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Old 03-09-2015, 10:44 PM   #371
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Glad to hear you got her out for a spin. I find excuses to move around around the yard here. Gonn have to find an excuse to take it out on some of the back roads when I get it more put together. You're an inspiration to us!! Keep up the great work!!
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:15 PM   #372
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Thanks for all the positive comments. I was scooting around in the storage belly trying to get ideas about how to mount things. The frame is boxed around with sheet metal to keep some kid's trombone from getting lodged between the frame rails.

I pulled both access hatches off and I can see these great frame cross members with holes in them.

I think I'm going to remove the entire sheet metal cover that hides the frame rails so the volume between the chassis frame is accessible up to the underside of the main floor. I can seal up the void from the outside with bits of foam or sealant between each floor support rib. On the fore and aft ends I can make a small cap to close the hole off.

I would like very much to be lazy and just lay the heavy bits on the floor of the basement, but I think I need to support the 1000+ lbs of weight from the frame instead.

I can take advantage of 4 of these cross members - I'm thinking four rectangular steel frames that bolt to the bottom edge of the cross members, then hang down and bolt into a large support frame made from square tubing.

The whole frame assembly could just barely (maybe an inch or so) float above the deck of the luggage bay to provide clearance for flex, or I suppose I could just through bolt the bottom onto the floor of the bay to provide more support. Either way, doesn't look too tough.

The rectangular members should (with some bracing maybe) carry any side forces of the weight, and when in tension the four of them should easily support 1000+ lbs. I don't think the truck body on the bus will mind too much.

I'd love to wedge up to 300 gallons of tankage and several hundred AH of batteries @ 48vdc under there.

I'll try and get some photos in the next week or so.
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:09 AM   #373
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Some forward momentum

I got a few things done this weekend:

First off, modified dragonpop's class 5 hitch so it fits onto a bluebird chassis. I think it will probably be strong enough.





Next was get a little more done on the bunks. I picked up the slats for the frames, and installed them with the slat retainers to allow them to go vertical. The kids were pretty excited about this.





I started fabricating the mount points and structure for the overhead bins up front, and the overall framing for walls and structure in the bus. I'm starting at the front, I guess.



This picture is a little weird, the angle exactly lines up with some other stuff. Anyway, the horizontal bar is just resting there as a guide for squareness - but it does represent the inner angle section of the overhead bin. There will be a plywood "floor" in the overhead bin. The lower section you can touch when sitting in the seat will have some upholstery on it, as well as overhead lights and vents.

I'll probably leave out the fasten seatbelts and no smoking signs. ;)



The curb side has two rows of seats, but basically the same setup.

I know I already posted a picture of the bay, but even with the weather and rain it's stayed dry.

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Old 03-23-2015, 04:20 AM   #374
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Your fab skills are simply awesome. Very well done.
Great pics.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:57 AM   #375
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i love the folding bunks!
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:35 AM   #376
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Without a doubt the nicest mobile Murphy beds I've ever seen! Just excellent work all around.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:46 PM   #377
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Great job! The vision is coming together.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:12 PM   #378
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Very cool! Great job on the beds.

4 single beds and six seats ... are you adding more beds to your project?
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:30 PM   #379
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There's a full bed for the adults in the back.
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Very cool! Great job on the beds.

4 single beds and six seats ... are you adding more beds to your project?
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:30 PM   #380
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Hey, this is neat, try clicking on it.

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