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Old 02-28-2013, 07:01 PM   #51
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You shouldn't have any issues at all,they would have noreason to pull you over....a "private coach" sticker on the back wouldn't hurt....but they would have to be a true idiot to look at your skoolie and say "oohooooh dot violation"
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:19 PM   #52
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Over spring break I was able to get some work done on the bus. I was able to build the bunk beds, I am really mad that they are not perfect, but what can you do. I had to shorten the hose on the rear heater since I added the wall on the rear. I had gotten it all cut and put back together without having too much radiator fluid miss the bucket, but as I was moving the heat back in place behind the wheel well, I knocked the bucket over with the radiator fluid in it. It all went under my flooring and under the plastic under the floor as well. So I had to rip up the flooring, and dry all of the fluid up. That was a miserable set back. I wish I had done shortened it before I put the flooring down. I was then able to build the forward facing front bench. I think it came out really well so far, I just have to cover it with plywood, and create a cushion for it. I am going to leave the end open so my dog, who is coming with us for our cross-coutry adventure, can have a dog house to sleep in. Next I have to create the enclosure for the bathroom. Does anybody have any tips for cutting the plywood the fit the curvature of the roof? I have been using cardboard, but I get it perfect and when I transfer it to the plywood, it never comes out right. There are always a large gap somewhere.

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:56 PM   #53
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Looking good man!!!
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #54
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I used cardboard templates to cut my wall panels and had the same gap problem you did. I fixed the gaps by cutting the panels just slightly taller than they needed to be (about 3/8") then holding them up against the ceiling and marking the ceiling curvature by holding a pencil flat against the roof and sliding it along the roof while marking the panel face. Then I used a belt sander to remove the extra down to the line. Sometimes I'd have to mark it twice to get it good and snug but gave me a nice fit. I used the sander instead of a sabre saw because try as I might I couldn't get an accurate cut with the sabre saw.

Another trick is to carpet your ceiling. The carpet will give a bit and hide minor gaps. The carpeting absorbs a lot of noise too and probably insulates a little.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:06 PM   #55
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Originally Posted by Gearhead94
Im just wondering if the DOT cops will try to give me a hard time while crossing the country. Im changing the title to a motorhome. But I'm just curious if anyone has been given a hard time by them while driving their buses.
Driving from Mexico to MN, I got pulled over once in South Dakota. Simply because it was still yellow. I explained it was going to be getting painted and he waved goodbye. No problems.

Edit: Oh wow...just read your set back. That is brutal. I feel your pain, man.
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