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Old 02-20-2011, 10:24 AM   #181
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Looks good Dan.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:19 AM   #182
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Agree with Yankee, it looks really good!
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:21 AM   #183
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Thanks guys! I put some "English Walnut" stain on the walls and cabinets last night, and so now it looks a bit more cohesive in terms of color shades. I still need to decide what to do with the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. I have some salvaged drawers/doors that have a light colored stain and others that are painted white which I will use for the cabinets and underneath the couch/benches. So bottom line is I will need to paint them all one color to match. I'm thinking of either black, green or burgundy/red. The interior theme so far is pretty much brown with black trim. So the black would match, but would be very masculine and not very colorful. So, since my wife is going to be spending time in the bus too, I feel like I should give it some color. I do have a lot of different colored fabrics laying around that I'll use for curtains and drapes to seperate various rooms of the bus and cover windows, so maybe that would be enough offset the brown/black theme...
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:15 PM   #184
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Lots of progress! Nice work. Is the luan you used on the panels separating the living area from the back? Did you back it with anything? I think your instinct to add some color for your wife is a good strategy... better yet, let her pick the colors
Actually, I did ask her and her first instinct was the maroon/red color - but we didn't get into all the nuances of curtain colors, etc. Neither of us is particularly skilled in interior design. The luan is backed by other paneling that faces in towards the bunks, so it is like a double layer of paneling. I will attach upper cabinets and probably shelves to these walls, and so as I screw these things in it will further secure the two layers of paneling to each other. The paneling is of course secured to the 2x4 framing of the bunks, but there are fairly large areas where I couldn't use fasteners because of the way I engineered the moving top bunks.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:29 PM   #185
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Last night I replaced the alternator, so hopefully that solves the problem with the batteries not getting charged. I had taken the bus to Autozone to get the old alternator tested and it was not putting out any current. The good news is I upgraded to a 160A model and it wasn't crazy expensive: $145 new. Heck, I drop that much at Home Depot every other week it seems.

So now I'm not sure if I'll just start driving it and keep an eye on the batteries, or if I'll get it tested again to make sure it's working. Tonight I'll drive it to my son's soccer practice so me and the other kids can spread out and be comfortable. Forget the minivan, this soccer dad's got a bus! I actually did the same thing a while back when he had an all-day tournament. It's perfect for local events like that: not too much fuel burned driving locally, but it's great to have your living room/kitchen/bedroom with you at the park! I've also started using it as a man-cave just in the driveway. Have I mentioned how much I love having a bus?!
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:24 PM   #186
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Yes our buses are all of that, aren't they.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:06 AM   #187
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... Neither of us is particularly skilled in interior design...
Want an easy way to choose colour schemes and know they will go together?

Got to the paint section of either Lowes or Home Depot. Look at that paint samples that show the whole rooms (and lists all the colours used in the room). Pick out as many that catch your eye. Don't try to just pick out one or two. Now take them home and put them in places that you are in frequently to where you will see them several times a day at different times of the day. Look at them all for tow or three days. Then start dumping the ones that you just don't care for. Start with ones that you decide that you definitely can live without. No "your colours" and "my colours". Get down to two or three sample chips before you get possessive about the colours. You need to take your time as you get down to the last few choices. If you are going to full-time, you might want to opt for lighter colours if you will be full-timing and/or you are removing most of your windows. A dark room is depressing when you get cooped up inside for several days due to bad weather. For the bus, I would suggest using one sample room for all the colours in your bus, usually 3 or 4 choices, one of which will be the trim colour. Keep the trimwork all the same colour and change the other colours.

BTW, this works for your home as well. Just put the paint samples in the room that you plan to use the colours in.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:57 AM   #188
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Yes our buses are all of that, aren't they.
That picture looks like it captures the perfect day! Art, music, the beauty of nature... That's the stuff!
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:09 AM   #189
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Thanks for the tip Lorna! That would definitely help in the house. The bus is already constrained by certain colors of materials I got for free (the stain I'm using, the wall paneling, the black trim, grey seats, and grey counter tops). The greys do not really match the browns so well, though it doesn't look horrible. I think a reddish color will help tie them together better than my other option of green. So I'll take your advice and get several different samples of red/maroon, leave them around the bus for a while, and see which one grows on me. I guess I'll also need to put up the maroon drape that will seperate the bunk room from the front room.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:14 AM   #190
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Update & AC wiring question

Replacing the alternator seems to have fixed the electrical problems I was having earlier. The job should have been easy, but the bolts were really difficult to get out, so it took longer than expected. But now I've got a brand spankin' new 160A alternator - yay! Next I need to set up a selector switch to allow me to charge my house batteries from the alternator when driving. I wonder if there is an electrical solenoid switch that I could throw remotely from a small relayed switch on the dash?

In other news, I finally got my flooring run to the back of the main cabin area, have both kitchen counters temporarily installed, and installed the AC on the roof. I haven't finished the wiring for the AC yet, and maybe someone could help me with this. Here is my situation: I've got a Carrier brand new (old stock) Air V HC 15,000btu upper unit. I have no lower unit, and the company has now gone out of business. I really didn't want to use a lower unit anyway, due to headroom issues. So I've figured out how to replicate the wiring/switches necessary to bypass the need for a lower unit, but I want to use a thermostat. Does anyone know of a simple thermostat I can place inline to directly disrupt the power to the AC when out of temp range? I'd like something I can put directly in the 20A circuit without having to use a relay. So far, this is all I've found:
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... but I'd rather have something even more simple that I can hardwire into the circuit.

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