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Old 01-02-2007, 09:02 AM   #101
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Try an inexpensive carbide fine tooth "plywood" blade to cut sheet aluminum, install it backwards in the saw and lubricate it with a smear of crisco on both sides, don your PPG, goggles, gloves, earplugs and earmuffs then commence to cut, you'll find it faster with no offensive odor from the abrasive wheels and also a lot fewer burrs to remove from the cut edge.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:51 PM   #102
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Have not priced Filon, but found a similar material at Home Depot:
FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic), .090" thick, 4' x 8' sheets. Textured on one
side, smooth on the other. $30. Apparently used for shower stalls and such.
Maybe I'll try them on one side of the bus? (Nobody can see both sides at the
same time!)
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:43 AM   #103
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Well, I cannot elude Gainful Employment any longer, and there is weather on the horizon,
so I have tucked Millicent into her Sleep-O-Bag for the time being.



Zzzzzzzzzzz....
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Wow, where did you get that bag?
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:00 PM   #105
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Found it on eBay. It is an Adco RV cover. It is perforated so it can "breathe",
but it should keep most of the rain out. And it cleans up the junk yard look.
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Old 01-03-2007, 06:56 PM   #106
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Well, I cannot elude Gainful Employment any longer, and there is weather on the horizon,
so I have tucked Millicent into her Sleep-O-Bag for the time being.

Zzzzzzzzzzz....
Awww...that's a sad sight.
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:57 PM   #107
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But when I go inside it with the cover on, I get a good sense of how the finished bus
will feel! Cozy!

All right, I'm supposed to be writing (on deadline!), but I'm easily distracted.
Warning. Boring anecdote approaching. Warning.....
That cover is a Tea Cozy. Millicent is known around here -- when we take
time to spell it all out -- as the Kinetic Sculpture Racing Mobile Kommand Center
and Tea Parlour. (Was Tasting Room, but we have teetotalers among us,
which I certainly respect.)
Now, a tea cozy isn't so sad, eh?
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Actually I'm looking for one of those covers too. As soon as I start pulling out all the windows I'm not going to want to leave the whole inside of the bus exposed. And when the roof goes up (and it will!) I'll need to cover the bus while the siding is put on and the front cap fabricated.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:17 PM   #109
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Ya know...you said you found that fiberglass shower stall stuff at home depot. I went to both home depots within an hour of me (but in opposite directions of each other) and to Menards...everyone had heard of the stuff, nobody carried it. That's what prevented my shower from getting finished last year! I was half debating getting some resin and cloth and doing it myself, but me using fiberglass usually ends in tears. Inexplicably I always get a huge gob of resin in my hair which simulates fiberglass cloth rather well leaving me with a rockhard weather and chemical proof blob on my head!

I'm a little jealous of that cover. If you don't mind my asking, what did you pay for it roughly and what are the dimensions? My bus currently sits in it's own little parking spot off the side of the driveway in the woods. The only protection it has is from the trees (which might be more threat than protection in an ice storm). It also has two big pieces of rigid foam over the windshield to protect from rocks thrown by the snowblower when we finally have to take the snowblower out to widen the driveway. I WILL be the first person to invent a working benching wing for an ATV.....

As for the galvanic corrosion....my personal opinion is that you should be ok unless you throw some acid in there and try and make a battery. It would really depend on the grade of the aluminum that you're using which is unfortunate because there are so darn many different alloys of it. I guess it doesn't really matter....how hard is it to shoot a "just in case" coat of paint?

If you wanted to do a comparison, there is a website that I have used COUNTLESS times for various stages in my engineering curriculum that just happens to have a page devoted entirely to galvanic corrosion. It might be worthwhile bookmarking their homepage based on some of the contraptions you've constructed.

http://www.engineersedge.com/galvanic_capatability.htm
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You should have no trouble finding RV covers at RV stores and on eBay.
This one had a price tag on the box that said $289. I got it for $157
delivered to my door. Never unpacked. It fits a Class A RV from 37' to 40'.
Millicent is 40', and there is plenty of room for mirrors and such. It is perforated,
but that's probably a good thing. It should keep out 95% of the rain.
I have a catalog that lists a 38'-40' Duraguard for 199,95.

Couldn't find those FRP sheets at HD eh.... They have a pallet of them here.
And they've had them for years -- I used one to form a fiberglass mold many years ago.
Fiberglass requires careful method and lots of gloves. I've had more luck working the
stuff with my (gloved!) hands than with brushes and rollers.
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