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Old 05-27-2018, 10:28 PM   #1
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I'm in the middle of a conversion of a 1999 International Amtran RE. Its got the t444e and I believe an Allison 545. I believe I'm at a good point for feedback and I'd like to see what others think.

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I'm done with the demolition and core infrastructure. I've been thorough in remediating rust and sealing up exposed metal surfaces on the interior. I installed underbelly storage as my bus didn't come with any- but I also made sure mine didn't reduce my ground clearance.

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I'm doing some elaborate electrical with three separate isolated systems. The bus electrical, my 12V workhorse system with 600W and 400Ah of AGM batteries, and my 24V system to run the higher-power AC appliances. I mounted a series of panels to the side of my rig, something I haven't seen yet:

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This was done by putting up a Unistrut on the bus wall, then mounting the panels to that on hinges. I can remove these at any time and use the Unistrut mount point for virtually anything, this may or may not be a permanent setup. I have a tarp over right now to cover my e-hatches I'm in the process of deleting, and I just finished deleting all my original windows.

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I have 1.5" foam insulation underneath plywood, underneath some lighter cherry wood colored vinyl floor. My layout is reverse that of a typical layout- bedroom in front, kitchen in the very back. I intend to delete the front door and use the rear kitchen entrance as my main.

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I have two emergency exits- one in the rear where the kitchen is, one in my bathroom. The bathroom one is convenient- I intend to install a black tank, but if I ever switch to a composter I wont have to haul it through my living area to empty it.

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Old 05-27-2018, 10:34 PM   #2
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I'm in the middle of deleting my hatches, replacing them with custom-welded skylights. They'll offer light, ventillation and roof access to the deck.

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The rear hatch is directly over my walk-through shower, which will act as a hallway when not in use.

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I replaced the overhead of the driver's area with cabinets, still a WIP.

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The electrical/automation is a focus of mine so if you're interested in computer control of stuff I may have some updates that interest you.

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Old 05-27-2018, 10:41 PM   #3
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looking good! what size storage underbelly is that and where can i find them. really nice
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:49 PM   #4
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looking good! what size storage underbelly is that and where can i find them. really nice
The underbelly boxes are 96"x18"x18", and are lockable.

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I got them locally, but these are what I have:

https://www.amazon.com/UWS-TBUB-96-U.../dp/B004JASGVM
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:17 PM   #5
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How did you mount them?
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:19 PM   #6
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Also what size wood did you use for framing I'm told to use metal beams but I'm clueless as to what is best
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Old 05-28-2018, 03:17 PM   #7
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How did you mount them?
Well, for the time being I took two strips of 14 gauge metal about as long as the boxes, then drilled through those from inside the box up and into the supports holding up the cab.Because I'm not using a nut/washer, but rather full lengths of metal, the weight of the box/contents is distributed along the ceiling of the box itself.

In the long run, I'll probably weld some supports underneath. It held a couple hundred pounds of AGM batteries at a standstill as-is, but I'm hoping for at least 1000lb capacity to be on the safe side.
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Old 05-28-2018, 03:22 PM   #8
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Also what size wood did you use for framing I'm told to use metal beams but I'm clueless as to what is best
I bought 2x4's from home depot and stripped them down the middle with a table saw. Yoiu have to be careful to only rely on the original cuts for thickness if you want consistency, but its an ultra-cheap way to get the job done.

I've thought about using metal but I find wood eaiser to work with. I don't have any divider walls (perpendicular to the bus' length) in my build, if I did I might be inclined to use a few for that purpose, as it would be easier to follow the curve of the roof with a metal stud than a wood stud.
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Old 05-28-2018, 06:54 PM   #9
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Spent some time to finish off the front skylight today. Hatch and opening are just welds of square tubing and some of the 18 gauge sheet metal I bought. The hatch glass is acryllic from home depot. I cut it using a grinder so that it wouldn't chip.

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I used a pair of 1' hinges and Henry's wet patch to seal around the welds.

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Have to be careful working with the acryllic. It chips and cracks easily. Amazing amount of light coming in this way- if you aren't attached to the hatches, I'd highly recommend it.

I have one coat of Henry's Tropicool up on the roof I applied last year. I need to power wash the whole thing, then apply two or three more coats in my estimation. Its sufficient for dealing with solar irradiation/heat, but to make it bulletproof as a "paint" I need a few more layers. The original color is still coming through a little bit.
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Old 05-28-2018, 07:12 PM   #10
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Acrylic (polycarbonate) won't chip or crack. You can drill it or use a band saw. Plexi is what you're referring to.
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