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Old 03-04-2017, 03:48 PM   #61
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Thanks. I'm hoping to make the live edge cedar a theme throughout the bus.

I'm not home, so I'm going from memory. I believe the cabinet hangs 5" below the frame rail. About an inch lower than the condenser that was there before.
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Old 03-04-2017, 04:02 PM   #62
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OK, thanks, did not realize you took the condensor out. Are you getting a roof top unit?
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Old 03-04-2017, 04:58 PM   #63
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I haven't nailed down any plans yet, but I definitely don't want anything on the roof except solar panels. At this point I'm pretty set on installing an ebay DIY mini split inverter unit with the evaporator in the weird roll cage thing over the cab, and the condenser mounted underbody, just in front of the cabinet I made. Since its primary use won't be while moving, and it'll be much smaller than the original, I think finding a place for it will be pretty easy. I have a friend who's in HVAC who'd be willing to help me button up the install, but that means doing it here in VT.

What's more likely is I'll cut the old leftover hoses out of the way, then never think about AC again. Never needed AC in a vehicle before, but who knows, parking under a tree isn't an option with solar panels..
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:54 AM   #64
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Hey guys,
Been working on the bus off and on. Here are some pictures to catch up with the underbody box.

Getting it under the skirt required lifting the bus, but the box was such a tight fit that I needed to drop the bus back down so I could use the jacks for help in installation.
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Just enough room. If it hadn't been such a pain to install, I'd be pretty happy with my fab work on that build.
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Then I set about gathering scraps for my door build. As you can see, I had to weld scraps together to get some of the lengths I needed.
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I mitered the corners on this one. Made for some easy welding (my new helmet definitely helped, though!).
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Had to make a fancy little notch in the frame to fit around a joist.
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Then I was ready for paint!
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And here's where it stands today.
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I need to figure out a latching/locking system. For now I'm just going to put in a cam latch, because I haven't decided whether I want to lock the box to protect my stuff, or leave it unlocked to ensure quick access to my LP tanks..
I still think I'd like to put trim all the way around the door, and I'd definitely like to reseal the seam just above the hinge.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:22 AM   #65
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I also resealed my roof. I went with the easy, expensive route.

Started by pulling all the seam moulding off.
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Then I had to get this butyl rubber tape off. It was really stuck on there, so I had to go at it with a hot knife.
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After hours and hours of that, stage one was complete.
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Then a simple rub with mineral spirits got things shiny.
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I had to sand this down to sorta-flat before sealing.
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After all that was done, I used a 4" tape called Eternabond to seal all the joints. I had to buy three rolls for everything, so it ended up costing around $165, but it was super super easy. I'll post a picture of the finished roof as soon as I can.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:28 AM   #66
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Other stuff, too.

I got this cool kit for my sink drainage. It will drain into a bucket in the cupboard.
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I finished my counter with three coats of poly satin.
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Put that all together.
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Threw a motorcycle in it, and drove it to my buddy's for some plumbing.
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That's all for now. Will be taking more pics as things progress.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:32 PM   #67
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Nice progress. Love that countertop.
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