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Old 04-08-2019, 06:13 AM   #11
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Them old "B's" are tanks.... Sometimes they tend to be a touch fussy to get going but once going....... Unstoppable.

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Old 04-21-2019, 11:13 PM   #12
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Them old "B's" are tanks.... Sometimes they tend to be a touch fussy to get going but once going....... Unstoppable.

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Yes good news! We've got new tires, oil, filters, and a good check up and the mechanics look solid. We are good to roll!
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:55 PM   #13
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Recap! 2 Weeks In

2 weeks ago we bought our bus!

We took out the flooring and the leftover seats. Sanded down the floor and treated what little rust spots there were. Next used the grinder to get the walls below the windows off and took out the fiber glass. Then we took out the windows and scraped them all off and re sealed them and put them all back in except for two. We painted the floor with rust preventative paint. Taylor is partly done with removing the ceiling. We are considering keeping the ceiling because they are perforated metal panels which is good for airflow around the insulation and keeping it dry.
We have bought the materials for the subfloor. We settled on 1" polyiso rigid foam insulation (the highest grade of rigid foam, and not quite twice the price and the lowest. R-6 value.) and 1/2" plywood and a lot of liquid nails.

Next steps are finishing taking out the perforated ceiling panels and pressure washing them and then spray painting them white if we plan to keep them. Next we need to finalize the floor plan, electrical and plumbing plans so we can act accordingly when installing the insulation for the sub flooring and walls.

We are still deciding if it's worth spending 3x as much for spray foam just for the ceiling, or putting in the work to cut the rigid foam properly (keeping a moisture barrier). It will be at least $500 to just do the roof in spray foam (2" = R-13ish) as compared to rigid foam (2" = R-12) which would only be around max $200. I should note that our bus is tight. The fiberglass in both the walls and ceiling were in really good condition and only had two windows that I noticed had water when it rained hard.

Oh! We also got the title and registration done!


General Floor Plan description from front to back:
Driver area will be blocked with a wall about 1-2' behind the driver seat for a garage/driving area.
Behind the wall will be the master bed and connected will be small closets and bookshelf.
Then will be the toilet and shower combo. Little hallway on the other side of that. Then The countertops start and the kitchen. The sink will be on the shower wall. The propane stove and oven on the other side with the propane fridge. Countertops between these areas. The left rear emergency exit will be converted into the main entrance. (looking for advice on how to best make this comfortable getting in and out)
From the emergency exit/front door and to the back of the bus will be the living area. We just plan on having a fold out couch on one side with storage underneath and some open space for lounging on pillows and sheep skin rugs.

We are building a custom hardwood table top that folds up with hairpin legs to hang on the wall when not in use. (As seen in Tio Aventura's Bus) In addition one part of a countertop will act as a bar/table for ease. LOVE this idea because we can take the table outside as it won't be permanently attached to a wall. We will have nice wood fold up chairs too. (thank God for yard sales ya'll)

Need suggestions for:

ceiling air conditioner
Emergency side door converted into front door
Any other wisdom nuggets ya'll may have
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:34 AM   #14
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The left rear emergency exit will be converted into the main entrance. (looking for advice on how to best make this comfortable getting in and out)

Need suggestions for:

Emergency side door converted into front door

As far as making this emergency door an entrance/exit door ...


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The real problem is going to be the head clearance from the floor to the top of the door. However, if there is a stair well there, it is easy. I suspect there is no stairwell. So my suggestion would be to add a stairwell down to the bottom of the skirt.
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:12 AM   #15
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That font size is hard on the eyes!
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:02 AM   #16
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That font size is hard on the eyes!
Is that my post you are referring to?


I see no difference in any fonts on this thread.


P.S. I did not change the font, so if it were my post, it happened accidentally.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:17 AM   #17
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Is that my post you are referring to?


I see no difference in any fonts on this thread.


P.S. I did not change the font, so if it were my post, it happened accidentally.
Not you, Whiterose put theirs into a tiny font I can barely read even with my spectacles on.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:40 PM   #18
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Not you, Whiterose put theirs into a tiny font I can barely read even with my spectacles on.

Sorry to hear that. My machine is displaying it the same size. LOL I usually have to enlarge the screen anyway. My eyes are not what they used to be.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:43 PM   #19
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Hmm sorry that the font is small! I didn’t change it on purpose, must have happened when I pasted the text in from my word doc. I can’t edit it now. Maybe you can try zooming in?
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Hmm sorry that the font is small! I didnít change it on purpose, must have happened when I pasted the text in from my word doc. I canít edit it now. Maybe you can try zooming in?
No biggie, its just hard to read. Makes sense that you pasted it.
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