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Old 07-28-2013, 12:50 PM   #121
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Using the Magic flat screw method, I was able to get the rest of the walls out.



Screws out and pried from glue.



Sheet metal removed.



Insulation removed.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #122
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Using somewhereinusa example that he did for his emergency door. I can up with a way to put a dead bolt on my front door.



Mounted the lock plate on the side that closes first.



Measured and marked many times to make sure everything lines up before I made my first hole.



Drilled and taped ready to install.





Lock installed.



Deadbolt installed.



Everything lines up.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:44 PM   #123
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

that looks good, something I need to do in the next couple weeks
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:56 PM   #124
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Definitely like the lock install. Nice and clean. You're down to just the floor and you'll have a stripped bus!!
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:25 PM   #125
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that looks good, something I need to do in the next couple weeks
Take your time and measure. If the lock plate is out to far it will get caught in the door. Not out far enough and the deadbolt can not mate up with it. I had another 1/2" I could have moved the deadbolt closer to the edge of the door. It is hard to tell with only two hands and about five things to line up.
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #126
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Now you know why flat heads are still in production. They actually work.

I'm doing the same lock, going to get 3 deadbolts and change the tumblers so all 3 use the same key, 1 for each door.
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:37 PM   #127
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I made the mistake of going back out to the bus today. Next thing I know I was under the bus pulling the air line to the thingy that was on the front bumper. I pulled it all the way back to my side switch control box. I disconnected it from the air pressure switch. Disconnected the incoming side going from the main air tee to the air switch. Then connected the piece I just pulled to the tee. It was long enough to feed inside the bus all the way to the roof. Then I realized, hey I now have air for the air horn I bought this week. I hooked it up the the lanyard switch I just also happen to have. The short piece of air hose that was on the incoming side is not log enough to reach where I want to put the horn, but is long enough to test the horn.

Note to self, even though you have all the windows and doors open, DO NOT TEST INSIDE THE BUS.

After my ears stopped ringing, I pointed the horn out the side window and tried again. It sounds nice.

Per opus's warning I fired up the Webasto heater and it ran fine. I had heat in about five minutes.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:38 PM   #128
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Oh, I almost forgot. I found the source of the mold in the ceiling.



Water on the floor. It is raining pretty hard outside. Where is it coming from?



There it is, one of the screws holding the rear emergency roof exit. It was dripping a lot.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #129
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Nice write-up on the door lock. Thinking outside of the box is a good and necessary thing when doing conversions. I thought about this for quite a while, but in the end, decided not to put a lock on my front door. My bus originally came with a manual open/close air valve for the doors. I converted it to an electric solenoid air valve and installed an electric switch outside that I can turn off when I want to. As long as the air is up, you cannot open it. I have a small air compressor that I plan to install on the auxilliary air tank to keep the air up for the door and air leveling when I'm using the bus and it's parked for 2 to 3 days at a time.

Lastly, I've seen several RV's that were broken into while the doors were locked. Needless to say, RV doors aren't exactly high security. The resulting body damage to the RV (face frame, wall, threshold, door) cost way more to repair than what was stolen (usually TV's). So I quit locking mine when away. But, you need a lock on it when you're inside at night - - - - - or find a way to keep the air up.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:19 AM   #130
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Yea someone at the garage has a heavy drill because my emergency hatch is cracked too, right where they replaced a screw. Going to get some JB WELD and fix it. Also, there was a couple rivets in the small black pop up vents on the hatches that had holes right through the middle of them. They were also leaking.
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