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Old 11-27-2012, 05:06 PM   #31
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are you going to move the rear cap forward?or just build another wall...keep pics coming
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #32
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How about making dual slideouts where you knocked the side walls out? Then make a fold down porch attached to the rear bumper? With all the fast progress you make, you could knock all that out in less then a month?

Here is a great website with some ideas on porches and awnings:

http://www.robgray.com/graynomad/index.php

Check out his porches and hard awnings for some really cool ideas!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #33
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I am not going to move the rear cap. The door and that wall will be taken out. The porch is primarily so that we can put our dirt bikes and street bikes on there, so we can go riding while out in Cali. It is also a cool place to sit and eat when we are parked. I am going to build a wall to close off the inside. I have been taking pictures every time I work on it track my progress. The process will move a lot faster once this semester is over.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:56 PM   #34
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No problem with air flow... i like it....... breezy
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:30 PM   #35
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Are you going to grind off the short remainders of the side walls? If you leave those little lips along the floor, they will keep rainwater from draining off and you'll end up with a puddle on the porch. Puddle leads to rust. Rust leads to anger. Anger leads to suffering.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:54 PM   #36
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Cool idea and I think you could take out all the rear vertical members --IF--you install a steel post outboard on each side in the rear to support the roof--AND--you install a rigid support at the beginning of your "patio" that is similar in strength and function to the original rear of the bus (corners lateral to the rear door). I suggest that because you need to replace the "box" the original body provided to control the tortional forces in the lengthwise aspect of the frame. I think this will work based on the assumption that your "patio" looks like it begins rearward of the rear most spring hanger for the axle and rearward of a cross brace in the frame at that point. You will want to be careful about loading the "patio" with bikes as this portion will have lost ALL of the support the original box provided. My two cents worth. Jack
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:57 PM   #37
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The roof is staying on, only the back walls are coming down. Its going to be a "covered porch" The rear supports are going to still be there, so there is still a box shape to it. Im not going to cut the lip. I am just going to create a drain for the rain to fall off. I am going to be rhino lining the bare metal so I'm not worried about rust.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #38
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I got some input from some of my friends that will coming with me across the country next winter. They gave me some ideas that i didn't think about before. We decided we would scrape the shower and just shower at truck stops. Because we are bringing 6 to 8 people, I am adding two sets of bunks in the back. Have a small kitchen with a fridge, microwave, and a sink. I am still going to keep the bathroom. We came up with the idea for a TV stand in the front corner of the bus. This is what I drew up from what we were talking about.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:18 PM   #39
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The back porch is going to be really great!
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #40
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Does anybody know if you are allowed to put a normal couch in a bus, or do you need a special one? I was planning to bolt it down and put seat belts in it, just to make the officials happy. Do I even need seat belts in a bus?
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