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Old 07-18-2016, 08:17 PM   #241
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So Karina...you just bought a bus...why and what are your plans?
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:29 PM   #242
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We bought the bus so we could take it camping and to work out of town (we're apprentice boilermakers). I'd like to transition eventually to living in it full time but I think my boyfriend will need some convincing
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:59 PM   #243
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So what have you done to it so far?
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:16 AM   #244
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Yall should start a thread.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:13 AM   #245
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You're right.
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:26 PM   #246
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Ok I need to know where you got those trailer jacks I've been searching for just that size and type
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:26 PM   #247
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His account doesn't say he is traveling anymore.... It's up to him now.
From reading his thread before what ever happend happened he was enjoying the new addition.

My guess is he's spending the time with the family and building the bus and memories.... That my friends is living the life (family)
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Old 08-05-2016, 05:48 PM   #248
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I was enjoying the build. Too bad but hopefully he is enjoying family time!
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:23 AM   #249
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I had a metal shop make these out of 12 ga. Sheared, and bent to perfection on their massive bending brake. These pieces are my rib extensions to fill the 23 inch gap in the support ribs.

Showing how well they will fit.


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Found your build while searching for info on rivets, rivet guns, etc. I'm going to do a raise as well. My bus is a '99. Are your OEM hats 12 gauge? Haven't gotten the skins off mine but was told it was 14 gauge.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:14 AM   #250
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Good question, I'm glad you asked.

Being this work was done months ago, I sometimes forget the little details and experiences.

Being late in the fall, I chose the hottest day I could. I hung the panels at the top from two points, and allowed the sun to heat them to the point of hot to the touch. Then bolted them on.

A week later I painted on black primer. The sun came out and heated the now black panels. To my surprise, my panels were not as tight as I thought they were. Being 14 ga, the wrinkles were minimal, but they were there. Even my residential door started to drag a bit from the expanded metal.

Now, based on this experience, I would prime the panels black before bolting or riveting them on. This would have caused the sun the expand them to the maximum, before securing them to the ribs.

This would be highly effective in hotter climates, and if painting your bus a lighter color, the black will expand the steel more than the lighter, final color will.

Steel cools to fast for any artificial heating to be effective. Riveting and bolting is no fast process. Therefore I believe that using a black primer, and the heat of the sun to be the most effective method for the fellow skoolie owner.

Hope this helps others avoid wrinkles.

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And what happens when it's Feb 17th in Alberta and the high temp for the day is -24F?
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