been leaking as well. That was basically it. I am definitely not an expert, but let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to advise.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:44 PM   #14
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Cool bus. It looks like my 1986 Intl. Your roof is taller than most. It's got that 4" section between the roof and the body.
Thanks! That's what I was thinking too. It was one of the main reasons we decided to look at it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:44 AM   #15
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So...... now how are you going to heat your bus?
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:23 AM   #16
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So...... now how are you going to heat your bus?
Wood heat and I'll have propane backup. I may put one of these back for when we are on the road, but they had to come out to rip up the floor. Plus the front heater will definitely still be there.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:36 AM   #17
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Most factory skoolie heaters are very efficient not to mention expensive. Not a bad idea to keep at least one in the plan.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:04 PM   #18
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We worked on the bus a good bit this weekend, but not much that you can tell from pics. I scrubbed her down on Sunday, which took a pretty big part of the day. She cleaned up pretty well! However, I did find a leak in the front corner. I pulled some of the metal down on the ceiling and removed the wet insulation. That will have to be taken care of for sure.

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Oooooohhhh Opus.....lots of good lovin!!!!!!

That's how Clint & I are planning on keeping warm, as we just removed our heaters last week. That and plans to stay in warmer climates. Most likely, we'll be doing more searches for warm weather than the later at our ages. LOL!
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:29 PM   #20
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I believe my wife and I have decided on a name for our DoC bus. Due to my wife's Norwegian roots we went with the Norwegian word for prosperity which is Velstand. Since we have decided on this name we have taken to calling her V. (We love the movie V for Vendetta, btw.)

I haven't had a lot of time to work on V yet, but I did get some work in on this past Sunday. I was able to pull up all of the aluminum trim on the floor, pull the back seat out, remove the barriers at the front of the bus (one of which was welded in), removed some of the ceiling trim, removed the hand rails from the ceiling and pulled up some of the flooring. So at least I feel like I am making SOME progress!

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