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Old 07-15-2016, 04:05 PM   #31
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Electrical question: If I have no plans to hookup a TV/microwave and I dont need to have outlets running when the bus is driving, do I really need an inverter?

I will be running off either shore power or generator. I am not doing a solar setup.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:09 PM   #32
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Electrical question: If I have no plans to hookup a TV/microwave and I dont need to have outlets running when the bus is driving, do I really need an inverter?

I will be running off either shore power or generator. I am not doing a solar setup.
The only reason you need an inverter is wanting 120 VAC while not connected to shore or generator power. How will you charge your house batteries?
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:36 PM   #33
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The only reason you need an inverter is wanting 120 VAC while not connected to shore or generator power. How will you charge your house batteries?
Shore, generator, and hopefully via alternator when driving? I assume that's possible.

This rig is going to be setup more for festivals where it's noisy all the time, not family friendly or retiree quiet campgrounds
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:23 AM   #34
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Shore, generator, and hopefully via alternator when driving? I assume that's possible.

This rig is going to be setup more for festivals where it's noisy all the time, not family friendly or retiree quiet campgrounds
You can do all of these things!

Good luck!
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Old 09-10-2016, 11:21 AM   #35
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Bus Seats finally out! Wedding planning has progressed enough to have a comfortable green light for distractions Feels so good to make progress.

Couple things. I have started to attack the roof rivets on the inside with an air hammer. Damn its tough! About 30 seconds/rivet head. Any tips? Or is that normal? I have been punching out the mandrel first.

Second, anyone know of an ospho equivalent here in Calgary Canada? Cant track anything down and I need to treat my outside spots ASAP as they are getting worse.






3rd Question: Has anyone done a roof raise below the windows and kept the windows in during the raise? I dont want to remove my windows. I like them. I am not full timing. But Im 6'5" and woudlnt mind 4 inches.

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Old 09-11-2016, 08:16 AM   #36
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http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/3-...ona-12833.html He is keeping the bus windows and made the cut below the windows for the roof raise. Good luck on your build!
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:50 PM   #37
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Same page.

You're building my bus. Starting from the same platform. Only difference i see that you want, and what i want, is I'm not committing to a roof raise just yet. I'm 6-3, and hit my head constantly, so maybe once i smack it a few more times, I may change my tune...
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:16 AM   #38
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http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/3-...ona-12833.html He is keeping the bus windows and made the cut below the windows for the roof raise. Good luck on your build!

theres another one.. they are not here on the forums but it was done with a raise cut below the windows.. in fact they left the rib on below the windows and used it as a guide to cut and allowed their roof to not skew.. of course as always you have to use straps or such to keep the roof from spreading.. but it looked to me like a pretty straightforward way if there is sich a thing to raise a roof..

fortunately mny "curse" of being only 5'9" is a blessing in the bus world so my 6'6" ceiling I have no issues in standing up

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Old 09-15-2016, 11:51 AM   #39
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No longer doing a roof raise. I scored two great huge sky lights for the front galley (kitchen area) and I will chopping the back half roof off and building a wooden cabin-esque loft IMO the weirder looking the better!

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Old 09-16-2016, 12:40 AM   #40
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Hey dude! Glad you're chugging along with your build. Let me help you out with a ton of advice that I've either gleaned from here or learned from mistakes as I go.

First - get a 60-80 grit flap wheel (10 pack) for your 4.5" grinder. Crappy tire has a sale on or P Auto is your friend. Then it only takes 10 secs a rivet and does a WAY nicer job. Finally you get a steel punch and a hammer and knock them out once you've ground them flush.

COVER all of your windows - so that sparks from grinding don't hit them. I effed up my drivers mirror because I was "watching" my sparks and then forgot when I leaned out of the window a couple back and shot a tirade of sparks forward. Fack!

I've got quite a few other tidbits but that's the best start.

Shoot me a text and we can chat more.
I'd like to take a look at that bus in person - it's pretty sweet.
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