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Old 04-12-2016, 12:06 PM   #61
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Thanks for the info. While I don't have a bus yet, I do have a fixer-upper house that needs cheap kitchen/bath/whatever countertop help.

Keep the pics coming! I'm really enjoying your build!
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:26 AM   #62
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Back to it!

After some downtime (in the shop getting a new starter and some other minor things.) got back to work on the bus! Got to get things ready for the trip to Montana. We leave on May 5th and will take 10 days to get to Montana. Super excited about the trip...

Let's get right to pics!!

We wanted to make a divider for the bed area, so we took a bedspread that we got in Mexico and my wife cut it up and put buttonholes in it so we could hang them up. She also made up some ribbons with leftover curtain fabric that were reinforced and put on the ceiling with sheet metal screws:

Here's a closeup of the ties:


Got 'em all lined up and ready to go!


Not too shabby!


Made them in 3 panels: 1 small one for under the cabinet, the big middle one and the one on the right. We have hooks and ties so they can be tied out of the way when we want a more open look. I will post the final pics on these tomorrow as we have some re-cutting and minor adjustments to do...


Got the TV mount up and secure. We will take the TV off when underway so it doesn't wobble all about. Fortunately the mount has an easy-release hook on it. It swivels just enough to be able to comfortably watch TV from the couch as well!


Speaking of the couch - We finally got the cushion done. Also used from a blanket we got in Mexico. Nice n' comfy!


Also got the fridge in and secured. Really excited about this one. The inverter we have is enough so we can run the fridge when underway. That will be great for the trip...


Also found a good deal on some lock cylinders that are all keyed alike, so I replaced all the locks on our storage and also added one on the battery door which did not have one. One key for all 3 doors. Woohoo!
Also put a hole in the electrical cord storage door to keep things nice and neat!


Tonight we are making front lips for the cabinets and making them cushioned with an upholstery cover (using more leftover curtain fabrics) hope to get them up and mounted tomorrow.

Also will be getting the rest of the curtains up too hopefully....we'll see how quickly time gets away from us!

We looked at each other yesterday and realized we have just over a week before we leave Texas and head to Montana.. PANIC!!!!!!

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Old 04-28-2016, 01:44 AM   #63
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Nice build. I love that you painted your wheel chair lift.

I think I have the same wall mount for my 32" TV. I haven't taken it down the last couple times I've been out, but I do use a strap to hold it close to the wall so it doesn't swing around.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:59 AM   #64
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this is coming along great!! what did you do t osecure your frig? ive been trying to think of various ways I could secure a Mini(single door) frig and not have it slide all over and still be able to open the door..

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Old 04-28-2016, 07:18 AM   #65
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this is coming along great!! what did you do t osecure your frig? ive been trying to think of various ways I could secure a Mini(single door) frig and not have it slide all over and still be able to open the door..

-Christopher
I was thinking of a full side wall for the refrigerator, then a strap over it and down to a tie point on the floor. Then a stub on the chair rail behind the refrigerator to keep it snug, and perhaps a piece of angle iron on the floor in front of the front feet? That way it would be cleated left, right, front and top, and the floor and side wall of the bus take care of the other two directions it might go. Sketch on request. Well, after I get home from work.
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:56 AM   #66
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Thanks!!

Chris - I just used 2 pieces of metal plumbing strapping screwed into the wood sides on the bottom of the platform with foam on the top corners to prevent scratching/chafing. I also put a second thin piece of plywood along the front of the platform creating a lip that the fridge feet sit up against. No sliding or rocking!
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Old 05-03-2016, 12:05 PM   #67
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Montana Bound!!!

Well, any more work we wanted to do is going to have to wait for a bit, but I'm pretty happy with what we were able to get done before the trip! On Thursday, we start our journey to Glacier National Park, where I work as the Assistant Location Manager for the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park and my wife is a fee ranger for the National Park Service, stationed at the Two Medicine area of the park. This will be our 4th season of what we hope to be many more...
We are going to take a nice, leisurely 10-day trip stopping at some state and National Parks along the way going via New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
I want to thank everyone again for being such awesome people and I will be sure to take lots of pics along the way to share with you as we head north. And of course, we will post pics of any other work we will be doing once we get settled in for the summer!



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Old 05-12-2016, 10:38 PM   #68
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Montana!!!

So close! We are stopped for the night in Ennis, MT which is about 6 hours away from Glacier Park, our final destination. The trip has definitely been an adventure and I'm sooo glad we are doing it.

Days 1 and 2: Kerrville, TX to Brantley Lake State Park, NM (near Carlsbad)
stayed 2 nights here and spent the next day at the Living Desert Gardens and Zoo - really cool place!!
Driving-wise pretty un-eventful - had a nice tailwind and wasn't too many hills. We have a 3.98 rear end ratio and have a top speed of 68 on flat highway. On the 7% grades, she slows down to about 35-45 depending on how long it is. All in all, I'm pleased with how she's doing though. With the 'ol AT545, downhill is a little challenging, but I just downshift and stab the brakes every so often to keep a certain speed range, and it stays in control just fine.

All hooked up and ready to go! got a dual receiver hitch so I could put the hitch basket (which I mounted the generator to) and still be able to use the tow dolly.


Checked and double-checked all the connections and ready to roll!!


Our little bobble-head and bobble-tail armadillo we got in Mexico! Sits on the dash and guides us on our way!


our campsite the first night - we had to switch spaces the 2nd night as they were filling up. Luckily it is very eeasy to hook up and un-hook the car and dolly setup!


There was TONS of bunnies here....


....and also snakes!


Our 2nd night spot was even better!


Days 3 and 4 - Brantley Lake to Santa Fe, NM (Hyde Memorial State Park)
A grueling, boring uphill day. Went from 3000 feet to 8700 at our campground! Santa Fe is about 7200FT! The highest State Capital in the US! Met up with an old boss there and had a nice time. The campground was absolutely breathtaking and we even had some snow!!

Nestled in the trees at 8700 ft! such a cool spot!


Nice and quiet spot!


Snow! Not sure if you can see the flakes, but they were there!


Drove further up the hill and got a great view of the Santa Fe valley!


Day 5 - Santa Fe to Navajo State Park, Colorado
Easy day from Santa Fe - just spent 1 night here, but another great spot! My wife made a comment on how well I did on choosing the spots!

Neat campground - very open along a lake!


Was nice to have a covered picnic table! Super nice sunny day!


The cat finally got a chance to survey the new surroundings!


I finally got to set up a campfire too! New Mexico parks had fire restrictions due to it being very hot and dry.


Days 6 and 7 - Navajo State Park to Salt Lake City, UT
Holy ****! That was a long day - I unfortunately don't have any pics, but that was a grueling day. 3 HUGE mountain passes and lots of white-knuckling steep grades.
Southern Utah is breathtaking, and I will get up the pics that Erica took in a later post. Stayed 2 nights at the KOA there - pack 'em in like sardines!

Days 8(today) and 9 - Salt Lake City to Ennis, Montana
Today's drive was more like it! Nice and flat Interstate for most of the time, and really excited to be back in Montana! We think we will spend tomorrow night here too, then have an easy 6 hour final run to East Glacier Park Village!

Yesterday with all the mountain passes we averaged about 5MPG... OUCH!
Today with some flatter terrain, we did 8.7! Much better!

Welcome to Montana! Just missed the Welcome sign - you can see the edge of it on the right side.


Our setup in Ennis - nice little RV park.


That's all for today! I will put up another update as soon as we are back on the road!!

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Old 05-12-2016, 10:46 PM   #69
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That's so awesome! Glad to see you are having such a good time on the trip. I hope I get to do something similar one day.

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Old 06-20-2016, 10:28 PM   #70
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Summer in Glacier National Park!

Well, we have been in East Glacier Park now for about a month and are getting settled in. The remainder of the trip was super easy and we made it here without a hitch.
It is quite a chore to open a 103 year old hotel that has been closed all winter, but we did it and are now settling in for the season!
Finally had our first few days off this past weekend and we took the bus to the West side of Glacier to explore a bit and get away.

Here we are at the entrance!



We decided to spend the night at the Apgar Campground and had a blast. I love early in the season as we basically have the whole park to ourselves - not loaded with tourists, traffic, etc...

Here is the spot we had with a very content wife by the campfire!



A closer shot of the site with fire ring:



A great weekend! Already looking forward to the next outing. Most likely will be somewhere in the Flathead National Forest.

Stay tuned! Hoping to get some more work done on the bus too as the season moves along....
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