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Old 10-14-2014, 09:15 PM   #51
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Re: Gilligus Maxibus

GM, I finally got to the bottom of the Home Depot S-110 shed window issue. It seems that Jeld-Win changed the shed window number to series 2000. If you try to special order them at HD you will probably be told that they come only in standard sizes. While I listened in today, my HD window guy called Jeld-Win and asked about special ordering 2000 series and was told that since the change in series numbering there was a glitch in special ordering but that it could still be done if the info was faxed to Jeld-Win by HD whereupon final pricing would be defined. I had the guy look up my order (from about 6 mo ago) and even then he had faxed my order and received final pricing in a confirming fax. If you are still looking for windows I would encourage you to keep after HD to get them. After a 900 mile run with my bus since the installation of my shed windows I am even happier with them than when we first communicated. Please feel free to PM me regarding the windows as I expect that they could be ordered "here" and delivered elsewhere. Let me know if I can help. Jack
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:46 PM   #52
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Hey Gilligbus Maxifamily!

Just found your thread, love the photos & writeup so far, makes me excited to start my conversion. Fell in love with a 1973 Gillig, looks almost identical to yours. Won the auction 2 days ago, and picking it up on Tuesday. Not quite the distance to travel as you had (173 miles), hoping it goes smoothly.

I'll be checking in frequently!

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Old 01-07-2015, 01:27 AM   #53
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That will be very ambitious to live full time with that many people! Do you have a floor plan worked out yet?
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:40 PM   #54
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Hi Everyone!

Sorry we've been absent for so long. Life took some unexpected twists for us. In October my Father-in-law was killed in a car accident and he did not have a will. PLEASE, everyone get your will in order. It is a nightmare for your loved ones!

Next, my kids lost a biological grandmother. They had just lost their bio-mom in February, so we decided to settle down a bit and have a very traditional couple of months throughout the holiday season.

Now, we are getting back on track and ready to forge ahead.

During this inactive time, we solidified our floor plan and purchased a propane fireplace. We continued purging our home of unnecessary belongings and watched tons of travel videos to keep us motivated.

Here's our current plan of action:

1. Get cracked glass in door replaced.
2. Modify door into one piece with dead-bolt.
3. Apply sealant to floor.
4. Modify windows.
5. Insulate interior walls.
6. Finish off walls with wainscoting.
7. Build in bulkhead walls.
8. Frame in queen bed.
9. Design and build convertible couch/bunk beds.
10. Put in cabinets (temporarily)
11. Purchase and install captains chairs.
12. Install seat belts.
13. Add temporary cooking and bathroom facilities.
14. Register and insure RV.
15. Take trial run to Boondocking Rally at Lake Mead
16. Locate place to return to and finish quality build, including wiring, plumbing, systems, lighting, bathrooms, storage, shower, interior woodworking, exterior paint, off-grid capabilities, etc., etc.

Whew! We better get going!
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:44 PM   #55
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Freedom Panda,

Thanks for stopping by. Congratulations on your bus purchase! Do you have a conversion thread going? We would love to follow along with your build!
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:47 PM   #56
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SweetFarm,

Yes, it is ambitious, but we are a pretty tight family and plan on having the world as our living room. The bus will be a place to gather to sleep and play games on rainy days. Besides, we will still have a home base to come back to when necessary.

My floor plan is currently scribbled on with tons of notes. let me work up a fresh copy and I'll try to get it posted, soon.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:52 PM   #57
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Jack (OlTrunt),

Thanks so much for your help and efforts. We will try again at HD with this current information and see what happens. We'll keep you posted.

Also, I can't seem to find the link I had to the site where you had pictures posted of your beautiful bus. I wanted to take another look at how you installed them. I believe they were pretty flush with the outer skin, weren't they? I'm hoping that any over-hang, can be done on the inside of the bus to maintain a smooth appearance on the exterior. Could you possibly post a link to your pics for me?

Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:00 PM   #58
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I believe we have decided to use Henry's SolarFlex on our roof and we are thinking of also using it as a sealer for our interior floor, as well. Does anyone know any reason why we shouldn't do that? We will also be using a rubber type underlayment under our flooring.

We are also considering using the henry's Solarflex as an undercoating on the under carriage. Any reason not to?
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:04 PM   #59
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Greetings.
Looks like you are enjoying the conversion process.
Keep posting pictures, it's fun to see how others do it.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:47 PM   #60
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GM, I'm not smart enough to give you a link so forgive me for posting my pics on your thread. Also, I think Nat used the same windows. Look on his "all seasons etc thread and you will see more pics--if he has paid photobucket that is.

Pic of dual pane shed window. It is flush with outside of bus.

Side view>

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