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Old 09-22-2005, 12:27 PM   #1
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Though I'd start a new thread now that the bus has been named!

Got my tanks installed, both 92 gallons blackwater and potable water seen below. I've posted the blackwater tank installation here: http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-plumb.shtml and I'll post the rest in a day or two. I'm a little behind as the propane is also done but not posted.

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Old 09-22-2005, 01:27 PM   #2
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Not only is it an excellent installation, but your documentation is excellent, as well. Good job!

The spin-weld fittings are something that people need to be aware of if they buy polyethelene tanks. I was not aware of them, and the company I ordered from didn't mention that installing them took special equipment. I told the company just to send me the tank and I'd locate the fittings. I ended up not being able to install them, so I just cut holes in the tank (potable water tank) and ran pipes in from the top. It works okay, as the holes are fairly tight around the pipes, but I worry about sloshing causing leakage while in transit.

92 gallons is a good tank size, I think. I have a 40 gallon tank, and it lasts me about a 6 or 7 days.
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Old 09-22-2005, 06:46 PM   #3
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You can get a plastic welder at HarborFreight for $30. I have not personally used one though people that have like them.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/D ... mber=41592
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Old 09-23-2005, 09:03 AM   #4
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Beautiful Job VonSlatt...
I picked up our big 96 gallon fresh water tank from the same folks you did....
I was going to order the more 'typical' RV style Black water tanks from plastic-mart...but now that I see your install ( using a potable water tank for the Black water one)...
I think I'll do the same on our trailer.
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Old 09-23-2005, 02:32 PM   #5
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Great Job! I have read through your site a number of times since buying and working on my bus. Everytime I read it another aspect seems applicable.

Point of interest: When I toured the Blue Bird Factory I learned the buses that are used in New York state are generally the most expensive they produce (generally), there are exceptions I'm sure though. At over $100,000 each canadian. They have major saftey requirements. Just thought you might be interested.

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Old 09-23-2005, 04:17 PM   #6
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Gosh! Thanks!

More updates today:

Propane: http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-gas.shtml
Kitchen: http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-kitch.shtml
Bathroom: http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-bath.shtml

Almost caught up! I just have to post the finished kitchen cabinets, the potable water tank, and some lighting installation and I'll be up to date.
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Old 09-23-2005, 05:03 PM   #7
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re: format changes

I like the info on where you sourced your material. However some of the text is cut off on the right hand of the screen. Just thought i'd give you a heads up. -Richard
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Great documentation, bus is looking great.

Automatic tire chains!!!

I've never seen such a thing, it appears they lower in front of the wheel and spin so they throw themselves under the tire. Is this correct?
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Man! I'm gonna have to pull my album outta the gallery until I can post some pics that can keep up with you Jones's!

Hey, but that's some SERIOUSLY nice work you've done there! Ditto on the nice documentation.
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Great documentation, bus is looking great.

Automatic tire chains!!!

I've never seen such a thing, it appears they lower in front of the wheel and spin so they throw themselves under the tire. Is this correct?
Thanks! These guys have a movie of how a similar system works:

http://www.onspot.com/

Can't wait for the first snow! I want these things on my Towncar but they are only available for 1/2 ton pickup and larger vehicles.
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