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Old 04-25-2005, 01:21 PM   #1
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Cargo Compartments Installed!!!

I just finished the installation of my custom cargo compartments for my bus. It was a lot of work but I am very pleased. Check out my work and progress photos of this project and let me know what you think.

Visit http://www.dammitandy.com/bus/05-spring05.htm

Heres a quick pic

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Old 04-25-2005, 01:47 PM   #2
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Looks awesome! Do you have contact info for the makers of those boxes? Do they sell to anyone or is it a local to you deal?
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Old 04-25-2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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Looks sharp! How much would those boxes cost? Like the info on your site too.
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:57 PM   #4
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Looks awesome! Do you have contact info for the makers of those boxes? Do they sell to anyone or is it a local to you deal?
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Actually, I have the hookup. Family business is a metal fab shop. I designed them and put them through the shop like a real job. I worked there all through highschool and college so the guys knew me and knew what they where for so they didnt give me any greif.

The boxes are totally custom and made to spec for the doors you see on them and my bus. Dont think many small quantity customized jobs like that go through the shop cause of what it would cost, but ya never know. Check with a local fab shop around you. Or if you are on a budget, check some of the junk yards for old pickup cargo boxes. I hear those work pretty good to.
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Old 04-25-2005, 04:00 PM   #5
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Looks sharp! How much would those boxes cost? Like the info on your site too.
I called up my dad and asked what he would quote something like the boxes I had made, and he said about $100 per box, plus the cost of the doors, which was $120 for all 4. So I'm looking at a $520 total investment there.

Wow, I really got the hookup

Thanks for the props too
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Old 04-25-2005, 04:22 PM   #6
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So I'm looking at a $520 total investment there.
Oh ya, dont forget the $70 I spent on hardware at Fastenal to hold them things up too.

So, $590 investment!!!
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Old 04-25-2005, 04:39 PM   #7
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"Oh ya" adds up

The boxes are really nice! You definitely have the hook up! I'm trying to figure out how to store 2 T105 batteries somewhere, and I really don't want to have to spend bucks for more containers.

Funny how that "oh ya" stuff adds up pretty fast.

"Oh ya, one more can of spray primer for the mirror struts."

"Oh ya, another box of 1 5/8" decking screws for the doghouse."

"Oh ya, another GFCI receptacle for that extra circuit I installed."

"Oh ya, another bag of grout for the tile work."

"Oh ya....dang! What happened to all my money?!?!"

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Hi guys!
Being a fabricator myself, I think I can give some advice on how to build low (...lower) cost under bus storage without having access to a full fab shop. First, depart from the norm of a sheet metal box and first build frames out of angle iron. 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1/8 is strong and relatively lightweight. You can do this at home with a chopsaw, sawzall, or bandsaw, and a 110v mig or stick welder (Harbor Freight has 110v stick welders that would do the job for less than $200). Or, everyone seems to know someone with an old 220v AC stick welder. Next, use flat panels to enclose your box, 18ga min for welding. Tack these on every couple of inches and grind tacks flat. You can purchase doors or make them from heavier gage flat metal with foam gaskets or use the skirting itself for the door, add continuous (piano) hinge and some latches. It will be much cheaper to have a fab shop cut you flat panels out of the scrap rack than have them build a box. Or, you can buy a sheet of metal and cut it at home with electric or air shears or a nibbler or even a jigsaw if you have alot of time. If you take your time, clean your welds up a little with a grinder (if they're less than attractive) anyone can do this with a little skill, and a lot of patience. Remember, A thick coat of paint hides a multitude of sins. Check out Big Blue's generator box on page 10 of the gallery, I built it by this method at home in the evenings, the only part I did at the shop was shear the panels. Oh yeah, you'll need to seal these on the inside if you want , as this method isn't watertight.

Just a little info I thought might help.

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Thanks Brad, thats some really good info. And I'm sure people dont have the resources I do with our shop, so that is some great advice for a cheaper solution.

I like your plan too, very do-able for the novice builder. And one can get as creative as they want doing it that way.

All I had to watch was to make sure the doors i bought fit. My advice to everyone is to experiment, remember, its just a damn bus, you can't hurt it.
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Now that I am all painted... Looking to find a way to hold these doors open while im loading and unloading them. Air cylinders would take too much work cause the inside walls are wider than the door opening and I would have to build some sort of mount. So I am looking at something to for the door to clip to when its up... I found these...

http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...=8801&tab=spec

I think they should work well and their cheap. I'm ordering some next paycheck and I'll post on how their performance.

Any other ideas, let me know please.
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