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Old 02-27-2010, 10:41 PM   #91
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We got a bit of "work" done today on the plumbing and electrical system which I will post three pics at a time. Here are some pics of the sink and toilet installation in the bath. The $20 sink came from RV surplus. We have a small area and want to put a sink also in the bath. It is a little flimsy, but we will probably build a skirt around it in 1/2" ply which will add support and cover the drain line.

Also there are two pics of the toilet hole being drilled and the throne installed. We are leaving the windows in the back of the bus so there will be a nice view. It's a foot flush aqua magic style. The black water line goes straight to the black tank which is right below the toilet. We had to modify one of the chassis supports to get it to work. We will work under the bus when the weather is warmer than 50 degrees so long as there are other things to do inside the bus.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:48 PM   #92
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Pics of the water heater installed under the kitchen sink and the city water connection on the driver side of the bus. We are still working out the gravity fill fitting which is causing us fits given the height of the tank under the couch and the lack of room (depth) in the back of the seat. We may just ditch the gravity fill and put in a ball valve which will allow the fresh water tank to be filled via the city connection. More to come.

Also is a pic of the water pump, city connection, one way check valve and fresh water tank plumbing and drain/overflow under the front driver couch. It shares a space with one of the heaters that came with the bus.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:54 PM   #93
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One of the more challenging engineering tasks for us was the electrical. Well we got it mostly done except for the lines to the 50 amp plug and the alternator and the two circuits to the A/Cs. There isn't much room in what we thougth was a cabinet with plenty of size. The charger is under the 110v/12v panel and the inverter is mounted inside the cabinet. All of the 110v circuits have been run and we will start next on the 12v runs for the lights, fans, and pumps. We still have to work on the face of the cabinet by adding switches for the lights and the control panel for the inverter, but it is mostly done. Well - atleast we now know what it will look like and what we have to do to finish.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:35 PM   #94
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We took a bit of a break, but are back at it now. Here are some pictures of the kitchen area cabinet doors and drawers which are now installed.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:36 PM   #95
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Here's a picture of the opposite side of the shower/sink/toilet which is a closet and chest of drawers which turned out pretty nice. We were able to keep the windows across the back of the bus with this configuration.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:44 PM   #96
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We also have run a bunch of 12v wiring for the lighting, water pump and fan in the bathroom. It's very tedious and not photogenic, however, here is a picture of the cabinet with all the electrical goodies finished out. Note the vents below the panel and behind the driver's seat. We also have one of the 6 electrical outlets which are wired to the 1000 watt inverter which is the brown square closest to the front of the cabinet behind the driver's seat.
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:54 AM   #97
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The cabinets and woodworking look super good. Nice job on the electrical panel as well...wish I had more knowledge in that area.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:15 AM   #98
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I was wondering if you'd finished the bus and were off somewhere in it! Questions, what grade plywood did you use for your cabinet doors, did you just use a router to round the edges (any problem with splintering?), and did you add backing to the doors? I have some to do as well.
Here are some more specifics. We used 3/4" Birch veneer plywood for the doors with a 1/4" rabbit in the back and 3/8" inch round over bit to ease the edges. The plywood paints up nice and doesn't splinter when rounded, but as it is plywood, one can see the layers on the edges. The drawer fronts are 1/2" sign board (medium density fiber board i think is it's real name). Only the round over on the edges for the drawers since they sit flush against the frame the reveal is the same as the doors.

As for being off somewhere - we would like to get the interior finished so we can have a couple of "practice" runs before a big trip to Missouri in early August. We should be OK, but have all the exterior work to finish.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:19 AM   #99
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I forgot to post some updated plumbing pics last night. Here is the gravity fill and the connection to the fresh water tank. The gravity fill is about eye level on the outside which is as high as I would want to go.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:01 PM   #100
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We left in the chair rail and have done limited finishing to the walls. We have screwed panelling to the metal which originally came on the bus. We plan to go back and touch up the screw heads. Attached are some before pics how we have covered the walls which were not covered with cabinetry. We used the area below the chair rail as a chase for the electrical and plumbing.
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