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Old 03-18-2016, 04:01 PM   #51
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Alright, my "update" which I've been building up (mostly to myself) for the past 3 days will be delayed another day, in my midnight stupor I forgot to send myself the pictures to upload at work. However since I need to tap into the Skoolie's wealth of information, here I am posting.

Brief abbreviation of the work done.
Last Two weeks: Painting and coolent plumbing (plumbing is an over exaggeration)
Last week: Front 3' Bus "truck" insulation, subflooroing, and rubber flooring.
This next few days: "truck assembly"

Which brings me to my questions.

(my wife was kind enough to send this from my tablet before work today)

Above is what my Driver's side heaters vent (air intake?) looks like. It feels like it's made of non-corrogated cardboard/cardstock paper. Since it's torn a bit and looks filthy I would love to replace it but am unsure of what material to replace it with. Yesterday I took a brief break to "heat test" various materials. I held a lighter underneath some radiant barrier, tin foil, cardboard, the vent shown above, and I timed how long it took for each to light on fire (the tin foil never lit). However I decided I should just ask you guys for your opinion on replacing this before making a wire/tinfoil duct. I work next to a Joanns/new a walmart so I'm also tempted to just get some poster board and make a new one with that.

Second Question: Last night I installed the passenger side Heater (big victory in terms of garage space). I am 80% sure I put the radiator hoses in the right slots, but is there a method to figure out which side of the heater is the Hose inlet and which is the hose outlet? In full honesty I don't even know how to tell which hose is the inlet or outlet. I am a little fearful to turn the bus on without being sure but since my radiator valves are probably closed I feel okay doing so.

Third Question: The picture above looks like it shows my disconnect switch (thank you everyone for your help with that). Do you have any suggestions for finding knobs / making new ones? I'm thinking about maybe just getting a tiny clamp and turning it into a ghetoo switch. I bought a 1/4 inch knob from the hardware store yesterday, but it was too small. I tried drilling the hole bigger/hammering it on. I ended up shattering it

Thanks everyone, I really hope I get my "update" up tomorrow.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:06 PM   #52
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I think it might be easier to just get a new switch.

They are not very expensive.

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Old 03-18-2016, 10:08 PM   #53
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Or perhaps just the knob.

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Old 03-18-2016, 10:55 PM   #54
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But in this case I too would just get a new switch, seems like the best way out..not positive but I think you can get these at auto parts stores.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:25 PM   #55
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Happy Sunday all,

So I apologize for the delay but here is my update as of a day or two ago. Progress has been slow, I originally was using paint drying properly as an excuse, now I blame daylight savings time. So here's a rough consolidation of how the past week or two has gone.

I finished painting the interior of the bus more or less, I slacked a bit on the pictures for a few days so here's a picture of the bus after the 2nd or 3rd coat.



Circled in Red (seat racks I think), I neglected to remove these. This procrastination really bit me in the butt later, despite how obvious it was that I should've taken care of this prior to painting I just didn't do it - I'm sure some of you may understand this flaw in human nature. I ended up taking a chunk out of my day off to get these out/cleaned/painted over, but at the end of the day my common sense beat my lazyness and we got err done!

After the paint dried, I carefully measured everything so I could sloppily cut out a practice cutout on this cardboard box.

I learned over the past two weeks, that 1. I am not good at measuring. 2. I am not good at reading my measurement notes. 3. I am just as bad at cutting. You'll notice in these pictures that I keep putting the screwdriver into the driver seat mount holes. Maybe it's a guy thing, maybe it's just me - I got some very nice amusement out of putting my screwdriver shaft into the bus's exposed holes. It also helped me keep everything aligned.

After using so much focus to cut my cardboard cutout, I ended up getting lazy for the insulation and just traced around the cardboard to get the insulation in. "Insulation is easy enough to cut" I tell myself "I'll just cut more if needed. This thought process maintained throughout all the layers.

I didn't take a picture between the prior and this next, but in short I laid down some insulation, put down a radiant barrier that I had express shipped from Amazon(I was drunk on hope when I ordered it, I finally got it down a a week later).



9/16 Ply I think. The upper right side had some wierd stuff going on, it took about as long as the rest of the cutout. You can see some shiny radiant barrier around the edges, also the screwdriver.

I actually did the next step way later, because I had no intention to do it, but I finally overcame my lazyness adn got er done. For my transmission "manhole", I ended up making a seperate hatch cover with 2x1/4 inch wood I had laying around sandwiching the insulation. I used my tried and tested "measure twice, cut thrice method".



(I actually added some radiant barrier here too after I took this picture).


Here's the switch I ended up securing, I later read your guys recommendations to get a new switch, I honestly don't know if I have it in me to put in a new switch, it's something to meditate on maybe. I could do it smoothly before putting in the drivers side heater, I just don't really feel like it I guess. Is this switch something I can expect to break on me? I guess I don't even know if it works yet.



Here's me preparing the rubber flooring cut, with my treasured cardboard box: this was one of the few times I remembered to put everything up side down for the cut. I gave way too much slack because, that's what I do. I added 2 inches on the front and that left for some really satisfying results (to my standard)


pre-hole cut

The above picture may give you an idea of how I found the seat mounting holes. This had an 83% success (I missed the left side seatbelt hole).

Here's one of my favorite moments.


Got this shiny vent thing to replace the old passenger side fresh air intake vent.


Since then I got the passenger side heater in, I still have slight anxiety that I have the hose hooked up backwards (inlets and outlets), but I'm going to roll with it for now.

I still haven't gotten the driver side heater in, I was going to do it last night but I decided that I should scrub off some rust and repaint it first. I also made a new fresh air vent with posterboard, afterwards I decided I should remake this with metal, I don't have pictures at the moment. That just about sums it up.

Oh not a huge deal, but I've been curious, do you know what these valves on the right are for?
I am pretty sure this isn't the gas tank. It is about the middle of the bus on the driver's side.

Hope someone enjoys this progress.
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:27 PM   #56
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:32 PM   #57
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Tango,

It's funny you say that, I'm pretty sure you're the reason I got that. One of the threads I was lurking through had you say something along the lines of

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I have to agree on the laminates --- I have yet to find any that would, as Nat noted, even stand up to a fingernail test, let alone several years of feet grinding sand and such into it. That's what attracted me to the Pirelli. I have used it and seen what it looks like after years of abuse and it still looked terrific. And personally, I like the idea that they are tiles. That way, even if you do manage to somehow destroy an area, you can get by with only replacing what is damaged instead of ripping out the whole floor.

That said...making a host of choices based on our individual wants, needs and/or expectations is what building our own rigs is about.

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from (http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/flooring-9016-2.html)

However for the "house" section of my bus I will be using vinyl hardwood imitation flooring. I have a little extra pirelli flooring so I may be using that for the steps later. Anyway, I'm glad you approve.
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:41 AM   #58
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Oh not a huge deal, but I've been curious, do you know what these valves on the right are for?
I am pretty sure this isn't the gas tank. It is about the middle of the bus on the driver's side.
Air tank and drain valves to release the air and moisture in the tank. When I was in the Guard, we used to open them up to drain the air and accumulated moisture on our M35s/93x/108x series 2.5 and five ton trucks
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:58 AM   #59
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The three valves are drain valves.

One is for the wet tank. This should be opened at the end of every day and allowed to drip all night long.

One is for the front tank (the tank that is plumbed to the front brakes). It should be opened at least every time the bus is serviced. It should not have any moisture in it.

And one is for the rear tank (the tank that is plumbed to the rear brakes). It too should be opened at least every time the bus is serviced. It should not have any moisture in it.

If the front and rear tanks do have moisture in them then you need to open them on a regular basis until they don't have moisture coming out of them.

You do NOT want moisture getting into the brake cans. Not only will the moisture mess them up, if you should get into some freezing weather you run the real risk of your brakes freezing up on you. Either not allowing the spring brake to release or not allowing one or more of your brake cans to operate properly.
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:35 PM   #60
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Wow, I haven't opened those up once since I got the bus. I'm very glad you let me know, I will open these much more often now.
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