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Old 12-19-2010, 07:43 PM   #71
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:48 PM   #72
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So that's been my last two days. Tomorrow I go seat belt shopping. A guy here in town has two old skoolies that have seat belts in all the seats. I think I can have them for a song. That will go a long way to making the passenger seat safer. Right now, there's no belt. There is also no locking mechanism to keep the seat from tilting forward. But I believe that the seats are heavy enough and the pivot point is such that it won't be an issue. Plus, it will encourage my navigator to wear his or her seat belt! Thanks to my friend Dennis, who did 90% of the thinking and fabricating on the seats. Also, thanks to whomever used the van seats in the same way...I never would have thought to do this by myself. Of course, when I relocate my door, it'll be a moot point, but it's cool in the meantime!

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Old 12-22-2010, 10:09 AM   #73
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Well, we made it to Wyoming last night. It took awhile, but we made it! There were a few times with we were crawling over the pass on 287 from Ft. Collins to Laramie. But the Silver Snail didn't miss a beat! The roads were great until we got north of Ft. Collins...Wyoming got hit with 18+ inches of snow and the roads were a little icy...about the same kind of conditions as when I brought her home one year ago!

The new seats were a God-send. I'm really glad I got motivated enough to finally put them in. The only change I needed to make was to put a higher amp fuse for the heated seats. I'm not sure what they draw, but it fried a 10 amp fuse. I put in a 15 amp and it was good. The wire is rated for 17 amps and the holder for 20 amps, so I "should" be safe.

It was really nice to have my son riding next to me on the trip...instead of pouting in a back seat about how "stupid" this was. It was even kinda fun to let the dog ride up there for awhile, while my son ate lunch. Although, I really want to keep him off the leather! I did get the seat belt in for the navigator seat, but not for the others yet...which is fine. After our vacation, I'll be working on that.

Because the navigator seat turned out so well, I'm reconsidering my door relocation project for the summer. I've seen it done very well, and I'm sure that (with help) I could do just as good of a job. But with the navigator seat being so cool and functional, I don't see a "need" to move the door. Of course, with the bed pulled out, that may be different. Although, I suspect that for all intents and purposes it would be easier to make a set of external steps for the back door and utilize it. I've also seen some really nice front door modifications too, so it's certainly food for thought I guess.

One thing I'll be doing is changing the workings of the foldout couch. I really want more leg room in the center isle. If I remove the fold down back and make it into a fold up "footrest" like on a LazyBoy, it should afford me more leg room...and more walking room past it to enter and exit the bus. I realize that I'll have to build some kind of a leg to hold it up when I convert it to a bed, but I think the increased functionality will outweigh the negatives.

I've have to post a pic or two of the seatbelts and of the snow out here. It was really amazing to see last night!

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Old 02-13-2011, 01:31 PM   #74
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I haven't done much work lately on the bus. I am going to scrap my door relocation idea in favor of putting a nice storm door in place of the bi-fold. The two doors I'm looking at are a Larson Secure Elegance and an Anderson 4000 Series. Both have a "triple lock" mechanism, laminated safety glass, and can be had in custom colors. I'm hoping to spend no more than $350 for the door. A little pricey, but it should provide me with some security and safety. I'm going to get a 32" door in black with brushed nickel hardware. This should match the bus nicely. I should have my income tax refund within the next week, so I'll order it then. The hardest part will be waiting two weeks for the door to come in!

I think I remembered who had the Montana seats...TRX. I just thought I'd throw that out there. I was also stressing about how I was going to find a 30" door until I recalled that he used a 32" door for his bus...which is (was) identical to mine. So thanks Chad!

As soon as I make some progress, I'll post some pics!

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Sounds like your making some good progress...the front seats look really nice
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:16 AM   #76
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When I was in the Navy these are the bunks that we used and this is the style I will be installing in my bus in the future of course my bus is only in the planning stage.
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They are 3 bunk beds the mattress lifts up and there is storage, of course the larger Navy ships had personal Entertainment systems installed TV and DVD and stereo. Just another Idea for more space in the bus conversion.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:09 PM   #77
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Thanks. I'm really happy with how things are turning out so far. I still have a long way to go, but it's been a fun trip!

I pulled the trigger on my replacement for my bifold door. I ended up getting an Andersen 4000 series full view security door. It has the laminated safety glass. It's identical to GoneCamping's Larson Secure Elegance. I had to special order it, so it should be here by the end of the month! I ordered it in black with nickel hardware to match the bus. I can't wait to get it and install it. It cost a little under $350. But I really like the look on GoneCamping's (former) bus, and the idea of the safety glass couldn't be beat. We'll see if it's worth all the hype in two or three weeks!

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:14 PM   #78
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I ordered a TV from Amazon.com last week and it finally came. This is the TV:

http://www.amazon.com/Haier-HL22XSL2-Bl ... 943&sr=8-4

It's not advertised as a 12V TV, but with the external power transformer, it should be an easy adaptation to life in the bus. Right now it's in the house and I'm lovin' it! It should go will with the rest of my A/V system. I need to get some cabinets built to mount the TV to, but that'll be "later." My door should be here in about a week. Once I get the new door on, then I'll figure out how to mount the TV and the amp I'm getting from my brother. I'm probably going to order new speakers this weekend too.

When it's all said and done, I'll have my 22" TV, 7" touch screen DVD/radio/Nav dual zone head uni and 8 speakers. I'm pretty excited to see how it all works out.

That's all for now!
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:56 PM   #79
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Got all my "stuff" now! I just got the speakers this week and the door today. I removed the door and will put the new door on tomorrow! Here's a couple of pics:
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