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Old 05-07-2015, 02:03 PM   #321
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I highly recommend hy 12 from nagshead down to Hatteras and take the ferries to okra-coke and ferry to cedar point and then down to Wilmington follow the coast

I can give advice about hwy 158 at Elizabeth city to Kitty Hawk down to 64/12 junction and down 12 to Wilmington route etc.

sounds fun
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:56 PM   #322
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I live in wilmington nc, send me a pm for phone number, I'd like to check out the bus and will be of assistance anyway I can. I usually work 60+ hours a week but on the weekend or via phone.

Have fun! And nice work on the tanks, so much space under the bus anyway. I don't know why they are so tall but with so little under the floor, I geuss to get on 22.5 " wheels
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:08 AM   #323
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You're going to have a great time and make some memories on that trip! It's awesome you have so much family support too.
I know, I can't wait. I have a ton of great memories and stories just from our 6 day trip to Memphis, Asheville and Blacksburg about this time last year. My family is unbelievably supportive of all that I do, including taking time off college to do this and working my ass off at multiple jobs to pay for it (though they do help financially sometimes, as they are able to). I think building this combined with my work experience during my "time off" will help me be a more well rounded person. I also REALLY have to thank my next door neighbor for allowing me to keep the big heap of a bus IN HIS SIDE YARD. FOR FREE. FOR OVER A YEAR. THANK YOU STEVE. I have never had a single complaint from my neighbors about noise from tools (I am generally courteous and don't work with loud tools past 9 pm).

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Thoughts on the A/C: you might find that 10k BTU doesn't go very far. Sounds like you won't be running it while underway (when air leakage is worst because of the wind), which is good. Might be worth having of a backup plan to zone the bus so that you're cooling a smaller section -- maybe use magnets to hang a bed sheet or tarp for example. Such a curtain won't need a really good seal around the edges to make a big difference. The 10k BTU will probably do a great job of cooling a smaller portion of the bus.
I didn't think the 10k BTUs will go very far. But I didn't want to do roof units, and I didn't think I would be in a spot where I would have power to run it particularly often. I will probably use your sheet idea to block off the front of the bus (drivers seat forward) because that is a huge air leakage spot.

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On the window screen: it might be important to have the edges well-sealed. Insects like to land and crawl around when they're drawn toward a light at night, and perimeter gaps could be a problem (less of a problem than no screens at all, though!). Maybe you could build a scroll with screen instead of parchment: a pair of horizontal rods with window screen between them. Attach self-stick foam gasket onto the rods, like the 1" square kind used around window A/C units, as a seal between the rods and bus wall. Then use magnets to close off the sides. Make it long so that it can span across several window bays to minimize the number of sides that have to be closed off. The rods could hang in brackets that wedge them and compresses the foam seal against the wall.
Absolutely I will have the edges sealed. I can't quite visualize what you mean by the scroll thing, but I think I have a general idea of what you are talking about. Or another idea like it, at least.

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What!? No stop at Area 51?
Haha. I only have 6 weeks! In order to do this trip properly I would need 6 months at LEAST (and a lot of money)!

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LOVE to see ya since you'll be driving by Katy Texas!!! Since my Thomas is very similar I'd enjoy comparing notes if you have the time. Let me know. I just had an interview for a major promotion as a parts manager at my ISD. Maybe I'll have that position by the time you get here......

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Sure thing! You got a place for us to stay for a night? Parking space and an outlet?

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What do you have for a fuel tank in that rig, porkchopsandwiches? How much distance to you get per tank? I only had a 37 gallon and wish I had my second 75 gallon tank installed when I scooted around the states this winter. It seems that fuel stations within a 40-50 mile radius of the National parks want a good bit more for their diesel. Same goes for the tiny mountain towns and, of course, buses get thirsty when driving upwards towards the sky. It would've been nice to skip some of those stations.
I have a 60 gallon unit. Though it is really only 45 that I use because I never run it below 1/4 tank. The gauge, when reading, is pretty accurate, but it only reads sometimes. I think something is gummed up on the sender because it will stick, especially at 2/3 and 1/3 tank, until I hit a big bump in the road or something to dislodge it.

I am likely going to have two or three 5 gallon jerry cans in the storage bins, but I was looking at NorthernTool to see if one of those pickup truck bed fuel tanks with the pump and nozzle would be feasible. Probably not though. I don't want to take up that much storage space, don't want to carry that much fuel outboard of the frame, and there is not a ton of space left under the bus to mount another tank. That is a good point though, then when I find some real cheap diesel I can stock up!

Anyone have a good source for military surplus jerry cans?

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Wow, All I can say is you the man.

Great job, that will all be more than strong enough.

Enjoy this all while your young. I'm so happy for you being able to go on this trip.

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Thank you sir, I know if I have your approval (except my liberal use of wood-related products) then I must be doing something right! I am glad I had this opportunity to do this. I'll enjoy the sh!t out of it!
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:12 AM   #324
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I highly recommend hy 12 from nagshead down to Hatteras and take the ferries to okra-coke and ferry to cedar point and then down to Wilmington follow the coast

I can give advice about hwy 158 at Elizabeth city to Kitty Hawk down to 64/12 junction and down 12 to Wilmington route etc.

sounds fun
I was reading your thread and the trip you went on there. You did go there right? And that wasn't someone else's thread I am thinking of? Haha. Thanks. PM me any advice you have, it will be greatly appreciated!

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I live in wilmington nc, send me a pm for phone number, I'd like to check out the bus and will be of assistance anyway I can. I usually work 60+ hours a week but on the weekend or via phone.

Have fun! And nice work on the tanks, so much space under the bus anyway. I don't know why they are so tall but with so little under the floor, I geuss to get on 22.5 " wheels
Will do! I think it is a number of factors. One, once you have the height of the wheels, the axles to support them, the leafs and the C channel to hold a ton of weight, you are up high, and it doubles as safety. If this bus gets T bones by a Suburban, the kids are higher than it and won't get impacted. Just a guess but it makes sense.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:20 AM   #325
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:25 AM   #326
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:33 PM   #327
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:16 PM   #328
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PCS,

We'll have a HUGE lot in about three weeks. We're moving to a new-to-us apartment. It's close to I 10 and there are good supermarkets and whatnot to restock/resupply/refuel. The H.E.B. has the CHEAPEST prices on good quality diesel just down the street from us. The current price is about $2.35 or so. GREAT brisket, chops, and other goodies. Look forward to seeing ya here!
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:47 PM   #329
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awesome trip, and great build thread.

Hit me up while you're in Utah if you want to know some great places to hike, camp for free, explore, etc. We may even join you if the timing is right!
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:21 PM   #330
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It would appear as if you are getting ready to head out on a trip of a lifetime!

Sometimes a quick trip like what you are planning results in seeing stuff you wouldn't see on a longer trip due to the prior planning. Just make sure you don't get so tied to the schedule that you don't slow down and smell the roses along the way.

One of the things I didn't like about the trips we made when I was a kid was my dad was always big on "making time". We were on vacation. I never understood what the big deal was about "making time".

Now that I am a parent I understand a little more about "making time". However, I always try to make sure there is always enough time to stop and enjoy the view, use the bathroom, stretch the legs, or change the schedule. Life is too short to always be pressing onward.

When you get to the left coast drop us a line. We live a mile from I-5 exit #68 in WA, a little more than an hour north of Portland and a little more than two hours south of Seattle.

In regards to your fuel tank issues, instead of stocking up on spare fuel cans or an auxiliary fuel tank why not just install a larger fuel tank. Finding a larger school bus tank might be a little difficult but finding a larger fuel tank off of a truck shouldn't be that hard. Most of them will fit between the frame rail and the fender skirting. And if the fender skirting gets in the way it isn't hard to remove it.

I am wondering why you didn't make the frame for your compartments go all the way across under the bus. It might make accessing the tanks a little difficult if you ever have to repair anything but it seems a shame to not use the space that is available.

Make sure and give us a shout when you are in the neighborhood. We will be home most of the time during the week for the month of July.

Good luck and happy trails!
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