OK, haven't updated for a while, so I thought I should.
We have been busy inside and out on our bird. I have been pluggin away at removing the rubber flooring to expose the rotten wood underneath.
Looks bad, but is coming along pretty well. I am welding up a heavy , homemade scraper to help separate the rubber from wood and wood from floor. I will attach a pic of the monster tool as soon as it is done. About half the screws holding the trim on will not come out, so am grinding heads off and will use vice-grips to get out what is left behind. On good weather days, I work on the outside of bus. I took off the stop sign and the wire thing hanging off the front bumper. Disconnected ( NOT CUT!) the wires to air control valve for both items, and discovered that I had nothing to cap off the air lines. Trip to hardware store....
After plugging lines and cutting and riveting patch panel over small hole in side of bus where stop sign was, I discovered that my stop lights in back would not go out! Even with key off and out of ignition, they stayed on./ As it was too late in evening, I just thru the battery disconnect switch and went in for the night.
Next day, I tackle the light issue. I looked into the switch panel and could not figure out how I could have messed up the wiring in there. Bright idea alert! I opened the back panel so I could see the lights from drivers area, pushed down on the break pedal, and when I let up the lights went off....kindof. Seems the switch in pedal action is sticking, so now I know what needs to be fixed
Nice to know what it is instead of racking brain wondering.
Still haven't figured out the fuel gauge issue, but that might be left for a pro to look at later in build.
Still drawing up and considering floor plans, have a few ideas, but nothing definite. We have decided the shower will sit in the middle of bus because it offers the max headroom, and walkway will be down drivers side to access the bedroom in back. We will also try to have two water heaters, one for shower and one for kitchen sink. These will be gas fired and on demand.
I am also playing with the idea of creating a plumbing nightmare. I want to think about using grey water to flush toilet. I would need an additional tank, but storage room is not an issue, I have under belly cargo holds that will provide the space with a lot of bracing. I think I would have to plumb from sinks and shower into grey water tank, and then have a demand pump to the toilet and into black water tank. I will have an exterior drain for grey water for when we are at RV dump facility, but the option of using this water instead of fresh is appealing. Any ideas about this? has anyone else done this, or is it a common practice?
As always, thanks to all the experience out there that inspires us all.