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Old 05-24-2015, 09:20 PM   #181
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In case you have more of that plastic to cut, try a carbide tipped scoring tool. I've used one for cutting laminate aka Formica countertops and other brittle things. Like this. You can do a few passes over a line and then snap the plastic, or you can run it over repeatedly until it cuts through.

Your lights look neat. I'm looking forward to seeing how they fit/work in the bus; I'm eagerly collecting ideas for ambient lighting in mine. For some reason task lighting is easy but ambient lighting is more challenging for me.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:48 PM   #182
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That might work. I didn't even think about it at the time. I have one somewhere, just can't remember where. It would probably be like normal, I will look for way to long, then go buy another. Then out of no where it will show up. I think I have three 12 volt test lights...
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:53 PM   #183
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Funny you mention it... I have two of these scoring tools, and for exactly the reason you describe!
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:31 AM   #184
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Na, they have done the repair and are out glamping with it. lol

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Old 05-25-2015, 06:50 AM   #185
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In case you have more of that plastic to cut, try a carbide tipped scoring tool.
Dremel also makes a handy plastic cutoff wheel as well, that I've used for model building
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:00 PM   #186
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how well did the back up cameras work at night.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:02 PM   #187
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Actually I haven't checked the camera's out in the dark yet. I'm guessing not the greatest. I get my bus back Saturday, so I'll check this weekend and let you know.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:29 PM   #188
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Dremel also makes a handy plastic cutoff wheel as well, that I've used for model building
Feintool is like my favorite tool now
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:40 PM   #189
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It works pretty much how I expected at night. In total darkness you can't see much of anything on the screen. However, after I stepped on the brakes, here is the image you can see.
20150530_220938 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

I'm actually surprised how much just the brakes lights made the image quite usable. I have less then $100 in the whole system, so I really wasn't expecting alot. I rarely drive at night, and I really use my mirrors the most. I just wanted a little bit of piece of mind of what was directly behind me. So I really didn't want to spend a fortune on a backup system. I'll see how well it holds up after this years travels.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:19 PM   #190
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Saturday morning we went and picked up the bus from Vanderhaags in Des Moines. It took them awhile, but I also had told them to fit it in there schedule. I wasn't in a hurry. Any way, its got a new clutch. First thing I realize is it shifts a lot smoother. The clutch must have been hanging up since I bought it. I'm still not a huge fan of the transmission and its shifting, but I hate it less. So my wife follows me home. First time she's seen it since being regeared. I ran pretty much 71 mph all the way home and it was just purring the whole time. I did have to see where top speed was for a short distance (80mph) My wife was not as impressed as much as me. She thought she was going to get pulled over for speeding.

So after getting home I ran it up to work, to get my onan mounted up under the bus. Here's a few pics.
20150530_123910 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

20150530_123939 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

20150530_124004 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

20150530_124024 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

I just ratchet strapped it on, till I got home. I then needed to mark and cut a hole for the fan exhaust. That is one heavy generator.

20150531_102222 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

All mounted up.
20150531_131623 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr
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