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Old 11-05-2011, 01:01 PM   #221
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:00 PM   #222
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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. . . .
Innovative use of limited space!
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:51 PM   #223
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Thanks everyone! I just got back from a short trip to Columbus TX for the weekend to attend the wedding celebration of my sister-in-law. The bus was, of course, a big hit. I was getting sick of giving tours by the end of the weekend. I love these short trips though, because I really get a feeling for what I should pack, and what should be left at home. For instance, this trip confirmed for me that all the throw cusions we have in the bunk room are more a pain in the ass than anything else. Also, I really need to get my cabinets built so I can get pots&pans and dishware permanently situated. Pulling them out of a big plastic bin is a pain. And lastly, it was a bummer to not have water on board. We were boondocking; and though we had access to water, it was not convenient. I was really trying to get the plumbing set up for this weekend, but just ran out of time. I did get some insulated curtains made though.

Here are the materials I used. The flowered material would not have been my first choice but I had it around and it was thus free. I also had some sheer curtains we bought and never used, plus I had a very thick and scratchy wool emergency blanket that came with the bus. So I sandwiched the wool between the other two materials, and presto! Insulated curtains. Took me a whole day to get the job done though!





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Old 11-06-2011, 10:56 PM   #224
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Innovative use of the watering tub for a shower tub.Just curious, why not just go with a regular shower pan or preformed shower unit? 2' wide seems a bit narrow, but it might not be bad since the sides will be "open" with the shower curtain allowing some shoulder room. Are you setting it up to use as a bathtub too since it should be deep enough? Nice work.
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Innovative use of the watering tub for a shower tub.Just curious, why not just go with a regular shower pan or preformed shower unit? 2' wide seems a bit narrow, but it might not be bad since the sides will be "open" with the shower curtain allowing some shoulder room. Are you setting it up to use as a bathtub too since it should be deep enough? Nice work.
You're right, 2' is a bit narrow, and yes, the shower curtain will be mounted wider on top so it will taper down to the tub. I wanted a tub so I could fill it with water to use for laundry or some other not-yet-considered purpose. It also acts as a great catch-all bin for securely storing stuff when traveling. Lastly, I needed to maximize what remaining open floor space I have in the back of the bus for cargo. With the shower curtain open, that creates an open space that I would not have with the hard-walled shower stall. If I've learned one thing from reading this skoolie board, it's that efficient use of space, and multipurpose space is a high priority! Now if I can craft a water-tight cover for that tub, I could fill it with water and my bus heater would heat up the water while traveling so I could have a nice warm bath upon arrival!
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Hey Dan --- Lookin' good. Insulated curtains can make a huge difference whether it's hot or cold outside. And I can relate to maximizing space. Having owned a 40' BB with a 19 inch roof raise, then a 21' Toyota Odyssey, I have experienced some extremes, space-wise. My current challenge being the 1946 Chevy Shorty I am working on and I need to put every cubic millimeter to work.

One thought arose from cruising/camping in the little Toyota...the biggest single "dead-space" was the shower. It constitutes a very significant volume of space that gets only occasional use. And, like you, I found myself piling all manner of odds 'n ends in there the rest of the time but not very efficiently. On my Shorty, I have plans for (hopefully) making better use of it by constructing a swing out door that has permanent shelving & drawers which will pretty much fill the otherwise lost space in that cubicle. When in the open position, it also serves as a privacy break between that area and the front of the coach.

You can probably get an idea of what I'm talking about from the Google SketchUp plans here. The shelving intrudes into the shower when not in use.





I have re-arranged how the toilet fits, but the swing-away storage/shower door is pretty much the same so far. In fact, I think I can get a few more cubic inches squeezed in by making them just a little deeper. Just a thought.
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Tango, I like your thinking with the shelves on the back of the door! I may use that idea in another part of the bus.
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Tango, I like your thinking with the shelves on the back of the door! I may use that idea in another part of the bus.
Just make sure you get some hefty hinges or build a pivot for the door to swing on.I have a book of built in furniture that shows how one was done. Sold my scanner yesterday at the yard sale so I can't show you a pic. Perhaps you can find the bok in a library..
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Pg 111 "Coley's Bookcase Pivot Hardware"

Since a bookcase usually holds more weight (mine do) You could shift the setup to a "back" corner. You might have to run a tensioning rod on a diagonal from corner to corner (like you see on wooden screen doors).
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...Just make sure you get some hefty hinges or build a pivot for the door to swing on...
Thanks for the tip Lorna. I have somehow accumulated a collection of household door hinges. I think those will work for the amount of weight I would hang on 'em.
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