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Old 10-16-2014, 03:45 PM   #121
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Re: *Two Birds* - 1992 Bluebird TC2000 - Updated 10/13/14

Been calling all day... finally got a straightforward answer from a guy across the state

Basically, he says fall is the busiest time of the year for these guys. He said the reason nobody likely wants to do it is the shaving involved with the foam. He said it's tedious and in his quote, he gave $400 just for time shaving. He quoted approximately $1660 based on our measurements and said it could be possibly a little more or less. Also, said if we drove to him, he could take off $200-300 (granted, he's two hours away). He gave us a number of a local guy to call first that he does work with, and then said if he doesn't reach me, to call him back.

That works out to approximately the same price as DIY.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:57 PM   #122
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For the longest time, we researched high and low about our heater. What fuel source, model, etc. In the end, it came down to a Olympian Wave 8 Catalytic Heater and a FATSCO stove (Tiny Tot, PET, and a new, bigger model that I can't remember their name... not on the site yet). FATSCO is nearly local to us, so that was a big contender. In the end, we decided on neither, but rather a vent free, blue flame heater. Procom Thermostatically controlled 10,000 BTU unit to be exact:

http://www.menards.com/main/heating-coo ... c-6867.htm



We decided on this after reading a lot of great reviews and decided we wanted to heat our air rather than radiant heating. It will be put into heating duty shortly after it arrives, to warm the inside of the bus while we continue building in the winter. First comes first though... insulation.

More to come!
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:51 PM   #123
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We got our date booked with a spray foam contractor! It seems most quotes in our area came around $1400-1600, which is cheaper than we could have done it ourselves. Also, I estimated foam board to be about $900 to $1000 to do the whole bus as thick as we wanted.... spray foam was a no brainer for us! Starting the strapping of the walls tomorrow morning. We are excited to see how the next phase turns out.

Also, our heater came in and I picked up some parts for our propane system.

In addition, I made a propane system thread, because I need help with some resources on designing the system and can't find much on the site. Here's the propane thread. Any help is much appreciated!

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Old 10-21-2014, 08:58 AM   #124
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Don't forget to put in a conduit chase or two before you foam, just in case you need to run wires later (like roof vent, solar, extra outlets in the bedroom, whatever).
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:48 AM   #125
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Don't forget to put in a conduit chase or two before you foam, just in case you need to run wires later (like roof vent, solar, extra outlets in the bedroom, whatever).
Thanks for the tip! It was not in my plans. PEX? PVC? Any preferences?
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:32 AM   #126
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I like pex--one piece, thin wall, and follows the curve of the roof. But it doesn't have junction boxes that fit easily.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:39 AM   #127
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Re: *Two Birds* - 1992 Bluebird TC2000 - Updated 10/20/14

Hey guys - fellow Michigander here - I'm loving following your progress here!
Can't wait for the next update!
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:59 PM   #128
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Re: *Two Birds* - 1992 Bluebird TC2000 - Updated 10/20/14

FYI I had a similar nonvented heater on my porch and it would make the ceiling drip with condensation. The vented unit I used to replace it worked a lot better.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:54 AM   #129
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FYI I had a similar nonvented heater on my porch and it would make the ceiling drip with condensation. The vented unit I used to replace it worked a lot better.
Do you know the product name and model # of your vented heater, by any chance? Would it be suitable for a bus?
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:17 AM   #130
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FYI I had a similar nonvented heater on my porch and it would make the ceiling drip with condensation. The vented unit I used to replace it worked a lot better.
I'm curious also
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