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Old 03-22-2016, 06:49 PM   #11
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Gunnison Colorado
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Year: 1989
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Engine: DT466
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Yes I did raise it up this afternoon. Room for a 5 gallon bucket and a side stash of saw dust.
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:01 AM   #12
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Location: Arizona via Baton Rouge
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Year: 1999
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Chassis: Freight-shaker (Freightliner)
Engine: Cat 3126b 250 HP
Rated Cap: Only 1 seat
Great spot for the commode! I would have just used more floor space for mine, and built a closet over them. Might steal that idea.
My build thread - viewtopic.php?f=9&t=467197
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:07 PM   #13
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We put our sawdust commode over the wheel wells also. The only thing we did differently was we put the commode over the driver's side of the platform over the wheels and used the backside of the platform for a bedroom closet.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:15 AM   #14
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Location: Gunnison Colorado
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Eventually there will be a full closet behind the composting toilet and also one on the opposite wheel well. They will somewhat separate the living space and our bedroom.

We finally got it titled as an rv last week so we took it to Moab and Silverton this last weekend. The only problem we had was when the coolant loop that I made after taking the rear heater out burst. Only took us a few hours to clean up an fix to get us back to Colorado. So now I will ask how did all of you loop your coolant heater lines?

Here are some pictures from the build and trip!
Just enough to get registered

Waking up to snow in the mountains outside of Durango, CO. It got to be 10 degrees in Silverton.

Dog friendly arch

Sunny day in Moab

Hole to the sky

It was a good first trip with the bus because we wanted to get out of Gunnison. We will be buying a 40 gallon water tank, on demand water heater, and a generator next. First comes a coolant flush and fill though.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:36 AM   #15
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Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Engine: Cat 3126 7.2 / Allison AT545
Rated Cap: 77 Passenger
Originally Posted by rognyt23 View Post
My Blue Bird is in the 'Springs. I've made about as much progress but in over a year. I'm disabled so my energy is limited to a few hours a week. I lucked out getting a 40' with chair lift. If you are ever in the area, I'd be glad to give a tour.
I am in the Springs... would love to see what you are doing!!!
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:27 PM   #16
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Chassis: International
Engine: Navistar 5.9 Diesel
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Great progress!

...and great pictures!
Once our skoolie is ready, we're definitely taking a trip towards your area!
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Old 03-30-2016, 01:12 PM   #17
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Why/where did the coolant loop fail?

A lot of times coolant lines never have a problem until you mess around with them for whatever reason. And then when they get good and warmed up they will burst for no apparent reason. The break is usually close to where you messed around with them. I have had them burst almost at then end of the hose right by the end where I had removed it from a heater core.

I generally cut several inches off of the end of any disturbed hose before I re-install. I have had fewer problems if I have done that.
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Old 03-30-2016, 02:03 PM   #18
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Year: 1946
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Engine: Cummins 4BT
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Over time hoses tend to get a bit crusty. Fine until you go moving them around or bending them. New hose is cheap.
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