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Old 12-09-2013, 06:30 AM   #21
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Hey Nat,
Thanks for the encouragement. I have spent 25 years as a yacht mechanic so yes I do know the issues possible with electrical gauges. Most are with calibration issues (tach's and such) though and even in as corrosive and vibration prone environment as boats they seem to hold up surprisingly well, all things considered. The current gauge cluster does in fact utilize a mechanical oil pressure and air pressure gauges. Temp will be mechanical if possible as well. All others, due to distance will have to have sensors. As far as the doors, I was looking at the unit yesterday and found that the sheet metal I would be dealing with is flat anyhow. Adapting the doors off a cab should be fairy easy (famous last words ). I'm looking at electric step units for cab access but my wife says "too expensive". The only other solution is to use countersunk foot holds and handrails to climb aboard. We're both truck drivers kids so this might be a bit nostalgic to us, however, we are not nearly as young as we used to be and as of present have not found out how to reverse the aging process. Thinking ahead for the future.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:43 PM   #22
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Got a bit more done today. I had previously got all the seats loose and tried to sell them on craigslist but no go. So, I spent part of the day getting the upholstery off and tossing them outside in one pile and the metal frames in another. They're going to the metal scrapyard on Friday.
Getting the last one done. Lori spent most of the time sweeping over and over. I think you could sweep for a week and not get all the dust out of this one.


The customary pic of a pile of upholstery.


Stacking the frames.


Got it pretty much emptied out.


I've been working on some projects (launching a new business http://www.myaquafarm.com) before I'll be able to devote a lot of time to the project but even though it's a dirty job at this point it is good to finally see an empty floor. I'm going to strip the entire inside, in the near future, as I get the time since this part actually doesn't take much for money.

If I remember, I'm going to check out a local semi salvage yard tomorrow to see if I can pick up a cab reasonable to salvage the doors.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:38 AM   #23
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it's always amazing when it's cleaned out and you look and say "dang, that's a lot of room"
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I've been working on some projects (launching a new business http://www.myaquafarm.com) before I'll be able to devote a lot of time to the project but even though it's a dirty job at this point it is good to finally see an empty floor. I'm going to strip the entire inside, in the near future, as I get the time since this part actually doesn't take much for money.
Love the aqua farm approach. Since you have all this free time You should come up with a skoolie sized system that we can take on the road. I think there would be a few interested, not sure there are enough of us to help you make a profit though.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:40 AM   #25
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Love the aqua farm approach. Since you have all this free time You should come up with a skoolie sized system that we can take on the road. I think there would be a few interested, not sure there are enough of us to help you make a profit though.
Not sure if you know it or not but I'm the guy who wrote the Barrel-ponics manual http://www.fastonline.org/images/man...ics_manual.pdf and released it free in 2005 (the first to give this info away). Unless it can be profitable, I can't afford to develop any more systems. The cost of "free to others' has been very high personally. Unfortunately, I can no longer afford to do things that aren't profitable at this time. The My AquaFarm system takes up only 24sq.ft. though and would be something done on a trailer/greenhouse (thinking of doing that myself).
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:40 PM   #26
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Congratulations on the new Skoolie project and major kudos on the aqua-ponics venture. I hope is funds all of your dreams, cause it looks like you're already having fun.

What a close call on your maiden voyage; glad to see you pulled through that one with flying colours (pun intended). But seriously happy to hear it is a laughter spot in the past.

I have toyed with the idea of a small aqua-ponics system in my skoolie (when it happens) and had a few up front and obvious (to me) thoughts- first probably a good idea to have a water tight lid over the fishes, right? Second, how will the fish deal with the stress of movement and possibly bumping into the walls of the tank and what ever else may be in there?

Has anything like that been done? Or even someone with an aquarium?


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Old 12-13-2013, 06:12 PM   #27
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Hey Redbone,
You may have a few issues with doing aquaponics in a skoolie. Not saying it would be impossible or anything like that, just going to have some "issues". One is the weight, depending on the media you use these systems can get very heavy. Gravel is 110 lbs./cu. ft. and water is 8 lbs./gallon with 7.48 gallons per cu. ft. Needless to say they can be problematic. Lighter weight medias might have problems with plants falling out during travel. The other issues you will have is sloshing of the weight of the water during transport. In a large system that would equate to basically a lot of load shifting. The height of a system would also be an issue unless you were to depend on using extra pumps to move the water around. Honestly, you would be better off doing straight aquaculture with a half filled tank during transport (they won't get banged around too much unless heavily stocked) and "fertigating" soil based beds with fish water. The fish tank could be designed to throw the water back in to the tank during travel with a rounded inward facing edge. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:17 PM   #28
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Took the seat frames to the scrap yard today and sold them. While there, I asked the guy if he ever got any semi cabs or anything like that. I told him what I was doing (converting a school bus into an RV (Residential Vehicle)) and he was very interested. He said he did get cabs in and asked what I wanted it for. I told him I wanted to use the doors and frames and integrate them into the cab to make individual access into the cab like a semi truck. I gave him my card and he said he'd call me when the next one came in. Turns out I can buy the parts by the pound rather than the $450.00/door (minus the frame) from a salvage yard. Maybe if we're patient we can score some cool parts for Sojourner!!
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #29
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Gotta love scrap yards! When I was living in West Virginia not too long ago, there was a scrap yard that didn't care if you took scrap out. They just paid the difference of what you weighted, so you couldn't technically weight more when you left- for the owner and books' sake.

I hope your parts come too you fast as you are ready for them and as you need them. Looking forward to watching your build.

Thanks so much for the advice. I hadn't even thought about many of the points you brought up- I had thought about the weight, but never truly looked at numbers and the straight "fertigating"seems way easier to put in AND take out. Maybe it will make it into the final plans some how. I have no experience with aquaponics needless to say, so the types of media are foreign to me in that application. I'll keep what you have said in my ind when I do more research on this subject. Thanks again
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:14 PM   #30
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Looking forward to reading more about your busses transformation.. Where in SC do you live?? (Please say the low country) I'm in Bluffton and if your close by maybe I can give you some free labor
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