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Old 02-12-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Re: Double Decker Bus Conversion- LOTS OF ?s

i THINK ITS REAL COOL THERE IS A GUY HERE THAT HAS A PILE OF THOSE FOR SALE AND SOME PARTS HE WANTS 10 GRAND FOR A NON RUNNING ONE. I LIKE IT HOW HIGH AND WHAT MOTER
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I love this thing... Can't wait to see some progress pics...

Just keep plowing away, it will usually come and go... You'll get a lot of work done and come to a stopping point and have to recharge both body and mind... The good thing is, it gives you time to ponder things and once in a while you have a moment of clarity... The clouds part, and the big ray of light shows you the way... That's when you get excited again and get on a roll...

Good luck with the build...
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: Double Decker Bus Conversion- LOTS OF ?s

Look into "ductless air conditioning" also called "mini split air conditioning" it's the way to go especially since you have two distinct areas to cool. They also have heat pump models.
http://www.ductlessdepot.net/standart-40.html They can be a bit pricey, but you can pretty much put the condenser unit anywhere and the inside unites are small and good looking.
I was going to go that route, but I got a bus with factory air, which is basically a mini split without the nice features and it runs off of the bus engine, I'll have to do something about that.
There is some discussion both good and bad here
http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/in...p?topic=5064.0
http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/in...p?topic=4295.0
http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/in...p?topic=4314.0

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13,000 btu unit for around $350
I don't think this would be near big enough. I have a 9,000 in the cab of a semi, if I'm sitting in the sun, it's pretty much sit right in front of it to stay 'kinda cool. I think the biggest roof air you can get is 15,000 and the large bus/motorhomes always have at least two or three, and I saw one with 5 yesterday.

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take a window unit and build an insulated air tight box around it leaving space for the air it needs through the back (and side?), vent that to the outside of the bus and leave the front of the a/c popping out at the foot of the bed and shooting cold air down the hall
you have to have some kind of drain for water somewhere.

You will have to do your own research and conclusions. You have a unique situation, not sure it can be resolved cheaply or easily.

Will a 466 and Alison fit where that Bristol is?
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BTU:space ratios aside, the household AC unit will work. Many people have put those in their skoolies. If you decide to put it inside the bus rather than hanging out the back, then you will want to make sure the intake and exhaust air are kept seperate as much as possible and that you have a way for condensation water to drain to the outside. I was considering this option, but in the end decided to go with the rooftop AC. Of course my bus isn't a double-decker!
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Don't know if you're still looking for resources, but I found this page today (my wife and I are looking into converting a double decker bus)... it's a site dedicated to those converting English double deckers into motorhomes and living spaces. Thought it might help if you still have lingering questions.

http://www.freewebs.com/summerholidayconversion/

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