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Old 08-20-2013, 09:09 PM   #131
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Diggin that red and silver. Great paint job.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:58 AM   #132
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So finally finished the sheet metal of the stairs and welded up some things i missed when building the framing for them in the winter... Now i just have to make some nicely stained wood tops for the steps with some grip tape to prevent slipping.

My protection bunker.... I was not getting weld splatter on my nice flooring hell or high water



Sheet in


And done...
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:27 PM   #133
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Turned out great,good job
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:30 PM   #134
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man, that looks great.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #135
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The stairs look great. Which sheet gauge did you pick for the job? It looks like maybe 1" 14 ga square tube for the frame..?
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #136
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The stairs look good, I thought about moving mine too.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:55 PM   #137
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Thanks!!

Family Wagon, I used 18 gauge sheet metal with 1"x1" - 1/8th wall square tube. In gauge thickness that's 11gauge i believe. I wanted the frame strong enough to take the force of a blown tire or released belt from the tire.

WM I have not seen a lot of people do it and for our design it made more sense for these reasons - Side by side driver and passenger, i don't want to have to walk over people sleeping in the front on the bed couch in the morning to get out of the bus. I was lucky enough to see it mostly done on kimberlinks build (viewtopic.php?f=9&t=27627)
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:15 PM   #138
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I'm logging this away for a future thing to think about. If I sacrificed some counter space, I could relocate as well, gain a co-pilot chair and eliminate walking on top of the beds when they are both folded out. Same reasons as you. Hmmmm....
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:01 PM   #139
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Did you end up getting insurance figured out? If so, who with?
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:00 AM   #140
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Jazty, yes I did for mine.
I talked to a lot insurance people before i actually ended up approaching my own company i am currently with for my truck and house.

Basically this is what i was told and learned in the process.
1) It's way easier to insure if you have multiple things with that company.
2) Don't use the word "School"!! I went in and had my ownership converted to recreational vehicle / passenger vehicle instead of commercial and told them it was an "RV" which is what it was registered as. When she asked me the body style i said it was a "bus" body...
3) Using a broker that deals with classic cars or specialized insurance is the way to go if you have no luck with your own company.

Hope that helps!

So i have spent the last few days and converted all the lights on the outside to LED. I was lucky to find the exact size round lights on sale at Princess Auto. It's by far been the easiest install on bus so far.

Here is the old beside the new:


All of the main ones done.. Still have to do reverse lights and lower tails / turns... I am not sure why you need the lower ones as it just duplicates the uppers. Maybe incase the uppers fail...
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