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Old 11-23-2010, 12:16 AM   #81
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And a few more just for smitty The throne roomThe heater I'm going to try. This is where it will store and run on "low" at times. I will sheath the inside area with 20 ga. and fireproof batting. Hopefully it won't catch fire. I will experiment with this, under adult supervision of course. It will be set up on an extendable hose to move it more inside the cabin when needed.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:23 AM   #82
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And last but not least. This is how the back is turning out. Found a cross bed deep tool box. cut it in half, welded an end in it and it fit right between the frame rails. The Passenger side holds the Jennys (2). That side also swings out for genset removal. There will be xtra storage compartment in front of the propane bottles. The rest of the bumper needs skinned out and custom covers made. Also have the start of the ladder to the roof rack. (way in the future)
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:49 AM   #83
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AND I ALMOST FORGOT! I did get the roof painted. Four thick coats of Koolseal elastromeric paint. I had both roof vents in then painted it, THEN i bought a 24" escape hatch after the fact. Don't say it..........
That should be enough pics to last for a while.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:00 AM   #84
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Papabear, It looks AWESOME!
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:59 AM   #85
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I love it! the mid way door is genius!! and it looks very professional inside!
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:16 PM   #86
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Very nice!

You would be surprised at how much heat those little heaters like that put out. We stuck my Little Buddy ( 8K/4.5K BTU) heater in the food cart. It keeps us toasty on LOW although you do need to watch the wind coming in the door if operating in that location. The wind will blow out the pilot light and "brick" (a problem we have since our serving window is a screened opening). Granted our cart is small but there is also no insulation and the floor has spaces between the planking.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:33 AM   #87
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Thanks for the replies all. It's 0 degrees with the sun shining and -16 with the breeze. Will put the new little heater to the test tonight. I will check the propane usage and battery draw running it through the night. I have 2-12V fans that will circulate the air and crack one roof vent. It shoud'nt get to sweaty inside. But like life - It's all an experiment.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:34 PM   #88
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... It's 0 degrees with the sun shining and -16 with the breeze...
Does it get warm in Wyoming? And I thought it was cold here in NM. Definitely will plan a trip to WY in the SUMMER when it is WARM! I gotta go see Devil's Tower while out this way.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:21 AM   #89
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Oh, man! I've got to clean the drool out of my keyboard! Very nice going.
The interior looks much nicer and sturdier than the six-figure "professional" plastic pusher palaces!

When I first saw your back deck, I thought it was designed to transport an ATV escape module, but there are always trailers for that. My only variation on your bus would be the roof ladder. After reading the NASCAR bus stories, I would put it on the inside to access the roof through a hatch, so that only invited guests and not wanderers can access the roof. But we all have our own preferences.

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Old 11-28-2010, 12:09 AM   #90
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FWIW at this page:
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you can download a paper model of a school bus. Use it to figure interior layout or color schemes.
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