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Old 09-04-2015, 08:43 PM   #21
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In talking with Hubby about this he commented that first off

In a boat the bladder gets vacuumed out eliminating any air in the bladder, not something that most likely will happen here.

He also said that there was no way he would even consider a used one....too many things that can go wrong. Degradation of the bladder. leaks & such mostly. No guarantee most likely in used bladders.

Also, you need to take into consideration that you still have to build a box to hold it in....you can't just suspend one under the bus like udders on a cow. The cost of a new tank & building a box would make it more expensive than buying a moulded tank.

There are soooooo many combinations, sizes, shapes of tanks that surely there would be one to accommodate your setup.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:41 PM   #22
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What is everyone's opinion on how to remove the lower wall section? I have all the screws out but it looks like it lips over underneath the window. I was not planning on removing any windows and would prefer not to have to remove them.













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Old 09-07-2015, 08:53 PM   #23
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Just pull the windows.

Don't skin over windows. Pull everything you can. Every bit helps drop unneeded weight. Less weight = more speed and better fuel economy.

I don't like seeing people trying to take shortcuts.

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:11 PM   #24
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The windows are one of the main draws to the school bus design. We want to be able to have some amazing panoramic views.

I haven't looked at replacements for all of them yet because I have this sneaking suspicion that it will be way more than I would want to allocate for new windows. The plan is to combat the windows with spray foam insulation on the entire shell of the bus minus the floor. Still contemplating doing it though depends on what the final interior height would be.

As we are not doing a roof raise we are going to instead put a roof top deck on the back half and a custom 2'x3' skylight in the front that will add an additional 8" of height for the living space and the back will be strictly a sitting lounge and bedroom.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:28 PM   #25
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:10 PM   #26
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What is everyone's opinion on how to remove the lower wall section? I have all the screws out but it looks like it lips over underneath the window. I was not planning on removing any windows and would prefer not to have to remove them.













I had to shear off those panels right under the upper edge with a chisel on an air hammer. A cutoff would work too.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:16 PM   #27
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If you like the windows, put them back in when your done.

If your grinding anywhere near them, they should have been removed or covered anyway to prevent damage.

IMO School bus windows suck in every way. No screens, they leak air and water, transmit cold and heat, ect.

If you want a panoramic view, you need to stand or sit in the front of my bus and have a look. The real home windows, combined with the 2 foot roof raise makes for a true panoramic view, with a full site of the sky.

That is something you just don't get with school bus windows and no roof raise.

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Old 09-08-2015, 03:35 PM   #28
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Exactly thanks Tango!

Thanks for the info EastCoastCB

Still looking into some alternatives but at the moment I'm looking at removing the windows and reinstalling them. Or I am going to shear off the wall.
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There are some pics in my thread "Roll your own".
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:03 PM   #30
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Just went back over your thread and that looks exactly what I might try tomorrow after I get the tools tonight or tomorrow morning.
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