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Old 03-12-2011, 12:28 AM   #191
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Interior is coming together...

I took a couple days off work to get some things done on the bus. I've got the kitchen cabinets framed and ready for drawers/doors, I framed up an overhead cabinet to hold the toaster oven and controls for the air conditioner.



Oh yeah, I got the air conditioner installed and running. I decided to forgoe the lower ceiling unit that normally controls the AC partly because of headroom issues, but also the manufacturer (Carrier) of the AC unit went out of business since I bought the upper unit. So I re-created the controls using a master on/off switch, which sends power to the thermostatically controlled outlet and also to the switch in the middle that selects "low cool" vs. "high cool". Next I'll put some directional vents over the intake and blower holes. I'm going to draw the intake from the sides and blow the air out front and back using angled vents.



I also stained the luan on the walls to the bedroom and made the bedroom a bit more cozy since we have started using the bus for short exursions and I have taken to spending many evenings hanging out in my new man cave, as I am now as I write this post. Gotta love wireless internet!

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Old 03-12-2011, 07:19 AM   #192
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Looking good for a man cave.
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:59 PM   #193
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Sure looks good Dan - I guess I have to rebuild the bottom step - It makes for a bad first impression for people looking at my bus. And I have all the parts and tools - so ya keep the pictures coming.
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:41 PM   #194
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Sure looks good Dan - I guess I have to rebuild the bottom step - It makes for a bad first impression for people looking at my bus. And I have all the parts and tools - so ya keep the pictures coming.
Funny you should mention a bottom step. My bottom step riser is screwed up. It got moldy somehow before I could stain it and even though I cleaned it up, the stain/polyurethane came out all weird. So I have to redo my bottom step as well.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:58 PM   #195
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Mechanical & WVO

Time to get some mechanical stuff sorted out. The bus is in the shop right now to get an overall inspection of condition and get a few specifics fixed. Mainly, they diagnosed my overheating problem as thermostat and viscous fan drive malfunction. Also my front wheel bearings are loose. They also found various oil leaks and proposed a $2,500 workup. Yikes! I decided to just get the overheating and bearings taken care of - that alone, plus the diagnostics is going to be over $1,000. The oil leaks seem like something I can easily do myself. I could probably do the thermo stuff too, but just want that done right away so the bus is reliable. And I think I'm getting a bit lazy as I get older.

I also ordered a bunch of WVO components, including two fuel selection solenoids (Golden Fuels GV10), 3-way switch, a flat plate heat exchanger (Plantdrive) and a Hotfox coolant heated fuel pickup for the tank. I also scored a used 125 gallon rectangular aluminum fuel tank at a boat yard. I already had a Racor 12v heated fuel filter/water seperator and some heater hose. So I just need to make a few modifications to the tank and I'll be ready to install my WVO system! I'm very excited about that! I think I've got about $1,200 into the WVO system so far, and anticipate that any further expenses (various hardware, tubing, and welding services to make a mount for the tank) will still not put me over $1,500 total for the system. That's not bad at all considering the quality of the resulting system and the size of the fuel tank. I've got a surplus of about 300 gallons of WVO that I'm looking forward to burning soon. That alone will nearly pay for the system!

I'll be sure to take some pics when I'm putting the WVO system together. Not much other progress on the bus really, except I also bought a Champion 3,500/4,000 watt gas generator on sale at Cabela's. I'll need to get someone to fabricate a box for that to sit in underneath the bus. It came with a wheel kit and handle to wheel it around, so I want to mount it in such a way that I can easily pull it out and roll it off to wherever I may need to use it. It weighs about 100lbs, so two people could easily pull it out and put it back in, and if I had some sort of ramps, I could probably pull it in and out by myself without risk of throwing my back out.

Edit: I also got a "hard start capacitor" to put into my 15,000 BTU AC to reduce the amps demanded during the startup surge. The generator was really bogging down during startup. I'll report back once the capacitor is installed and let y'all know if it worked.

At some point I will need to total up what I've spent on this bus. My goal was to come in under $10,000. So long as I accomplish that, I'll be happy.
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Gotta hate those repair bills But sounds like you have a good plan going. Looking forward to seeing the WVO pics.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:37 AM   #197
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Camp Runamok

We are doing some remodeling in our house, and had to vacate while the work is going on. So what to do? Stay at a hotel? Stay at a friend's house? No wait, let's camp out in our driveway! We do have a somewhat functional skoolie after all! Unfortunately the bus cannot get into the back yard, so we are camped out in the front yard. Here is the street view:



If I could find something to use a skirt to block the view under the bus it might be less obvious we are camped out in the yard. Here is the view from the house:



Our elderly neighbor across the street calls it "Camp Runamok" They are always amused by our "antics".

I think its kind of quaint...

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Old 05-25-2011, 09:55 AM   #198
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The Kids are having fun:



I think even my preteen is having fun... though he would never admit it:



We do have access to the bathroom in the house, so the lack of plumbing in the bus is not too bad. Our biggest problem is the 15,000BTU air conditioner. During the heat of the day it's perfect, but during the night it gets arctic in that bus. We have windows cracked open, and I guess we just need to open them wider (I need to figure out how to make some screens to keep bugs out). The AC has no thermostat so it's either on or off.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:25 PM   #199
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Ah artic air makes the best sleeping/snuggling time don`t want to rock the bus though.

When my bathroom went out, I had the one in the bus to use, yep a 11ft tall 40ft long out house in the back yard.
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DD, really like the "camp out" pics...looks like everyone is having fun
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