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Old 01-10-2015, 10:23 AM   #71
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Will you be heading south thru Michigan or west thru the UP and down thru Wisc? I35 makes a nice trip south across Iowa. If ya head this way we'd enjoy meeting you and can put ya up for a spell and help ya sort out any annoying bus problems along the way. I have a shop with every tool you could wish to borrow.

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Old 01-14-2015, 09:55 PM   #72
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Hi Mike
We'll be heading down through Michigan. The lady has family in Lansing, so we'll be making that a stop going down to show off our sweet wheels and back up to tell tales (although a shop which could fit the bus would be mighty appealing).
Thanks for the invite, though!
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:58 PM   #73
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If you make it to Fl in the future hit me up. We have some great weather, especially this year.
A week ago we almost just said "feck it. let's head to Florida" to cut down on driving distance, but then we went back to the original plan of Texas + New Mexico. Who knows though.. depending on weather predictions we could still see ourselves on that warm part of the east coast.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:12 PM   #74
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Got more work done the past couple days. I've been pushing forwards to get some cabinet work done. I want the cabinets to have doors so dishes and such aren't falling from the heavens while traversing bumpy roads. I've also been making some headway with the wood stove installation.

Here's a shot of the cement board heat shield around the wood stove. There will also be a stainless steel heat shield 2 inches out from the cement board.



Here you can see the side vents. The intent is for the metal and cement board heat shields to warm up, thus creating an upward draft which will pull air from the floor. I will install a couple 12v computer fans down by the intake if the draft doesn't move enough air.



The lower hole is the air intake vent. The upper hole is a compartment for firewood. This is all over top of the wheel well.
IMG_20150114_175236 by kahtavajesse, on Flickr


And this is why I need an additional heat source! This little dinky guy just ain't cutting it, though with enough time it was able to raise the ambient temperature from -9C to 9C (15F to 48F). Enough to take the chill off, anyhow.
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Old 01-15-2015, 03:39 PM   #75
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Got some work done on the cabinets above the front seats. The clamps are holding everything in place as the PL Premium sets. I sure do love that stuff. It's messy, but stupid strong and easily sanded. Also, the colour matches the wood well. I've been using it in place of wood filler here and there.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:43 PM   #76
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looking good, lots of fun building in the cold and snow, I really like your solar set up, I will keep eye on it, someday I will be putting solar in my bus.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:28 PM   #77
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Made more headway with the cabinets.







Also, me lady hung some curtains!





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Old 02-01-2015, 08:43 PM   #78
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For the cam-locks on the cabinet doors I used Compx MFWTT078 cam-locks. I got them for $4.43 each on ebay with free shipping because I ordered 10. The finish is sort of a rough texture, but they are chromed and look pretty good. More importantly, though, they are well built and sturdy. And configurable. The description says they are 7/8" long, but that measurement is the entire body length. The threads don't go out that far. I had to router into the 3/4" thick wood to get the nut on. Nonetheless a good product!

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Old 02-05-2015, 10:56 PM   #79
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Test drove the wood stove today! cozy.




Chimney isn't secured. Just sitting in there. I'm going to put the insulated chimney pipe on top of 1 or 2 feet of black double or triple walled stove pipe.






I also put the original tank back on the bus, but with the new mounts. Everything was cleaned and Por15ed.


A shot of the mounts and straps I made. Damn proud of 'em!


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Old 02-10-2015, 09:15 PM   #80
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My and my partner had a couple drinks and thought I should describe the electrical system to her. I'm not even going to attempt to decipher this





This is the current state of the back of the bus. The lady had a swell idea of turning the one wall into a chalk board! It really spruces the place up.




An attempt at swapping out a window. I wanted an emergency window back there since they open entirely, but I was having trouble fitting it and didn't feel like dealing with it. Did I mention we're planning on leaving tomorrow for a month or two? We could only get so much finished.
The painters tape is only coming off once we hit warmer climates. Maybe we can even do a paint job? Oh how amazing that would be. It'd be nice to get rid of the mobile meth-lab look.




Solar panels down:



Here's a video mash-up of us getting the bus out of the snow bank. Nothing too exciting. A bit of rocking and some sand tossed on the ice did the job!

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And the remaining hole:
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