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Old 09-26-2016, 10:24 PM   #11
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So, I wanted to lay out some ground rules, mostly for me, but so you all will know where I am headed with this thing, that way some of my decisions will make more sense.
First off, this is not going to be a tiny home on wheels, I love those and think they are super cool, but this is not going to be lived in. It is not going to be a full tie RV.
This is going to be a weekend/week RV for trips around the North West. Here the weather is very mild and I should be able to get by with a normal RV propane heater or 2.
I do not plan to do any Off-Grid living, so no solar panels or extra large battery bank. I will have house batteries, but maybe 2.
I do want most stuff to be RV Propane powered, not AC only. This way I can boon-dock if I want, but will mostly be in state or private parks.
I own a nice house that will be paid for in about 12 years, about 8 years before I retire. So selling my house and moving into this would be a poor idea right now.
So, I figure that if someday I do need or want to full time it/tiny house, I will build another and use what I learned building this one to make my next one perfect(or close)
So I guess I just wanted to put out a Mission Statement so to speak so if anyone looks at my build they will know why I am doing things the way I am, and if they want a tiny house/full time RV that they need to follow someone else's build.
As for the build progress, I am almost done removing the floor and will post pictures of it when it is sanded and painted this weekend.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:37 PM   #12
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Well, I got a chance to work some more on the bus, I got the floor cleaned up and painted. I also pulled out the front heaters to repaint the metal parts around them.

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Old 10-01-2016, 11:42 PM   #13
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I also found out that the trans is the MT643 and with the DT466 I feel that I have a pretty good bus. The trans is painted yellow, so I think it may have been rebuilt or changed at some point.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:47 PM   #14
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nice.. thats a great drivetrain combo! that bus will go about anywhere you want it to.. floor is lookin great!
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:15 AM   #15
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Well, I got a chance to work some more on the bus, I got the floor cleaned up and painted. I also pulled out the front heaters to repaint the metal parts around them.

Beautiful!
I've got a similar scene, only I've started at the top-
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:52 PM   #16
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Hey EastCoastCB, looking good.

I did some more work on the bus today. I covered all the holes in the floor with that foil backed roof repair tape, then cut all the plywood for the floor. It is just set in place in this picture, I will be securing it down next weekend. Do most people glue it, nail it, or screw it down? I know it was nailed from the factory, but gluing it might help it not squeak? Any thoughts?

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Old 10-02-2016, 09:29 PM   #17
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I would've painted the wheel arches while I was at it.
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:02 PM   #18
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If it was me I would spread some liquid nails in the center of the boards and a few screws around the edges with a couple in the center area to suck it down.
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:25 PM   #19
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I would've painted the wheel arches while I was at it.
I am going to paint them, but they will be white. the floor is that rusty primer color.
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:26 PM   #20
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If it was me I would spread some liquid nails in the center of the boards and a few screws around the edges with a couple in the center area to suck it down.
Sounds like a good idea, I think I will do it that way
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