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Old 04-02-2016, 09:16 PM   #11
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I like it... thank you!
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:23 PM   #12
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You could fashion a seat that can be put over the stairs, buying you some real estate and a bit of elbow room.
The Goat bus kids had a REDICULOUSLY awesome folding passenger seat that was a marvel to behold. Check out their thread if you wanna see the ultimate in passenger accommodations!
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:41 PM   #13
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I used a product called Nittodamp. Peel and stick rubber and foil. It makes a huge difference in noise.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:42 PM   #14
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Where did you find it, Alan?
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:50 PM   #15
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Where did you find it, Alan?
Auto Value.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:12 AM   #16
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my stair well cover made a big difference in noise,
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:22 PM   #17
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today i tried a home depot product "Useal - Instant waterproof repair tape" to try and dampen the motor cover noise. i added the tape over the insulation on the bottom of the dog house cover and got a minor improvement in the cab noise.

i was able to measure the decibel sound level from an app on the phone.

before any added tape, the sound level at idle was 83-84db.

after the tape, it measured 80-81db.

i don't think i would have noticed a difference, but every little bit helps.

something the tape is really good at is fixing rattles!! little pieces of tape on the dash board metal sure quieted it down.

i wish i had used some of this during construction.
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Old 04-19-2016, 02:05 PM   #18
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I am also going to build an insulated box to help keep the engine noise down. I'm not sure what to use for insulation yet but i will seal the seams of the box with caulking. The bonus is that there will now be a flat surface to add cup holders.
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Old 04-19-2016, 03:11 PM   #19
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Did you notice the box built over the engine in the RVs? Yeah, why would they make these things without cup holders?
I'm not personally bothered by the noise of the engine in my FE bus. I like to hear what the engine is doing. Listen to the turbo spooling up and stuff. I am, however, very disappointed that there are no cup holders built in. I planned on also building a box that incorporates cup holders and additional cubby pockets similarly to the S&S folks.
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Old 04-19-2016, 03:15 PM   #20
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I too have that Noico dampening mat saved on my amazon wish list, figured when I got to that part of my project I'd order enough to wrap the bedroom walls and roof as well as the driver's area to be able to hear my radio better!!
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