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Old 04-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #51
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http://picasaweb.google.com/aleanis/Bus1#

Is the link to my web album containing the pictures I uploaded earlier. I feel bad, but I am considering using the bus to haul stuff around, as I have an idea for an ongoing garage sale. Perhaps I could finish off the front of the bus, and temporarily use the back bedroom for storage space.

I am thinking I could offer delivery of large items, and pick up many things at a time that are out of town instead of having to make a bunch of trips. I could just use an air mattress for a while as a bed while traveling.

At any rate, progress will continue on Victoria.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:32 PM   #52
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Wow...so I see how people get sidetracked from their projects. I started a business and had finals for all of my classes, with most of that uproar out of the way, there is time left for Victoria.
A friend of mine replaced all the carpet in her house and gave me a remnant (including padding) big enough for the living room. With some help from my lovely girlfriend, we got the new carpet laid down and some furniture temporarily placed. We even put an air conditioner in the window as a temporary means of not baking to death while in the bus. I positioned the $20 (garage sale) jetted tub where I plan on putting it, and cleared out some of the stuff from using the bus as a storage unit for the business.
Now the living room "spot" actually looks remotely like a living room. It was very comfortable just to sit in it. It will be that much more comfortable to be overlooking the mountains or the ocean instead of just the garage and house, .
My girlfriend found me a charger for my camera, so I will be taking many more pictures as time progresses. Victoria should be done relatively quickly now that I have time an energy to dedicate to her.
Sorry for going so long without updates, and thank you all for reading and for your ideas. I will keep you posted!
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:09 PM   #53
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Has anyone ever thought of using Rubbermaid tubs for water tanks? Would there be any drawbacks to this? (It seems like a much cheaper alternative)
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:15 PM   #54
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Each tub you use would have to have a frame to hold it in shape or the water would bulge out the sides. And, Rubbermade tubs arnt water tight...

I dont think they are made of a plastic that is considered usable for water storage.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:08 PM   #55
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someone here used tubs for grey water, search the gallery and conversion sections.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:57 PM   #56
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I got an old 55 gallon food grade, plastic drum for my bus for around $10 I think.
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:58 PM   #57
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Wow...so I fired up Victoria yesterday and drove her forward and back a few times just to keep things moving and to let her know I haven't forgotten about her. I decided to back the bus up a few feet to free up some room in the driveway. I didn't realize the effect so much weight sitting in place for a while would have on an old asphalt driveway. Nonetheless, it got me very excited for a road trip, which got me excited to do some more work on Victoria. Now if only I could find somewhere else to store everything that Victoria stores. On 0.12 acres I have 2 SUVs, a pickup truck, a car, an extremely large utility trailer, and a 2 bedroom house. There isn't much room left after that. I don't want to pay for a storage unit and in turn have to travel across town to access stuff, but somethings gotta give.

So since the rubbermaid tote water tank idea won't work, does anyone have any links to or ideas for cheap water storage tanks? Where did you find the "food grade" bins?

Also-

My fuel gauge is broken, it only displays 1/3 of a tank, from the time I got it, to when I filled it up, and now. I don't want to run out of fuel, and I don't know what my mpg is like because I've only filled it once. How can I fix the fuel gauge or replace it, or will it be more complicated than that?

Thanks everyone!
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:10 PM   #58
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you cant get watertanks much cheaper then this http://cgi.ebay.ca/21-GALLON-Fresh-W...3A1%7C294%3A30
unless you go and salvage one in an old camper.
Another thing i've seen used for waterstorage is 8" or 10" sewerpipe (just because its called sewer does not mean its dirty ) Easy to install and you can find everything you need at your local hardware store.
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Something else you can do for potable water tanks is look at your local army surplus store for old 55 gallon barrels. If they are food grade (and don't smell like pickles), then you're good to go. Just add a liner and build a nice rack inside your bus for freeze protection, and you're good to go!

You can find liners here:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...uct%5Fid=25041

And if you have some money to spend you can get a barrel here too:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/cat...name=25&Page=1

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Old 06-02-2009, 10:52 PM   #60
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The tanks on ebay appear nice, until you factor in the almost $80 shipping charge. The US Plastic site looks good, do they charge for shipping? I saw a leaking truck camper on cl for $125 here in town, but I would have nowhere to put it if I got one, not to mention I can't imagine the tanks being anywhere near large enough, and they want extra for the fridge (although I would still prefer a residential fridge). However it does have a toilet (I assume), and I know it has a working stove and furnace, and probably water heater, which would be worth the 125. I just wish I knew where to put it, the pickup truck doesn't run, so it would be a little hard to drive it to pick it up. Wow...what a rant, anywho, I'm yet again at a loss.
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