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Old 03-30-2015, 07:10 AM   #131
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Thank you for the jacket info Nat! I have saved all the info in my "to purchase someday" list. I tend to 'run cold', and you are right, this would absolutely replace my throw! This will be a priority purchase in my list. I especially like the fact that the batteries will serve double duty to sufficiently power good hand tools, which you have demonstrated repeatedly. Thanks again!
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:16 AM   #132
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I'm amazed & just want to say your very blessed to have a woman that seems to understand what your after & stays with you while your building this
I sure am.

3 years ago I was renovating a house 1 hour from where I lived with my ex wife and kids. I was taking my 3 man crew to Tim Horton's everyday for lunch. Shayleen worked at that Tim Horton's but was dressed in her street clothes, waiting for her shift to start.

Two days in a row she smiled at me and tried to make eye contact. Being divorced only 11 months before, I wanted nothing to do with woman. I just wanted to work, and try to keep seeing my kids.

My old friend I was working with pushed me over to her table. The same table I'm sitting at now typing this. We spoke for 15 min, then I had to run back to work. Shayleen started texting me that night after work, and 3 days later I started staying with her at her place every night. We were inseparable.

We lived in the upstairs bedroom of her step dads house paying rent for 2 great years. I stopped working out of town, and we never spent a night apart.

Then her mother (Bi Polar, a drunk, pill popper, ect) had a mental episode last spring, and we moved out of the house. In a booming community with no housing, there was no where to move. It was right in the beginning of my money making season, and I had no time to look for a place. So we moved into a hotel for the summer at $3400 a month.

Months before moving out of the house, I asked her if she wanted to live in town, with a big house, and a big pile of debt. Or if she wanted to follow me on a life of basics, full of adventure, living in a small home on wheels. Latter we would pay cash for some land, and build a house in a hill.

For two years we had lived in a bedroom only 16 feet by 9 feet. It was all we really needed.

She chose the life of no debt, and full of adventure.

Fall came and the work days of landscaping were getting short, and coming to a seasonal end. We were no longer able to afford the $3400 a month for the hotel, combined with $5000 a month payment against my passed marriage debt. Paying all this was crippling the bus build, leaving little money to buy material.

Poor Shayleen also helped me pay back the $210,000 debt from my passed marriage.

Before moving into the shed, I asked shayleen what her requirements were for living in there. She said "a comfy bed, and it has to be warm."

She is quite happy in my shed. We are far warmer and more happy in the shed than we were living in the cold upstairs room of her step dads house. Life is better now without the drama of some woman that will not stay on her mental meds.


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Oh and I just saw that now she's yor wife, when did you tie the knot??
In Canadian law, we were common law after 6 months of living in the same room. However for legality's shayleen and I went to the Justis of the peace and paid $125 for a marriage certificate. Neither Shaleen nor I have any family we want in our lives, so we only had two close friends attend as witnesses.

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Thank you for the jacket info Nat! I have saved all the info in my "to purchase someday" list. I tend to 'run cold', and you are right, this would absolutely replace my throw! This will be a priority purchase in my list. I especially like the fact that the batteries will serve double duty to sufficiently power good hand tools, which you have demonstrated repeatedly. Thanks again!
Your welcome.

We live in a age of some sweet tools.

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Old 03-31-2015, 11:20 AM   #133
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Most house blue prints are around 12 pages. It includes over lays of the framing, plumbing, foundation, electrical ect.

Here is a updated layout of the living space. Later I will add electrical, plumbing, heating, ect layouts.



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Old 04-02-2015, 10:11 AM   #134
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I may have found a starter battery bank for the bus. It would also improve our current quality of life.

It can push 1000 CCA burst. Enough to start the bus if needed.

I would get the 100 AH.

LiFePO4 Prismatic Battery, Charger and BMS Package: 24V, Choose from: 40Ah, 60Ah, or 100Ah (w/ Can) - UN38.3 Passed (DGR)

Later I can add this to charge from solar.

Solar / DC Charge Controller (60A Rate) for 12V/24V SLA / LFP Battery with LCD Display

With the fall of our Canadian dollar due to oil prices, I will be happy to get that into Canada for under $2500.

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Old 04-02-2015, 11:27 AM   #135
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Glad to see you're considering the Iron-Phosphate-type lithium batteries. Here's another option, although these don't come with a charger:

12V 100Ah Lithium Ion battery
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:34 PM   #136
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Glad to see you're considering the Iron-Phosphate-type lithium batteries. Here's another option, although these don't come with a charger:

12V 100Ah Lithium Ion battery
The price has come down a fair bit since I looked 3 years ago. I was also happy to see the wind and solar charge controllers meant for that battery chemistry.

I like that battery. I wish shipping and the poor exchange rate wouldn't drive the price up so much.



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Cool. Hey, I've enjoyed your build progress - still waiting to see how you're gonna do your windshield...
Windshield is coming soon. I just have to get all the metal work done first. I don't want any spark hitting my new glass.

I have done a bit more research. At one time we were going to use a gasket to install the windshield like bluebird originally did.

However, most high end coaches Glue the windshields in with the black windshield glue.

Pro's to gasket.

Takes one fifth of the time and money on labor to swap out a broken one.

Cons

They leak water.

They allow to much flex in the body.

They leak air.

High initial Cost. The gasket is around $4 a foot. I would need 48 feet x 4 = $192
3 tubes of glue will do the same at a cost of $60

Now that I have decided to glue the new windshield in, I no longer need the glass shop to install it. This means I save more $$$

Cost of replacement is not a concern for me as this rig will not move enough for it to matter.

So I have sent quote requests off to 5 glass shops for the size pieces I need. Best price will win.

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Old 04-11-2015, 06:52 PM   #137
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The snow melted at the bus shop exposing a bunch of scrap wood that ha been pushed into a pile with the snow. So I took a pickup load home.

Tossed off the truck.







Combine a skill saw, drill and a few screws.







One dunage block almost done.



Adding a few more to stiffen up the top and bottom.



Nearly done at 36 inches high.





Still a fair bit of wood left.



So I built a second.



Now there is nothing but thin 1 inch kindling wood left for my stove.



I hammer in a few short pieces to stiffen them up more at the top and bottom.



Top



Bottom



I add a few 2x6 and 2x8 on the bottom to prevent them from sinking into the soft ground. I'm working in a swamp.



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Old 04-11-2015, 07:03 PM   #138
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Then I use them to block the front of my bus 41 inches in the air.



Look ma, no wheels on the ground.



I used my 4 new 15,000 pound trailer jacks to lift the bus. They are the jacks that will permanently bolt to the bus as stabilizers.



Standing by the rear tire looking forward.



The bus is still cross strapped to my shed to keep it from falling over while jacking. Front was cross chained to a tree and the tractor on the other side.



As I lifted the bus, I blocked the springs, and pounded boards under the tires to help stabilize it, and prevent how far it could fall if it got away on me.





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Old 04-11-2015, 10:57 PM   #139
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I lost track of why the bus needs to be lifted. Better view of the surroundings? (kidding!) Or was it extra clearance for installing a larger fuel tank? I remember you dropped an old tank off that bus not so long ago.

In a few of your photos I've noticed the Black & Decker battery charger in the back corner of the bus. I have one just like it, and I love it! When I bought mine two years ago I was surprised how difficult it was to find a high-amperage battery charger. The 40-amp output on that thing is great.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:15 PM   #140
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Not much to say. Mine could be used on school bus service compaired to this.
I love your build and look forward to new posts. I like the more pictures than words thing, I never do well at English.
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