Thanks for the kind words!
The carpentry comes easy (I'm a builder) but I fret over the RV mechanicals and I'm learning as I go from the folks on the forum. Most of the idea's for my bus I've cherry picked from others on the forum and can't express enough how much I appreciate the time they took to take lot's of pictures and chronicle their experiences. This forum really is a prime example about how cool the internet can be.
I consider taking lot's of pictures and relating my experience as payback for what I've learned from everybody else.
Yesterday I got my 2 water tanks and water heater and cover!
Still waiting on my converter/charger, ss sink, accumulator tank, water pump strainer and outside gravity/city water fill unit.
I'm going to get started with installing the water tanks. The tanks are the 40 gallon RV tanks that Tri-State "Rock Your World" (apparently they make plastic rocks too
) sells on Ebay for $40 dollars each. They seem to be well made, with two taps on the bottom, one for the outlet to the pump and the other for the drain. They have a 1 3/8" tube and a tap on the top for the filler and the vent.
I wish it wasn't so damm cold today! (7deg right now with about 15mph wind) I dropped the wood stove off at the high school welding shop for some leg modifications yesterday. The stove is a heavy welded steel cylinder stove like the Jespers installed in their bus, but I added a door gasket and I'm changing the legs. The original legs are held on by thumb screws so they pack inside and they are long and not as heavy as I would like. I'm having the young welder studs install heavier steel pipe legs that will be shorter (my stove sits on a platform over the passenger side wheel well), welded to the stove and have a piece of 2"x 3/16" flat stock welded across the bottom of them so I can bolt the stove down nice and tight. This is an oil and gas town and we have excellent industrial arts/vocational training programs at our high school. The kids thrive on getting projects like this, they do an excellent job and for free!
(well, not counting our property taxes anyway)