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Old 11-19-2010, 09:47 PM   #1
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Is this where I'm supposed to be?
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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It's a 1995 Thomas pusher, 37' with the Cummins 8.3 and Allison MD3060 and 186k miles on it that I bought at state of Washington auction three days ago for $3k.
The plan is to raise the roof 20" or so, and make it a self contained home for the three of us. Solar panels on top, composting toilet, freezer with thermostat for a refrigerator, propane for the stove, catalytic heat, and on demand hot water.
From front to back: cabin for driving and hanging out reading/ playing guitar, that kind of thing; then the boy's bunk/playspace; next toilet/shower; then the kitchen which opens to dining/worktable/lounge/living room and bed which during the day is part of the living room.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:52 PM   #3
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All the seats are out, 1/4 of the rubber flooring is out, I've started cleaning up some of the electrical and removing vinyl lettering on the outside.
The layout is changing as I knew it would once I actually had the bus and the realities made themselves apparent, but it sure is fun chalking layouts on the floor!
I have lots of questions- anyone out there with answers?
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:03 AM   #4
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This place is full of answers. Although I still don't buy Smitty's answer to why his bus isn't painted pink. *shrug*

Looks like you have great help there! Love seeing kids getting in on conversions.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:15 AM   #5
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Boots is just about as excited as I am.
My first questions I cut and pasted from the other thread which is apparently in the wrong place:

I want to remove the air stop arm. Is there a "best way" to handle terminating the air line? It looks like it runs into the outside wall from the bellows. And do i follow the electrical lines and remove them at their source?
I removed one of the wall panels on the opposite wall and the insulation looks like new- it makes me think of leaving the outside walls as they are, furring out from there 1 or 1 1/2" and using rigid foam over top of existing walls. Is that a good or bad idea?
Last, can gasketed windows be removed and reused? I like the shape and size of the windows in the three emergency exit doors and would really like to use them in the new version of the88.

Thanks for any and all help!
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:44 PM   #6
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Nice bus! Yes, this is the right place for your conversion thread. This "Skoolie Conversion Projects" area is specific to the progress of each individual bus, whereas the "Conversion Discussion" area is specific to topics such as "heating/cooling options" or "how to make cabinets", etc.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:35 PM   #7
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Thank you, Dan!
How did you plug your air line when you removed the air stop arm from the side of your bus?
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:10 AM   #8
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I have no air operated mechanisms on my bus. My stop sign was electric. Sorry I can't help with air issues.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:17 PM   #9
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When I removed the air-operated stop sign from my bus, I merely disconnected the air from the solenoid switch, then disconnecting the power from the solenoid. So there's still pressure up to it, but it becomes the terminator of the line.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #10
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That's great information- thank you!
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