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Old 11-15-2012, 09:14 PM   #21
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I want to tint the windows of my bus. But I'm not sure if tinting the windows of a bus/camper would have the same regulations as a car would. I know in the State of New Hampshire you can only have a 35% tint on windows behind the driver.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:23 AM   #22
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I want to tint the windows of my bus. But I'm not sure if tinting the windows of a bus/camper would have the same regulations as a car would. I know in the State of New Hampshire you can only have a 35% tint on windows behind the driver.
I tinted all of my windows in 5% tint except for the two windows on each side behind the drivers seat. I tinted those in 35% and I wished I would have tinted those in 5%. I have curtains in side and I like the tint because you cannot see the curtains from the outside. I didn't do any research on tinting laws (guess maybe I should have). I figured that if you can skin the side and back of the bus, tint should not be an issue. I guess in my case it will be easier to ask for forgiveness than permission
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:01 PM   #23
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I was able to work on the bus this weekend. I started to build the porch. I pulled up two sheet of plywood off of the floor, and I still need to cut one in half, and rip it up. There are a lot of screws in theses buses, I had to grind them all off. I couldn't unscrew them, no matter what I tried. The windows gave me a challenge. I read that they had four screws holding them in, but then I realized that, that was on blue bird buses, not a Thomas. Turns out after I said "F$!% It" and just pulled them out any way that I could, they were only held in with silicone. During Thanksgiving I am planing to finish cutting the walls out, and possibly put up the wall and door to the porch. This is my progress so far:

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:10 PM   #24
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The Demo phase usually goes pretty quickly and I like your buildout plan. Gonna be a fun one to watch develop. Keep the pix coming!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:49 PM   #25
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excellent progress
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #26
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What are some peoples opinions of a gravity feed water system, with 55 gallon drums on the roof. I would like to use this instead of a pump for simplicity. My dad said a gravity feed wouldn't have enough pressure, because of the short height from drum to faucet, but we use a 55 gallon drum with a pressure washer to wash our bikes at the races and it works just fine.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:02 PM   #27
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You can purchase a water pump for anywhere from $44.00 and up.......
But with the RV toilets only dropping the load and putting a little water inside the bowl I don't see why a gravity feed system would not work..
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=pd_sl_38u8x ... ump+for+rv
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:19 PM   #28
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Just remember that a 55 gallon drum of water will weight over a ton if full, and you might not want that much weight up on the roof sloshing around. (Water is 8 pounds per gallon.) You also need a way to fill them too - I don't know that all campsites will have an easy way to fill the tanks onto the roof. If the campsite has poor water pressure, you're in for a loooong wait to get fresh water. I'd still plan on using a regular pump system of some sort (even if its only to fill 5 gallon tanks in each "room" for water pressure.
8 x 55 = 440. Not sure where you get a ton, but none the less I wouldn't want 440 pounds on the top of my roof.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:02 AM   #29
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The way I have hung stuff is to use steel rivets and weld hooks to plates, which I rivet to the ceiling. The plates spread the load out.

You are traveling in a bus. Space isn't a concern. I would knock bunks together with 2x4s.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:59 PM   #30
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This is my process as of this past weekend. I only worked a couple of hours on the bus. I was able to cut the walls off. Now I just need to finish taking the rest of the rear panels off, and open it up. All of these panels overlap each other, and the screws holding everything together do not want to come loose. Does anyone have any suggestions how to go about this, besides grinding them all off.

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