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Old 03-09-2010, 11:31 PM   #11
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So, while I am at my inlaws for the week, figured I might as well be doing some research. So, I have been researching an in floor heating system that will also heat my potable water involving a Webasto diesel coolant heater, my engine when underway, and a tankless heater to suplement(if needed). Lots of fun researching so far, and I think it'll work pretty slick. Also having fun playing with google sketchup coming up with floor plans. Anyway, if anyone who has an infloor has any specific advice for me, feel free to share. Thanks!!
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:13 PM   #12
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WOW. What was really wrong with the wiring that you had to basically start from scratch? Thats a CRAPLOAD of work!
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:03 PM   #13
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Nothing was wrong with it, I just know that from a troubleshooting standpoint things are MUCH easier if there isn't a crapload of uneccesary stuff. I'm always trying to figure out how things work, in case something fails, and there was a MASS of wiring there that was all for the flashers and misc. safety stuff. I will be building my own custom console, and removing all the junk will make it much easier.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:43 PM   #14
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Re: Jake's first skoolie...

Yep, one of the first things I did on my bus was start tracing wiring, and labeling everything. Anything not required has been removed.

So far, approximately 50% of the wiring in the overhead control panel was removable.

I'm also planning to rebuild my control console, and I plan to put mine to the left, under the window, instead of over the driver's head. I also have to make room for the all important Cup Holder.

Keep up the good work Jake. It looks like you're making a lot of progress.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:42 PM   #15
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Thanks guys! Yes Smitty, the heater box will go back in, and then I'll build the new console on top of it. It does look nice with all that space up there! I hope I can make the new console a little more efficient...I don't like wasted space. This has been fun so far, I just hope I can keep my momentum going. I can't wait to get back at it next week! This is what I've been working on this week. Trying to get Google Sketchup figured out

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Old 03-15-2010, 01:33 AM   #16
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cool bus, cool designing program use...can't get away from pencil and paper myself....thank goodness for erasers
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:54 PM   #17
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MoliskaIH, thanks! The pencil and paper come out first, and then it's on to the design software. I enjoy being able to move things around quickly and easily, and the computer works best for me there. I also can visualize things better with the 3D. I can even look at it from what would be eye level and "walk around"! I looked at your project. Looks like you also enjoy jumping right in and tackling a project, very impressive!! I have a newer tent trailer without a title that I am stripping a lot of stuff out of to use in the bus, similar to what you are doing.

Anyway, the electrical is all put back together with everything working as it should. No more buzzers, interlocks, flasher wiring mess, etc... Just what's needed for my lights, nice and clean! The remaining wires hanging are for my heated mirrors, front heater fans, and my wipers. It took me about 5 hrs. to tear it all apart, clean it up, and then put it back together. I have ground all the rust off the floor, treated the areas where I ground with Rustoleum Rust Reformer, and primed it. I used Rustoleum's "Rusty Metal Primer". The rust wasn't that bad, but I would much rather go with overkill in this area. I will be painting it tomorrow.

I think the biggest obstacle in front of me right now is the in floor heat. I am NOT looking forward to routing all the pex!! Seriously wondering if it is worth it...haven't really made up my mind yet. I KNOW that once it is done, I will love it. No fans, nice even heat, warm floors, and diesel as the only needed fuel...perfect! Anyway, I'll keep thinking about it.

Here are the pics of what I have done so far.



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Old 03-23-2010, 09:57 PM   #18
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man-o-man... looking good!
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:32 AM   #19
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Here are some pics of where I am at so far. I have my insulation (3/4") installed and my plywood subfloor. I did use rosin paper under the foam. I tried to keep the plywood as "floating" as possible. I know it needs to be secure, but I don't want more holes in the floor than I need. My solution was to put down 3.5"x3.5" pine squares in the center of every seam, and where ever else I deemed necessary. I did not put any along the sides. Instead, I will have 2x2's running along the perimeter holding the plywood down tight around the edges. Doing it this way, it is secure, allows for expansion/contraction, minimized the number of holes in the floor, and will be fairly simple to remove if I ever need to. I did use liquid nails as well as screws on the blocks. I did have to go through it and put a few extra screws in to make sure my seams were flush. I am very happy with it so far...! One reason I can get away with doing it this way is that I am installing a floating laminate floor from front to back with a nice pad/underlayment that takes up fairly large imperfections. Anyway, here are the pics. More should be posted tomorrow as I hope to get the flooring installed. I'll get a pic of the front, too. I was able to get it all in one piece, not sections.



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Old 03-27-2010, 09:56 PM   #20
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Thanks Smitty! I left an 1/8" gap between my sheets and between my sheets and the wall. I then filled the gaps with liquid nails. I figured that should eliminate any squeaks. I actually got the laminate flooring in today. It looks beautiful! Now I just have to get the knotty pine on the walls (at least up to the windows), and then I'll be ready to start installing stuff!! I am leaving the area under the chair rail for running wiring a stuff, and then that will be covered with paneling once I'm done.
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