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Old 10-13-2017, 10:19 PM   #1
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Meet Goldilocks

...or as my girlfriend calls her, Ricitos de Oro. We'll make it easy and nickname her Rizi. She earned her name by being an 11 row flat nose. In my months of hunting (and neck-breaking for every school bus seen on the road) I've only found one other of this configuration in Florida. She's got just enough interior space, but still only a 15' wheel base!

My name is Paul and I'm finally actualizing an idea that's been swimming around upstairs for over 3 years. I just picked up an IHC with a DT466e.

It's super early in my build (I just got the title transferred this week). So far its just been a lot of bus stripping... gotta pay for this process somehow amirite?

Over-arching plans are:
• roof raise 12"-15" for 7'6" interior height
• roof deck w/ removable railing and fold-open tent (aka penthouse)
• solar with battery bank
• closed-cell spray insulation and rigid polyurethane insulation for hot Florida weather
• reuse original split a/c and power compressor with electric motor
• garage bay w roll up door in place of handicap lift door
• queen bed adjacent to garage
• composting toilet with porcelain bowl
• 2 person shower stall with 2x glass walls
• combination fold-away work desk/ book shelf/ entertainment center
• built-in couch with slide out base to convert to guest bed
• 4 person dinette adjacent to couch, converts to 2 person dinette and L-couch
• kitchen counter w/ double basin sink, gas range, mini oven, fridge

So the concept is to build a permanent residence, that also has boon-docking abilities (although this is secondary). And I plan on making this a luxurious 190 sq ft.

I'm excited to share this project with yall! Seems like a great, active community. Also, my friends are pretty much useless in this realm
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:25 PM   #2
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You didn't I would leave all that text and no photos, did you??

Here's some exterior, some interior, my engine being strangled by A/C hoses, rat's nest electrical box, and some gratuitous innards splayed out.
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:27 PM   #3
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Bonus! Floor plan rough draft. Looks a little cramped
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:27 PM   #4
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Welcome !

Dang. Gonna be an epic build.


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Bienvenidos y Buena suerte !!
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:36 PM   #5
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Nice size! What did you use to plan you layout? Sketchup?


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Old 10-14-2017, 08:27 AM   #6
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I used SolidWorks for the floor plan. I'm a mech engineer, so it's like my second language. Although for just roughing out where the big things will live, I think it might have been simpler to use Sketch Up.
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:41 AM   #7
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Are you going to keep the existing AC or do you have a different plan?
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:51 AM   #8
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if you are going to travel much id keep one of those A/C's! flat nose front engine busses make a LOT of engine heat and camper A/C;s wont touch it..

However I would reroute those crapily insytalled refrigerant lines that the coach builder installed.. im a definite A/C guy and those make me cringe.. (lets just locate the A/C hoses next to the hottest point on the engine.. the TURBO)..
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:50 AM   #9
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As of now my plan is to keep one of the TWO Carrier split systems that came w the bus. I'm actually worried 1 won't be enough to keep it cool in Florida summers. Need to do some rough heat calcs and see if I'm in the ball park.

I will need to do something with the compressor tho. It needs to be electric so I can run it while parked. I'm going to mount it all in the rear and cut down about 40' of lines from the system.

Now some questions for y'all! Any idea how much hp it takes to turn that compressor? And if I sell my second system, any idea of the value?
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:59 AM   #10
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Now some questions for y'all! Any idea how much hp it takes to turn that compressor? And if I sell my second system, any idea of the value?
More than you want to hear:

A common GM A6 compressor operating at it's max. Head pressure needs around 7 hp.
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