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Old 05-25-2011, 04:19 PM   #201
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Looks comfy! Darn cute kids you have
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:25 PM   #202
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Ah artic air makes the best sleeping/snuggling time don`t want to rock the bus though.
Solved the night-time arctic temperature problem. I had purchased a thermostatically controlled outlet some time ago: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4959&start=210 but somehow thought it wasn't working. Anyway, I tried it again and it is working perfectly. The fan stays on constantly when the AC is turned on due to the way I wired it, but the compressor only kicks in when the temperature rises out of the range programmed into the thermo outlet. This setup works perfectly for us. The more temperate climate has not diminished the snuggling however, so all is well!
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #203
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One advantage of making your own AC lower unit is that you could keep it low profile and duct it similar to having central air in your bus. Too bad about Carrier quitting the RV part of their business. I see lots of Carrier units around here, but not on any of the new units. The electronics portion is not really that complicated and it seems you have figured out a better thermostat setup anyways.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:24 PM   #204
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Below I have copied my notes for ducting the AC in my bus. I had previously ruled this out due to headroom issues, but after living in the bus for a month or so during the Texas summer I now realize that the ducting is necessary to evenly distribute the air to the bunk room and living room, especially since I want to be able to put a door or heavy curtain between these rooms for in the evening when the kids are asleep and the parents are still hanging out in the living room. If you look at page 15 of my thread you will see pics of what my AC currently looks like for reference. My inspiration for the design comes from the "Bike for the Light" skoolie (actually, I'm copying it almost exactly). So thanks to Johnny for his great documentation!

Plan for Ducted A/C in the bus

• Re-arrange 2x2 strips that hold AC onto roof so they run cross-wise rather than length-wise.
• Make a long box out of thin profile plywood to channel output to front of bus and bunk room.
o This box should be roughly 12” wide so that it is centered on the ceiling, and at the same time encompasses the output square hole on the AC.
o The box should extend forward only as far as necessary so that the intake and output air does not mingle. The front vent should blow towards the front of the bus.
o The box should extend backwards to terminate just in front of the rear escape hatch. The vent should blow towards the back of the bus.
o Taper (rip) the wood on the sides and front of the wood duct to soften the angle of the corners.
o Make a sheet metal duct from the output hole to the top of the wood duct. Make a flanged end to attach with screws to the AC, and leave the lower end straight until I mount the box, then use clippers/hammer/pliers to make the lower flange to fit around the hole on top of the wood duct.
o Use flashing to line the inside of the wood duct.
o Make the sides and ends of the duct out of 1”x 2” wood firring strips, with the 1” side being the depth it comes off the ceiling.
• Use vents/grates with rotating wheel that closes off, or opens vents. Mount these vents on the bottom surface. The ends of the wood duct will be closed off by wood just like the sides.
• Use fixed grate/vent for intake that pulls from the side.
• Make a large square out of luan to cover the full 14” cutout (with at least 1”-2” overhang to hide existing screw holes.
o Make cutout in this luan square for the output duct (make a little bigger).
o Make another cutout on the passanger side for the intake vent.
• Run wiring and lighting in the wood duct for the bunk room which currently has no lighting. The wiring can run off of the lights currently mounted on the bunk room wall, but would need to have it’s own switch. Use those little black flush mount lights I got at Home depot, and see if I can recess them so they don’t stick out more than Ό”.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:43 PM   #205
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Can anyone think of why I even need to put flashing on the inside of the wood duct? I'm not even sure why I'm doing it except that air ducts are usually made of metal, so I feel like I should. Johnny (Bike for the light guy) used bubble foil insulation inside his duct, but I don't feel the need to insulate it, and I need to conserve space as much as possible. I suppose I might get condensation inside the duct if I don't insulate - especially when I first turn the AC on and the inside temp of the bus is very hot?
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:05 PM   #206
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Sure am looking forward to the fuel conversion. Mine will have to wait for the car first. Austin City Limits got to see the show one day.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:31 AM   #207
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Bunk room door, bathroom

Whoa... my thread almost dropped off the first page again. That's my wake-up call to post an update! Okay, so I've been piddling around with little things here and there. Taking a lot of measurements and making drawings for cabinets, etc. I've been remodeling my house, so have little time for bus work. I did manage to fabricate a door to separate the bunk room from the rear utility/bath room. I took a hollow core door and cut it down to fit in the space:



While we were living in the bus, I made little foot pegs for the kids to use to climb up into the bunks. I didn't want to make ladders because they would close the bunks in too much. In the pic below you can see the foot holds and you can also see the tracks that the upper bunks ride in when moving up and down. The rope goes to a couple pulleys that you can't see in this pic and there are eyelets and clips holding the bunks in the "up" position to allow seating on the bottom bunk during travel and just hanging out:



Of course I still haven't stained the new items yet. Also, I made a little composting toilet using the 5 gallon bucket and kitty litter strategy. It works great and doesn't smell. I decided not to mount it and will attach eyelets and bungee cords to hold it in place but yet allow for it to be easily moved when needed. You can also sort of see on the bottom right of the picture a metal stock tank (full of junk) that I will use as a bath tub/shower pan. It's 2'x2'x4'. I will rig up a circular shower curtain like people do with those old clawfoot tubs. Here is the pic:



Current projects in the works are the dining table, and a duct for the AC. The AC duct is getting pretty close to done, and I'm making some progress on the table so hopefully I'll finish those items soon and post some pics.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:55 PM   #208
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did you use a regular 5 gal bucket or a shorter one?
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:55 PM   #209
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...I see that you made a compost toilet, how long did you go between cleaning it out and starting all over again? Did you use a trash bag inside the bucket?
Yes, I use kitchen size garbage bags which fit the bucket with plenty of extra material that I fold over the lip of the bucket. I used a regular size 5 gallon bucket (taller rather than shorter). We didn't use the toilet all that much so I don't feel like I can give an accurate report on long-term use. We just used it for the couple days during which we didn't have access to the bathroom in my house. My wife emptied it despite my desire to see how long it would go without stinking, so all I can really say at this point is that it was certainly fine for a day or two, even when the bus was left to get hot without the AC on. Although I think my wife did say it was starting to be noticable by the second day, but I didn't smell it, so it must have been a faint odor. I did leave the back window cracked open a bit, and the bathroom was separated to some extent by a blanket over the doorway.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:17 AM   #210
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AC Duct complete

So I finished the AC duct. I'm bummed about losing the headroom, and find myself hunching over a lot as I walk back and forth between the front and back of the bus, but I felt like the duct was really necessary to balance the temperature between the rooms. I'm sure I'll get used to it. Probably need to put some padding on the sides/corners though before I slam my head into it too many times.

Here is how the duct is constructed:





I framed in the output hole of my AC upper unit and used duct tape to seal any cracks:



...Continued next post... (how do people post more than three pics in a single posting?)
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