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Old 05-07-2016, 09:30 AM   #11
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Then started the Subfloor


Then preparing for framing and walls, we used the half inch primed and ready for paint plywood for most things, Liquid Nails on almost every single contact point


We made a nice pattern with cardboard for the roof cuts:



By the end of the second day we were here:
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:46 AM   #12
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On the fridge and pantry we decided to build slide-out pantry drawers, after measuring the fridge we would eventually buy we got with it.


This completed the 3rd working day of the conversion, we then decided to go ahead and get the carpet installed and build on top of the rest.



The problem we have is we don't a lot of pictures while working and stay focused on getting things done, so there's gonna be a lot of gaps. But by the end of the 4th complete day here is where we stood.




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Old 05-07-2016, 10:57 AM   #13
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Nice work. You guys are hauling butt in this build.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:08 PM   #14
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Then we started wiring away. as of now the bus has 54 outlets in it.
I know, I know...

But first, This bad boy right here.

3000 Watt Pure Sine wave Inverter/Charger by AIMS.
Tied to to six 6 Volt Batteries wired for 12 volts, I know this looks like a hot mess, but it's a preliminary install photo, LOL. we also ordered 4/0 welding lead wire straight from amazon and made all of our connections.


The first junction box you see in the photo above is to split incoming power to the inverter and also acts like a main breaker for the 50 amp service. here's a diagram for all the A/C wiring. If you are interested in seeing more and a more comprehensive write-up about it, please just visit the BLOG. (maybe I could just copy and paste it???)

https://tatumskoolie.wordpress.com/2.../03/ac-wiring/



The beauty of this set up is the ability to transfer power to the inverter seamlessly and if for some reason I can only hook up to a regular 15 amp extension cord then I can also pass that power through the inverter to the panel above, then, if for some reason the power fails or I trip the breaker on that small cord the inverter takes over automatically and uninterrupted. (like a computer backup power supply) once we reach our destination I can hook up to 50 amp and wait for the inverter to kick over to AC power then flip the transfer switch and give the Bus the 50 amp service directly while the inverter maintains the battery bank.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:25 PM   #15
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Anyone trip over the wheel arch yet?
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:24 AM   #16
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You all look happy enough
I like seeing different approaches, it helps me figure out what style fits me best.
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:31 AM   #17
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Excellent job and lots of pictures! What's not to like?
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:17 AM   #18
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Thanks guys, I'm hoping there's a Texas Oklahoma meet up one day.
As far as the wheel arch goes, we were hesitant about the floor plan at first, but now it's awesome to have the separate living room at the back and I often find myself or a kid actually resting their head on that wheel hump staring at their phone or tablet.
Just sprawled out in the hallway...
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:14 PM   #19
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The bus looks nice. I'm glad the transmission swap was painless. Not one Allison shop could or would give me a straight answer about exactly what I needed to do mine. Some said crank adapter,linkage, shifter, etc. Did you buy new a flex plate.\

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Old 05-09-2016, 07:53 PM   #20
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The bus looks nice. I'm glad the transmission swap was painless. Not one Allison shop could or would give me a straight answer about exactly what I needed to do mine. Some said crank adapter,linkage, shifter, etc. Did you buy new a flex plate.\

Thanks for the PM.
I hear you, I called several shops and a local transmission shop that I just felt could do anything. Sadly, mechanics these days are just "parts swappers" and lack real problem solving and creativity. Wait. ✋ I take that back. I guess I was just frustrated.

I ordered the flex plate from international in fort worth, had to also get new crank bolts because I didn't need the two inch spacer on the crank anymore, they were metric 12x1.25 50mm long (fine thread). And the adapters for the cooing lines. Everything else matched perfectly.
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