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Old 04-11-2009, 06:06 AM   #41
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This is awesome! I too have purchased a bus for use at college, and operate under the impression that I can completely convert it super cheap and super fast and super nice. I'm finding that it's taking me a quite awhile since I'm not sure what I want to do to the interior yet.

For a roof raise, it would've been best to of done it already. Having 6'4" isn't bad at all though. Mine only has 6' of headroom, and since I'm 6' and plan to put in the same floor that "Experience" has, I'm forced to raise it. For your floor, especially with an old bus, you really should rip it out and replace it. Personally, I thought that Experience's method of insulating would cut down the road noise as well as control the tempature. It's also good to rip out the old floor to repair rust damage. I've heard of people falling through the floor of their bus before, it's best to keep them from rusting through.

I wanted to comment on your insurance. Do some research and see what RVer's who have gotten in accidents are saying about the provider you're looking at.

For the battery. I had a problem with mine when I first got my bus as well, except mine was fine until I got it home. Luckily there was a school bus mechanic at my church the exact moment I needed him. He showed me that you have to fill the battery with water (stating that you can never put too much water in it), which was something I had never heard of doing before. He also told me that a battery would only last 2-3 years, which I was sad to hear. I like the idea of that trickle charger meantioned a few posts back... anyways, I eventually discovered my problem was that the security sensor on the back door was acting up, thus preventing the bus from working. So yeah, I would look to see if your battery is maintained (if it's swelling, then very careffully get rid of it) and filled with water, and try to find out how old it is.

Something nobody has ever suggested (to my knowledge) is that when you do get the answer you want from the DMV, or police, get it in writing, complete with that persons contact information and signature. Do it in a friendly way, "just so we're clear on what the requirements are, would you mind writing them down for me? And can you put your name and contact information there so I can get ahold of you if I run into any complications?"

I'm not sure what you're doing trying to put a bathtub on your bus . Good Lord. If you plan to have a hose hooked up then I could understand, but do you know how much water you need to fill a tub? You're talking about some really huge water tanks if you start getting into that business.

Just something to point out, there are three kinds of costs with buses that I've noticed thus far. There are those major items (like ovens and refrigerators) that cost a lot, there are unexpected costs (you should always have money set aside for a tow, or if something breaks, such as a caliper or a battery or a tire or something) which throws a monkeywrench into the works, and then there are all the little costs. You go purchase some nails, then some bolts, then some thread sealant tape, some bubblegum, a case of soda, some paint, various little tools, various little items, etc. I believe the term used on this site is "nickle and dime's me to death." Just be very careful about all those little costs, they add up fast. You'd be surprised.

It's really hard to build a bus fast, because it takes a while for people to respond to your questions. I'd also like to know if anyone has put household appliances on the rigs and how that's worked out. I read that full size stoves work great, but refrigerators don't. It was somthing about them needing to be completely level or they'ed turn into heat boxes. I'm curious to hear what anyone might have to say on the subject.

Good luck. I'm planning on putting a ceramic shop on my bus, and I'm gonna get it done by the end of the month! I still haven't gotten all the seats out, so I'll race you!
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:54 PM   #42
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I'd also like to know if anyone has put household appliances on the rigs and how that's worked out. I read that full size stoves work great, but refrigerators don't.
They make RV appliances for good reason, not just for kicks. Whether it be size, or operation I don't think I would be too quick to stick regular appliances in.
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:50 AM   #43
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Yesterday we finished laying the subfloor, and then some other work came up. We are supposed to frame the exterior walls today, but being easter, I don't know. More than likely we'll just end up eating all day. Gotta love the United States, a big meal for every occasion .

I will soon post pics of the subfloor and a few other things. As for the appliances, my grandpa has many stoves left for his rentals, and he said I could have the 20" gas range when he finds it. This will need to be converted to propane, but it's brand new and free (they outlawed use of them in rental apartments here, another whacked out law), so I guess that offsets the cost. I like the idea of having all the comforts of home, as one day I may be living on board Victoria.

At any rate, we've been making great progress, although admittedly my uncle has been doing most of the work; he is after all, the expert on carpentry.

Life is good, and Happy Easter everyone!

PS: Why does the easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don't lay eggs...
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:23 AM   #44
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PS: Why does the easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don't lay eggs...
Here ya go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Bunny
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:35 AM   #45
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Wow...I learned something today. Well then...are there emergency exits on a prison bus?
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:30 PM   #46
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I am completly stoked for you! I have the same bus almost exactly. Let me know if I can shed insight into your dream. The skoolie adventure begins!
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:32 PM   #47
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We took a day off today and I drove with my grandpa to pick up his new Infiniti FX35. He has until now got a new Navigator every year or two, and we both own Ford (stock), but I drove back the Infiniti and there is a total difference in quality that made the Navigator look like a dumpster on wheels . It also reminded me I need to get back up cameras for the bus. Have any of you installed back up cameras? Was it worth it to you?
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:48 AM   #48
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I posted this question in another topic, but in case you didn't see that one, does anyone have experience with this particular model of inverter:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-VECTOR-3000-600 ... 1|294%3A50

I am thinking of ordering one.
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Re: Victoria

I have no experience with that particular model, but I've owned several Vector inverters over the years and I can tell you I've been satisfied with all of them. The ones in the bus now have gotten louder (the fans I mean), but they still work great and I don't think you're going to beat the price watt-for-watt. Just be careful with that setup. 3000 watts means 250 amps of draw or approximately what the starter motor on a small block Chevy will draw on a 0 degree day. I wouldn't be surprised if that inverter is capable of drawing twice what your alternator is capable of putting out. Get yourself some BIG cables.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:30 PM   #50
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Ok...finally some pics:


Any idea which transmission this is?


Good Rotor


Bad Rotor


Welcome Home


Looking Back, we've covered everything but the wheel wells, which we will build platforms for the bathroom around.


Looking Forward, it's amazing how "un"square this bus is, but we'll make it work.


I decided to leave this rear heater in, and build the bed over it. It works, so why mess with success?


Those wheel humps are a challenge.


Whoever engineered this should be shot...better yet...they should be required to sit in it for the rest of their life.


Does the cord indicate that the mirror is heated? I saw no control for a mirror heater on the switches.


I am hoping to upholster this dashboard and make it look comfortable


This looks like a job for...."Rustoleum-man"!!!!!


Rustoleum-Man really has his work cut out for him.

A LITTLE NOSTALGIA:





Well thank you all for checking out this post, and I will keep you all updated on progress. Oh by the way, this is the tub I plan on putting in, gotta love craigslist:

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