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Old 03-03-2014, 10:18 PM   #361
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very clean shower install. like the video a lot.
Thank you. It’s getting to the point where I really enjoy working on it because I can see the end of the tunnel.

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A note on the insulation in my walls and ceiling: It’s been fairly warm here for the past week or so (up into the 80s on some days ... sorry to my skoolie friends in the north), but the interior of the bus never gets above “cool.” In the “garage” section, where there is no insulation, it gets uncomfortably hot by lunchtime. I’m very happy with the thermal characteristics of my build so far.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:49 AM   #362
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Couple of little projects today:

I used my new Kreg Jig Jr (birthday gift from my girlfriend) to install a header at the top of the shower door opening. This side will be covered with the door jam, but the inside is exposed and free of holes. These pocket screws make a very strong connection.

After the header was installed, the shower enclosure became very rigid, so I used the reciprocating saw to cut off the flanges of the acrylic walls and sanded them flush with the opening. Trim and a door will cover all these exposed edges.


You can see that my measurements were really close on the initial design—the top edge of the header is parallel to the roof hatch opening to within 1/16th of an inch. Once the trim/door is installed, those two surfaces should line up perfectly (fingers crossed).


Also decided to fabricate a small bracket to hold the outside air temperature sending unit for a digital clock/weather display I have on the inside. I wanted the sending unit to be out of the direct sunlight and protected from the elements, but still somewhere it would give me somewhat accurate readings. I can also see from the bedroom window the readout on the sending unit itself. The orange rubber band is temporary until the Scotch heavy-duty fastener (like velcro) adhesive is fully cured. Nothing like a little scrap aluminum for a small project.


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Old 03-19-2014, 11:58 PM   #363
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My bus doesn’t have air brakes, so one of these days I’ll need to buy an air compressor to keep in the bus for use in emergencies. I found a small, inexpensive model on eBay for $32 delivered. The max pressure is 125psi, so in theory I could inflate my tires for maximum vehicle weight rating, but I’m not sure something like this will have the duty cycle to inflate a 22.5” tire all the way to 120psi without burning up. Obviously, I won’t need to fill more than one completely flat tire at a time, but I may need to occasionally top them all up to whatever pressure I’m running at the time.

Anyone have any experience with small air compressors? Suggestions?
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:15 PM   #364
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The bunker door.


The distance between the new walls and the shower wall needed to be parallel so I could open the shower door and have it line up with the vestibule wall exactly. I’ll need to be able to latch it open to take a shower, and I’ll want to be able to lock the dogs into the office/bedroom if I have a guest in the front areas. It will also make my sleeping area more energy efficient at night as I’ll only need to heat or cool the area aft of that door instead of the whole living area. Turns out these two wall edges are parallel to within 1/16th of an inch or less.


In that photo you can also see the ceiling light that will provide light to the shower. It should be bright enough for a shower, if not for reading a novel.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:50 AM   #365
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I like the handles you cut to pull up to get into the cubby hole. I am curious would they eventually break resulting in a possible 1/2 gainer 1 1/2 back flip when they do?
I'd reinforce them; alum. sheet on the other side would do it and no chance of a fall in the future.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:58 AM   #366
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The bunker door.


The distance between the new walls and the shower wall needed to be parallel so I could open the shower door and have it line up with the vestibule wall exactly. I’ll need to be able to latch it open to take a shower, and I’ll want to be able to lock the dogs into the office/bedroom if I have a guest in the front areas. It will also make my sleeping area more energy efficient at night as I’ll only need to heat or cool the area aft of that door instead of the whole living area. Turns out these two wall edges are parallel to within 1/16th of an inch or less.


In that photo you can also see the ceiling light that will provide light to the shower. It should be bright enough for a shower, if not for reading a novel.
Where did you get that door, and what is it from? I need something similar for my bus..
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:38 AM   #367
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I like the handles you cut to pull up to get into the cubby hole. I am curious would they eventually break resulting in a possible 1/2 gainer 1 1/2 back flip when they do?
I'd reinforce them; alum. sheet on the other side would do it and no chance of a fall in the future.
They’re actually a lot thicker and stronger than they look in this recent photo. I’ve tested their strength and I’m satisfied they will never break (½” plywood is very strong stuff), but I’m not really going to use them for hauling my entire weight into the bedroom—the handholds are primarily for pulling myself out of the bedroom so I can step out onto a small ladder that will be under the opening.
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The bunker door.
Where did you get that door, and what is it from? I need something similar for my bus..
It came with the vehicle. This used to be a bookmobile and it has another just like it near the rear of the bus. I will eventually be removing the other one so I can cut away the walls aft of the living space to make room for parking my Jeep.

I’d be happy to give you the other door, but I can’t say when it will be available. Could be six months—could be a year. Unfortunately, the previous owner removed all the hardware from one of the doors to make room for his kitchen cabinetry and I had to consolidate all of it into this door for my own use. The other door has only an outside handle, but no latch or locks. I do, however, have a closing mechanism for this door that I’ve decided to not use, so I can throw in that as well. (I’d recommend against it—when a 50-pound door gets to swinging, it can be a real hard knock to the shins if you happen to be leaning into the opening.)
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The bunker door.
Where did you get that door, and what is it from? I need something similar for my bus..
It came with the vehicle. This used to be a bookmobile and it has another just like it near the rear of the bus. I will eventually be removing the other one so I can cut away the walls aft of the living space to make room for parking my Jeep.

I’d be happy to give you the other door, but I can’t say when it will be available. Could be six months—could be a year. Unfortunately, the previous owner removed all the hardware from one of the doors to make room for his kitchen cabinetry and I had to consolidate all of it into this door for my own use. The other door has only an outside handle, but no latch or locks. I do, however, have a closing mechanism for this door that I’ve decided to not use, so I can throw in that as well. (I’d recommend against it—when a 50-pound door gets to swinging, it can be a real hard knock to the shins if you happen to be leaning into the opening.)
I appreciate the offer but your in Fl I'm in Ohio so shipping would be a killer. Nice build!!!
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I appreciate the offer but your in Fl I'm in Ohio so shipping would be a killer. Nice build!!!
I agree, that might be a costly shipment. And thanks!
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