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Old 12-23-2014, 09:25 PM   #201
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just read it all.. trying to talk the wife into the conversion.. tough talks lol
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:43 AM   #202
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Man... sorry for disappearing again guys (life and stuff, ya know). My wife's getting on me to get this stuff updated, and we have a decent amount to add! Stay tuned.
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Old 07-15-2015, 06:51 PM   #203
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:20 PM   #204
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Ok so some updates are in order... We have been doing a little construction each year, and the bus is starting to look a little more RV-ish.

First the frustrating stuff. The laminate flooring is still ok in the bedroom area, but the dining area it swelled and humped up, due in part to the leak from the AC (grrr).



We cut the laminate flooring out from the kitchen and dining area, which removed the worst of it, and replaced it with some heavy duty vinyl tiles. These have help up way better.



The above picture also shows another frustration... the particle board that was in the stairwell floor got really rotten due to some leakiness of the door. There are even a couple mushrooms growing in there! We dug this out and replaced with the same type of board, but I put about 3 coats of paint on it to seal it and hopefully hold off the rot while we contemplate replacing the door.

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Old 07-18-2015, 03:31 PM   #205
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don't know what the budget is, but........

particle board is not building material!
no matter what they tell ya
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:35 PM   #206
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Now, on to skinning the interior walls! We took 2x2s and added a piece of 3/8" particle board to match the exact 2" thickness of the ribs. I screwed these together and coated them with roofing caulk where they meet the metal so it does not squeak or rattle. Then I attached them top and bottom with small angle brackets. You can also see I put in plastic handy boxes for outlets.



Once the window level was skinned, I went on to the lower walls. I spaced these areas out a 2x2 width in order to make room for 120v wiring.



The lower area overlaps the upper area enough that I can hide wiring that runs to the outlets. I capped the top of the lower wall with some trim, and attached all of the panels with stainless screws and trim washers.

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Old 07-18-2015, 03:37 PM   #207
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don't know what the budget is, but........

particle board is not building material!
no matter what they tell ya
I use particle board where strength isn't an issue, and where flexibility and sound damping are... Not optimal I know, but I spend a lot of time going against the grain (and reaping the whirlwind lol)
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I use particle board where strength isn't an issue, and where flexibility and sound damping are... Not optimal I know, but I spend a lot of time going against the grain (and reaping the whirlwind lol)
true particle board?
or OSB (Oriented Strand Board)?
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Up until this point, we had just used heavy ratchet straps to hold fridge in place going down the road, and once we arrived at our destination, we would use it like any fridge in a house. The short 2x4s on the back of the fridge are for spacing, as ratchet strapping the fridge in wouldn't work with the curve.

It was time to anchor that fridge for real, and put in a pantry while we were at it. I lagged some 2x2s to the floor to make a good anchor point for the walls of the pantry, similar to what I did with the bunks.



Using 2x4s and 2x2s for the wall studs, we framed the pantry. Unlike the bunks, where we made the walls thicker using the "4" of the 2x4 to allow for insulation, we built the pantry walls using the 2x4s flat. The fride was then lagged to the 2x4s. Since the fridge is the type with the coils on the back, I didn't have to worry about piercing the skin a bit. We also laid out the wall to allow for a grab handle to make it easier to climb the steps.



I then skinned the pantry outside and in, using individual panels (which took forever) so that I could service electrical or, God forbid, take the fridge out if it fails. Notice the step light, which was originally intended to be a license plate light for a car.



The fridge is anchored in several places and is a solid as a rock.
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true particle board?
or OSB (Oriented Strand Board)?
Chip board, flake board, etc... Not MDF anyway.
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