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Old 02-05-2015, 07:57 PM   #31
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As I was hacking around under the bus I was thinking of putting 3" of board insulation under the floor... then putting a thin sheet of Al attached to the bottom of the flanges. Is that done often? Insulating under the metal floor?
Insulating under the floor seems to be the best way to go if you want to preserve the limited headroom in a school bus, but it's also the hardest and probably messiest. I sprayed insulating foam onto my ceiling and walls and can attest to the mess it makes (still worth it, though) and I can imagine it would be a lot worse when working under the floor. If you could tilt the bus onto its side the job would be easy and relatively clean.

Also, most spray foams are sensitive to UV damage, so the surface of the foam needs to be covered (inside a wall, for example) to protect it long term. You'd have to do the same if you sprayed it under the floor where you also have road debris/rocks/etc.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:41 AM   #32
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If you could tilt the bus onto its side the job would be easy and relatively clean.


Yeah, there must be a way but this aint it.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:28 AM   #33
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It seems that people in NH wanted to undercoat as well. Maybe you can get your bus to sit up like this.



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Old 02-06-2015, 09:47 AM   #34
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It seems that people in NH wanted to undercoat as well. Maybe you can get your bus to sit up like this.

I don't know. I wouldn't want to work from a ladder tall enough to spray a bus like this. Maybe from a rappelling rig secured to the top bumper or nearby high-rise building?
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:49 AM   #35
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I don't know. I wouldn't want to work from a ladder tall enough to spray a bus like this. Maybe from a rappelling rig secured to the top bumper or nearby high-rise building?
A bus up like that on end might make a great rock climbing wall inside and out.


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Old 05-21-2015, 01:20 PM   #36
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Overdue Update

The bus has been coming along... a lot of electrical, batteries and plumbing recently.

Yesterday it went for inspection and they tagged me on the stupidest things... like how close the outlets were to the bed... the red lights over the exits had to come out... the hot water heater vent too close to a window... (there are windows everywhere)... red exit handles had to go... ugh! 1AM last night and back to the shop this morning to try for an inspection sticker...

The coolest thing is running off of batteries! I separated the main battery from a new set of batteries by a contractor and put in an inverter. It doesn't even hum. Tonight I might test to see how long the fridge runs on batteries alone with a power meter on it... and determine the kwh.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:35 PM   #37
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wow what standard did they go by?
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:23 PM   #39
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wow what standard did they go by?
I think they made one up... a hybrid of a school-bus and Vermont state camper inspection...
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:01 AM   #40
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Sweet bus!

I'm a wee bit late to this party, but if you haven't found the toilet yet, you might consider checking out FamilyBus' posts, if you havn't already. He has 6 kids too and uses a composting toilet- i believe he just uses the sawdust bucket. He's quite knowledgeable about electric and power options too.

For some really good ideas on the propaneless set-up, I think you may like wmkbaily's build thread "The Journey Visni" (sp?). After his roof raise, he rigged up his Webasto for heat that would run with a marine heating system, plus LOTS of good pics, sources and details about how he set up the AC/DC wiring and battery banks, isolation switches etc etc

You mentioned different metals for different projects. Don't forget about galvanic corrosion. Here's a good info sheet. http://www.engineersedge.com/galvanic_capatability.htm (even though the address is spelled wrong. Oy)

Nimbus 2000- Great name!!! You should edit the name of this build thread!
Love your bus-bucks idea! Brilliant.
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