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Old 11-21-2013, 09:08 AM   #481
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

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I had 4 wheel well rust throughs, if you only have 1 that's good. The rust has been what I've been doing for the last month. It's everywhere. Stairs too. Been cutting it out grinding it on both inside and out, then welding it and sealing it. Maryland is wet and salty.
Montgomery county does not use salt on their roads. Frederick county does and you should see the rust on their buses. Be glad you got the bus you have.

I have three holes, the rear is small, not much damage. The front two have rust on the rear of the wheel wells. I'm taking a trip to Indiana over the holiday, two weeks, 1500 mile round trip. I will deal with the stairs when I get back.
Oh yes they do use salt...when there is a light snow there is more salt on the road by volume than snow.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:14 PM   #482
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Oh yes they do use salt...when there is a light snow there is more salt on the road by volume than snow.

Oh well, I was told because they are in the Chesapeake water shed, they can't use salt, but a salt substitute.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:51 AM   #483
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No wheel well rust here but I've got stair rust for sure.
No wheel well rust here .... BAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!
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Critize if you wish but I didn't dare tear the floor down to the metal. Too much time and $$$$ to fix all the issues I'm SURE are down there. I put the thin foam underlayment under the snap-together flooring and pretended like none of the rest was down there and all was well

you left the rubber floor?... Does it smell? I hate myself I think. I would be done with this bus if it wasn't for addressing the rust.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:11 AM   #484
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

I have storage under my bed-which goes right over the wheel arch. I even taped down garbage bags over the area just in case. Setting up camp for the wekend after driving thru the rain-to find out the blankets are wet would suck.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #485
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I think we should own stock in plastic bins.......we have almost every size in the bus
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:46 PM   #486
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Man I had a lot of things I wanted to get done today. But first might as well remove that front hatch that porkchop wants. I did receive my Maxxair Max fan Deluxe. Might as well put it in where the hatch was.

Three and a half hours later it is in.



One thing I did not count on is, I guess a standard RV has a flat roof. The mounting flange is flat, my roof at the peak is curved.



Not quit fitting. So I broke out a hammer and beat the steel into submission, and got the sides to with in 1/8". I just doubled up on the butyl tape down the sides.



Much better.



The butyl tape squeezed out on the edges and the inside. This is a nice fan, it incorporates a vent, fan, and rain protection all in one unit. It features a powerful 10-speed fan, thermostat, air intake and exhaust. The fan can be run with the lid closed to circulate air by setting it in Ceiling Fan Mode.

I spent some time playing with my new Hobart Auto Arc 130 Wire Feed MIG Welder. I realized I cant pull enough current through my little extension cord and my 15 amp apartment outdoor outlet. Tomorrow I will get a 20 amp cord and run it off my 30 amp generator, that should work a little better.

I need to weld in the steel I have already cut to cover my rust holes. I got the floor painted except where I need to weld. Hopefully I can finish that up tomorrow.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:50 AM   #487
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Here is my layout version 298.





Most everything in brown is storage. Yes those are batteries under the bathroom sink. They will be on a slide that will pull out into the hallway to work on. I hope.
My fresh water tank will be under the bed and the platform will use hatchbacks gas lift supports, so I can raise my sleep number mattress to get to the storage under it.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:54 AM   #488
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Bit of advice go to the bulk wire area at home depot or whatever big box store you have and buy some wire in the bulk cable area. I would by something to hold a good 20 -30 amps. You never know you may want to get in to a bigger welder. I have a miller 250x that I use for big stuff and a miller 172 (older version of a 180) for smaller stuff. I use the 172 the most just due to ease of getting it around.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:24 AM   #489
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

For my mig welder I made up an adapter cord that converts the welder to a 30amp rv plug.
I allready had a couple of 25' rv extension cords and a 30amp rv plug in my shop for the motorhome.
If your generator has a 30 amp rv outlet that might be an option.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #490
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Two-Cents --- as others here have previously noted regarding other rig designs...unless you plan on sleeping alone...forever, configuring the bed so that no one has to crawl over anyone else getting in or out makes for a much happier arrangement. I've had both. Never again the "Scuse me" layout.

As for migs...my little Millermatic 140 is a dream machine. It is one of the newer "dual-voltage' set ups (110/220) and can handle anything from coke-can thin to 1/2" very predictably. I bought it for a project involving a fair amount of 8" schedule 40 pipe and when hooked up to 220 it laid down a bead that would have been impressive for a machine twice that size (and price). And it's mighty handy to be able to plug into 110 if that's all that's around. Liked it so much I bought a second one for my "other" shop.

Like I said...Two-Cents.
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