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Old 02-16-2019, 08:36 PM   #1
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Shopppping!!

So, here's a list of things I need to buy and I'm hoping we can come to a conclusion about the best and/or most reasonably priced products out there..
1. Weatherstripping (will be used for windows)
2. Sealant (for windows and roof hatches mainly, etc.)
3. Fan (maxxair vs. fan-tastic vs....)
4. Mini Wood Stove (are there any inexpensive options?)
Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:11 PM   #2
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Some have been having trouble securing an insurance policy if it has a wood burning stove, check with your insurance agent. Some may say the FanTastic fans are the best but my Maxxair does everything the Fantastic does for about $100 less. Sikiflex seems to be the go to sealant.
The only weather strip on my windows was at the top and it was a basic 5/8" square strip.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:24 PM   #3
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Awesome, just looked into sikaflex, it's polyurethane which it seems most exterior sealants are made up of. And yea, although I like the look of the Fan-tastic a lot better, can't really justify spending on extra $100 on roof aesthetics.

How is everyone fitting these fans into the roof? My hatch is about 23" and it seems most the Fan-tastic and Maxx don't line up. I was thinking of throwing tinted Lexan over one hatch with Tek Screws and some butyl tape under the edges. Maybe I could do the same for the vented hatch and just cut a big hole in the Lexan??
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:28 PM   #4
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Oh, and any ideas about what to do with my rust. Prep and etch or do I use just some rust converter? I know I'm all over the place, I've got a million mini projects to do and can't figure out which direction to take!!
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Most skin the opening with sheet metal and then cut the 14" opening in the center. I think you'll like the way I went. I skinned the openings with a piece of 26" tinted Lexan and then mounted my Maxxair in the middle of it. That way i still get a lot of ambient light coming it. Up the road I may add another fan in the front skylight.
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Oh, and any ideas about what to do with my rust. Prep and etch or do I use just some rust converter? I know I'm all over the place, I've got a million mini projects to do and can't figure out which direction to take!!
Prep and etch is a rust converter and is the cheapest product to use.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:45 PM   #7
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Thanks alot and nice bus, it's quite large, I'm only dealing with a shorty. The sheet metal seems to be the way to go then, it looks sleek too, however, I was hoping to catch some extra rays with a cheap Lexan hatch.
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Thanks alot and nice bus, it's quite large, I'm only dealing with a shorty. The sheet metal seems to be the way to go then, it looks sleek too, however, I was hoping to catch some extra rays with a cheap Lexan hatch.
If you go to the upper left and find the UserCP you can fill out your profile so we know where you are and what bus you have so as to easier answer your questions.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:57 PM   #9
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As far as sealants go, I'm looking at a few on TACbusparts.com, particularly the E6100, which is advertised as "2x stronger, 60x more flex than polyurethane". I believe it's the same as the current black adhesive on my windows that's still tacky after at least 15 years.
The E6100 is also twice the price. Is it really worth it? I'm hoping not to have to replace the windows ever again (10-15 years)
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:59 PM   #10
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I'll do that, thanks. Eventually I'll upload some photos too, just had some trouble in the beginning navigating this site.
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