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Old 09-05-2013, 04:00 PM   #271
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Awesome prgress!! So many little things, eh? It amazes me how many minor road blocks I have to deal with on any give project with the bus. I just keep visualizing the goal. Cool deal with the toilet! Ours will be a 5 gallon bucket for now, lol
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:49 AM   #272
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... Cool deal with the toilet! Ours will be a 5 gallon bucket for now, lol
Hey man, the bucket toilet has been working great for me. The only time I have a problem is when the whole family is using it and the kids aren't covering thoroughly enough with the kitty litter. It can start to stink. But generally speaking, it has been working out great for me. I spend at least two or three evenings a week hanging out in my bus, sometimes with one of the kids, and my bucket toilet can go at least 2 weeks before I need to empty it under those circumstances. When camping with 5 people, though, it should really be emptied once a day.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:57 PM   #273
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I got the rest of the new skin pre-drilled, all I have to do in the morning is clean and paint. I have six left, I hope to get them all done this weekend.



I was looking through my scrap steel for a piece to weld in as a window sill across the emergency door. Everything I have is too small. So I cut two pieces square and welded them together.



Cut and clamped together.



Welded up. I'm welding all four sides.



Ground down all nice purddy. I got good penetration. Then I cut it down to fit into the doorway.



Clamped up and ready to weld.



I'm getting the hang of this welding.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:02 PM   #274
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Also my new toilet came in today. To use it all I need is to run 12 volts and attach the vet hose.



A couple full timing can go four weeks before changing out the holding tank. The urine bottle is 2.5 gallons. This one has a door that seals and allows you to use it standing up. Most composting toilets, you can't do this.



A number one.



Flip lever for a number two.

This thing is solid, not flimsy at all.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #275
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I got all the large panels cleaned and painted, ready to be put on. I need to cover the old emergency door before I can put on the next piece. The steel I have for the small front area is the correct width, but 3" to short.



I have piece of scrap from the bus that will work. Just need to cut it down to size.



Clamp it to weld. This will be my first time welding 18ga together.



First few where ugly, but I got the hang of it.





Fits nicely. Now time to start riveting.



All riveted and the next panel up. I got five panels on this weekend, only one large panel left. I still have the two small front ones, but now I have to reorder one.

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It's starting to solidify! You're gonna be so psyched when you finally button that whole thing up. Are you going to try to find rub rail pieces to make the emergency door area blend in better?
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It's starting to solidify! You're gonna be so psyched when you finally button that whole thing up. Are you going to try to find rub rail pieces to make the emergency door area blend in better?
We don't have salvage yards in Maryland, I will have to look out of state, but yes I want blend it in with rub rails.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:10 AM   #279
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Not keeping the side door I guess... I'm going to move mine 10 inches to the back and make stairs and extend it so you aren't crouching to get out. I guess we are all crazy.
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Not keeping the side door I guess... I'm going to move mine 10 inches to the back and make stairs and extend it so you aren't crouching to get out. I guess we are all crazy.
I'm keeping the rear as an emergency exit. The side door would be in the middle of my bed. When I think about it I will post a drawing on my layout. I'm leaning toward putting the bathroom in the back. The advantage of a composting toilet.
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