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Old 09-14-2015, 07:57 PM   #31
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I can't even be in my bus without a beer!
Keep up the GREAT work!
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:13 PM   #32
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I can't even be in my bus without a beer!
Keep up the GREAT work!
haha, we are realizing that too. And thanks!
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:51 PM   #33
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Here's a quick floorplan in sketchup, not precise or to scale. I'll do an accurate 3D version later.



The kitchen sink, shower, and bathroom sink are all placed close together so that all the plumbing/water can be in the same area.

There are five storage bays under the bus. The fourth isn't labelled, but it's located under the bathroom area and the fresh and gray tanks will probably go there. I'd like to do something like this for heating water, but I don't know how all that weight on the roof will work:



Maybe 2 55-gallon food safe drums for the fresh tanks, 1 for gray. No black tank because we'll do a compost/humanure toilet.

We'd like 300-400w of solar on the roof, but I'm not sure where to put it. Last week, I literally didn't know the difference between watts, amps, and volts, and this week I'm reading through handybob's rv battery charging puzzle, so it's been a steep learning curve. We need a lot more education before deciding where to place panels and batteries, what gauge of wire to use, etc., so this is in no way fixed.

I'm aware of concerns about having lots of weight between the axles, but not knowledgeable enough about this to know what amount of weight would be a problem. There's also a possibility of towing a vehicle, which might change this.

A lot of space is dedicated to dining/cooking/living because we homeschool, and being able to prepare full meals and hang out together in the space is important.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:46 PM   #34
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The small area under the driver's seat still has the rubber floor and plywood intact. Is there anything I should keep in mind before unbolting the seat and pulling it all up?
The wood fence protecting people from falling out the open doorway is a nice touch. I like it! (I know.. it isn't really.. but that's the way it looked to me at first glance!)

Does that driver seat have any compressed air features (lumbar support, etc)? There might be a 1/4 inch air tube feeding to it. If so, just disconnect it neatly. If it has a connector in an easy-to-access place that's great, otherwise, it's just 1/4 OD nylon tube so you can cut it square and re-assemble later with a compression or push-on union.

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Here's a quick floorplan in sketchup, not precise or to scale. I'll do an accurate 3D version later.
The kitchen sink, shower, and bathroom sink are all placed close together so that all the plumbing/water can be in the same area.

There are five storage bays under the bus. The fourth isn't labelled, but it's located under the bathroom area and the fresh and gray tanks will probably go there. I'd like to do something like this for heating water, but I don't know how all that weight on the roof will work:



A lot of space is dedicated to dining/cooking/living because we homeschool, and being able to prepare full meals and hang out together in the space is important.
Your floor plan looks a lot like ours, and for the same reasons. We're doing 3-level bunks on both sides; with the 16" roof raise we'll have about 21" vertical space open in each bunk (allowing 5" for each bed and some storage space below).

I can't quite tell what the water heating apparatus is. Looks like a coiled dark hose? That wouldn't hold more than a few gallons of water, would it? Weight of that would be no problem at all.
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:18 PM   #35
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Familywagon, thanks for the tip on the seat.

That sounds like a fun bunk room! We're doing two on each side, sized to fit IKEA kids mattresses, which are 63" x 27.5".

The "water heater" is just a black hose--or copper tubing, which I would prefer, but it doesn't hold heat well and movement might be an issue--coiled in a frame with glass over the top. It wouldn't hold much water, hopefully just enough to mix with the cold and give something resembling a warm shower for a few minutes.
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:33 PM   #36
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Oh yes, weight-wise that kind of heater won't be any trouble at all. If you don't mind getting ideas about other home-made solar water heat collectors, you might have a look at builditsolar.com. There are lots of ideas to be had there. For example, if you find that you want heated water into the evening, or all at once in a larger quantity than the collector can hold, you could make or buy an insulated storage tank and circulate water between the tank and the collector.
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Old 09-15-2015, 12:30 AM   #37
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Good to hear about the weight. Thanks for that site--wow, what an amazing and comprehensive resource! Great ideas.

For evening or early morning showers, I thought about just heating water on the stovetop or heating this in the sun: Chapin Handheld Sprayer, 3 gal., Stainless Steel 1749 | Zoro.com
It migh not be the best for everyday showering, but would also be nice to have available for washing dirty/sandy/food-covered kids before getting back into the bus.
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Old 09-20-2015, 02:59 PM   #38
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Update: we've been removing gobs of adhesive, floor nails, and exterior lettering.

Today, mr. phoenix is pulling up the remaining floor around the driver's seat and front stairs, removing leftover odds and ends, and maybe grinding off excess rust to treat it with Ospho.

We also just realized how useful the Webasto heater (Air Top 2000) could be. I'd prefer some kind of radiant heating vs. forced air, but one regret I keep reading about is that someone didn't incorporate their existing heater into the build. We planned on using an infrared plug-in heater (probably has a huge energy draw) instead of a wood/propane stove, since we'll be in cold areas so rarely. But the Webasto would be easy to keep in the bus; it's already in the right spot. So for now, it's staying connected to the diesel line until we can sort that out.

He's also removing a Webasto Thermo Top coolant heater. Has anyone had luck selling one of these?
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:16 PM   #39
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We also just realized how useful the Webasto heater (Air Top 2000) could be. I'd prefer some kind of radiant heating vs. forced air, but one regret I keep reading about is that someone didn't incorporate their existing heater into the build. We planned on using an infrared plug-in heater (probably has a huge energy draw) instead of a wood/propane stove, since we'll be in cold areas so rarely. But the Webasto would be easy to keep in the bus; it's already in the right spot. So for now, it's staying connected to the diesel line until we can sort that out.

He's also removing a Webasto Thermo Top coolant heater. Has anyone had luck selling one of these?
I just gotta say this: you want radiant heating, and you already have half of a radiant heating system (the boiler), and you're concerned about energy draw of electric radiant heating... and you want to sell that Thermo Top?

A neighbor-friend of mine has just taken off down the open road with his young family to full-time in their bus conversion for a while. Their bus had a big Webasto coolant heater in it, but for some reason he didn't want it. Says they'll be parked most of the time and won't need it. (Maybe he's planning on campgrounds with electric hookups for heat?)

I snatched that up fast! I plan to combine it with PEX loops in the floor and shower walls (radiant heat), some of the heaters that came with my bus (forced air heat), and a heat exchanger for heating the domestic water too. I haven't tested this Webasto yet, but I hope it works! Sure am looking forward to running all that off the 100 gallon diesel tank I'm already toting around anyway, and reducing if not eliminating the need to have a propane system.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:33 PM   #40
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There are a few members here with in floor hot water heating.

I will also be using it in my bus.

I started a thread a while ago on the subject.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/hy...-bus-9024.html

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