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Old 11-05-2015, 12:54 PM   #821
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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.
I hear you.
I lived in my bus shed for the winter of 2014 / 2015.
It sure did teach me a ton about what to change in my bus, and what to do different.

Feel free to drop in with pics anytime.

Too many of our members from the passed have slid away from posting.

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Old 11-05-2015, 03:12 PM   #822
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I think actually living in the bus for a period of time will teach you a lot about what to expect, and what works/doesn't work for your particular situation and tastes.

Admittedly, RV manufacturers probably do this all the time as a part of usability testing, but it's geared towards a generic idea use that fits as large of a market segment as possible.

We lived in ours for the last couple months while moving/selling house and I learned a lot about what will work and what will not.


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I hear you.
I lived in my bus shed for the winter of 2014 / 2015.
It sure did teach me a ton about what to change in my bus, and what to do different.

Feel free to drop in with pics anytime.

Too many of our members from the passed have slid away from posting.

Nat
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:53 AM   #823
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Wmk -

I'm in your area and I'd be happy to give you a hand with anything that takes 3 or more hands in return for the opportunity to see one of these beasts up close and personal. Your build is one of the more interesting. I'll PM you contact details. Thanks in advance - Dan Fox
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:59 PM   #824
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Halloween Weekend

Oct 31 2015

My granddaughter asked me if I would come up and go trick or treating with her. My daughter lives about forty minutes away since it would be late when we finished, and cold. I decided to take the bus up. Since I was in the bus I asked my granddaughter if she wanted to stay overnight in it. She was like “Oh yes”. When I got up there they pointed me to a parking area near the train tracks just behind their house. It is a nice quite dark place to park and they allow you to stay there for three days before you have to move.



She dressed up as “Lady Robin Hood”. There was lots of candy to take from the rich and give to the poor. She was very excited to stay in the bus. The next morning she did not want to leave, said my couch was very comfortable. I told her if she wanted to stay, she had to come back with me and help build a computer desk for me to work from.



So now I have volunteer help to build a temporary computer desk. This desk I will use and adjust until I figure out what will work the best.



I want the desk to be two feet deep, so I have a 4′ x 8′ and a 2′ x 4′. What is 4 – 2 … =2. An easy way to cut it down with out measuring. I used my trusty old Rockwell Veracut saw. It has a laser line and I can just cut the plywood right there leaning against the bus. I forgot to go to storage and pick up my saw horses.





I found 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 pressure treated wood at home depot. I decided this would be perfect to build the desk and to use when I rebuild my walls. This is the perfect size and all I have to do is cut to length.



I measured and screwed on into the wall to support the back of the desk. Then I measured from there to get the design of the desk legs.



I drilled at an angle to screw into the floor and the wall.



I noticed when I test fitted the desk legs they did not fit as I hoped. When I rechecked the wall support, I was off. First one installed two more to go. They will frame in the wheel hump.



First thing the storage unit on the left will get removed and that leg will move to the end when I get my kitchen cabinets installed. That will give me more leg space. The area that frames the wheel hump will have drawers and a filing drawer installed on the left. The right side is where I’m thinking of putting the hot water heater. My hydronic lines run right there. The heater is 12 x 12 x 18.

After using it for a week the first thing I’m going to do is cut the area where I sit down to about one foot. This will help keep the computer chair out of the way. It will be cut in a curve and I will face a little to the right at my monitor. It is also nice to have the added work space when cooking, cleaning and general work in the bus.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:27 PM   #825
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Cool to see yall enjoying the bus!

I'll have to try out one of those saws, looks handy.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:41 PM   #826
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The Construction Starts Again.

It is good to be back working on the bus. All these things I want to get done, but where to start. After the Halloween weekend with my granddaughter that was an easy choice, the bathroom.



That wall in the back on the right with the fabric hanging down is my bathroom. I have one of my LED light on the ceiling with no wall switch to turn it on. She had issues with not having a door and not being able to reach the light to turn it on. As you can see in the old closet area on the back left, I used steel to build my walls. It was easy to put up but very flimsy and noisy while driving. The screws needed to be re-tightened all the time.



Everything is screwed down so it was easy to take it all out.



Since wood will not bend to conform to the curves in the bus, I used the steel to take measurements so I could pre-cut the wood. Once I get the first one figured out all the rest will be the same.



I bought a damaged Medicine cabinet and sink cabinet from Home Depot. they were marked way down, I got both for less than one new. The cross pieces you see in the wall are where the cabinets will be mounted.



All the damage is in places that will be hidden in the bus. This cabinet is too deep for my use, I will not be putting a sink in it, when right around the wall is the kitchen sink. This cabinet is 18″ deep and I will cut it down to 12″. I wanted one with a drawer and this one has a half drawer, makes it easy to cut down.



I removed the back which was just stapled on, taped, marked and cut it down. Then re-stapled the back on and you have a shallow cabinet that fits perfect in my bathroom.



I was able to use the old 1/4 plywood and just re-attach them. Then install the cabinets.



Repeat the steps for the rear wall.



At the last minute I decided to take out the corner I was hitting every time I went into my bedroom and make it a 45 degree angle. It has worked out very well, even makes the entrance seem bigger when you go into the bedroom.



I used a pre-hung 2′ bathroom door, I just had to cut it down 2″ and it fit just fine. I even ran wires in the side wall and put in a switch for the light. When we used it for the Assateague Island trip my granddaughter gave it a thumbs up.
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:27 PM   #827
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:02 PM   #828
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Road Trip

I was sitting in the bus this morning, it is a day off. I was thinking I would like to go over to the Waffle House for breakfast, but it is cold and windy and I'm too lazy to walk the block to get there. So I guess it will be cereal for breakfast.

I also wanted to stop by Home Depot to check out cabinets and sinks for tomorrow's install. But too lazy to unhook the electric for a 1 mile drive.

I'm also getting tired of the same old view where I'm parked.

Then it hit me, I'm in a mobile home, the Waffle House should have room for me to park, then I could swing by Home Depot then head up to Little Bennett Park and hang out for the day.





So here is where I'm parked for the day, what a ruff life, right Durango.

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Old 11-14-2015, 09:02 AM   #829
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Storage, Closet and Dresser

Storage is one of the biggest problems with an RV, there is never enough. I’ve created a 30″ x 36″ space across from my bathroom to be used as a shower.



I had the door for the bathroom setup so that when it opened it would close off the hall and make both the bathroom and shower one room. Great idea, I had it all planed out… After talking to many people with RV’s, Class A, Class B and travel trailers. They all don’t use their shower, except for storage. There are many reasons, shower is to small to use, need to fill fresh water and dump grey water often, creates a lot of humidity in the RV and it is a pain to clean among many.

I figured this would make a great closet. By using the same method I used to create the walls for the bathroom I re-did the walls for the new closet.



I used the same layout as before, the only difference was the depth was 1.5″ shorter. The top and bottom end pieces I made 1.5″ shorter. I used one of the bathroom walls before I re-attached it to make a template for the closet walls. I just cut that down 1.5″ too.



I put in a vent at the bottom for air flow to my power inverter and battery charger. The back wall is cut into three sections, the bottom section lines up with the bottom of the battery bay so I can get to the power inverter and battery charger. The middle section to give me access to my battery bank and electrical panel.



I was smart enough to put cross pieces in the wall to line up with the clothes hanging system I planned to use. I didn’t want it all to come crashing down while I was driving down the road. I used the simple wire style to give me a shelf at the top for more storage. I have room at the bottom for my generator and all my tools. Someday I plan to mount the generator under the bus.

While living in the bus, I was laying in my bed looking at the battery bay and thought “I wonder if a dresser would fit in there.



It was 1:00 am in the morning and I got up and measured the area. The next day I went to Walmart and found one of those build yourself dressers that would fit nicely.



Using the same technique as I did with both the closet and bathroom. I made a wall platform front and back to place the dresser on. Then I screwed the sides of the dresser to the vertical supports. It is in there solid.



If I need to get to this side off the battery bank, I just pull out the drawers and remove the four side screws and it comes right out. I will eventually close in the top and make more storage. The bottom will be closed in and a vent added just like in the closet. It is nice have a dresser flush with the wall not taking up space in the bed room.

Between the closet and dresser, it is nice to have a place to put all my clothes.
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