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Old 03-04-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Ready but not finished.

Well, one year and 11 days to the date we brought The BOV home, and now I would call her ready for use! I wouldn’t say she complete there is still a lot of other things I want to do to her, but at least now we can use her. So what all have we done to her. Let’s start from the front to the back.
First the front door, I took the two piece door, flipped the left side door over, to allow for one of the bars to be lower, and give me a place to install the door lock, which is a standard garage door lock. Next I cover the stairs with a ruff doormat material to allow for better traction and make it a little easier to keep our shoes clean. Next in the driver area I have added two monitors that are connected to cameras all around the bus, giving me a 360 degree view around the bus. I also have added a GPS, and a shelf over the drivers set for out PS3 that will connect to the 32” LCD TV. I have yet to add an AM/FM radio or Multi-band CB yet, but those will be shortly.
Next the area directly behind the driver’s seat. I have built two couches with two seat belts per couch attached to the original bus seat belt mounts. Under each couch is a 30 gallon fresh water tank and a water pump and pressure tank on each side, the one on the port side of the bus is the primary, and the starboard side is the backup. I also have the tanks connected to allow water to stay balanced between to the two tanks. On the outside of the bus on both sides, are pressurized water hook ups, fill spouts, and vents. There is also some storage space under both couches.
Next is the Galley. On the starboard side I have Norcold 12 volt DC / 110 volt AC fridge/freezer, with the stove area next to it. I plan on purchasing a diesel stove to use so that I can have a single fuel source throughout the bus. Until then I plan on using an alcohol based stove. The stove area is surround by sheet aluminum, and under stove are inside the cabinets we have drawers. On the port side of the galley is cabinets and the sink. Under the sink I have installed a 110 volt AC on demand hot water heater. I also used a hepvo valve instead of a pea trap. This is a pretty cool little device Google it and check it out. Over the galley and the front couches I built custom cabinets. Inside some the cabinets I built custom trays with pegs to hold items in place while we travel. I have also installed a 15000 BTU high efficiency AC here with a 7500 BTU heater attachment.
After the kitchen is the head, bathroom. I installed a macerator toilet. In most RVs the toilet opens directly into the black water tank, with the macerator toilet it chops up the waste and pumps it to the tank. This keeps any unwanted smells from coming back into the bus. Across from the head is a 30” bath tub and shower. Under the bus I have installed a 30 gallon black water tank, and another 30 gallon gray water tank.
Following the head back you come to the bunk area. I have built 2 bunk beds with storage under all four beds. Under both lower bunks I also have room for 4 batteries each side. Currently I have only two installed on each side, giving me 1000 amp hours. Under the port side lower bunk I have also installed my solar controller. On the roof of the bus I have installed 4 – 128 watt flexible PVs. These panels and batteries can power everything on the bus turned on at full power for almost 3 hours, with no shower power or generators. Managing the power usage I can easily get a full day out of the current setup. Outside of the bus in this area I have shower power and cable/antenna hook ups on both sides of the bus.
Finally you come to the master salon. I built a full size murphy bed here, with cabinets on both sides, and storage under the head of the bed. On the roof I built similar cabinet to those in the galley and couch area. On the right side of the bed in the cabinet I installed my invert. This invert is a 3000 watt invert that can surge up to 6000 watts if need be. It also handles charging the batteries while on shore power. On the wall between the starboard bunk and the master salon is my master electrical panel. I have circuit breaker for both my 12 volt DC and my 110 volt AC power. This keeps me from having to worry about fuses if something shorts. On the back starboard corner of the bus under the master salon area I will be installing a 3000 watt generator/welder.
Throughout the bus I have installed 12 volt incandescent lights, once these burn out I will be replacing the bulbs with LED ones. I also installed laminate flooring throughout. The windows that we did not used we covered with sheet metal riveted in the original window opening. I also built screens for the windows left so we can open them without letting the bugs in. The window in the head I tinted with a smoked glass tint, for privacy. The doors were filled with accordion doors.
This coming weekend is our 6 year anniversary; we plan on taking up to our property for her maiden trip! We are very excited and will have lots of pictures to follow her first trip.
What is left for the BOV? Well we need to pain/stain the inside and the outside. I am still trying to figure out how to trim the walls against the curved roof. I need to mount the generator, and install some under cab storage. I also plan on using the auxiliary air tank to power air tools, by attaching some NTP connections. A few more batteries and solar panels are also in the plans. I am still debating if I want to install a rollup awning, we will see. I think those are the basics that are left, but I think she will always be a work in progress.
I will keep you updated!
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:51 PM   #2
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:52 PM   #3
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:56 PM   #6
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:57 PM   #7
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:59 PM   #8
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:29 PM   #9
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Re: Ready but not finished.

Wow Easily one of the nicest looking and best craftsmanship I've seen!
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:06 AM   #10
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Very nice!. I particularly like the two-tone cabinetry and your wire shelving.

Have you considered leaving the cabinets natural (unstained)? I'm thinking of using light wood (birch or maple) and finishing it with a water-based finish that won't darken it. I always thought dark wood closes in a small space.

What are the grey pannels on the roof?
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