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Old 05-21-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Gator Tailgating Bus Build

This site is great!! I have gotten so many ideas, tricks and help so I wanted to post my build pics in case it helps anyone else with ideas in the future. http://s626.photobucket.com/albums/tt34 ... s/?start=0

We are building this for tailgating at UF footbal games this season and maybe some day trips here and there. It is a 92 B700 5.9, 65 passanger from south florida and paid too much for it at an online auction but that is ok with me.

It will have a roof covered back porch, a lanai if you will. A toilet (thetford aqua magic plastic deal), little /cabinet counter with sink, 20 gal combined grey/black, 20 fresh that will be 1/2-3/4 full, 2 benches along the wall with a small bartop running down the center isle, AC/DC power, converter, inverter, 30 amp shore for portable genny, decent sound system with rca in to put the football game on tv over the stereo, orange and blue exterior, exterior shower box to rinse off if needed and other misc things.

So far we have, removed the seats and heater box, cut out the porch, started the railing, removed the subfloor, sandblasted the interior and repainted, put a new 3/4 subfloor using concrete formboards which have a thick coating on one side (for condensation resistance in this application), oil and FF change, removed and skinned with Paintgrip the rear 4 windows on each side, removed and disassembled the front windows, tinted them and am waiting on the new rubber wedge to come in for reasembly, installed 1 new hatch in the rear, now the front one is broke from sun rot and a whole lot left to do.

I'll keep the progress updated. Hopefully alot will get done this long weekend and the wife out of town.

What does everyone do with broken hatches? We were thinking of biting the bullet and putting an A/C in its place. We would make a plate to cover, cut the 14" square in the plate, reinforce the area with square tubing and drop it in place. Those stupid escape hatches are expensive!!! Any better ideas?
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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Re: Gator Tailgating Bus Build

Love the back porch you're making there! Are you going to screen it in to ward off the bugs, or just let it all hang out?
Good pictures. Any chance of getting some captions on them explaining what y'all are doing?

Keep up the good work!
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:05 PM   #3
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No screening, we'll be in a parking lot or on campus with alot of people off and on the bus and it would get torn up by the yahoos. I'll work on some captions this weekend and put up some more pictures that are on my camera. Ive been working on it at an equipment painters place and they are supposed to paint it on saturday but it has been raining alot and this may be delayed another week or so.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:00 PM   #4
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No new pictures yet but did get some work done. I wasnt happy with the rear exterior wall in plywood so I bought some hardiboard but didnt think that would look right either which are still sitting in the back of my truck. In my storage trailer there were 3 leftover 4x8 sheets of Nidacore which I used for the back wall which now has a nice smooth finish that can be painted (I think) and is very strong. Used West Marine 8200 (similar to 3M 5200) to adhere it to the studs and 4 screws. Got a 30 amp cable with male TT end out of an old camper onsite and wired that to my Marinco shore plug on the back wall. The male end will be cutoff and used as a pigtail to come out of my breaker panel to between the shore/inverter. Did some other misc things, painted the floor flashing which was a piece of drip edge to keep it from rusting, cut the hole for the exterior shower, caulked a screw hole that was leaking on the rear hatch, insulated the old windows behind the skin and cut the studs for the rear stoarge area. Got the window frames back from the anodizing shop and had to go over them with some flat black since there were some oxidized areas that didnt anodize well. Also painted the plastic window latches with black plastic paint. Next week I will order the roof AC which will go where the worn out leaking front hatch is. The plan is to make an adapter plate and use some whitewood 2x4 as bracing to install it. Also will be removing the stop and warning lamps and placing a plate on the backside then using body filler over the area to leave no traces of it's past life. So much work that keeps dragging on. I'll post the pics next week.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:15 AM   #5
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Re: Gator Tailgating Bus Build

I remember seeing a vehicle that had plastic curtains, kinda like bath curtains only UV protected and heavy duty, that slid out on upper and lower tracks for when it was raining. But multi-fold doors could do the same thing, and would be a bit more secure.

Now I have the image of the curtains that have been put into every classroom in America, only see through on the side and back of the bus.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:14 PM   #6
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Any plans for a keg setup?
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #7
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Propane Refer. / Keg-a-rator would be way sweet
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:59 PM   #8
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I was dead set on doing a tap out of the side with a keg on ice and co2 setup. I decided not to because of many reasons
keg beer isnt that much cheaper
when you buy a keg everyone drinks for "free"
when it is bottles everyone chips in some by bringing a 12 pack or so
half of the people drinking can find nothing better to do than to complain about the brand of free keg beer that they are drinking
a half floated keg doent store well either

I got the rest of the back wall sealed up today, 30 amp inout ran and A/C electrical stub done. I ordered a new roof A/C, water fill and 16 gallon water tank last night. Ill mount the water tank in the rear under the back bench/bunk/closet. Stil fretting over the floor since it was going to be a resilient vinyl plank but I dont have a perfectly smooth flooor considering it is just 3/4 ply.... guess it will be laminate unless someone can chime in on it
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We went with a wood parquet floor on ours. The small strips of wood and the wire mesh backing allowed for flex to compensate for our uneven floor. It was pretty cheap too.

As for the keg, if you keep it cold and on CO2 it will store for months just fine. We've never worried about it since we always floated it. And yes, people do complain about the kind of "free" beer they are drinking. We use a chest freezer that plugs into a thermostat control you can get from microage. This control shuts off power once the freezer reaches the temperature you set it to. This is a great setup since freezers are insulated better, and they'll hold their temp without having to run that often.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:26 PM   #10
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I found another issue with the resilient flooring, the temperature in the bus. I guess this stuff will start buckling and seperating at the joints in extreme temperatures. The manufacturer says 50-85 degrees for a room temperature after the installation. I think Ill go with a laminate of some sort, the padding will keep it quiet and knot holes etc wont be a major issue. Im leaving room for an after the fact keg setup since I am pretty sure it will be the one missing link in the build when it is completed.

Did you install your floor before building? I know it would be alot easier but there is a substantial cost savings if I floored after the buildout.
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