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Old 09-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #61
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only issue I would have with that would be when I'm cooking and need in the fridge, I would have to move away with a hot pan(so it doesn't burn) now if door opened other way might work

gab a skillet and pretend your cooking...now...oh crap!, you forgot the butter in fridge (or what ever) have better have open fridge "while your cooking" and grab a beer or coke

Does that work with you with a hot pan hovering overhead?

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only issue I would have with that would be when I'm cooking and need in the fridge, I would have to move away with a hot pan(so it doesn't burn) now if door opened other way might work

gab a skillet and pretend your cooking...now...oh crap!, you forgot the butter in fridge (or what ever) have better have open fridge "while your cooking" and grab a beer or coke

Does that work with you with a hot pan hovering overhead?

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The door is reversible, but I think the present orientation is best for us. It's more likely for us to need access to the fridge when we're at the stove than at the sink.

I've been pleasantly surprised at how easy both the cooktop and stove are to hook up, though I'm a bit worried about the hot water heater. That is considerably less clear, though I haven't yet looked into it at all. I really wish we could have gone the electric route, but since we're going to be living without hookups, the power draw was just too great.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:35 AM   #63
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Moving forward!

I'm lucky that my partner in this adventure brings certain skills to the table. She's an upholsteress, and it would be absurd not to do what we can in the bus. So far, we have two benches constructed and upholstered. Please hold for a lot of pictures...

This is our little insulated box over the wheel well. We actually used batting on one side, and foam board on this side. In theory, the batting has a higher R-value, but I guess we'll see how it works out. The foam board looks much better, and certainly takes up less space.


Pieces of the bench cut out and placed around the wheel well.


All screwed together, secured to the wall.


Starting the upholstery. This bench is 13 feet long, and has no seams.




As far as upholstery goes, this is really simple stuff. Just like wrapping a big present.


Attached. We'll be filling the space underneath with sliding drawers to store clothes, mainly.


We also upholstered the bed/bench towards the front of the bus. Same process, just about 6 feet shorter.


We're still plugging away. As soon as Lowe's gets some good angle iron in stock I'll be attaching the solar panels to the roof.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:41 AM   #64
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Looking good!!! Looking nice and clean, so far

A tip on angle iron...Find some bed frames. I have a bunch I've been hanging onto. People throw them away (sometimes) and it's free angle iron
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:57 AM   #65
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Th bed frame idea is a good one. They will work just fine and are quite strong as long as they are bolted together--not welded. The steel used in bed frames is crystaline in nature and while being strong, welds tend to break apart with very little stress thereby creating a safety issue.
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Truth!! Good point.
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Looking good, at some point in time, I'm going to need a seamstress, or again teach myself how to do something.

If you have to buy steel, almost anyplace is going to be cheaper than hardware/big box store. Try metal fab shops, welding shops,recyclers.

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Logan steel over in Meriden. And you may luck out if you go into the cut+ drops section. Whatever you find for like $1 a lb. There may be your size angle iron just sitting there waiting for you. I used to go there all the time-but now I can't get there in time after work. A great place i now use is http://www.onlinemetals.com "From 1 ft to a million." The cheap price easily covers the shipping. 2 or 3 days UPS away in Ohio.
And in you need some welding, I'll swap out for some WVO.

EDIT: I just went to their website-guess what? They have a place in Wallingford!

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I advise against the use of bed frames. They are a high tensile hardened steel. That's why they crack when welded as Ol Trunt mentioned. If trying to drill through it, you will go through many many drill bits. Even the cobalt dill bits have a hard time, and they cut through stainless steel.

At one time I used to salvage any usable steel I could. By the time I cleaned off the rust, remove unneeded brackets, cut it to size, ect, I was better off buying new. New also makes things turn out much much better.

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Good advice all around, and thanks sdwarf for the onlinemetals.com link. The couple places I had looked online weren't quite as reasonable. Though it looks like I'm going to still go with the Lowe's angle iron, since it's galvanized [EDIT: zinc plated, not galvanized], and I don't want to have to worry about corrosion.

We've had a bit of a break in the action, since we had to put our dog down a week ago. We're starting to get back to it, and finished laminating our countertop - I didn't take any process pictures, but there is a that we leaned heavily on. I'll post finished pictures tomorrow.

I also added a few clearance lights to the side. I don't think they're necessary, it's just personal preference. I swapped out the existing ones for the same LED style I used on the new lights. I'm considering wiring them to my house battery, since I think they look pretty cool and might leave them on at night when I lounge around outside the bus.

Wiring in general is a nightmare I'm not prepared to face. This is how it looks right now - keep in mind, I've yet to change anything here (for obvious reasons):


General question: I'm considering removing the heater core next to the driver's seat. The only problem I see is that this is the core that defrosts the driver's side windshield, and driver's side window. I could use a little 12v heater fan for days when that's absolutely necessary. Does anyone have experience or opinions on this?
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