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Old 06-27-2011, 12:54 PM   #21
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spencerforhire, thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:38 PM   #22
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Started getting the insulation and the paneling in. Bunks are in. One interior light fixture and an exterior light. My brother is building a fiberglass over plywood shower pan for me. I'll be able frame the bathroom walls in once that is in place.











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Old 09-11-2011, 08:52 PM   #23
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It has been a while since my last update but I have made some progress. I have the closet framed in and I'm ready to start framing in the bathroom. I also have the breaker panel and the hot water heater, which means I'll be able to finish the wiring and start roughing in the plumbing.


I had thought about getting some automotive interior trim to use on the edge of the paneling where it meet the bus but everything I looked at was too expensive for me. en the I also thought about using vinyl piping like is used in making boat cushions. I think that would have worked out and I liked that it comes in a lot of colors but I ran across this white weather stripping and thought I would try it.


It was cheaper than the piping and with the white ceiling, I think it works well. It gives a nice clean look. The wall between the bunks and the bedroom is 3/8 plywood laminated with 1/4 lauan. I anchored it to the ceiling with chair brackets.


Closer look.


Here's the bedroom side, I'll glue carpet to this side later.


Back wall of the closet. I'm ready to frame it up with the electrical panel.


The lauan looks surprisingly good, I used natural stain and 3 coats of semi-gloss polycrylic.


My brother did a great job on building me a bathroom pan. He even sloped the sides towards the drain. He put 3 layers of fiberglass on it and I topped it with 5 coats of marine lacquer.



A picture facing forward. Shows how good the paneling looks, the unfinished will be eventually covered with FRP. You can also see the track lighting.


I've also picked up the cabinets which have been stained and finished. I'll probably wait untill all the framing is done before putting them in.
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:03 PM   #24
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Both you and your brother do such nice work. You might be careful about posting though. People might start asking you to work on their bus conversions.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:52 PM   #25
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Excellent idea for the trim work, I'm going to have to look into that. Love the luan too.
Here is what I was planning to use;
http://www.perfectfit.com/15308/1684...yard-roll.html
Not a bad price if you can use 300ft.

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Fantastic idea for putting on the walls, makes it alot easier to run electrical lines and use standard house implements
Thanks. I used 2x3s and a lot of Teks 3" wood to metal screws on the horizontal frames and the framing to the window stanchions. All the other vertical framing is attached to the horizontal with 2 1/2" deck screws. I was originally planning to rip the lumber down to the width of the bench flange but the table saw I was going to use became unavailable. Up side was that it allowed me to use the cheaper standard R13 insulation without too much compression. Plus, like you said easier to run utilities.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:30 PM   #26
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I got the exhaust fan intalled, that allowed me to complete the last of the inter-wall wiring.




The inside view. The lauan will be the subwall for the FRP panels which I'll glue on top.



I finished framing in the bath which means all the framing is done. Only one more plywood wall to put up at the foot of the bunks.






I ordered a 14"x14" corner sink, a faucet and a vent cap which should arrive in the next couple of days. Once all that is in, I'll be able to close in the bathroom walls. Pretty soon, I'll be spending a lot of time under the bus mounting tanks, plumbing and running wire. Nice autumn activities.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:52 PM   #27
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Hey, you put my stove vent in your bathroom! Seriously, that was the kind that was in the old mobile home that my parents bought years ago. It was over the apt sized range and it worked great to exhaust the cooking grease/smells outside. I have a standard RV range hood vent over range in the Class C. It let cold winter winds in. BRRR not good. Now it's in the food cart and it will be replaced with one like you installed in the bathroom. I will order one for the Class C when I order the one for the bus.

You have such good taste in exhaust vents.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:23 PM   #28
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You have such good taste in exhaust vents.
Thanks?

Hopefully it will be strong enough to clear the entire bus, ...of smoke or heat, is what i mean. If not. I might install a second one about the stove since they are relatively cheap (bout fiddy bucks).

I'm still having minor roof leaks and I think I'm going to apply an elastomeric roof coating, something like;
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

http://www.lowes.com/pd_109965-29-70...7C1&facetInfo=

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The bus has new paint on it, painted last December, do I need to rough the roof paint up before applying the roof coating?
I think the answer is yes but I'd like to hear opinions. Also if anyone has had any bad experience with any of the above products, I'd like to know. Thanks.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:41 PM   #29
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I used Henry's Solarflex (I got mine from Home Depot). Did not rough up the roof. I used Snow Roof's elastometric on the Class C. Did not rough up the roof either. But it needed a primer due to all the patching and seam sealing that I had to do on it. It also had about three different types of roof coating/patching on it so the Snow Roof primer was needed for that as well.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:49 PM   #30
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I ended up going with the Black Jack Roof-Gard 700. I put 2 coats on but that only used about half of the 4.75 gallons. I'm debating putting more coats on but I haven't seen anymore leaking. At least from the roof, the brakes are another story. When I cranked the bus up a couple of months ago the brake alarms went off and wouldn't stop. Checked the fluid reservoir and saw that it was empty. I refilled it, pumped the brakes a couple of times and it was empty again, ended up being a hole in the brake line.

Pulled an 8 foot section of brake line out over the weekend. I wasn't able to find one section long enough so I've ended up getting a 5 foot and a 4 foot. Should get them put in one night this week.

Next up, plumbing. Taking the last 2 weeks of December off, hope to get the water plumbed and the electrical lines run to the box. With the brakes fixed I'll be able to drive the bus to my brother-in-laws place to get brackets for the black and gray wter tanks welded in.
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