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Old 09-11-2005, 06:07 PM   #11
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Wow, another successful long distance haul! Great! It sounds as if looking for propane can be the modern day equivalent of going out to find food for the day...or veggie oil!

If I had to be broken down, Banff would certainly be on the top of my list of places to do it. Never been there, but the pics I've seen are stupendous.
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:09 AM   #12
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banff

Yes, Banff is a spectacular.

So, since I have nowhere to park the bus (I have a very small yard now) I have been inquiring into storage options. It seems out here the simplest solution is a winter (seasonal) storage at a campground out of town. One is willing to take the bus (which they have seen since we stayed there for a bit) for $100 until april (ish).

I am interested in where others store their busses? Also if anyone has any great sugestions for the Halifax area? This is such a creative bunch I look forward to the responses. Thanks. -Richard
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Old 09-23-2005, 05:33 PM   #13
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New Photo's

I created an album for my bus. If you are interested click the www button and let me know what you think. -Richard
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:36 PM   #14
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Complete overhaul

Well, I got the new conversion started a few weeks ago. I will post photo's in the next couple of days.

So far I have sealed up the floor, layed a combo poly/foam 3mm moisture barrier/insulation. Then a 7mm laminate "hardwood" flooring in a cherry finish. Followed by new carpet in the driver's area. Then built a custom stand that holds my batteries in a sealed compartment that's vented to the exterior, on the other side holds my inverters, ac breaker and other electrical "stuff". The batteries consist of 8 6volt house or coach batteries and 2 8d batteries for the bus or chasis. On top of the stand is a vintage (60's ish) sofa that flips forward for maintanance on batteries and such. Then I installed two propane boxes in the rear of the bus that are sealed and vented to the outside and will be located under the rear queen size elevated bed. Next came the furnace which is an older hydro flame 15,000 BTU that is a direct vent unit with no fan, so if the power is a concern their will still be some heat. Then a prodigy brake controller with 7 pin trailer conector. On a side note after we moved to halifax, after towing a trailer for a couple of monthes on the road my trailer lights died. After opening up the rear pannel that contained the tailight converter I saw a puddle of plastic and wires that was used to be a converter. So I redid all the wiring with soldier, heat shrink and a much better tailight converter. It's all aluminum with heat sink fins, and claims to increase brightness by 66%. We'll see if it is that much better . I replaced a few windows and skinned the rear windows. Then spray painted the interior windows we will be covering with the walls inside with black tremclad. It looks lousy inside but great on the outside. So that's good.

That's the big update and I'll try to post some photo's soon.

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Two 8d starting batteries? I'm more than a little jealous. I bet you get more than the 10 seconds of subzero cranking that I get with my one group 27 battery. Of course I don't plan on doing much in the winter until I get some heat. I'm thinking of using some hydronic baseboard radiators hooked into the coolant lines. We'll see when I get to that bridge.

Anyway...I'll post some pictures if you do. My bus has gone from an empty shell to almost livable in 2 weeks

Reading your earlier post makes me a little nervous as I don't have a real pump on my water system either. Mine uses compressed air because I don't like noise under my bed. I'll post pictures and let people know how it works when it's all done.
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Old 06-16-2006, 01:40 AM   #16
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is it just me or what ???? i dont see your WWW button anywhere...
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Old 06-17-2006, 07:48 PM   #17
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It's there now. Sorry about that, I don't know where it went.
Yeah the double 8D's should be nice in cold weather. They're especially overkill since the bus is a gasser and it doesn't take much to fire it up.

After a couple of trips to the hardware store and the RV shop, I think we finally have enough supplies to finish her. Of course there will be things that come up, but the majority is covered. I hope I can finish it by August 1st which is our move out date.

I promise I will post some pictures soon. -Richard
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:29 PM   #18
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I updated the pictures so you all can see what I've done.

We painted the interior ceiling inside the bus, the roof, removed the deck and painted the frame. Then started framing and insulating the interior. It's actualy starting to look like somthing is happening!

Please check out the pictures (probably scroll to pg 4? to get to the recent ones) and let me know what you all think.

More to come soon.

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Old 06-19-2006, 05:46 PM   #19
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Looks like you've been quite busy! Your time and efforts are really paying off though, it's coming along quite nicely! I LOVE how that floor turned out, I may have to reconsider my flooring options!
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Looking good!
Nicely done.
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