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Old 11-21-2009, 10:24 PM   #11
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Re: adventure bus

its a lot of fun were trying to save up for a through hike of the Appalachian trail in 2012, but thats another story

...today i fixed the rotted out step on the driver side and pulled out the brittle roof hatch, sanded it and reinforced it by mixing up some fiberglass and re doing it. I'll put up pics tomorrow.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:28 PM   #12
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Re: adventure bus

i cant seem to find a pic of the step before but it was rotted out really bad

heres the finished step


its aluminum diamond plate and stainless so it shouldn't rot again.

and heres a better shot of the bus again not in the shop.



still very far to go.
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:21 AM   #13
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Re: adventure bus

I just had a flashback to my uncle trying to make Jiffy-Pop over an open camp fire, and loosing half of it when the tinfoil (aluminum?) bottom melted away... Was it really so hard to use a cast iron pan to even out the heat?

I made jiffy-pop in about 5 minutes on the camp stove and finished it off with the others while we waited for him to finish making his...which was fed to the fire anyways, cause by that point, there was nothing but a handle and ring left.
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:17 PM   #14
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Re: adventure bus

i have a question. when i posted all of those pictures up it was on my 24" monitor and they looked fine but today i logged on with my laptop and all of the pics seem to be cut half off. I went to my photobucket and resized them, but nothing their all still cut off. i was wondering if it is like that for everyone else and if someone might know why its doing that?

Thanks!
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:14 PM   #15
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Re: adventure bus - picture size

All your pictures look fine and not cut off on a 19" monitor here. Only you know if there was more to the pictures that might have been cropped, but there is no visible evidence of any pictures not fitting or being cut off.

Some of the largest pictures in others' posts sometimes appear partially, but in that case there are sliders to move the image around and see all of the parts.

Check the resolution setting for your laptop display. Another thing that occasionally happens on my Vista PC is that the browser appears in the "restore down" multi-pane condition, with the "smaller" size set larger than the available display area. Clicking "maximize" (the rectangle next to the "close program" X ) shrinks the browser to full screen and makes the whole page(s) viewable.
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:36 PM   #16
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Re: adventure bus

weird, i did look but no scroll bar. the pictures that are cut off are pretty obvious the smaller ones are okay but the bigger ones weren't. Thanks for letting me know!
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:53 PM   #17
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Re: adventure bus

Great looking short bus. I am doing a bus of the same size. Ever think about having a manual pump sink?? Wouldnt need any electrics and still have easy access to fresh water. Large food factories like Sysco or Fritos should have potable water tanks for cheap if you ask. Just a thought. I am trying to install mostly manual systems in my bus. Love the gravity shower idea, I also heard of that on this site. Keep us posted.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:21 AM   #18
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Re: adventure bus

thank you, and for a water tank we have 3 donor class c rv's that we picked up for free that we'll use the fresh water holding tank from one. were still not sure if were gonna use a gray water tank yet.

and as a small update today we got a free leather drivers seat from a jeep grand cherokee that some guy paid for and didn't use at the shop. and after some playing around we got all the motors, lumbar and heated seat to work great so that's a huge upgrade from our fixed back torn up vinyl seat. pics to come...
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:13 PM   #19
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Re: adventure bus

okay so i haven't gotten much farther a lot of things have come up in the last week. but today i took the pics i need to take to the dmv so we can change the title from school vehicle to a van.

so i took a picture of our new heated leather seat.

old seat



new seat

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Old 12-26-2009, 01:19 PM   #20
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I have a question you guys might know. where can find out the model of the van my bus is made on? were getting ready to upgrade the alt and put brakes on and its gonna be a lot easier to get parts knowing what we should ask for. thanks!
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