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Old 05-19-2016, 12:11 PM   #731
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I like the Pancake Printer that some of the courtyards have... just push a button and a pancake pops out!..

I cant imagine parking a 14 row RE in some of the hotel parking lots I park in.. for the last couple weeks ive asked hotels that I have stayed in (im in the hotel business so I travel alot).. if i could park a bus or not.. and only one said no.. the rest said yes if its not too long.. when i showed them a pic of mine they said oh sure.. we just cant park those Massive Long busses like rock bands use.. im not sure what the difference in length between an RE 14 row skoolie and a big prevost or Vanhool coach is. skoolie 40 feet? coach 45 feet?

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Old 05-19-2016, 01:23 PM   #732
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Part of the plan is no more holiday inns. And yes, the electrical system on the bus will support a waffle maker.

I don't know how many people really consider how big these vehicles are? I'm pretty used to driving the longer rolling stock so it's not really too much worry for me.

But I see a lot of folks that just take off down the highway without really inspecting all the bits they have on their vehicle, and almost immediately run into mechanical issues. The logistics for dealing with that when it's 40' long and 30,000 lbs become daunting.


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Yeah, that was the favorite item of my Xs. It is amazing how much a waffle can cost when you only use the waffle machine a couple times a year.

There's so many people that chose a long bus like yours as their first bus. I've only had one 40 footer and it was a pain for driving and parking in town. But then I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:24 PM   #733
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with that bus you are building you will be much more comfortable than any holiday inn express!!
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:28 PM   #734
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So uh, for your own personal amusment, an RV is unregulated so it can be as LONG AS YOU WANT!


Recreational vehicles are not CMVs subject to Federal size regulations


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I like the Pancake Printer that some of the courtyards have... just push a button and a pancake pops out!..

I cant imagine parking a 14 row RE in some of the hotel parking lots I park in.. for the last couple weeks ive asked hotels that I have stayed in (im in the hotel business so I travel alot).. if i could park a bus or not.. and only one said no.. the rest said yes if its not too long.. when i showed them a pic of mine they said oh sure.. we just cant park those Massive Long busses like rock bands use.. im not sure what the difference in length between an RE 14 row skoolie and a big prevost or Vanhool coach is. skoolie 40 feet? coach 45 feet?

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Old 05-19-2016, 01:32 PM   #735
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Have you heard of the vehicle length limits for crossing the border into Canada. I believe it's limited to 40'.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:55 PM   #736
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Looks like most provinces is 45' for the vehicle, and 68ish feet for a single trailer combination. (that varies more by province)

RVDA of Canada - Provincial RV Regulations


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Have you heard of the vehicle length limits for crossing the border into Canada. I believe it's limited to 40'.
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:20 PM   #737
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That sounds more reasonable, especially with all the 40' buses around. That was something I heard on that Canadian tow truck show. Ice Highway or something. They purchased a new super wrecker and were afraid they wouldn't be able to cross back into Canada with it. I guess you can't believe those TV shows anymore. If ever.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:38 AM   #738
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Sticking some plywood where it needs to go. To be covered by birch ply, plastic, aluminum, or other.

The plywood gets a coat of urethane on both sides.

Metal framing makes all of this so easy. Self drilling lath screws are perfect. The gap between is filled with wires, plumbing, nothing, or sound deadening material.







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Old 05-22-2016, 08:48 AM   #739
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It's just AMAZING seeing all that hard work coming together!
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:23 AM   #740
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Rust

So if you recognize what movie scene this is, you'll know how I felt tonight about my entry steps.


I am now working on the entry and the kneeboard/barrier/thing that keeps passengers up front from falling into the stairwell and also something to bolt the handrail onto.

Since I've had the bus I have left the original vinyl step covering on the treads. Well, time to fix that.

I thought I'd get back to the project roots and show some rust removal.

First step was to unscrew most of the screws holding the vinyl down, then grind the rest off. (Hey there's that burning pine-sol smell when grinding, ah memories...)

Next was ripping up the vinyl up, then these terrible tin tread covers/rust traps.

Thus behold the rusty glory:



I don the full face respirator and hearing protectors, and needle scale the rust and old adhesive to this:



Follow up with a flap disc to remove more rust to this:



Then phosphoric rust converter attempt 1 and 2 get it better, but the pits are really deep still.

So, wire wheel, DA sander, and a belt sander again. An application of rust Mort later gets me this:



Clean up with some lacquer thinner, and let everything chill for the night. I'll spray a decent 2k epoxy on the floor (no more galvanized metal there...)

After that, I'm undecided on the final look other than a big rubber floor mat for catching dirt. Maybe some grip strips on the tread...
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