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Old 09-02-2012, 02:21 PM   #161
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Great job bending sheetmetal....it is an art form
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:33 PM   #162
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I got real lucky on the skirt flare. I just guessed the amount of bend needed to line up the mitered corners and it came out exactly right. The right angle bends were another story: Metal has to be bent a little past the angle you want and it then returns partway to stop where you want it. Well, I couldn't clamp the metal between two pieces of wood and still bend it beyond ninety degrees, so I had to bend the last few degrees by hand. It came out pretty good! I'm very happy with it, especially the price.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:17 AM   #163
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I just had a brainstorm and wanted to share an idea with anyone else who might need to conserve as much space as possible.

I have been thinking of a good place for my garbage can. Under the sink cabinet seems an ideal place, but I won't have a lot of cabinet space to begin with, and I'd rather not have the possibility of garbage sharing a location with pots and pans. Keeping the can in the open means I'll have to deal with the smell and two curious dogs who may decide to tear into it when I'm not around. I had even toyed with the idea of a chute through the floor into a can mounted to the frame rails, but then emptying the trash in anything other than perfect weather becomes a nightmare and it's not exactly "bear-safe."

This is what I came up with: I had previously designed a door for the shower enclosure that would double as storage for odds and ends. This door isn't the primary means of keeping water in the shower stall—there is a typical shower curtain for that. Instead, it merely hides the shower and keeps a neat appearance. Well, into this door I can also put a tilting trash can holder that can be accessed from either side of the door. I can open it from the outside when the door is closed, or tilt it inward while the door is open so I can access it while the rear of the vehicle is closed off (if I have a guest and I want the dogs separated, this is how I'd do it).

(Some of the details still aren't to exactly the correct scale, but you get the idea.)


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Old 09-04-2012, 03:48 AM   #164
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It would seem that the garbage is in your face when you're on the crapper. No?
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:48 AM   #165
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It would seem that the garbage is in your face when you're on the crapper. No?
Indeed, but I can always tilt it out if the smell is too offensive. Plus, the ceiling vent fan is directly above this location.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:48 AM   #166
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It would seem that the garbage is in your face when you're on the crapper. No?
Indeed, but I can always tilt it out if the smell is too offensive. Plus, the ceiling vent fan is directly above this location.
Your bus, you can always leave the door open.......
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:11 AM   #167
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i would probably put a hole in the kitchen cabinet wall for the trash or clothes bin and move the toilet toward the back of the bus in that room. (and also have a flap to cover its opening...
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:00 PM   #168
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Well, I finally cut a huge hole in my roof and installed the new roof deck access hatch. I love it. I still need to add the finishing touches, but at least all the parts are in place and it's watertight.

I even made a video for you!
[flash=640,360:1jsttg3u]http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/_V_Wjo9uumo?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0[/flash:1jsttg3u]
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Really good looking job..... Good work
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:27 PM   #170
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A couple of photos of the finished hatch:

I replaced the rubber washers under the carriage bolts with nylon and now I can crank them down to secure the aluminum skin and lock hasp. (I need a new vent lid.)


Even with the thickness of the hatch, the vent is still lower than the A/C unit that was originally in this position
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