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Old 01-06-2015, 01:42 PM   #291
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....and you can keep your bunks ANYWAY - just with the option of having even MORE space when you want/need it!!

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Old 01-06-2015, 03:53 PM   #292
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Those costco chairs seem pretty nice. I copied the design I mentioned from the monstrans folding chair:

http://www.monstrans.com/folding-chair/

Their variant uses bamboo plywood, I figured it can't hurt to at least spend an hour or two and build a prototype out of 3/4" ply and see what happens when I park my butt on one - I'll use the same ply as the work table surface anyway.

My "seat of pants" feeling is that it might work simply because most of the frame work is in a vertical orientation and pretty strong that way. I could always get them waterjet cut from aluminum plate! ;)

I am planning on utilizing retainer straps on the mattresses. The design is intended to use the ikea malfors mattress and the ikea luroy slatted bed base. The bed base slats will be retained with a strip of metal covering the ends of the slats so they don't fall out of the frame, and allow for flexing.

Part of the folding design is to "encourage" the kids to keep their things neat. I don't want the bunks to become holes to collect kid cruft.

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Thanks for more visual explanation. Now it all make sense.

A couple of things to consider:

I do see you have a great idea how to utilize space properly but I see a potential problem. You (or somebody) will have to fold/unfold beds every time somebody wants to sleep/have a nap etc. This will be a fun at the beginning but later.... you know.... So you have to make it almost automatic.

1. I would fasten mattresses to bed's frames (velcro, nails, screws, superglue, etc)

2. I would use bed sheets with elastic bands (like toddlers sheets).

3. I would have a bed cover with elastic bands attached on the inside side of the mattress(the wall side). You will have to pull it toward you and cover the bed in one move, then you can lift the bed.

The other thing is your chairs. I think regular 3/4" plywood won't hold. You will have to reinforce it with some crazy epoxy/fiber mix. We have very nice very strong very compact foldable chairs from Costco:
http://www.irv2.com/forums/attachmen...1&d=1254881802

They don't fold to nothing like yours(3/4") but you have enough room under lower bank bed when it is down and when bed is up you will need chairs anyways. This will also give some head room and you won't need to lift chairs up and attach them every time.....
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:23 PM   #293
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Great job on your build progress so far. I appreciate your craftsmanship and attention to detail. I have wanted to do a roof raise on my bus from the beginning and at first was thinking of going 3 feet. After contemplating for about 2 years now and seeing the way you did yours.....I think now I have my mind set on doing something very similar to yours. I truly like the aesthetic look of it from the outside and the added space it provides inside. Thank you for your inspiration!
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:29 AM   #294
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This conversation makes me think about the old VW pop top conversion vans. The roof was separated and had folding support arms that raised/tilted the top up for headroom when parked.
Don't mean to highjack this thread but MuddaEarth got me thinking. Why not do the same to a full size bus?
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:40 AM   #295
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This conversation makes me think about the old VW pop top conversion vans. The roof was separated and had folding support arms that raised/tilted the top up for headroom when parked.
Don't mean to highjack this thread but MuddaEarth got me thinking. Why not do the same to a full size bus?
Someone on here has done something like this. Ive forgotten who.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:13 PM   #296
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At the risk of further hyjacking, I did a VW like top on my bus.

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Old 01-07-2015, 01:35 PM   #297
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At the risk of further hyjacking, I did a VW like top on my bus.

There ya go!
I knew I'd just seen one!
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:21 PM   #298
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I agree with Vlad that you are overthinking your gen set needs.

Several of the Onan RV gen sets can be run on LPG.

There are a few for sale on craigslist currently that have very attractive pricing.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/search...=&autoMilesMax=
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:24 AM   #299
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Generator mounting

If you go to this address on the Wanderlodge Owners Group they have
a great way of mounting a generator on a tray that slides in and out of the
front of the Bus. The first pictures are of the tray and generator out and
further down the bus with the center section of the bumper out and the space behind where the tray came out. Also if you find a fresh water tank
that has fittings in the wrong place you can go to Inca Plastics and get a
spin-welding kit and fittings for less than $30 for the adapter for a 4"grinder
or more for the router adapter they also have a video to show you how it
is done. Some more things to clutter up the mind and your spare time lol.
forgot the address http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ead.php?t=6803
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:48 PM   #300
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At the risk of further hyjacking, I did a VW like top on my bus.
Yes! That is what I was thinking of. It looks great! Nice job!
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