Ok... I know I have been slacking on here. Been so busy with building the bus and with outings/events we have had. The following couple posts are about stuff that we put into the bus prior to the offroading trip my friends and I took mid June.
I am not too fond of posting pics using photobucket or other services... but will give it a shot since the board quota problem is in full swing.
Installation of the roof air conditioner. Unfortunately, my bus has a 6'2" ceiling height and a 2" deep shroud would seriously encroach upon my headroom. Solution: Put the AC in one of the escape hatches!
Removed the hatch from the bus.
Cut the opening into the hatch for the AC to fit into. I lined the space between the inner and outer skins of the hatch with 2x4s to retain rigidity.
The AC is resting happily on top of the bus. I not only caulked the hatch with roofing caulk, but also ran some lag bolts through the sides to make sure the AC does not fly away when driving down the road. It survived the 400 mile round trip to Haspin with no issues.
The shroud fits neatly up into the emergency hatch and flush with the ceiling!