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Old 07-15-2015, 05:26 PM   #811
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Thanks, I ran out of money and just now getting back to working on it. We have been using it a lot. Several camping trips and a fun trip to NY City. We are hoping to head out through the Dakota's and back in August.
i can relate to the money thing over the years
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:45 AM   #812
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Im not going to say anything that hasn't already been said but great build and thank you for all the information and inspiration you have provided.

I have found a great bus although pricey it has everything I want (engine, transmission, basement storage, low enough miles, no rust, etc.). I am just hesitant knowing what a big project this will be. My wife and I discussed the fact that it doesn't need to be complete to enjoy and use it. Hopefully things work out.

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Old 07-25-2015, 11:47 AM   #813
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Mine is far from complete, but we use it a lot. I need some free time to work on it again

Welcome to the madness.
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:44 PM   #814
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Wm: I just finished reading the thread start to finish. Your work is an inspiration! When I finally get my bus I'm printing this thread as a step-by-step guide (minus the roof raise... a bridge too far for me)!
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:21 PM   #815
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Yes, this is a GREAT build!
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:52 PM   #816
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Long Hiatus

It is good to be back.

I know it has been a long time since Iíve updated about the bus. Some work has been done, but not much. I have been using it for some travel and camping, but now Iím living in it. Due to life changes this is now my new home.



I did install a frig and microwave, I know, that is a big microwave. I originally wanted an above stove microwave to put above my cooking area to vent the fumes outside. As I used the bus I realized that the Maxxair Max fan Deluxe vents the bus just fine and it is about a foot from the cooking area. So I decided it would be over kill.



They are mounted to the floor and wall and stay in place very well when traveling. I plan to build a cabinet here and mount them in it with a pantry on the side. The refrig is a 7.4 cu ft Danby. The microwave is a big honking Samsung. You can also see part of the 6′ couch I have strapped in. It is big enough to sleep on.



I have a 6′ folding table strapped down to use as my kitchen. I have Sterilite Storage bins underneath the table for my dry foods, kitchen utensils, plates, silverware, pots, pans and so forth. The blue container is my running water, it hold five gallons. The table will be replaced with two 36″ kitchen cabinets. The TV tray will be replaced with a computer desk. I plan to build a temporary one soon to use and figure out what works.



This is my bedroom, all I have in it is my queen size Sleep Number bed. Everything else is just lying on the floor. The bed is on a temporary pedestal. I used what left over wood I had to get a usable bed. It will be replaced with one about 6″ higher with storage underneath. The bed platform will be hinged to get to the stuff under it. On the engine shelf behind the bed I will build in storage and leave 4′ in the center for the window/escape hatch/Air conditioner. That will give me two 4′ x 2′ x 2′ storage areas beside the window and a 2′ x 4′ x 2′ storage area above the window. That equals 48 cu ft of storage, not too shabby.



This is the space above my battery bank viewed from my bed. I realized I could mount a dresser recessed into that space. I have room there for a 4′ dresser. I want to mount it in a way that it will be easy to remove to get to the batteries in the future.



This is where I was going to put a shower, it is a 7′ x 3′ x 2.5′ space. After talking to many RVíers most do not use their showers, either to small, or do not hold enough water and tired of filling their water tank. Even where Iím parked I have access to a shower at my gym and it forces me to go and workout So Iím going to re-purpose it as storage and a closet. Right now it is a mess.

Actually living it the bus is helping me see what works and what doesnít. So beware all this could change as I use the bus.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:23 PM   #817
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Welcome back.

We have missed you. Thx for the up date.

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Old 11-04-2015, 09:20 PM   #818
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Webasto Hydronic Heater Maintenance.

Right after moving into the bus I realized I had forgotten that my system broke on my trip back from New York about a year ago. I havenít had to use it sinceÖ Lucky for me the first night only got down to 42. I set my alarm to go off every two hrs and started the bus to heat. The next day it was going to get down to 34, time to research the problem.

The Webasto does start up and run, just does not fire. It is getting diesel, and I hear the igniter fire but no heat. The first possible issue is the fuel jet is clogged and dribbling not atomizing the fuel to ignite. You are suppose to clean the burn chamber and replace the fuel jet every year. Iíve had the bus two years now and have not does this maintenance.

Lucky for me I remembered I ordered one right after I bought the bus, now where did I put that thing. I was digging through my tool box for something else and guess what I found

Cleaning the burn chamber and replacing the fuel jet was relatively easy.



As you can see after two year it is relatively clean. I was lucky and the unit failed two years before I bought the bus and then replaced it with a whole new unit.



You have to loosen and swing out of the way the two Burner Head Hinge Bolts. The rear one is hard to get to. You will see in the next photo that there is an access hole in the back panel. You have to reach under the unit and stick the end of your wrench out the hole to get to the nut. You get about 2″ of movement, but patience prevails.



The brass thing is the fuel jet. The two prongs above are the igniter, when you are breaking the fuel jet loose donít hit them or you will need to realign them. In the back is the burn chamber. As you can see it is very clean, no soot buildup.



The bottom one is the new one the middle is the old. I purchased mine at RV Hydronic Heater Parts

Now the heater fires up quicker and with less smoke than when I first bought the bus.
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:21 PM   #819
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Hey Nat,

It is good to be back and working on the bus. Even better to be living in it too.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:40 AM   #820
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Thanks for the info on the Webasto, Something to add to the to do list.
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