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Old 12-08-2015, 12:23 PM   #31
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Wow, cool, so I'm not alone in my femininity here :-0
Phoenix, What else did you use in the way of "green" building materials?
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:46 PM   #32
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I just spray foamed a short bus Im building today and the results, again, are incredible.
It instantly evens out the high and low temps, dampens sound, adds structural rigidty, and seals the bus. Can you tell I drank the spray foam coolaid?
Do you have pictures of the short bus and it's progress? Please please.
You do nice work and I have a soft spot for the smaller buses..
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:04 PM   #33
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Here's what I have of the shorty as it is now. I did the spray foam yesterday. Going to start trimming soon, then it's vapor barrier, flooring, walls, fixtures and solar install and I'll hand it over to the owner for finishing.

The floor is 1/2" plywood glued to 2" Poly iso board glued over the metal body.
The final flooring will be wood planks. TDB what exactly.

The walls will be 1/2" or 3/4" plywood and the bed loft in the rear will be 3/4" plywood with something nice on top.

Ceiling will be a thin wood/underlayment material with textured wallpaper over it to emulate tin tiles.

1200 Watt solar array TBD size of battery bank. Webasto thermo top c into the orig underseat heater will provide boondocking heat.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:10 PM   #34
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1200 Watt solar array TBD size of battery bank.
Holy what what WHAT? Where are you going to fit it all? I have 2x 300 watt solar panels on my shorty/halfy bus and they take up the full length of the bus and half of the width. I suppose if they didn't tilt I could probably put 2 more, but that would occupy 100% of the roof. As it stands, the tilt would block any other panels that I could put on there unless I made one mondo tilting frame the full size of the roof.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:12 PM   #35
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4x 300 watt panels. They'll all fit just perfectly but it will cover the whole roof
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:13 PM   #36
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Flat, no tilt I presume?
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:13 PM   #37
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That's correct. Tilt is a great feature though
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:14 PM   #38
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Cool.. Keep 'em pictures comin'!
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:50 PM   #39
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Amazing pics, thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:54 PM   #40
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OMG so I just got word from my ex that he'll be coming to visit the children around Christmas and is willing to put in a few (or more) days of ceiling and wall demolition work/old insulation removal into the bus!!! So now its time to buy the right tools. I'm going to go pnematic but also plan to buy some good electric stuff. I'll try to get a list together in order to ask for opinions but if anyone wants to make a tool list suggestion first that would be great!
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