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Old 01-13-2011, 10:48 AM   #161
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Re: door lock

Last night I discovered the drawback of using a combination lock. If it's pitch dark outside, you cannot open the door without a flashlight! At least with a keyed lock you can feel around and get the key in there. Hmmm... I'm going to leave it for now, but I may look for another one that is keyed instead. That would have been my preference anyway, it's just that I didn't find a keyed hasp long enough to bridge the two doors. Even this one is barely making it, and in fact I could only use two of the four holes on the hinged side.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:55 AM   #162
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Even this one is barely making it, and in fact I could only use two of the four holes on the hinged side.
This is the only thing I could find at Lowes to span the gap on my old double door and still let me use my own padlock.
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:47 PM   #163
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Well, there are two things I like about the hasp I got:
1. It has the lock built in, which I think looks cleaner and also there is no padlock banging around on the door.
2. The hing on the hasp arm is very stiff, and I think is designed to stay that way. So when I open the door or have it unlocked I don't have to worry about the arm flapping around. Actually when I open the door, I don't even have to move the hinged arm, as it just comes off the lock along with the door.
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Hi there cnu you tell me how to post pic on here
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Hi there can you tell me how to post pic on here
Click on the reply button. Across the top of the message field, you will see little "buttons" with letters, words or symbols. To post a picture you need to click on the button with "IMG" (Image) and you will get a pair of brackets with "img" and "/img" and your cursor will be in the middle of them. You will need to have the "Image Location" url to post in between the formatting code. To copy a picture off of another web site (like Lowes) you place your cursor over the image and right click on the image, you will see a menu drop down that says (about midway down) "Copy Image Location" Left click on that. Then you will need to "Ctrl" and "V" at the same time between the "img" brackets.`
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:59 PM   #166
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Camping trip this weekend!

So this weekend the bus will get another short test-run. I'm especially curious to see what happens with condensation as I will be in 30 degree weather and will be running electric heaters one night and my new "Big Buddy" portable propane heater the next night. I'm still not done insulating the bus, so this will be an interesting experiment as a baseline for a before/after comparison.

Insulation remaining to be done is mainly just removable ridgid foam panels for the windows, some reflectix for the windshield and front door, and insulated curtains for the windows. There are also a few small areas of metal walls in the bus I haven't gotten around to insulating yet, and one window to be partially covered. Ultimately I want to enclose the bedroom with a door in the back and heavy curtains in the front so that I have a smaller space to heat when sleeping at night. I would definitely do this with electric heaters, and it would be possible to do with propane as well since there are a couple windows I could open, but the space just seems rather small to have a flame. The heater would have to be on the floor between the beds, and I could see a pillow or blanket falling off a bed and into the heater. I'm less worried about the electric heaters since they have a very fine mesh covering the heating elements.
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So where are you going? If a campground, please give us a review in the travel forum and list it as being skoolie friendly over on http://www.rvparkreviews.com
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So where are you going? If a campground, please give us a review in the travel forum and list it as being skoolie friendly over on http://www.rvparkreviews.com
I'm attending an orienteering challenge in Bastrop State Park, TX. State parks of course are skoolie-friendly, but I won't actually be staying there anyway. The first night I will be on a friend's property, and the second night I'll be at a boy scout camp - both in/near Bastrop, TX. I'll plug into my friends 20A electric the first night, and have access to the bathroom in his house; but the boyscout camp is very primitive and has no electricity or water - just an outhouse. So there I will use propane.
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Brief progress update:

I got my house battery compartment sealed in. It is located at the bottom of an electrical closet inside the bus. I have already created a vent to the outside, but had not yet put up doors to seal it from the rest of the cabin. I also rigged up the pulleys on one of the upper movable bunk beds. It works great! The upper bunks are fairly heavy and it took two people to raise and secure them; but now it is a one person operation .

I also bought a new scratch & dent 6 gallon electric water heater off craigslist for $115, which is half what it would have cost retail. I'm now getting ready to buy an on-demand 12v water pump and water inlets online and small single basin kitchen sink hopefully from craigslist or habitat for humanity restore. Can anyone recommend a 12v water pump that activates automatically when you open the faucet, AND... costs less than $100?

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Shurflow 2088 Classic

http://www.amazon.com/SHURflo-2088-4.../dp/B0006GK5NA 2.8gpm $66.98 Amazon free ship
2.8gpm is a good water flow when you couple that with the low flow shower heads and faucets.
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