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Old 07-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #11
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Re: Making Holes in the Bus, advice, tips, tools, help!!!

Butyl tape is a good choice for sealing roof vents and such. Stick it to the base of the vent flange covering the screw holes then screw your flange down snug. A little caulk covering the screw heads isn't a bad idea.

I don't like roof penetrations either, but over the years the ones I've done haven't been a problem.
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any pics appreciated!!!!

post em if you got em

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Old 07-25-2013, 06:20 PM   #13
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I hate putting holes in the bus, but when I have to I use a hole saw, or grinder, jig saw etc, depending how big and whats it for. I have put no holes in the roof, my vents are on the sides
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been thinking about that...... and looking at your thread.

can you show a pic of your tank vent? i cant seem to find that part of the thread.
sure can ill take some in the morning, its a simple system, I used pex line off the top of my black tank then up the side of the wall in the bathroom, and out the wall, I also have a tee in the line at the tank with a extra valve I can open if I think I need more air when dumping, but I don't have to use it the tank dumps fast and I haven't gotten any smells from the vent, and we use the bathroom all the time, I had the grey water tank tapped into it as well using pex, but this year I changed the grey tank vent to just point out over the side and down using pex line, when the tank gets over filled (only happened once) it comes out the vent, when dumping the grey tank you can hear a bit of gurgle from the kitchen p trap, but it drains out fast, in any case I have never had any problems with this set up, 4-5 days boondocking don't get any smells, I always do good flushes when I dump. and best of all no holes in roof
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:27 PM   #14
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my first hole is coming up... the toilet flange. then followed by the black tank vent, stove vent, water fill, outdoor shower....

so trying to find as many pics and help as possible......just don't want to make an avoidable mistake with all your knowledge . i'm guessing i got a week before i have to cut the bus.
I just used a hole saw for the toilet flatornge and the black tank is right below the toilet , 3 inch hole I think, I have a connector on the black tank that the toilet flange screws into, then a couple of screws to hold the flange on the floor good set up, just make sure when you drill out the hole you clear any cross beams
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:10 AM   #15
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I posted my set up on my thread, this way I wont have to keep reposting
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Re: Making Holes in the Bus, advice, tips, tools, help!!!

When making a fairly small round hole, then of course a hole saw will be optimal. For most other things, I have found that my angle grinder is the most useful all-around metal cutting device I've ever owned. You can go through steel, thick and thin, and it doesn't matter what is behind that metal. So for a double wall, you don't have to worry about breaking a blade on the inner wall. Also, no need to drill holes for a sabre saw to get started, just draw your lines out with a marker and plunge in. Plus, it's fun to make all those sparks! Ooooh! Ahhhhh!
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When making a fairly small round hole, then of course a hole saw will be optimal. I have found that my angle grinder is the most useful all-around metal cutting device I've ever owned. You can go through steel, thick and thin, and it doesn't matter what is behind that metal. So for a double wall, you don't have to worry about breaking a blade on the inner wall. Also, no need to drill holes for a sabre saw to get started, just draw your lines out with a marker and plunge in. Plus, it's fun to make all those sparks! Ooooh! Ahhhhh!
I'm with you on the angle grinder and sparks. I use it to cut everything.
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very nice set up!

after taking a closer look at the photos..... i really like the pex. the grey water tank looks like a good idea.

i was contemplating an 1 1/2" abs vent through the floor and roof, the small pex sure looks easier to work with.

how large a pipe is that? i've never worked with pex but am about to for the freshwater.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:41 PM   #19
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very nice set up!

after taking a closer look at the photos..... i really like the pex. the grey water tank looks like a good idea.

i was contemplating an 1 1/2" abs vent through the floor and roof, the small pex sure looks easier to work with.

how large a pipe is that? i've never worked with pex but am about to for the freshwater.
I used 1/2 with sharkbite fittings, that's what I had on hand, you can get pex in 3/4 and maybe larger not sure on that.
Like I said before this works very well for me and I am very happy with it.
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We used 1/2 inch PEX.
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