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Old 07-21-2009, 08:29 AM   #61
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You are doing so good!
Your videos are great, I can build, paint what have you, photography is not something I do... I like your production logo- mine should be, "seat of the pants or winging as I go."

Good luck with the house, we're about to have a big yardsale see if we ca get "bus money" to finish- so close.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:31 PM   #62
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:59 AM   #63
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That is good idea have to go back and seal some windows myself- wished I'd have done a hose test or smething.
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:49 PM   #64
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Good video! Making progress & looks like you still have all of your fingers intact!

You know what they say... you MUST give blood to the bus gods to bless your conversion correctly!
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Have a few essentials for the bus...


My mother is a world champion thrift store shopper. She found this handicap toilet at one of the local stores for $15! It appears to be brand new. The bucket is still wrapped in plastic and has the original instruction booklet. I'll use a 5 gallon bucket under it for Grandma to use while she's staying with me in August. Afterwards, I'll remove the metal bits and build a nice box around the seat for use on the bus. If placed sideways (back to the wall) it won't take any more space than the wheel wells. Great fit!

The refrigerator is a Danby 4.3 cubic foot model that does NOT have a freezer. It's one of the few college sized fridges that was Energy Star rated, and the ONLY one I could find that didn't have one of those useless little ice trays. No need to defrost - YaY!
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:30 PM   #66
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Quick video of Day 6 demolition is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/TygerCub.

Nothing super extravagant today since I had so little time. But I did manage to get rid of a lot of the decals that were on the windows. I'll have to go back with some "Goo-B-Gone" to get rid of the sticky residue, but otherwise, the vinyl came off very easily.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:14 PM   #67
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Score on another piece of the bus puzzle!

God bless my Mother! She pulled through yet again and asked one of her fire department buddies if he knew anyone who had a spare garage door lock. Yep!


I have no idea if this will work or not, but it's definitely worth a try! I figure by installing this vertically instead of horizontally, I should be able to keep the door from folding inward, thus effectively locking the bus! Since the only key I'll need will be on the deadbolt, there shouldn't be a problem with having to find two different keys to lock up when I leave. If I really want to be super secure, I guess I could add a locking handle too, but with my penchant for keeping as few keys as possible, it's best just to keep things simple.
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A couple of posts back you were mentioning the wheelwells. In mine on the passenger side, there is closets built over the top of it and a hidden trap door in the bottom of the closet to utilize the dead space made from building a square box over a rounded structure. On the drivers side, is where the bathroom is. The mini tub goes up over the front of the wheelwell and the sink and vanity is on top of a pedestal that takes an L shaped turn out towards the center of the bus for the toilet to sit on.
I wasnt the one who built my bus, But I remember my dad talking about figuring out this and that on some of the details when he was building it.

I'm wondering what type of bike you have? I have two single beds in back with space in between. I would say a Sportster or maybe a Softail would fit although the Softail might be tight fitting. I dont see room enough for an Electra Glide back there though. I've often wondered if a bike would fit through that back door. There goes the Ape Hangers!!! And how long of a ramp would it take to get one in there without a killer steep grade to go up?
How about keeping your rear loading garage and then when the bike is unloaded you have a good space back there for sleeping. I'm just thinking about all that wasted space back there when the bike isnt loaded up. Ummmmmm.... Drop down beds that fold up against the wall?
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Thanks for the idea about placing the bathroom. With the handicapped toilet seat I picked up, I am hoping it will fit over the wheel well. If not, I'll move it elsewhere and think of something else.

Here's the bike I hoped to carry in the back at one time...

It's a 2006 Kawasaki 1600 Nomad - great touring bike! Unfortunately, between the large saddle bags and the aftermarket front faring, this puppy won't fit through the standard back door.

My first idea was to make the entire rear section of the bus into a fold-down ramp to get on and off, but that's an expense I'm not ready to take on yet.

My second idea was to add one of those material lifts that the cargo trucks use (like those on the back of an office-supply vehicle). I thought I could drive the bike onto the ramp, park it, then lift the ramp up to the normal floor level for travel. The benefit of this shorter ramp would be the ease of pulling in and out perpendicular to the bus instead of needing extra room to fold out a really long ramp. It would still leave the bike exposed to the elements, but the convenience would make it worth it.

My third idea is to just tow a "garage" trailer behind the bus. Not too crazy about that idea either, but at this point it's the best way to get all my stuff out west. In the mean time, I hope to pick up a Yamaha Zuma 125 scooter for commuting around the city. That will be easy to drive up the rear ramp the bus already has.
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Yep I kind of had a feeling you were talking about a bigger bike.
I just realized there is like 6 more pages of posts I need to read to get caught up!! I only had read the first page of the posts and thought that was it. LOL It was late and I was tired.
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