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Old 12-01-2010, 01:29 PM   #151
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Yeah that's a nice setup, minus the weight issue. Makes for great daybed on bottom. You planning on putting up backing to lean back on, maybe some seat belts down there?
Yes, I cut a full-size futon mattress length-wise on the bottom bunk to fit the width of the platform, so I have a leftover piece that will act as a backing. I will repeat this on the other bottom bunk with another futon I have in the house. I also have a bunch of throw pillows to put in there. My original plan was to add seatbelts, and I probably will still do that eventually. I was also considering a moveable backrest that would rest against the wall when sleeping and then slide out mid-way to act as a backrest when seating is needed, but... I'm getting tired of engineering these bunks! People will just have to sit cross-legged or use lots of pillows if they want their feet on the floor. I think it will be mainly kids back there anyway. They can make do! I reserve the right to change my mind again later! It should be no problem to make changes to this area later on, but for now I want to get the basic bunks done so I can move on to the kitchen and bathroom.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:12 AM   #152
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Outside electric

Well, I cut my first hole in the outside of the bus tonight. It's for an exterior electrical outlet. I also installed an outside light:



I will install another one on the driver's side. These are activated by switches on the grab rail panel next to the stairs. I haven't finished the wiring yet, so didn't get to actually install the outlet in that hole I cut . I realized that it would be better to build the kitchen cabinet frame that goes behind that light before finishing the wiring. I hope to start on that tonight. I'll post more pics once I have the cabinet framed and outside outlet installed.

BTW, anyone know how flammable the stock fiberglass insulation is? I cut the hole using an angle grinder, and was seeing a bit of smoldering in the insulation due to the heat and sparks. It quickly went out, but made me nervous.
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:14 PM   #153
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Can you imagine what a doctor must feel like on their first operation? I got the shakes and sweats when it came time to do bus surgery for the first time
But it looks good DD
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:22 PM   #154
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I like the lite, where did you pick it up at? 12v correct?
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:39 PM   #155
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Be careful you can catch the insulation on fire pretty easy... I did it with both the plasma cutter and the grinder...

As for cutting holes in your bus, it gets easier... I've been cutting holes in my rigs for many a year... Beware, it can get addicting...
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:07 PM   #156
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I like the lite, where did you pick it up at? 12v correct?
Actually it's 110VAC - got it at Home Depot. I'm wiring my bus all AC for the sake of simplicity and economy of installation, plus I plan to be plugged in to shore power most of the time.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:06 PM   #157
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Well, I cut my first hole in the outside of the bus tonight. It's for an exterior electrical outlet....
funny you should mention that. I just did mine as part of a fix for the only real surface rust spot on the exterior. When I cut all the rust away back to good shiny metal, I noticed the hole was not too big to put an outlet in.
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Electrical ports done

Tonight I got the batteries and inverter hooked up and also installed electrical inlets and a vent for the battery compartment as well as a fan to help vent the gasses:

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wow I like!
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:25 AM   #160
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Bus is now secure

Finally settled on a locking system for the front doors:





Perhaps not as slick as some other solutions, but I think it's at least cleaner looking than a padlock. The back door has a deadbolt on the inside, and the side door, well, I've been just using a spring clamp on the inside of that for the time being - it works fine but eventually I'll drill a hole through the bar and bar rest and stick a pin in there to lock it. The front door is the only one I need to be unlockable from the outside.
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