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Old 01-03-2016, 02:32 PM   #411
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I'm really pulling for you on this (mainly so I can copy you later LOL). Good luck and definitely keep us posted.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:08 PM   #412
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Great job! Hadn't thought about an AC unit under the bus....may look into stealing your idea.
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Old 01-11-2016, 03:11 PM   #413
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Been working on the solar panel mount as time permits. It'll mount directly into the outer flanges of the body bows.








I'm making it adjustable by using boat trailer tongue jacks as actuators. I removed their mounts and cut off the wheel mount on the end.




I then made mounts for the cross pin and welded into place. The cross pins also sit in bronze bushings.



The crank handles will be removed and shafts made to replace them (similar to what I did with my stabilizer jacks). The shafts will be the other end connection and pivot as well as connect the two jacks together and allow extending (cranking) with a cordless drill to adjust the angle from flat (for road travel) to whatever angle maximizes solar exposure.

I also scored two used air ride seats I'll rebuild. I removed the right arm on the one to see what's wrong with it. Gonna have to replace the inner ratchet adjuster. Lori will sew new skins for the seats as these are torn and stained. To be expected for $50.00 each!! I'll clean up, sand, paint and grease the bases. Both are airtight with lift and triple lumbar adjustment. It just so happened my son and daughter were visiting the town where these were located almost 5 hours away this weekend saving me a road trip. I love it when a plan comes together ����!



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Old 01-11-2016, 03:38 PM   #414
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Great job! Hadn't thought about an AC unit under the bus....may look into stealing your idea.
Lol, I know right? Seems like it belongs there!
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Old 01-11-2016, 03:58 PM   #415
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I just wish I had room under my shorty for the window unit A/C. Much better there!
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:25 PM   #416
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Just checking in. Things have been a bit crazy here the past few weeks. Neighbors have a "composting" facility next door and began taking in municipal sludge. Think 40 acre pit latrine with odours so bad you can hardly breathe at times. We're talking to them about a buyout as they would like to have my shop and amenities we've built on the place. So far a big difference between what they're offering and what we're asking to rebuild what's taken ten years to build here. As such, I might be using the bus as a moving vehicle. I did get the solar panel mount primed but waiting for the wind to lay down to paint. Been working the past couple days on wiring. Because of the interior plans were running the tail light writing under the body rather than the stock chase. Not as easy as it sounds but I did get all the rear lights wires hanging down today. I'll get pics up hopefully soon.
On another note, has anyone considered using Monstaliner as an exterior finish? I like the durability, low maintenance, sound deadening quality, etc... I think it's a bit ridiculous to do an automotive finish on a riveted vehicle. I was planning on doing something like this below the floor anyhow. Looking at some of the full body paint jobs on off road vehicles, I like how they look. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:43 PM   #417
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Oh dear. Sorry to hear about your composting neighbor!

I haven't seen the Monstaliner. I suppose it must be similar to the one-part Herculiner I used several years ago. That stuff was advertised as roll-on, but in my opinion looked much better when I applied it with a cheap undercoat spray gun instead. It ended up pretty thin in places and also very coarse, ie abrasive to your arm or other exposed flesh that might rub against it, when applied by roller.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:21 PM   #418
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[QUOTE=I haven't seen the Monstaliner. I suppose it must be similar to the one-part Herculiner I used several years ago. That stuff was advertised as roll-on, but in my opinion looked much better when I applied it with a cheap undercoat spray gun instead. It ended up pretty thin in places and also very coarse, ie abrasive to your arm or other exposed flesh that might rub against it, when applied by roller.[/QUOTE]

Monstaliner and Raptor are two part systems. While Monstaliner is sold as a roll on, it can be sprayed. Raptor is a spray on. I agree, some of these can end up way too coarse. Slightly textured but level is what I'm looking for. I'm thinking when boondocking, a durable surface will serve me much better.
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:03 AM   #419
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Letting it all hang out 😁😁!




Gonna test everything today before running the harness from front to rear.
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:22 AM   #420
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Our community waste treatment plant smells up half the municipality. I couldn't imagine your situation, Sojourner.
I'm working on buying land this year or next, and would hate to end up with a "neighbor" like that.
You should come down, give me a hand raising my roof, and take these windows you want!
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