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Old 10-27-2011, 10:25 AM   #11
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Looks like an excellent starter platform! And that genny is not only awesome...but looks to be about the same size as the engine I'm installing under the hood of my bus! Cool. Keep the updates coming.
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congrats! outside looks like a giant prision bus lol
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<-- Another trailer hater. In the 100's of trips I've done going racing, EVERY time there has been at least one trailer broken down along side of the road. My last hauler the car was inside--i lost out this time to creature comforts for the wife.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:32 PM   #14
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If you want to update that Rig head to your nearest IKEA with a trailer. Would definitely look at airbags if you want to put your jeep in the rear.
You know that place is at the top of my list for interior appointments.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:44 PM   #15
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<-- Another trailer hater.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:18 PM   #16
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... I hate towing anything. I've always hated it, and the drive home once again reaffirmed my reasons for doing so. I pulled into a truck stop for fuel and overshot the pumps. I had to pull back a bit while turning to get close enough to the pumps to reach with the hose, and doing this with a trailer or toad would have sucked. As it was, it was simple and quick...

I flat tow my 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee. But I also know that you do NOT back up a car that you are towing with a 4 tires on the ground. The camber of the front wheels will not allow you to back up in a straight line. So no backing up, not even a few inches. You need to pay attention to what you are doing.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT TOWING... You need to consider that you cannot back up. If using a tow dolly, you will need a place to park it. Some long term campgrounds like to make you store ($) tow dollies off site in their "secure" (?) storage lots. Many sites are too short to handle a tow dolly in addition to your Bus/RV and towed.

For us, flat towing makes more sense. I have enough of a logistical nightmare with out having a dolly added to the mix. Besides, if the "worst case" scenario ever happens, we could not tow the food cart plus a tow dolly & Jeep behind the bus all at one time.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:08 PM   #17
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I edited the first post to indicate my fuel consumption on the drive to Florida (10.4 MPG).
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:13 AM   #18
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Had a bit of a water accident today: While attempting to remove the kitchen cabinet, I thought I had purged the water pressure in the feed lines to the sink. I was wrong. As soon as the saw cut the line, water sprayed all over me, the TigerSaw, some other tools, and my camera which was on a tripod behind me. The camera is fine, but I left the tools to dry for a bit before I plugged them back into power.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:49 PM   #19
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At the end of the first week with my new project and I'm loving this platform more every day.

The shower was raised by the previous owner to allow plumbing under the shower pan. There is still plenty of headroom even with the ten-inch lift!


The interior shelving removal is complete and all the cabinets are unmounted. I sold a bunch of junk on craigslist to a guy who responded to the ad in less than an hour. Love craigslist.


Next up is getting the registration complete for Florida (I'm still on the temp tag I got in Tennessee). After that I'm going to disconnect all the electrical lines inside the bus so I can start ripping out the walls and carpeting. Not sure yet if I'm going to attempt to pull up the plywood floors—I'm going to wait and see what the corners look like after the carpet is up. Not worried about the walls as the entire skin of the vehicle is aluminum.
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:01 AM   #20
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Now that I have a little more room and better access to the floor and substructure, I was able to complete some more accurate renderings of what my plans are for the interior. These are based on removal of the subfloor generator (replaced with batteries) and subsequent flattening of the hump under which the genset currently resides.

The driver's seat is in front of the refrigerator, with about 12-16 inches between the two. You may notice there is no passenger seat area. That's where the dogs will live.

Driver's side interior. The curved-door shower will work in that location, but cost may dictate something a little less extravagant. The kitchen area is just aft of the fridge.


Passenger side interior. The ladder on the ceiling tilts down for access to the hatch and planned roof deck. The computer workstation is next to the entrance door.


Overhead plan. The toilet shown is a placeholder for a cassette toilet with exterior door access to the cassette. The rectangle in the middle of the room is the roof hatch location.
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