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Old 12-30-2015, 07:48 PM   #11
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one thing I would do different is build all my cabinets, beds, counters etc, anything that can be prefab, in a shop, then take them apart and reinstall in the bus., that way everything can be square, mush easier to work with when you can have your bus level.
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The same. Make sure you're square + level before you start. And anything you build, spend one minute thinking "How would I go about taking it out?" The day you find you have to pull out a closet to get at a hose that failed, you wish you put a little more into that thought.
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:08 PM   #12
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Okay first off NY has been cold the last week or so and my time in the BUS has diminished greatly. (hard to push yourself out there to work when its in the teens.....brrrr) But despite this i have gotten a decent amount done. I have a plan....check removed seats...check, wheelchair lift...out, heater lines...out, roof panels...removed, and side panels...removed.

Luckily most of it was screwed in so it was just some time with the cordless drill but I did have to grind out a bunch of rusted screws as well as a couple rivets. In addition the side panels run continuous under the windows and didn't want to remove the windows so I cut the metal just below and its a little rough but will do for now. Although I think I need to re seal some of the windows as they seems to have small leaks (rust spots below them) Goal is to remove floor this week (not suppose to be above freezing though...brrr) and visit DMV to get over my fear of getting it registered.

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What type of caulk is used to seal the windows? Any good threads on how to remove and reseal the windows? Youtube videos?

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Old 01-20-2016, 04:45 PM   #13
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My personal preference for just about any & all sealing tasks on a bus is a product called "Seam Sealer". You can get it at any automotive finish supplier (i.e., paint & body supplier). It is very tough stuff that remains flexible & resilient over time and is paintable. Really good stuff.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:24 PM   #14
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http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page...0seam%20sealer
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:59 PM   #15
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And one more. This is the OEM grade brand I typically pay around $14 bucks a tube for...now National Tool has it for ten bucks. Cool.

Black Auto/Marine Silicone Sealant at National Tool Warehouse
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:40 PM   #16
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A day closer

Father-in-law helped this weekend. Floors up woo! That vinyl was a bear but after that it came up fast. Grinder to cut off all the nails and screws that were stuck from metal trim from the isle runner. Unfortunately like I expected I have a little patch work to button up this week. (These pics are gonna scare you west cost people). I figured I would have patch work but was hoping for a biblical miracle when pulling up the floor but ohhh well.

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This week patch floor and seal and get ready for foam board and plywood. Planning for 1/2 inch foam board and half inch plywood on top. Don't want to lose too much head room as my 6' self already is pretty close to the ceiling.

Also hopefully going to pull up roof vents and re seal them as they leak pretty bad right now.

Everyday a little closer.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:48 PM   #17
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Ok it's been awhile since I have updated you all. Been working hard despite the winter because I rented some space at a local shop. This allowed me to clean and patch floor pan, paint, insulate and add new wood floor, remove red and Amber upper lights, reseal a window, patch one of the roof vents and reseal other hatch, insulate entire bus and go through all of the bus wiring. Weeeeeeeee!

On top of that I hurt my back real bad in the middle and could barely move for 2 or 3 weeks. Fortunately my dad and brother in law gave me a hand a few days. It's been an adventure but haven't regretted a day. Now it's on to walls and furniture building and basic wiring. Some pics for you lurkers.

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Also she has acquired a name "Hariet"
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:54 PM   #18
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It's been too long since I have posted but it's because I basically work on the bus with any free time. I thought I would show some pics for you all.

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I have all of the furniture built, electric in, counters done, table in, lights are in, working on ceiling now. It's been a wild ride. Still have gas system and water system and paint on the bus. Any suggestions are welcomed on the paint or anything you see. Thanks all. jjay.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:06 PM   #19
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Lookin' good! You have been busy. Keep the pix a'comin'.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:45 AM   #20
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How many are your rear bunks supposed to accommodate?
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