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Old 02-16-2007, 07:32 PM   #21
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Thanks for the info! It looks great. I definatly see somthing like that for the future of ours. The idea of contracting out cabinet work is a good choice if you want high quality looking custom cabinets if you don't have the tools, space and or skills to do it (as is my case). Keep up the posts.

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Old 02-18-2007, 03:49 PM   #22
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update

Closeups of the carpet I'm using are:
http://picasaweb.google.com/Mark.D.Zimm ... 7684544210
http://picasaweb.google.com/Mark.D.Zimm ... 3519119074
and the glue is...
http://picasaweb.google.com/Mark.D.Zimm ... 9288922866
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Old 03-11-2007, 07:07 PM   #23
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Another good weekend

Well, another good weekend... I got the shower all plumbed and almost all of the sheathing up. Pics are up at http://picasaweb.google.com/Mark.D.Zimmerman/BusMar07 and I am down to three weekends left. All of the carpentry is done and the cabinets and appliances are next. This should pretty much finish it out and with a little paint, she'll be ready to move to the park and start living in. I can handle the trim work with a small battery powered saw once we get settled.
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Old 03-11-2007, 10:26 PM   #24
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Nice work, it's coming along quite well and looks great!
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:13 PM   #25
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OK.. the three weeks came and went, but the bus didn't get done. I was able to part the thing behind my office and it's done enough to live in it, so that's what's going on. The last thing really remaining before I take it to a park is getting all the cabinets hung and they should be done in 10 more days.

As of today, the door is done! I talked to several salvage places looking for doors, but never seemed to find anything that I wanted to deal with (the two i actually went out and looked at had damage i didn't wanna try to fix). I ended up going to Giant Recreation World in Orlando and just ordering one from the catalog for about $400. It was more than I really wanted to spend, but it was a brand new door in the frame all nice and shiny!

The biggest problem was the largest I could order was 24" x 72" and I had a hole that would accommodate 32" x 83". Having already had fits with the fridge, I wanted keep the largest opening possible there in the event something big had to come in or out. Also, framing had me nervous. I had figured I was going to have to weld something, but I got lucky.

Anyway, I've posted pictures at http://picasaweb.google.com/Mark.D.Zimm ... sApril2007 if you want to take a look.
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:54 PM   #26
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do you still have the doors you took off? my doors are badly rusted on the bottom and I am not looking forward to fabbing new bottom pieces. I am in the southern ocala area and may be interested in them if they are available. thanks. jterry
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Old 04-22-2007, 04:58 PM   #27
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Hell yeah! Come get 'em PM me with a phone number and I'll PM you with mine.
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:52 PM   #28
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I think your bus turn out very nice. Good job.
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:23 PM   #29
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Full timing it now!

Well, I'm really really glad I started the bus project when I did. The wife has decided to move on and I have found myself single again ready to start a new life just as the thing has come together and become livable. I found a park that's clean and cheap and took a slot across from an old timer in a mid 60's GMC coach conversion. He watched me park the MCP II on the slot, get plugged in, then came over to thank me for "classing up the neighborhood with my sweet conversion." Apparently, they don't get many buses and I'm the only schoolie in the park.

The management was cool. She was slightly hesitant when she read '82 as the year of the bus, but when she looked out and saw the fresh white paint job, RV style door, and the blanked out windows with blinds in them, she had no problems with it and said it looked much newer. Thanks, Rustoleum! The park is Citrus Hill RV park, just east of Tampa on Hwy 60 (on the web at http://www.floridaparks.com/floridacamp ... rvpark.htm)

Anyway, it's there. It's plugged in, and it's getting cool. Sometime around dusk, I'll hook up the toilet and christen the thing while I reflect on a question the ex's mother asked a week or so back, "Aren't you ashamed to live like that?"

In a word? Hell no! For the first time in my life, I'm actually not ashamed. I'm not taking more than I need, pissing money away to keep up with the neighbors, or worrying about keeping someone else happy. I am who I am and I'm living in something that *I* made with the help of honest folk here on this board and elsewhere in my life. I'm quite proud in fact

Thanks guys for helping me get here.
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:05 PM   #30
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Way to go!! My brother tried to tell me my plan to convert the bus into full time living unit was "lacking in ambition" but I'm very proud of what I have built, and extremely happy of the living arrangement at the campground. I couldn't live anywhere else cheaper, and I've got security here...and I love being here at the campground!!

Little does my brother know just how much 'ambition' it takes to convert a bus into a nice MH....
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