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Old 05-14-2015, 09:45 AM   #331
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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!
Thanks! As for the frames for the storage, it will make sense when I post a good photo from underneath, but basically, because there is no room. Same for a larger diesel tank, no room. Sounds cray but the storage compartments are huge. Also, adding a bigger diesel tank is opening a big 60 gallon can of worms that I am not trying to do right now, as I am leaving in about a month and have plenty to do before then!!

Thanks for the hospitality offer. I will need to compile a cross country contact list!
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:49 AM   #332
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:31 PM   #333
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Way to go porkchopsandwiches....

I just bought a 40 Ft Thomas....totally enjoyed reading your Build...wasted half my day...lol

I am In Eugene, Oregon. I have a Full shop....I mechanic and Fabricate here at home, and Do Rescue Dog transport Coast to Coast....

I just bought this Bus to turn it into a Dog transport Vehicle but keep it Modular, so I can remove doggy gear, and Swap in RV gear for a Few Trips a Year with my Kids before they all grow out of the house.

When I was A kid, My Dad drove us from Oregon to SC and FL in a 78 VW Bus....2 adults and 4 kids....Best Summer vacation Ever....

Pm me....I will give you my info...you will be sliding right thru here it looks Like.... I have a Place to Park, and will be Working on my BEAST......

Always Way cool to See a Young guy with Drive....;)

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Old 06-01-2015, 11:06 AM   #334
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Haven't updated in a bit so here goes:



This was my ingenious solution for the curtain rod hangers. Pipe hangers + threaded rod + EMT conduit did the trick. I wasn't sure if that was clear in the photos.



Here we are painting all the metal bits for storage and water - we just thinned some oil-based RustOleum gloss black and ran it through an HVLP sprayer. Laid it on reeeeal thick and we were good to go. The paint is still drying in some places a week later, maybe a bit too thick.



These are the finished fresh water tank mounts:



Fabric we got for curtains - $12:



The not-so-elegant solution for droppin' deuces or thrices (not looking forward to this):



We painted up some of the unfinished areas in the bus with the rustoleum gloss and put covers back where they belong which really ties the room together:



Reinstalled the ill-fitting stock wiring covers:



Current photo of the state of the Interior (minus the RGB LEDs because I forgot to turn them on):



Crapper room + spray foam. I have a 4" bilge fan from a boat we will use to ventilate this area:



Completed interior shower. I don't like FRP but it is cheap and convenient for this purpose. The ceiling is 3003 aluminum that I probably paid way too much for, but it looks cool so there is that.





As you can see, we are leaving in like 2 weeks and I have yet to do any plumbing at all. Luckily PEX is easy to work with...

The now very crowded under-side of the bus:



The driver side storage compartment is hung, both fresh tanks, both grey tanks, and the passenger side storage compartment (pictured) is ready to be hung. Then I will install plumbing, hit my head a lot, relocate heater hoses (will have heater hooked up in case we start overheating) and tie up wiring. The Webasto / compartment still needs to go back in, but I may skip that and just tie the plumbing together for now.

Our rigged concept for window screens - fiberglass screen gorilla taped to metal 5/16 dowel that sits in the rain gutter and gets taut-ed by magnets. Stupid, yes. Functional, yes:



Exterior shower (says so right on the box so I don't forget):





I have a lot of plumbing and electrical work to do this week. Anyone want to come to DC and help? I'll make you food.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:22 AM   #335
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Our rigged concept for window screens - fiberglass screen gorilla taped to metal 5/16 dowel that sits in the rain gutter and gets taut-ed by magnets. Stupid, yes. Functional, yes:

Not stupid- economical. As well as adapting and overcoming.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:05 PM   #336
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Superb job on the tank mounts! I grinned when I saw that lovely spread of metal components all freshly painted.
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:09 PM   #337
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Superb job on the tank mounts! I grinned when I saw that lovely spread of metal components all freshly painted.
Thanks! I hope they hold up well as they look! I love it too but they got all scraped up when putting them in, so they will need a re-coat
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Completed interior shower. I don't like FRP but it is cheap and convenient for this purpose. The ceiling is 3003 aluminum that I probably paid way too much for, but it looks cool so there is that.
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Lookin' good. I totally hear you on the fuel tanks. I over doubled my capacity (from 65 gallons to 140) and it was a major undertaking. Glad I did though. couldn't imagine taking things apart to rework everything.
Love the color, by the way.
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:27 PM   #340
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