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Old 09-20-2012, 10:47 AM   #21
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Ya...bought a house a few years back that came with a fancy high-dollar black porcelain sink. Impossible keep clean...everything showed and water & mineral stains were the worst. Like owning a black car. After the first few months, the only ones who still love'em are the people who own the local Car Wash.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:06 AM   #22
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Got my Bus!!

Wanted a bus it seems my whole life.

New here and probably over my head but I'm excited. Got my bus (older than most I'm seeing on here) with the seats already out, carpet thrown down and a couple of shelves built in it. It wasn't in this location when I bought it, the seller drove it here and parked it for me. And, we (the cat and I) will be living on the other side of this same lot for a while once we get it leveled.

I want to start with the insulation and flooring. My question is, looks like Henukaw stripped the floor completely to look for rust. I guess I was hoping there was some sub flooring that I could build upon. It sort of makes sense to get to the metal and rust proof paint then build. We don't have a lot of rust problem here in AZ.

Have been reading some and was hoping, on wood base, to put down 1/2 styroboard type insulation. Then thought I could use 1/4 in luam (sp?) and then an indoor/outdoor carpet (no foam), then area rugs. Or might go with regular foam and carpet. Have been talking to my Home Depot guy. Any comments on the layers? I am only 5'2 and don't plan on raising the roof.

I think I have the walls figured out.

And what is best for ceiling? I really don't like the shiny original pale green bus paint, was thinking of spraying it with a textured paint. But the first order of business would be adding insulation.

I'm concerned with weight and then I see someone else built walls out of 2x4's and cabinets out of regular materials??

Also, the front door is a handle opened folding door and I saw a great site for making it a solid door, but they didn't complete it with a lock, anyone post a locking front door?

I know that I will bug people with all the questions that I have but I'm trying to research as much as I can and this site seems wonderfully full of comment and information. Some over my head, some I'm learning. My intentions are to keep things simple.

Any comments would be appreciated. And I hope I didn't post this to the wrong spot, sorry if I did.

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:56 PM   #23
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I want to start with the insulation and flooring. My question is, looks like Henukaw stripped the floor completely to look for rust. I guess I was hoping there was some sub flooring that I could build upon. It sort of makes sense to get to the metal and rust proof paint then build. We don't have a lot of rust problem here in AZ.

Have been reading some and was hoping, on wood base, to put down 1/2 styroboard type insulation. Then thought I could use 1/4 in luam (sp?) and then an indoor/outdoor carpet (no foam), then area rugs. Or might go with regular foam and carpet. Have been talking to my Home Depot guy. Any comments on the layers? I am only 5'2 and don't plan on raising the roof.
Most folks remove everything of the old bus flooring. This includes the rubber down through the plywood and sometimes even the remaining adhesives. Not all buses are identical with the stock flooring... but rest assured it's the best interest of the conversion to build on a new base. I am not quite comfortable with building a new interior on an old used base flooring that has seen better days. It seems to be the consensus as well.

I am planning on using Ospho to deal with the minor rust I have, resin paper (vapor barrier), 1/4" rigid insulation, plywood or OSB for subflooring and then finally a laminate or wood floor.

I am also going to fur the walls and insulate with the same rigid insulation. Over that will go plywood. My partitions will be constructed of 2x3's and plywood, and all structural work that are going to hold weight (like bunks and such) will be framed with 2x4's. There is a thread by a member named Accordian who is known for some very simple and strong cabinets. His conversion thread has a lot of great ideas. In fact there are many great threads to read for inspiration... I highly recommend reading as many as you can.

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We don't have a lot of rust problem here in AZ.
Where in Arizona. I am originally from Prescott, but have also lived everywhere from Quartzsite to Ehrenberg to Maricopa to Show low and more. I know Az very well. We are actually headed to Bouse to where my wife has family and converting our bus in warmth. Or at least no snow.

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And what is best for ceiling? I really don't like the shiny original pale green bus paint, was thinking of spraying it with a textured paint. But the first order of business would be adding insulation.
I recently finished painting our interior with a semi-gloss oil-based paint. I could not stand the ugly, dull, yellow color. So now it is a neutral grey, but I am now contemplating to insulate the roof with the same rigid insulation and then carpet it with indoor carpeting. I may even do a little bit of indoor carpeting on the walls in a few locations inside.

other than that... this site of chock full of great ideas and people are not scared to answer questions and give great advise. Converting is simple to do, albeit far more simple and on the mark when working with others for ideas and suggestions. There is a lot that is covered on this site so again I recommend putting some topics in the search bar and read a lot. It's very entertaining to see what others have done. And ask a lot of questions if you have them or can't find anything after looking around. People here are very helpful and waiting to help others.

And rule #1 is to have fun. After that... the rest is just details.

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #24
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How do I start my own stream for my bus?
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:44 PM   #25
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How do I start my own stream for my bus?
Go back 1 page and click "new topic" easy....woo...wooo.another build to read
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #26
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What a small world!

I'm currently living in Prescott, AZ.

Been here about 20 years. My wife was born and raised here.


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Old 10-11-2012, 12:04 AM   #27
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What a small world!

I'm currently living in Prescott, AZ.

Been here about 20 years. My wife was born and raised here.


Any new pictures?
Small world indeed. I love Prescott. Actually... I love (and miss) Prescott of the 90's. I moved there in 89' when I was nearly 12 years old. I went to middle school and high school there. Eventually I moved (ten years to the day) for a 3 1/2 year stint in Minnesota and came back to Prescott for a bit, and then went on to live all over the state for a few more years before leaving to Colorado. I go back to Arizona from time to time... but every time I go back to Prescott it seems to be a whole new city. It has changed a lot over the last couple decades. My grandparents have lived there since 86' and I stop by and see them every couple years. Their neighborhood stays the same... so it's nice to see some things that are familiar.

As far as the bus goes... no new pictures as of yet. I worked pretty fast getting things done on the bus that I actually ran out of things to do for now. We also ran out of cash. My wife and I are now saving funds for the trip to AZ, so I really haven't been able to do to much in it recently. I am expecting 4-6 mpg out of this engine for the 1100 mile trip. Therefore, I tend to waste and hour here and there doing small things I can do with the resources I have available. I got my temporary tags yesterday and then took a huge load of garbage to the local transfer station. Cost me $82... yikes!!! That was some expensive garbage.

Things will move along faster while we are down in Arizona. The weather is more permitting to working outdoors and the snowbird season will bring better work than what we have been able to find here. I'm just hoping that we won't end up working so much that we can't find the time to work on the bus. We'll see how it goes once we get there. I had hoped to get things relatively done sometime in spring.

Once again... it's cool to see someone from my neck of the woods. I love all the metal work you did in your bus, if not envy it. Looks great!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:45 AM   #28
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Shadoll. It is great that you named your bus Transmogrify. It is one of my favorite words. It is a word that few people ever use. It is a word that few people know the meaning of.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:54 AM   #29
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Hey.. wow.. Accordian (aka Rudy) (caught your Bilwinkle act on Youtube) I am honored that you have responded to my post. WOW. I read like 17 of your pages so far until you go to the diesel engine stuff. Mine's gas.

I kinda tweaked the word 'cuz I like Transmogrifie better.. as a name.

I am anxious to start tearing into the floor of my bus but the title hasn't been secured yet, got it parked and got the keys. I just got it like last week literally. And I've never done anything like this before but I've wanted a bus most of my life. And I ain't no spring chicken. I have secured the borrowing of some tools that I'll need.. and I bought a sink.

I also work full time and until I can get 'in' the bus and out from under the rent I'm paying, things are gonna go real slow. (so I hope I don't leave anyone holding their breath.)

OK.. gotta start my own string and get off Henukaw's string. Thanks Bansil for the help.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:59 PM   #30
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OK.. gotta start my own string and get off Henukaw's string. Thanks Bansil for the help.
No worries about the thread hijack. It's good to see others people jumping on board the skoolie lifestyle. I dig your bus! Where in Arizona are you from? I assume by the picture that you are in the North-Centralish part of the state (judging by the foliage and terrain).

And... welcome to Skoolie.net. You will love it here and gain a ton of information for every question ya have.
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