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Old 09-04-2015, 04:56 PM   #61
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That's great! Looks like time consuming, but not a particularly difficult wrestling match..? I'm glad you were able to engineer a way out of the mess.
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:13 PM   #62
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Note to self...

Never, ever park on the tundra during a thaw!
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:25 PM   #63
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Note to self...

Never, ever park on the tundra during a thaw!
If this was the thaw there would have been two feet of water in that spot!
A tenth mile from that spot, the water will be deeper than the fence posts are tall and neither if thoes spots are one of the full time swamps.
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Old 09-06-2015, 01:26 AM   #64
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That reminds me of where I just moved my bus from.

Under 2 feet of water for two months every spring.

My bus was sitting on 4 inch thick by 14 inch wide wood blocks to keep it from sinking into the soft earth.

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Old 09-18-2015, 12:15 AM   #65
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Before I forget, I wanted to address some things.
NEVER EVER jack ANYTHING up like I did. Vehicles should be jacked evenly from both sides, not haphazardly from the middle.
It causes the bus to be unstable and made it dangerous when near the tires.
The reason we did that is that the jacks needed to be reset several times in order to jack the bus up nearly two feet, and we were short on cribbing.
Cinder blocks, even when oriented properly are not strong enough to support even partial weight of a bus, when we removed the jacks, one immediately crumbled.

On the bus....
I am aware that some of my work is not up to the standards if some members. This is partially because, I can't afford it and if I could I would buy myself a truck.
HOWEVER I am being careful not to modify any systems or structures that could jeopardize other peoples lives or it the ability of others to get insurance.

I also bought another generator for the bus. It is a 1500 watt Coleman powered by a bolts-and-scrapiron engine. I also finished the electrical work in the rear portion of the bus, although I do not have pictures.
Two more cans of blue paint for some of the windows was purchased along with white spray paint for the front clip.

It has also been deceided that the primary trip the white bus will go on will have eight people. The plan is to have 4 bunks and 4 hammocks. Every one will rotate between hammocks and beds. A kitchen will also be omitted from lack of space but a sink and fridge will be crammed in the back.

Between the eight people there will be the equipment for a rock band, bikes, and several gokarts.
I figure that the gvwr of 21k lbs will almost be maxed out along with around 3k on a trailer.

With the diesel for the bus and gas for the generators there will be around 100 gallons of fuel and between 100 and 200 gallons of water.

I have most fixtures and parts excluding the water tanks.
I am also in the process of acquiring a better welder so that I can finish up the trailer hitch and build a cow catcher.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:18 AM   #66
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Great info man.

Glad it turned out in the end.

I understand $$$ restrictions. I lived in my tool shed for 8 months.

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Old 10-04-2015, 12:23 AM   #67
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Dam phone deleted my post twice.... You will get a beter explanation next time.
Cool bus will be painted black between the eight ways I don't like it.
I ran one of my generator over with a 4x4
That was the end of power tools for today.
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:27 PM   #68
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The last time I got out to the bus has to be 3-4 weeks ago now. We go a lot done, sorta.... We got some measurements wrong and the top bunk wound up being 6 inches higher than it should have been. That has to get redone.
I was also planning on doing 2 small counter areas (plywood heavily painted with oil based paint) however I have opted for removing the one I already built and putting a dinette there with one larger counter on the other side.
The "cool bus" was painted over as promised....just a bit too tacky for me!
Both sides now have their first coat of paint.
I've also found an antique stove/oven thing that only draws 1500 watts. I feel like they have burnt down many houses, however I'm the last person you want playing with propane.





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Old 11-26-2015, 12:03 AM   #69
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Cool man.

Thx for the pics

I like your little house.

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Old 02-08-2016, 08:58 PM   #70
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Visited the bus shortly after Christmas for a fire and some snow wheeling.
Some damn snowmobilers stole all my gas from the 4x4 though....Gonna have to padlock the gas cap.
I had to hike a mile round trip in 18 inches of snow to go get the can from the bus, it was then 20 minutes to the closest small town gas station.
50 kph is sure fun in the snow....no truck shots but I do have one of the bus.


I don't know how well you can see it in the picture but I finally got a solar panel up, its 145 watts. I have 2 100ah batteries and 3 old car batteries on charge for the spring, hopefully I wont have to use the generator for a while.

Got A tiny little fridge for the bus for $10. It can run off a 300 watt inverter, and will run all night on a single marine battery.


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