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Old 10-28-2010, 09:22 AM   #11
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Shore power inlets...

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what did you use to cut the hole for the shore power? A hole saw?

No, the best thing to use is a "Greenlee" punch. Used for punching holes for electrical conduit. It will make nice clean holes. If you know an electrician, they may have one you can borrow. Another thing that is very useful is one of those cone shaped universal bits. I have a few sizes and find I am using them all the time.

With respect to the "head", I found a Sun-Mar Mobile RV/Marine head at http://www.thenaturalhome.com for a decent price and it includes shipping. Best price so far. I also found a 4500 watt Pure sine wave invertor for around 600.00 on sale. For those considering a battery bank, I came across an idea which seems pretty good. Buy 6 volt golf cart batteries and configure several pairs in series to get 12 volts, then wire those in parallel. The site gave a specific brand, I don't recall off hand but will post later.

I have most of the floor stripped and sanded and removed the aux heating unit. I have been playing with the electric, I found when I jumped a solanoid that the stop sign flashed and came out and the flashers starting working, so I need to see if the solanoid is bad or if the feed to it is not working.

My ceramic stuff came yesterday. I plan to add it to a gallon of rustoleum and paint the floor and other spaces. I have a friend making diamond plate for the steps. I am also thinking of having the cab portion sprayed with rhinoliner or something similar if not stupid expensive.

Probably need to get things wrapped up this weekend and move it back to my storage site. Pretty sure the neighbors aren't happy with all the junk in my drive.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:27 PM   #12
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Re: Buckeye Pair-a-Docs

Bus is moving along. Kenny the mechanic was over last night and looked it over, thumbs up. He is going to order all the filters, lube it up and change the oil. My buddy Chris thinks he can get me a new Coleman Heat Pump for it for free. The head, stereo, amps and all that kind of stuff is here or on order. I have everything ripped out and having been sanding the floor. The cockpit area is almost painted and ready to have the seat back in. I think I think I have figured out the electrical problem and should have that fixed today. Started using a heat gun to remove the stickers on the outside.

I have detailed measurements I will post later. I also have the electrical stuff worked out. I am using a Hellroaring battery isolator, a trimetric battery monitor, and have a charger that can charge up to 3 separate battery banks. I tore out the old diesel powered axillary heater and plan to put in 6 6volt Trojan golf cart batteries for the inverter.

I need to make the templates for the diamond plate for the steps and cockpit area. Also for the windows that I am going to block out. I also still need the refrigerators, a ladder for the back and 2 110V breaker panels. I also need to measure for TVs and pick up some Direct TV boxes. A little slow here because I am changing over from my cable provider back to Direct TV.

The ceramic additive for the paint really makes a difference. I would recommend it to anyone painting their bus. It's about $11.00 per gallon. You can feel a temperature difference just by touching the painted vs. unpainted floor.

Found a great Pioneer stereo at Best Buy, open box- I am making a new panel for the front and will mount it there. I can hook it to the bus video system and watch TV on it. I also ordered the backup camera for it.

I found this site- and really got some great ideas. http://www.imagimotive.com/ My bus is about the size of theirs minus the grilling area. I plan to do about the same. The side mount pull out TV area will not work in Columbus, so I will make a row of bench seating along that wall. I really like the wood work though. I don't have as much height, so my roof cabinets will be smaller. My bus is only 75" at the center, and that's before the sub-floor and floor goes in.

Thanks to my brother in law Jimmy, Steve, and Trevor for their help Sunday. Pictures coming soon. Gotta go- damn day job getting in the way of my bus!

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Old 11-09-2010, 06:26 PM   #13
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More electrical stuff...

I fixed the electrical issues today. Bad relay, I used a starting solenoid and everything now works. Talked to the people at Hellroaring, I will need two isolators in parallel, but otherwise the wiring plan is good to go. I will be using the trimetric battery monitor http://www.bogartengineering.com/products/TriMetric and that should be here in a day or two. I am working on the plans for the head. I am using a Sun Mar composting toilet, http://www.sun-mar.com/prod_self_mobi.html.

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Old 11-11-2010, 09:40 AM   #14
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Re: Buckeye Pair-a-Docs

Last night I had the mechanic go over the bus in more detail. All thumbs up- I was worried about a small oil leak, it turned out to be a stripped oil pan drain plug. $3.99 later and fixed! So far I have spent about $200.00 on new batteries, $20.00 for a relay to fix the electric and $3.99 for the oil pan plug. Also about $200.00 for oil, new filters and the labor to change everything. At this point everything is working and in great shape.

Now the big work will start for the conversion. This is were I have spent all the big money. This bus is going to be awsome.
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:03 AM   #15
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Bus measurements:

I took some measurements for general reference. Before I picked up my bus, I was looking for something to get a general idea of the size and start planning. Hope this helps someone.

Overall size: ~15' X 7' 6" This is the "box" portion of the bus, it does not included the cockpit area, stairs, etc.
Height at center: 75" To bare metal floor


Wheel Wells: 24" X 45"
Front of bus to wheel well: 65" Measured from behind driver seat, same point as "drop off" of steps
Wheel well to back of bus: 72"
Side to back emergency door opening: 26 1/2"
Emergency door: 37 1/2"

Floor to bottom of window: 30 1/4"
Standard windows: 23 5/8 H X 25" W; I have 5 on my bus
Long Window: 23 5/8 H X 32" W; I have one one my bus
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #16
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Inspiration

http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagimo...7622583772940/

I like this interior. I plan to do about the same layout up to the grilling area. My bus is about the size of the front part of this monster. I am also not doing the slide out media center, it just wouldn't work in Columbus. I am going to do several flat screens on the inside and plan a long bench seat on the starboard side instead.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:26 PM   #17
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Detailed Electrical Plan: Buckeye Pair-a-Docs

OK, this is the best I could do with MS Visio. If the whole image isn't visible, right click on it and click on "Show Image". You can then magnify it to read the smaller text. If anyone has any questions, let me know.



Hopefully this will help.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:27 PM   #18
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More electrical...

I have been reviewing my drawings and came up with one more addition to my wire diagram. I have 2 AC breaker boxes for flexibility, and I don't plan to use anything that is 220VAC. I have one Honda EU2000 generator and a friend has another that I can use. I came up with using a boat rotary selector switch to bridge my AC Bus panels.

If I use a Blue Sea Systems PN9009 http://www.polarismarineelectricsupp...uct/5285/9009/ switch, I can hook Source 1 to Bus 1, Source 2 to my shore power Bus 2 input, and the Load to Bus 2. Doing so will give me several options: First, if I needed to run something on the Bus 2 circuit from the inverter while driving, I could do so. Second, if I use 2 EU2000 hooked together with there combining harness, I could feed the combined generator power (4000W) to supply both AC buses in the "Bus". It would also give me the ability to run a larger single generator to power everything should the need arise. This would also keep the male SP2 outlet safely off- no back feed and risk of someone getting shocked.

The hard part is adding it to my drawing!
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:22 PM   #19
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Buckeye Pair-a-Docs

On November 22nd, Gary took the bus to a garage that works on Internationals. They charge $90.00/hour and agreed to adjust the governor. It took about five minutes: the mechanic said he could set it anywhere from 30mph to 100mph, the engine and RPM's will ultimately decide the final speed. Gary had it set to 70. The guys at the garage were members of Buckeye Nation and great fans and didn't charge us anything.

After a few beers, we decided to take the bus to this yearís Ohio State Michigan game. It's nowhere near being ready; I was hoping to be so much farther. I haven't even transferred the title yet. So Wednesday Gary took the bus (after he re-bolted the driver seat and seatbelts) to the title bureau, along with a signed POA. We had been using a folding Ohio State chair to drive back and forth up until the plan for the inspection! Not surprisingly, they hassled him about the changes I made on the title, they wanted a release from Prince George's County School Board, etc., etc. After talking to them and special thanks to "Kim", whom I spoke with when I first got the temporary tags, everything was finally taken care of. The bus now has truck plates and is titled as a van.

So now we plan to take the bus to Columbus. No subfloor, no TVís, no refrigerator- nothing! Itís still school bus yellow! But the plan is to throw in a few couches, a few coolers, grab the grills and go! I plan to hang a few OSU banners and flags, but itís going to be a little rough to say the least. But Buckeye Pair-A-Docs is going to be at the game! So Carolyn and I, my brother-in-law Jimmy, Gary, Steve and my son Chuckie are heading to Columbus tomorrow. I am sure there will be several stories to post next week, so stand-by!
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:39 AM   #20
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Re: Buckeye Pair-a-Docs

We want pics!!!

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