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Old 04-15-2012, 06:07 PM   #21
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #22
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Wow! That is pretty impressive!
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #23
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Excellent!!!
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:42 AM   #24
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Very nice addition. Way to think outside the box!
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #25
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What kind of wood did you use to create the curved supports for your skylights? Is it just plywood cut to match the curvature of the bus? Or did you do something fancy like steaming the wood to get the curve?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:10 PM   #26
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What kind of wood did you use to create the curved supports for your skylights? Is it just plywood cut to match the curvature of the bus? Or did you do something fancy like steaming the wood to get the curve?
I used some 2x6 white oak I bought about 4yrs ago at a local sawmill for the purpose of steambending. At the time I was building teardrop trailers and was planning on doing a fancy woody trailer. My second trailer I built for a hot rodder down the street to pull with his 1925 studebaker. He entered it in the "WORLD OF WHEELS"and won best in class with it.
I had come up with a woody design for the third trailer, but life happened and we had another baby, making a 2 person camper useless to us, so I just stacked the white oak up in the corner for future use. Though I have been trying to think up something for the inside that is steambent, so far, any concepts have been just out of sight in my mind's eye...but they'll eventually come to light.
here are a couple of pics of that last teardrop
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:01 PM   #27
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Very sweet!
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:10 AM   #28
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Been thinking about the interior, trying to come up with a plan. The layout is solid,and if I can master google sketchup I'll post it (might be awhile as my work has been 7 days a week lately ), my hang up is the materials. Has anyone ever used cork on the walls? How does it hold up to being in a bus?
Theres a good bit of rust on the floors also , so am thinking this could be an opportunity to cut it up to allow bays for tanks, generator, and storage. Still undecided about the windows though, would like to sheet metal them over where we don't need them, but it needs to be super cheap since the floors are going to cost us plenty. Oh well, its another day, we'll see what crosses our path.

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Old 04-25-2012, 10:56 PM   #29
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Haven't had time for the Yonder this week, which has probably been a good thing. I've settled on a plan to build from back to front, top to bottom, running the wiring between the frame rails underneath in conduit.
Since my floors are rusty and I own a welder, I've been thinking of cutting out sections and welding in storage bays (like under the bed with has about 12" under it, would allow for at least 18" between bed and the bottom of the sheet metal.
Our bed will be all the way back (a full size), then the shower on the passenger side and the toilet on the drivers side, then the wheel wells. On top of the wheel wells we will put the fresh water tank, water heater, and storage cabinets. In front of the wheels, on the drivers side is the sink then fridge,then futon; on the passenger side is storage, then table with two benches, then navigator seat.

***MY QUESTION*** How big do my tanks need to be? We plan on 3 or 4 people at a time, (sometimes 5 or 6) and want the ability to stay parked for 4 days between dumps if possible, most of our camping will be in state and national parks, we also plan to take a month long trip next year.

I've also been trying to find a way to skin the windows (they are 28" tall x 25" wide) cheaply, they seem to be just alittle too big for using flashing.
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I've also been trying to find a way to skin the windows (they are 28" tall x 25" wide) cheaply, they seem to be just alittle too big for using flashing.
When I return from my trip, I will skin the rear windows with some galvanized steel roofing from Lowes/Home Depot (they both sell the same thing)


I have 4 of the 12' long sheets. A single sheet isn't tall enough to fit the window, but if they are overlapped, they work just fine. I'll have to cut the top sheet to fit under the rain ledge, but think it will look good when finished. I can cover 5 windows at once using this method.
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