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Old 12-26-2015, 11:40 AM   #191
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Hey guys!

Sorry about taking soooooo long to get going again on Heavy. Between culling our apartment down to size, getting my teaching license re-newed, and a BUNCH of little things (generally considered a part of life) popping up at inopportune times. Poor Heavy has been sitting for a while.

The sheet metal to blank out the back is in, primed, but needs to be sanded down a bit before installation. De-construction is still being a royal pain. However, the roof is patched up and doesn't leak so far.....

So, with my limited time, and some help from ii amnt and their discovery of a really cool floor plan software, I had some time to "sketch" out our floor plan for Heavy.

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Old 12-26-2015, 11:42 AM   #192
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I know it's a bit small, but it's all I can afford for the moment. Free is better than nothing in my book.........
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:59 PM   #193
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What is the name of that floor plan software you're using?
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Old 12-26-2015, 08:55 PM   #194
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floorplanner.com It's very easy to use.

M1031A1, you're design has me feeling like I'm leaving out so much. Especially since I only have ~25 feet of living space. Are you planning on living out of it for awhile with kids? We have a 3 yr old and a second daughter due in late February and intend on doing some live in for an indeterminate amount of time. Really trying to open the space for the kids for those long Michigan winters.
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Old 12-27-2015, 04:31 AM   #195
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ii,

Our bus is an '89 Thomas 40' pusher. We have one 14 year old son, so we're building as he goes through high school. Have one of his friend's dad gearing up to help us with the build in his shop come end of January. We're looking to do a bit of horse trading to move this project along with him as well. Our intention is to live in it as we build our dream home. We may have found our ideal piece of land with an industrial barn and shore power already on the property. Time will tell if we can get it or not. If we do get it, then it's all a matter of hooking up plumbing to Heavy and we're ready to start building. Our '88 Ford is a 30' conventional with only 14' of actual living space. Check out our "Big Mac for $500" thread to see what I mean. I made some mistakes I'm trying to avoid this time around.

As far as opening up space in a 25' bus your design seems to be the best I've seen in a long time. You've been very creative with the bed space and stacking them efficiently. Of course you don't have the space for a full size washer/dryer like we do, but the kitchen seems to be appropriate for your bus. One idea I have is to include a drop-down flat screen tv. It saves space since you can retract it back into the ceiling, and yet provide entertainment for the kiddos when needed. We also have my son's gaming equipment included with his small screen for when he joins us on journeys with his buddies. Just some thoughts..........

I also like the fact this software gives you the ability to measure to scale so I have an idea about the kind of footprint required. Kinda neat to be able to do that.

Well, gotta get ready for work. Driving an MCI J4500 down to Galveston to get the passengers returning from their vacation and get some more from Hobby airport going to their ship for a week. That bus is like driving on smooth glass. VERY relaxing.

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Old 12-27-2015, 11:09 PM   #196
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Thanks for jogging the memory. It's been awhile since I had read your thread.

We've been eyeing the panda washer. Probably their dryer too, in time. The main sitting area is a lot of light come in. The drop down tv would be good there. Maximize window space.

That property sounds like what we have been wanting. Or maybe an older farmhouse with barn to park the skoolie while we renovate the house.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:02 PM   #197
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Well, today was quite a bit of prep work on Heavy. Yesterday I took apart the heater under the dash. Lubed up the controls so now they slide in and out like they should. I'm also looking to re-run the coolant lines from inside the bus to between the rails under the floors. I'm not fond of the idea of these lines springing a leak on my new flooring. I'm insulating the coolant lines to minimize heat loss. I'm also going to relocate the mid-heater to under my wife's side of the king sized bed (she's ALWAYS complaining that she's cold - even in Texas heat!!!). Running the lines under the floor between the rails just makes sense for us.

So, as you can see the plywood is now mostly gone (except under the heater), the heater is somewhat apart (mostly for cleaning and smelling MUCH better than stale socks), and the sheet metal for blanking out the back three windows is primed for mounting. The swinging stop sign is now removed. My objective is to have the blank mounted so I can leave more equipment in the bus and make construction go quicker. Objective is to have A/C mounted and functioning in the bus before summer so work can go easier with increased temperatures. I tried to get pics of what I finished today, but I'll do that tomorrow. BIG things happening in the morning! I'll remember the camera for everyone......

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Old 01-01-2016, 10:44 PM   #198
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MAJOR MILESTONE today!!!!!!!!!

With the exception of blanking out the back three windows, the demolition is now FINISHED!!!!!

Wifie and I are now putting tape down to get the real-world concept of how our bus will feel once she's completed. My son, one of his close buddies, and I were out at the bus toady working to get her cleaned, sheet metal organized, junk thrown out, spare parts to reuse collected together in one spot, floors swept, and tape put down to see how our floor plan actually works. So we learned our linen closet did a *poof* and went away on us. The door to our master bedroom is just over 24". There's plenty of room for our washer and dryer. The bathroom is cozy, but very workable. The kitchen is AWESOME. The dinette is perfectly fitted to the windows.

We've decided to stay with relocating the heater hoses to between the frame rails under the floor. This will allow us to reset the heater to be located under wife's side of the bed so she's toastie warm at night and I can enjoy my cooler side.

Right now my right shoulder, left knee, lower back, and neck are all killing me from today. So a few meds and I'm off to bed. Wife is going to the bus tomorrow to evaluate our progress and see if there's anything we missed today.

So, enjoy the pics and we're getting ready to buy some lumber to put down some floors after we hit the metal with some Ospho.

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Old 01-02-2016, 09:13 AM   #199
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Really looking good. You've made great progress.
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:53 AM   #200
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Congrats on finishing up the demo! Looks like a good plan. And if you are anything like me, this cold, damp weather has been wreaking havoc on my back and joints. Laying on cold concrete for hours really takes it's toll. I can work in 100+ weather all day...but this wet cold sucks.
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