Monthly report: (Or every-other-month report, or some such.)
Happy New Year!
In our last episode, we took a nice trip to Ventura. But not before we slapped some more bunks in, so six of us could enjoy the trip. Well, five bunks, and one victim on the floor, for now.
These are Millicent’s two Main Bunks:
This is the only permanent lower bunk in the bus (with colorful blanket), and its upstairs companion (with white sheet). The square aluminum pole, which supports the outer corner of the upper bunk, is a “find” at a Sacramento surplus metal store, with a home made bracket on it. At the other end, there is a bracket screwed to the plywood bulkhead. A permanent holder-upper device is yet to be made.
Then we start getting clever:
Remember those wrecked Freightliners at my Place Of Gainful Employment, and their hinged bunks? The bottom bunk lifts to reveal storage space.
And the top bunk...
...lifts to make headroom so the bottom bunk can be used as a couch with minimal risk of heads-bumping-into-upper-bunk. (Wall paneling and couch backrest pillows are not there yet.)
Note that I built a steel frame under this bunk. In the big truck, the bunk is supported by the structural members of the storage compartment (part of the cab itself), so I welded up a simple frame of 1x1 steel to make sure the plywood will not sag or break.
Then we get to the Left Forward Bunk:
There is no room for a pole here, so this bunk is supported by a chain from a crossmember in the ceiling.
...an other bracket screwed to a handy vertical surface (the inside of Millicent’s famous forehead).
With this bunk down, there is precious little headroom for the driver, so this bunk will probably live in the up position except when somebody is sleeping in it -- and we are parked. This bunk does NOT YET have its steel reinforcement. It will also go much higher when I get done with it.
Now, on the Right Side of the... you know... bus. We’ll sneak up on this by admiring...
...the layout of the dinette and the bunk behind it.
Again, the bunk lifts for headroom...
...which will be important, because this is where the kitchen will be! In the meantime, there is a temporary bottom bunk there -- just a blank solid wood door blade from Home Depot -- a future work bench, probably.
Here’s a close up of the bracket on the aluminum pole:
Look closely smack in the middle of the picture. There is a little round peg sticking up in the middle of the “saddle” that the bunk's reinforcing frame rests in. Between the “saddle” and the peg -- which goes into a corresponding hole in the bunk’s reinforcing frame -- the bunk CANNOT fall down no matter how hard some accidental force might try to bend the pole. (Strictly speaking, the “saddle” is not needed now that there is a peg there -- I invented the peg after building the saddle.) The other bunk-on-a-pole will get a similar safety feature now that I have invented it. The other end of this bunk is held up by a chain.