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Old 04-22-2010, 04:55 PM   #171
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Another design change encompassed the stereo. I pulled an older all in one theater system from my basement and it came with satellite speakers which should work nice, but the sub woofer was quite large. We modified the front cabinet to handle the speaker. Who knows how it will sound, but we couldn't think of anything else.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:26 PM   #172
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Here's one I forgot to post. We installed a dead bolt on the side door. The door was too thin to install the keyhole on the outside, but this allows us to at least secure it from the inside. The biggest benefit from this site is learning from others which is where this idea came from (but I forgot where I saw it first). We will try to key the back door which is a bit thicker.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:01 AM   #173
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Smitty - we've been up and down that ladder about a gazillion times, so we though we should memorialize it


We started the exterior this weekend with a good wash of the bus. We borrowed a 3500 psi washer with sand injector. We used the get the rough stuff off the rub rails which are a pain to sand. The rest of the bus simply got high pressure water and will get the wrath of a couple of random orbital sanders over the next couple of days. Action shots as follows:
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:53 PM   #174
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Why did you hang a picture of a ladder on the rear door??

Looks great!

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Old 04-30-2010, 11:28 AM   #175
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We're officially a RV now. The Deputy Fire Marshall came by and inspected the bus for $60. We then took his report, original plate and the title to the county clerk and for a $35 fee they issued a new recreational vehicle title and plate. Here's a picture of the inspection report checklist for those interested (albeit a bit fuzzy).
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:40 PM   #176
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I know what you mean regarding the I-phone distorting the pictures. I thought it was just mine sometimes.
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:34 PM   #177
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We've been doing a bunch of sanding. Where we have gotten down to bare metal we are putting a bit of primer back on before we shoot the whole bus for the first time. Here are some progress pics.
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:40 PM   #178
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We also spent a little time on the inside by hooking up the satellite speakers under the overhead cabinet and an indoor HD TV antenna. Going down the road the antenna sits in the overhead cabinet and when stopped it will rest on the steering wheel. With the closest tv tower currently being 45 miles away, we still are able to pick up about 10 HD channels. The rear speakers we mounted on the overhead cabinets in the kitchen. By the way the bass speaker in the cabinet with cloth doors works surprisingly well.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:30 PM   #179
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Smitty - we are looking into external antennas, but haven't made up our minds. The current one is a temporary fix.

Here are some more action shots of filling, sanding, and priming. We tinted the primer (applied with a roller) which approximates the final color. When we get it all done we will re-evaluate to see if we still like it. We were thinking of a chocloate color band on the bottom for a two tone look.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:46 PM   #180
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one more action shot
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