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Old 08-30-2011, 09:27 AM   #211
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AC duct continued...

Then I screwed the duct housing onto the ceiling, aligning a square hole I made to match the output hole on the AC unit. Also, I put some weather stripping around the duct hole to prevent air leakage:



Then I screwed the bottom plate onto the housing with the vents already attached. The vents are floor vents which have adjustable flaps to control air flow. I also used sheet metal inside the vents to block off the part that would have blown backwards, so the front vent only blows forward, and the back vent only blows backwards into the bunk room. Here is what it looks like in the front:



And here is the other end of the vent sticking out into the bunk room:



...continued next post...
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:33 AM   #212
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AC duct continued...

Then I installed a couple return vents to cover the holes on either side where the AC draws return air:



As you've likely noticed, I also put up curtains between the bunk room and front room. Here they are closed:



And here they are open (notice the curtain on the back door window as well):



I really didn't intend for it to look so... (castle-like? medieval? renaissance?) but had those materials and one thing led to another... and now you can see the result.

In the last pic you can see a wisp of the fabric (draped over the seat on the right) I'll use for the living/dining room window curtains. I'm not thrilled with the flowers, but I have the material, my wife will like it, and it'll prevent the bus from becoming too overly masculine, which is what would happen otherwise.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:46 AM   #213
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Storage up top

I also put a sort of temporary rack up on the roof and got a rooftop carrier up there as well. I haven't actually mounted the carrier yet, it's just sitting there. I'm debating if I really want to increase the height of the bus that much. What do y'all thinK?





Lastly, I thought I'd post one more pic. This pic explains why it was so important to sort out the AC flow issues, and also explains why progress on the bus has been slower than I would like:



And yes, that thermometer is in the shade.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:21 AM   #214
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I believe the temps! When we came out west (in July), we stayed a couple of days at the Holiday Park COE in Benbrook. Nice campground but I would like to visit it when it's cooler. Saw some venison on the hoof. Our fresh water tank on the Class C only has a thin 1/2"(?) of Foamular insulation on it and the water was so hot that we didn't use the water heater. David tried using the solar showers and got scalded. the solar showers we used in Harrison Bay SP (TN) were never that hot.

You need to measure the overall height of the bus now. And post the height on the visor over the drivers seat. That way you won't forget and "clean the carbuncles off" your roof. Most bridges/overhead obstructions are 12'6" at the lowest, which really means lower if they were borderline and they got repaved or it "dips" and you are long. We figured 12 ft for us but have decided not to put anything on the roof except a tank vent and the flat solar marine vents. I've been in too many campgrounds that involved low hanging trees either inside the campground or on the way into it.


Nice curtains! I like the plain outside with the opulent touches on the inside.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:05 PM   #215
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... David tried using the solar showers and got scalded. ...
Yep, that Texas sun sure does generate lots of solar energy. We used a solar shower for dishwater while we were camping in the yard for that month or so, and we had to mix like 1/2 cold water or we couldn't put our hands in there!

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...Nice curtains! I like the plain outside with the opulent touches on the inside.
Got 'em for a couple bucks at a garage sale. Had I been buying material at a fabric store I'm sure I would have gotten something different, but beggars can't be choosers as they say, and anyway I kind of like that fate has determined the look of the bus. I will add some color (forest green) to the rub rails on the outside of the bus, and probably a few other trim colors and/or small graphics here and there, but I will try to keep it unassuming and low profile (to whatever extent that is possible with a skoolie ).
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:47 PM   #216
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Im loving the progress!! wish i had my AC hookes up, and i personally think the look of the bs is great! keep it up DD
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:58 AM   #217
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So I've been working on the bathroom this past week. I'm just about done building a shower enclosure with tub. The tub is a 2'x4' oval stock tank I got at the Tractor Supply store. I built an enclosure for it. The enclosure has vents because it marries up to a wall that has a heater on the other side. I cut a hole in the wall so the heat would come out into the tub enclosure, and I can then open or close the vents to allow the heat to flow into the bathroom or not.







Now I need to find some 3/4" quarter round rubber bead to take up the gaps between the tub and the enclosure. I will caulk the heck out of it, but I will also have a shower curtain that goes 360 degrees around the inside of the tub. So the idea is that no water should get on the rest of the shower enclosure. I used FRP paneling anyway, just because it's inevitable that someone will not have the curtain quite right and the rest of the enclosure will get wet.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:10 AM   #218
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I had just a few inches of space left between the tub enclosure and the back wall, so I made a very narrow broom closet in which I will also store rope, electrical cords, etc.



I am currently working on curtains and blinds (in the mornings when the weather is colder), and then when it warms up, I'm trying to get the plumbing drains situated and possibly get the grey water tanks mounted. I'm using two 30gal plastic drums plumbed together. I plan to hang them using 3/4" strapping I got at Grainger. It's rated for over 2,000lbs, so three or four of those per drum will be more than enough. I'll try to get some pics taken while I'm doing the job. Last night I spent a miserable couple hours scraping rust off the bus frame and floor underneath and treating it with Ospho. Once the holding tanks are in I won't have access to those areas, so had to do it now.

This weekend we are taking the bus on a mini-trip a couple hours out of town to my sister in law's wedding celebration. We'll be spending the night in the bus, so I'm considering it an official camping trip, even though we'll likely be parked in her driveway.
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... We'll be spending the night in the bus, so I'm considering it an official camping trip, even though we'll likely be parked in her driveway.
So what is the difference between sitting overnight on a slab in a campground, sitting overnight on a slab in a parking lot and sitting overnight on a slab in a driveway? None to me! You're camping or "RVing". Some folks claim that you're not "camping" unless you are in a tent!

BTW, in a developed park/campground, I tend to refer to it as camping. In parking lots, I call it "wallydocking". Call it what you want. We'll know what you mean! Have fun!!!!
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nice to see progress, i likey the pics, looking good, love the tub
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