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Old 05-04-2015, 07:15 PM   #151
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AAAArrrrrrrrrrggggghh!! matey! this ole schooner will set sail soon!

just as soon as that drivers seat comes back from the upholstery guy!

here are the completed conduit curtain rods..... now ready for curtains.



and the rod on the back window




I'm not sure if there is a conflict with my tail pipe and drain pipe or not. but just in case, i put a bit of a heat shield around the abs drain pipe. its wrapped in insulation and covered with aluminum tubing, hose clamps secure it at both ends.

the drive shaft is in front in the pic, the tail pipe is right behind it.

I've got an electrician brother that I could, well borrow some conduit from and then borrow your idea. Thanks for sharin'.


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AAAA, IIII, RRRR and the 7C's .....OK that was pretty lame.
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:11 PM   #152
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havent been curtain shopping yet..... but i did make some cabinet doors




and these



now i need a bucket full of latches so this doesn't rattle down the road.

on a sad note, today. the batteries i bought with the bus have died... 4yrs of limited service i got out of them.


now i got a pair of brand new shiny group31 batteries waiting to be installed.
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:16 PM   #153
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Amazing wood grain. Absolutely beautiful wood.

Thanks for the pics.

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Old 05-14-2015, 04:10 PM   #154
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Thanks Nat!! the plywood is birch, and it finishes super easy....sand, stain, and polyurethane. i used a couple of sheets of oak, a couple of maple, and the difference in the finish was enough to just bite the bullet and keep using the birch plywood. i really like the grain finish too.

i got the driver's seat back from upholstery and took the bus out for a shake down run. its sat long enough. i took a trip over the mother's day weekend and logged a bit over 2000 miles on a trip to Georgia and back to Colorado.

here is the bus in St. Louis.



and waking up at a rest stop in Tennessee




the bus worked great! a few minor problems but we made a long trip and got home safely. a couple of electrical ghost reared their head on the the trip but maybe that's from tmi with my battery monitors.

everything worked fine... a little noise with cabinet doors and such rattling, but some grabbers will help that. the shower is yet to be tried.....its kinda got an "i dare you" feeling to it....i will probably move stuff around in there.

the truck is loud inside, the ride is bouncy but i don't care, i grinned all the way anyway. i am anxious to get the bench seats back from the upholstery guy. the drivers seat or the bed were the only options..... on a long trip it would have been nice to move around a bit more but a few waves from people on the way made it all worth it.
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:42 PM   #155
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Congrats on a successful shakedown. Going on the road is really the only way to find and address the little rattlers & clunkers that are natural to the building process. Sounds like it all went quite well.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:24 PM   #156
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What an absolutely outstanding build!

I did notice a couple of things I wanted to comment about.

Your house battery compartment looks like a really nice repurpose of the original purpose. What are you doing in regards to ventilation for the batteries? Unless they are gel type batteries they will off gas when bing used. It is the gas that eats up the metal more than the acid itself. the offgas is also pretty flammable.

Since the compartment is directly behind the rear wheels you will need to be careful any vent doesn't catch spray to further complicate rust issues in your battery compartment.

My other comment has to do with your waste tank drain. You may want to invest in a Valterra Sewer Solution. By all reports it works great and you can use a standard 5/8" water hose to do all of the dirty work. It is sort of a poor man's macerator pump. Amazon.com: Valterra SS01 Boxed SewerSolution System: Automotive

Now that you have your conversion pretty much completed we will be looking forward to your views down the road.

Good luck and happy trails!
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:37 AM   #157
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thanks for the caveat about the sulfuric acid. im not sure what to do to make that better.

when i installed the battery tray, i gave the interior another coat of paint. plasti-cote.... some plastic infused paint .... hoping it would offer some protection from the sulfur gas.

the compartment is somewhat ventilated, with some weep holes on the bottom (factory) and some 1/2" holes on top i did with an electrical knock out.

on my first trip, it worked well to run the genny while i was driving. the batteries were capable of making it a day or so recharging was well ventilated by the airflow around the moving vehicle. the long in between trip time is where she is plugged in in the yard, is probably what will do the most damage. so far, i've just left the cover open and unlatched.


one of the electric ghost i had on the trip was the discharge of my truck batteries. the first half of the trip went fine, the batteries charged good (according to my battery monitor). but on the trip home, the truck alternator didnt seem to charge at all. day 2 of the return trip[ and i was scared to turn the truck off for fear of dead battery.

however, the last 15 minutes of the trip seemed like it was back to normal.... charging. i stopped at a local dump station and drained my tanks, from there home, the battery monitor showed the truck charging the battery.

brand new batteries, less than 2 weeks old. 4 days of driving. day 1,2, and the end of day 4 looked normal, day 3 and most of day 4 it was low and draining. the fuel gauge was reading off. when i got home, i put the batteries on a charger and they were drained down to 20%~ 11 volts.

im new to diesels and unfamiliar with the electrical system. any suggestions on the truck or the vent problems, i'd love to hear about.

my second electrical ghost appears to be a short in my luggage compartment. a pulled fuse solved the problem temporarily, but i'm going to have find and fix it.
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Old 05-15-2015, 01:04 PM   #158
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I think I see spring-loaded hinges for the bench lid. Could you provide more information about them? Maybe a picture? They me be just what I'm looking for..
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:59 PM   #159
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the bench hinges are from hafele. they swing out and give 4" clearance to the seat back.... room for a cushion.

Hafele 643.01.524 Bench Seat Hinge, With spring, 12KG, steel, yellow c

here are some shop pics before install:

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they do make the lower opening smaller
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:58 PM   #160
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Whoa... Mind blown. That's a slick way to deal with the cushion height interfering with opening full width.
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