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Old 04-30-2013, 08:13 AM   #251
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SO............when are we going under surgery?.I wanna see the jeep in there
Soon enough it will be. Patience you must have.
You....wise one..........have said that 6 months now.....see patience I have
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:20 AM   #252
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You....wise one..........have said that 6 months now.....see patience I have
Time these things take. Rushed they cannot be.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:41 PM   #253
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I broke a toe a couple weeks back so things have been slow, but I have been working on the bedroom for the past few days. I want to finish this area soon so I can install the window air conditioner I ordered last week, It should be here on Friday and once it's in, the interior of the bus should be a nice place to work.

Test fitting the window I bought for $25. It's a perfect fit in this hole:


Ceiling installed and window wall cut to size. At this point I traced the outlines of the openings from the other side so there would be no errors in the cut.


I left angles in the corners of the window opening that I can adjust at a later date, but the rough opening is where it should be. Of course, I only measured the hole for the light switch (between the window and AC opening) once and cut too high. I'll now have to cover the adjusted opening with a plate. Luckily, I have a lot of scrap aluminum to play with.


Measure twice, cut once (oops):
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:44 PM   #254
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That's some serious insulation! Love it!
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:33 AM   #255
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Very impressive work! Going back a bit, I really like your deck design and roof hatch. Any more thought to the fold down rail system? I am trying to think of something for my own conversion and wanted to pick your brain keep up the good work!
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Very impressive work! Going back a bit, I really like your deck design and roof hatch. Any more thought to the fold down rail system? I am trying to think of something for my own conversion and wanted to pick your brain keep up the good work!
While I haven't sketched out anything yet, I'm maybe leaning more towards a folding bimini top that provides some sun shade. On the tubing that supports the canopy, I could attach some through-bolts with wing nuts to hold rails that would merely keep people from walking right off the edge. As long as no one leans on the rail with their full weight, I think it would suffice for its intended purpose.



Getting even fancier, I could add zip-off sides to the canopy to keep out bugs ... or even add a camouflage pattern for animal-watching with my camera. Of course, I don't how many animals would be fooled by the lack of definition on top of a 30-foot-long white rectangle.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:03 PM   #257
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A little more work over the past couple of days. I installed the window and screwed through the aluminum frame into the rough opening. I found these little caps that go under the screw head with a cover that snaps closed to present a cleaner appearance.







When I ran the AC for the first time, I found that the mount wasn't perfectly level and this, coupled with the fact that the vehicle has been gradually sinking into the grass on the driver side, left the condensate to spill out of the drip pan and into the wall under the AC. Luckily, this happened before I sealed the wall seams in the garage, so everything just dripped out and dried up. I used some plastic leveling blocks under the wheels on the left side and temporarily raised the left side of the AC unit to get everything as level as possible. So far it all seems to be working and the AC has since been locked into place. Eventually, I'll foam around the mounting board to prevent air leaks.





In related news, that little AC (LG, 6000 BTU, 10.7 EER, $169 at Walmart) really cools the interior well, even with the air leaks around the mount and with no curtain to insulate the window. Right now the "garage" gets so hot that a lot of heat transfers through the glass, so once that area is opened up and I'm able to close a thick curtain across the window, it should be a lot more efficient.
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Just uploaded a video tour of the interior and exterior of my conversion project.

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Today I installed R14 fiberglass insulation between the ceiling joists. This was one of the few jobs that was easier than I thought it would be and took only a few hours. Now that it's done, I can relax for week, per doctor's orders. Tomorrow I have another resection procedure to remove a few new bladder tumors, so I'll be out of commission until at least next Friday. Also, a few weeks back I injured a toe and today it was confirmed that I broke it, so I'll be resting while that heals, too. I'm just all full of good health!

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That little window AC was great today. It was raining on and off most of the afternoon, so I was able to set up inside the bus to cut the insulation for mounting. It was cool and dry inside.
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Sorry to hear about your ailments.

That is some massive insulation. You will be glad that you have it during the summer.
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