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Old 04-16-2015, 07:47 PM   #51
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We are definitely leaning towards a pipe wrap insulation tape (or something similar) after looking into this more. Quick, easy, and it will put some insulation in between the metal. In addition, we will be using panel foam insulation (scored to fit), with 'great stuff' in the gaps around the edges. Hallelujah! I will let you guys know how this goes! I really appreciate all of your help with this. Your expertise is gold!

And oh, how I wish Aerogel were cheaper, though it probably wouldn't work anyways. Have you read about this "new" material? Pretty amazing!


We were talking about putting wood up on the inside too. We priced it at about 200 for the wood we would want (and boy, did we spend a lot of time deciding what we would want if we did it). However, we would be loosing another inch of space from the top... and that will be cutting it close for us. We had decided that we are going to try and salvage the ceiling panel, and put it back up to save money. If that doesn't work, we will use wood, it's just our "Plan B".


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Mag, what are you smoking?

Myself and others are seriously trying to help you build a better bus. Stuff like that is just...........

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Ok, so to clarify what was said earlier. Um, no... I am not smoking anything (despite what everyone apparently thinks about Coloradans). I think you might just be jelly of my super-awesome idea, Nat!

I think the exterior metal shutters are a good idea, and we are definitely going to look into this more. It's all part of getting this bus as insulated as possible, and those windows are going to loose a LOT of heat.

Plus, they can double as armor! Good for those Colorado bears and mountain lions!

Let me show you a rough plan that I drew up, to clarify what I was saying earlier.
The key points with this plan that will make it worthwhile:
*ability to have four+ panels so we can decide how many we want open
*foam weatherstripping on all of the borders
*ability to secure the panel very well, using levers on the inside and full length hinges.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:36 PM   #52
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That's what you call a food truck.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:38 PM   #53
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The only problem I see is it could be in the way if you want an awning, which I wouldn't be without!
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:57 PM   #54
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That's what you call a food truck.
Hahahah oh my god.

Here I was thinking this was the best idea ever. I was totally imagining a "the walking dead" style armored bus... And it's totally a food truck. Sweet! Hey, I can work with that!!

haven't thought about awnings yet...
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:10 PM   #55
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Just make sure its a gluten free armored zombie food truck.
Good project name there!
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And oh, how I wish Aerogel were cheaper, though it probably wouldn't work anyways. Have you read about this "new" material? Pretty amazing!
So, there are 4 or 5 threads total with "aerogel" in them. Has anyone done an entire bus in them? Just giving the exterior dimensions of a bus to a guy that mentioned this stuff to me, he said about $5k. I haven't gone back to check his math. And I have since found the interior dimensions. I saw on one of the build threads that spray in foam was $2k to have it outsourced. If this stuff gives you 3x the insulation... where are the WI, MN, MT, ND skoolie kids?

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We were talking about putting wood up on the inside too. We priced it at about 200 for the wood we would want (and boy, did we spend a lot of time deciding what we would want if we did it). However, we would be loosing another inch of space from the top... and that will be cutting it close for us. We had decided that we are going to try and salvage the ceiling panel, and put it back up to save money. If that doesn't work, we will use wood, it's just our "Plan B".
I'll have to check your build; what was your plan on wood?

I've jumped on the pallet reclaimed wood bandwagon for some around the house projects (shelves, bookcase, etc.). I think they would make a great floor. It will take a planer, joiner, and a buttload of pallets but hey they're free as long as we aren't counting labor.

Man, are those screw nails a lot of labor!!

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Plus, they can double as armor! Good for those Colorado bears and mountain lions!
Especially the zombie bears and zombie mountain lions.
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There appears to be a lot of marketing hype around the term "aerogel". Any number of products now embed that name or term in their sales pitch.

Be advised...true aerogel really is amazing stuff...but that ain't what they are selling on the internet. Real aerogel is probably the most expensive product on the planet by weight and NASA can barely afford the stuff.
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I heard that the science behind real aerogel is greatly over-hyped. Essentially, the same results can be achieved by attaching tar paper to something using Great Stuff as an adhesive.

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