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Old 01-15-2008, 08:27 AM   #21
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really like your plans and drawings, I wish i could use that program that good.

If you need to get a mattress that will fit through every door buy a memory foam mattress. When new they are vacuum packed in boxes that fit in to any door. Once on the bed open the plastic and let the mattress expand for about 24 h before using it. Besides being able to fit it through your door some other benefits would be: more comfort then traditional spring mattress, no bouncing around if trying to sleep while driving down the road, your part of the bed does not move if your partner turns and tosses etc.


this one is from Costco, just do a search for memory foam

good luck with your conversion nice to see somebody else with a bunch of kids tackling this project. We got 6 little (or not so little anymore) ones.
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:36 AM   #22
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this is how our seating arrangement will probably look like, the 2 front seats will be on swivels.
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:13 PM   #23
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Awesome drawings. I have just one comment. Don't put the batteries under the bed or anywhere else that is inside in heated space. I say this for a few reasons. First is the safety issue. Also you are wasting primo heated space. Not sure what weather you'll be driving in, but, it seems to me that I would want to use that space for potable water rather than hanging it underneath where it is susceptible to freezing or heat, depending on the season, locale.

I'm guessing that there is enough room underneath for batteries and water, so, if I was doing it I'duse that space is for general storage of big stuff.

Make your bed hinged at the rear so you can lift it up to get at a single large storage compartment. It could be handy for stowing things that don't fit elsewhere.

And listen to elliot. Lifting it 2 ft or more is just as easy as going 18 inches.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:57 PM   #24
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I'm in with Swinada. That memory foam stuff will not only fit, but I think it is very comfortable. Keep us posted. Can't wait to see the progress.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:01 AM   #25
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Tonight I worked a little on details of the storage under the back bedroom. I wanted to clarify what I had in mind and see if it would address the concerns that have been expressed about having batteries inside the bus. Here's a rendering:


I am thinking that the battery compartment will not open anywhere inside the bus, but only have an access door and vents cut through the right outside wall of the bus. I am planning at this point to use AGM batteries, but I still want them compartmentalized away from the living space of the bus. Incidentally, that is right above where the engine battery compartment is. The approximate location of the new door would be something like this:


I like the location because it is near the engine and other batteries so any cabling involving those would be kept short.

Anyone see any problems with that design?
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:58 PM   #26
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Here's my plan for storage drawers under the front part of the queen bed. The rear part of the bed will rest on the engine box.


The long middle drawer will pull out through the bedroom door opening. I may shorten the middle drawer to leave room in the middle for the pump for the Sleep Number bed.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:26 PM   #27
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As with everyone else I am impressed with the detail of your planning. Me,I just jumped in with both eyes closed. When we started my girlfriend asked, "Shouldn't we plan first?" To which I replied, "Plan? (Homer Simpson look) What for?" And off we went. I'm sure it will come back to bite me. Anyway, great job and a great looking plan.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:13 AM   #28
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reprobate:
I have to admit that when I saw the photos of all the stuff you guys had done in a couple of days, I was wishing I could just dive in and not mess around with all the planning, etc. But I have been collecting tools, etc and making gradual real world progress so I don't feel too bad. I guess having some balance in between would be ideal.

I appreciate the kind remarks on my designs. I hope that nice drawings don't dissuade people from providing input on the design. I know that just because something can be drawn doesn't mean it's a good or practical idea...

I do think that going through the process of drawing the stuff in 3D causes me to think about a lot of things that I would otherwise overlook, but I need to get a reality check on it all too from the vast experience represented here.

BTW, I've decided to raise the roof higher now - I am thinking 20" now. I guess we'll see what it reaches by the time I actually do it...
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:13 AM   #29
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Truth be told, I had been planning on building my own travel trailer and was on the cusp of starting when I found this wonderful site and its great people. So with that kind of thinking in mind and having worked in construction the whole of my adult life the leap was not as much one of faith as I might lead to believe.
As you have found also this skoolie bunch is the best.

On a side note. I think what you are doing is wonderful. This bus will give your kids(and you) great memories they will never forget.

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Old 01-20-2008, 12:13 AM   #30
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Thanks!

Today we took the bus to Pops for a family outing since it's the last time there will be passenger seats for a while...

When we got home, I took out the remaining seats and the dividers behind the driver and by the stairwell. I also took up some more flooring. I can't believe how difficult it is to get up. I think those nasty twisted shank nails must be the secret to the All American's legendary strength and durability!

Anyway, it feels good to finally get all the seats out.

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