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Old 04-13-2005, 09:48 AM   #21
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Hi Jerry,

Oh boy...now I'm gonna have to go back a re-read that part of the thread and get back up-to-date. Thanks for answering after all these months; it's really great to get information directly back from someone doing it. I'm definately going to incoporate a solar system into my conversion so your information is very valuable to me...thanks.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:42 PM   #22
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how did i miss this conversion? This is probably the greatest bus conversion for boondocking i've ever seen.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:13 PM   #23
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Thanks, I have to agree.
I just got the knotty pine on the walls and the wood stove in and the countertops on (2" slabs of tiger maple), I poured epoxy on them. I will add pictures to my bus site before we leave. It's starting to look pretty good inside.
I'll get some pictures up on my bus site soon. Just got WVO running on the bus and haven't had time to take her on a test run and today the tranny went out on my VW diesel pickup that I tow behind. so it may be a few days.
I can't wait to get on the road again.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:20 PM   #24
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Well, I almost got all my jobs done for this year. I need one more coat of epoxy on the table but I'll have to wait till I get down to the desert country to do that. The weather is too cold and wet here.
The wood stove came from a sunken sailboat in Mexico. I brought it home last year.

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Old 11-23-2008, 10:23 PM   #25
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Jerry - what a great coach you have!! I love the openness (sp) and airyness which you have gained by not including interior walls in your conversion. What color are you going to paint the exterior, or is that the color you have chosen?
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:38 AM   #26
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Thank You,
I've tried not to box us in but it's just not working. Next year I will build a closet if front of the bed, that will shorten things a little. Plus there will be cabinets up above in some places. Got to put that STUFF some where.
We have been working on this conversion for 6 years. (in the summer) I thought I would be done in 5 years but it looks like it will be at least 2 more, If there will be any money.
I've been going to paint the bus several times. What's on there now is Primer. It's lasted 5 years, now it's time to do something. I may do it when we get to the desert, maybe slab city, we shall see. I'm thinking about painting it the same color, battleship gray. It doesn't look too good and it doesn't look too bad. Plus it's the same color as the Mexican Navy, a BIG plus in Mexico.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:17 PM   #27
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I brought the stove home last year. It came from a sailboat that crashed on the rocks and sank in Mexico. A friend knew I was looking for one and salvaged it for me to use in the bus. I modified it so the draft will come from outside. I'll finish up the pipe install somewhere down south. It's getting too cold and wet to do anything here in the north country except leave. Which I plan on doing in a few days.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:49 PM   #28
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I think everyone is feeling the same financial pinch you are right now - at least I am, but...you just have to keep on keepin' on !

Is Mexico a place that you travel to frequently? If it is, paying homage to the Mexican culture/ Navy by painting her their colors may give her a unique style - not that you haven't already achieved that with the work you have completed, as well as keep you in good graces with the Mexican people!! The Tiger Maple counter tops are absolutely fabulous!!!

Just out of curiosity, how long is your coach? It looks to be about the same size as mine - 35 ft. I'm just trying to see how others are utilizing the same minimal space. So, maybe one of these days I can "iron out a plan" and start building my dream coach.

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Old 11-24-2008, 10:03 PM   #29
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My bus is 35' bumper to bumper and 34' 10" from windshield to rear windows.
You better get started. It is too much fun driving your house down the road.
I have been going to Mexico most winters since the middle '70s. The color Navy Gray is a matter of respect/fear. No one wants to mess with the federal government, if they're not sure, they leave you alone. I've seen as many as 25 road blocks/ police/soldier stops in one trip. They just wave us on thru.
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I'm learning here. thank you and happy trails.
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