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Old 02-05-2015, 06:28 PM   #321
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:10 AM   #322
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

PASSENGER SIDE UPPER CABINETS ARE IN

Progress continues on the upper cabinets. The passenger side upper cabinets are in. With both sides of the bus in the front area now covered with upper cabinets, the interior of the bus still does not feel cramped.

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Old 02-07-2015, 12:36 AM   #323
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

FIREPLACE/TV CABINET INSTALLED

The last base cabinet went in yesterday. This is a custom cabinet to house our electric fireplace and 40" LED TV/Monitor. The cabinet frame is made from aluminum to give it super strength and then covered with the European Birch we have been using in the rest of the bus. The top is currently some of that same wood. However, we plan on replacing it with 1/2 inch granite.

As you can see in the pictures below, the fireplace works. It has a thermostat that is digital and comes with a remote control. It has 10 different fan speeds and about 15 different color and flame pattern settings. The whole electric fireplace faux flames and glow are powered by LED's, so energy consumption when not in heater mode is negligible. When the heater is going full blast it uses 11.5 amps.

The LED TV is on an electric riser so it can stay hidden in the cabinet until needed. That way we can still see out of the bus windows. The electric riser was described in an earlier post. We also put a mechanism on the riser that allows the TV to move forward and tilt a full 90 degrees so it can be seen from almost any seat in the bus. Again, the riser has a remote control.

We intend to use a Logitech Remote Control device to handle all these remote controlled devices. This includes the MaxxAir ventilation fan, the fireplace, the TV riser, the TV, the satellite receiver, the DVD player, and the bus' built in satellite radio/AM/FM/CD player in the dash.

The TV has an HDMI cable that has been run to the dinette table area so we can hook up a laptop that connects to the 40" monitor and provide training and demos on our transportation software.



Close Up of the Fireplace Showing Off Its Flames



TV In its Up Position



TV Tilted Forward To the Front of the Cabinet


TV Pulled Forward and Positioned at 45 Degrees. This is the perfect setup to view the TV from the Dinette area.



TV Positioned at 90 Degrees So the Passenger Side Sofa and Dinette Can See the TV.
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:36 AM   #324
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:26 PM   #326
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Coming from the master of Crown conversions, that is high praise indeed.

We are having some issues with the overhead cabinet doors. We have tried various hinges and we think we have finally come up with a set we like. They are hidden so you can't see them. We wanted a clean look. Also, we decided against granite as the cost of 1/2" granite was outrageous. We could get remnants of 3/4" granite, but that is far to big and heavy. We finally settled on a solid surface composite that is light and stain proof.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:38 PM   #327
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:28 AM   #328
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The cabinet tops are being made over the next couple of weeks. I will have pictures when they are ready. I am going to the bus on Tuesday and we should be starting on the top cabinet doors and hinges. Hopefully, I can have pictures by the end of the week.

Working on plumbing next week. Also, hooking up those mushroom LED lights I talked about in an earlier thread for our under cabinet lighting. Again, nothing too great to look at right now. However, I am hoping for some picture worthy progress by the end of the week.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:26 AM   #329
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AC AND LIGHTS IN

We have been busy making sure all the electrical components work, including the Dometic 15,000 BTU air conditioners. I am pleased to report that all the electrical is working, from the TV, fireplace, interior LED lights, macerating toilet, refrigerator, and microwave, to the whole bus exhaust fan.

AIR CONDITIONING AND CEILING LIGHTS
Close up of the front air conditioning interior unit and the LED dimmable mushroom lights running along the center of the Coach. The lights are mounted to a very slim aluminum frame that we padded and then upholstered in the same leather fabric as the headliner. This also hides the seam of the headliner than runs down the middle of the ceiling.



12 VOLT LED DIMMABLE SWITCHES
LED light switch with dimming functions. These are back lit. These come with both black trim and brushed nickle trim. Haven't decided which trim to go with yet. Each light switch has a capacity of 100 watts or about 40 of these mushroom flush mount LED lights. There will be one switch for the main center ceiling string of LED's, one for the lights under the passenger side overhead cabinets and one for the lights under the driver side overhead cabinets. Plus, one for the LED ceiling lights in the back bedroom area of the bus. Got these on Amazon for $20 less than Camping World.





LED MUSHROOM LIGHT STRING
We really wanted lots of light in the interior of the bus, but also wanted to create a softer environment with dimmable LED's. These LED lights have a warm glow instead of the normal harsh light of regular LED's. An earlier post in this thread talked about these lights. We figured more lights that can be dimmed or turned off are better than not enough lighting when you need it.



UNDER CABINET LIGHTING
We have put these LED mushroom style flush mount lights under all of the overhead cabinets. Again, being dimmable, we can have as much or as little lighting as we want. Note the brushed nickle spot light. These are 12 volt LED reading lights that are on each end of the sofas for a total of four. That way, if someone wants to read while seated or while the sofa has been turned into a bed they can do it easily. These puck lights are adjustable like you find in an airplane. They are operated separately from the under cabinet mushroom LED's. Each has its own switch. We are also installing one of these spotlights over the Navigator's chair so the person in that chair can also have enough light for reading.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:32 AM   #330
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OVER HEAD CABINET DOORS
It took us some time to figure out how we wanted to hang the doors for the overhead cabinets. We settled on a hidden look for the hinges. The door lifts up on a small piston that holds it up when you lift the door. We have also decided to hang the doors just slightly below the bottom of the cabinet frame so we can lift them up without having to use any door hardware like pulls or knobs. We decided it would look sleeker that way.

Below is a picture of the first door installed. Again, like the rest of the wood in the bus, it is a cherry stained European Birch.

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