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Old 08-12-2013, 11:07 PM   #291
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Just a quick update. I'm waiting on my fresh water tanks to show up and in the meantime there is little to be done, but I did get a second LED ceiling light and replaced the first one with a new one, same model. The original was flickering and overheating, but the two I have now are perfect.


These are the lights I installed. Home Depot recently dropped the price on these to $29.88 (plus a 10% military vet discount, if you qualify):


About a week ago I found this chest freezer with bottom drawer on craigslist and picked it up for $140. This one is a bit larger than the 3.5 cu ft freezer I already have (I'll need two for my food chilling requirements). The drawer is designed to be a few degrees warmer than the top chest so you can keep deep freeze stuff on top and "soft freeze" stuff like ice cream in the drawer. Well, that may be fine when it's used as a freezer, but once converted to a refrigerator with my thermostat controller, the drawer doesn't really get any cooler than room temperature. That's no good. I'm thinking of selling it and getting a standard chest freezer.


I should also say that the air duct I installed for the air conditioner works beautifully and is much more efficient at getting cool air around the inside of the space. There is no longer a large difference between the temperature in the bed area and the front of the bus, and this will continue to improve as the duct is further constructed along the ceiling. Plus, the additional structure makes everything quieter and sitting in the bus with the AC on is very rewarding and serene. I could sit out there doing nothing for hours.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #292
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For some reason I cannot see the photos in your last post.

I like your hand holds for the bunk area. I'm curious on how your ducting works. The fan in the AC unit may work for your small area, but I wonder how it would work for a 34 ft bus. I see this setup in some of the converted Vans, but then again they are shorter.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:31 AM   #293
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For some reason I cannot see the photos in your last post.

I like your hand holds for the bunk area. I'm curious on how your ducting works. The fan in the AC unit may work for your small area, but I wonder how it would work for a 34 ft bus. I see this setup in some of the converted Vans, but then again they are shorter.
I'm not sure why the images aren't working for you. Does anyone else have the same problem?

My 6000 BTU AC is supposed to be able to cool a 300 sq ft room. I'm only using the first fifteen feet of the bus, plus the half-height bed area over the "garage," so I'm really only attempting to cool less than 150 sq ft of living space. The duct itself is about twice as large as the AC outlet, so I'm not forcing the fan motor to work extra hard. A bus twice as long should still be within the capabilities of an AC this size, although a larger unit might be more efficient (it won't have to work so hard to constantly maintain the temperature). Mine has an Energy Saver setting that will shut it down completely once the set temperature has been attained, then run the fan every three minutes to check the air temp. If it's still cool, it shuts down again and waits another three minutes. I believe this is how the unit got an Energy Star rating.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:46 AM   #294
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I'm not sure why the images aren't working for you. Does anyone else have the same problem?
Thay are blocked at work, I can see then when home.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:54 AM   #295
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I sold the two rooftop AC units that came with the bus. I listed them on craigslist and a week later got a call from someone an hour away who was looking to replace his aging units with something newer. Mine hadn't been used or even plugged in for about two years, so I told him I wouldn't guarantee they would work perfectly, but he is a certified AC repairman and was confident it would be okay. He called me the day after taking them home to say that they were pumping out ice cold air and that he was very happy with the purchase. I love that he followed up to let me know I didn't screw him.

Now my bus is a little under two hundred pounds lighter and I have more room in the garage/storage area. And I'm a couple hundred dollars richer! Everybody wins!
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:59 AM   #296
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Pictures are showing up fine for me.

I like your duct system.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #297
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I like your duct system.
Me, too. It really throws the cold air across the ceiling toward the front of the bus. It should be fantastic once I get the rest of the ducting in place and I can direct the air where I need it to be.

In other news, my fresh water tanks arrived today (my bus is soooo dirty!):


These are 100 gallons each and measure 81" x 26" x 11". Each includes three 3/8" NPT fittings and a 1-1/4" fill pipe. I bought them from RVBoatParts.com for $165 each.

They will be laid flat on the floor of the bus with a 3/4" plywood platform over them. The platform will be supported on all sides and between the tanks so it doesn't transfer weight to them, but it will be flush with the tops of the tanks.

The interior of the bus is as tall as it is wide, so this gives an idea of the room I'll have at one end for plumbing once the tanks are on the floor:


Installation begins tomorrow....
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #298
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NICE tanks!

...hot DAMN your bus is filthy. Not touching it.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:56 PM   #299
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...hot DAMN your bus is filthy. Not touching it.
I know. I'm disgusted with myself.
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I like the tanks, and the price is good. I went to the site and checked shipping to Atlanta. It was $300. It's too bad that the shipping is so high on these. I'm sure you paid just as much to Ocala.
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