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Old 04-27-2017, 07:59 PM   #191
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Started with a fairly rusty 30x30 square of 16ga I had lying around in my yard.



Then I cut a couple 15x15 pieces of the 18ga I have from the two 4x10's I got to do the roof cap. It wasn't as rusty as the 16ga since its much newer and has been under a roof . Still sat outside, but with a roof, in sort of a gazebo. This is all just surface rust, nothing to worry about. Even on the 16 ga.


then once I'd gotten most of the rust off with the wire, I doused it in Ospho a couple times using a paint roller.
You can see the difference immediately!


I went over the 30" piece a few times to make sure it was good and soaked.
Came out NICE.
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Old 04-27-2017, 08:51 PM   #192
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Looking good!

My old hatches leaked, but you couldn't see anything leaking around the hatch itself. It would follow the ribs over to the wall, then leak out on the floor. For the longest time, I thought it was the rv window I put in. Nope, window was fine, it was the escape hatches the entire time.

I was going to tell you that when I was having overheating problems, I was told the caterpillar brand radiator flush was about the best thing out there. Of course it was kinda of expensive. I'd have to look back a ways to remember the price. I was just going to try that first, but then I went ahead and bought a new clutch too. The clutch was bad, but the bus did run cooler then it ever had though.
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:26 PM   #193
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Yeah I definitely need to try adjusting the fan clutch.

I didn't get pics, but I did get out to the "shop" and got one side of each steel square primed. I used a rattle can of Rustoleum primer I had in the garage that needed to be used. Tomorrow I'll hit the other side and then roll on some of the flat white mixed with a hardener.
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:49 PM   #194
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I love my hatch. I would not have bought a bus withoutvs hatch. It vents heat great when you are stationary just like a natural chimney. It is hard to sleep in warm weather without a hatch.
Mine does not leak. If it rains you need to close it because the overhang is to small. Use it all the time to get on the roof. It let's a lot of light in .

In my old vanhool we had two large hatches. They were translucent and allowed great light in side.

If you remove the hatches in one piece then save them for me. Would like one in my normal van.

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Old 04-28-2017, 11:19 PM   #195
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How do you secure you hatches, or have you never been broken into through the hatch?
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:28 PM   #196
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guess I got lucky, my shorty has no roof hatches
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:22 AM   #197
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I love my hatch. I would not have bought a bus withoutvs hatch. It vents heat great when you are stationary just like a natural chimney. It is hard to sleep in warm weather without a hatch.
Mine does not leak. If it rains you need to close it because the overhang is to small. Use it all the time to get on the roof. It let's a lot of light in .

In my old vanhool we had two large hatches. They were translucent and allowed great light in side.

If you remove the hatches in one piece then save them for me. Would like one in my normal van.

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Mine are total junk man, they're cracked apart at the corners like the two that were on my other AmTran.
The RV roof VENT will do a much better job of ventilating. Rain or shine.
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:53 AM   #198
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Ok , thanks, no loss , I will pick one up from the junkyard. May be there are different brands, some better some worse?

Can hardly see how an RV one would vent better. This one is a straight hole to the outside. With the windows on the wind side open a nice breeze is coming thru. Reduces the complications of AC and super insulation.

During trips the kids love to see rain falling on the skylight I made in the hatch panel. And you cannot beat the natural light coming thru.


Did not get broken in yet. Nothing for thieves anyhow. Just remove the handle from the top I would think.
If people want to get in, they will get in. Locking it to well causes just more damage.

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Ok , thanks, no loss , I will pick one up from the junkyard. May be there are different brands, some better some worse?

Can hardly see how an RV one would vent better. This one is a straight hole to the outside. With the windows on the wind side open a nice breeze is coming thru. Reduces the complications of AC and super insulation.

During trips the kids love to see rain falling on the skylight I made in the hatch panel. And you cannot beat the natural light coming thru.


Did not get broken in yet. Nothing for thieves anyhow. Just remove the handle from the top I would think.
If people want to get in, they will get in. Locking it to well causes just more damage.

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Well the RV one has a reversible fan, can be used in the rain, and isn't the factory leaky one.
I'll take pics of this one before I pull it off, but All three of mine were made by the same place and all three were broken and brittle and generally JUNK.
The two on my big bus simply blew off and into pieces during a powerful rainstorm.
Edit- this is a pic of the one in my shorty. Same model that was in my big bus.
I'd definitely avoid these, but honestly I think anyone who takes a good look at em would avoid using these.They're utter shite man.
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:11 AM   #200
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well I'm off to finish priming and painting the patch panels for the roof. If the day goes well I may even have them mounted. If so it will be my first time using the HF riveter.
I'm gonna do one coat of the flat white on each side of the panels and once they're riveted on, I'll slap another coat on them.
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