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Old 08-17-2014, 05:54 PM   #21
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Re: Jumped in with both feet!

wow great job...you sure its not a full size bus your taking pictures of ??

great job on the shorty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:17 PM   #22
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Its a non-turbo 6.5 diesel, auto with overdrive... Will go 68 on the flats, but is a little weak on the hills... I put on duals, and a low restriction air cleaner, it helped, but I/m still considering adding a turbo...
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:24 PM   #23
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How the he11 do you cut the top corner cabinets to fit the curve from ceiling to wall? I'm not that great at finish carpentry and this winter I will be installing my cabinets. Thanks in advance. Great work, by the way..
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:03 PM   #24
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I made a cardboard template, (actually 4, the bus had slightly different curves in various locations), and made cutout of plywood to box in the cabinet ends... I only used the face of the overhead cabinets, cut them away with a table saw, leaving about 1 1/2", of all sides. I then attached cleats to the bus wall, and ceiling where I wanted to attach the cabinets, and screwed into the cleats where the remaining cabinetn box overlapped... A couple of pics show a positioning mock-up, you can see the cleats, and mounting surface... I'm sure theres a better way to do it, but this way they are SOLID, and it seemed pretty easy...
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:24 PM   #25
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Thanks.
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I made a cardboard template, (actually 4, the bus had slightly different curves in various locations), and made cutout of plywood to box in the cabinet ends... I only used the face of the overhead cabinets, cut them away with a table saw, leaving about 1 1/2", of all sides. I then attached cleats to the bus wall, and ceiling where I wanted to attach the cabinets, and screwed into the cleats where the remaining cabinetn box overlapped... A couple of pics show a positioning mock-up, you can see the cleats, and mounting surface... I'm sure theres a better way to do it, but this way they are SOLID, and it seemed pretty easy...
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:16 AM   #26
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Re: Jumped in with both feet!

I'm in awe of your woodworking skills--your bus looks great! The corner seat over the wheel well is MOST excellent!

Do you have plans to modify or replace the folding front door?

How do you power the a/c? I'm interested in hearing more details about wiring, house batteries, etc.

Keep the pics coming--we love pictures!

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Old 08-19-2014, 11:39 AM   #27
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Thanks ! The plan right now is to leave the door as is, add a rear step, so it will work just like a reg rv, help with the traffic flow! I have two AGM batteries, medical backup units from a MRI machine... Deep cycle, and 250 AH each! Picked them up off craigslist for $100 apice. I tried to use low voltage items in the bus, all lights converted to LED, H20 tank uses no power, fridge only a few amps on propane, same with furnace, h2o pump low draw, intermittent, stove propane only.... Should be able to go a week without shore power, if we are careful. Only thing we cant run is the AC... As to the overall setup, got a 45A panel, 30A feed in, 3 circuts, one rt side outlets, 15A, plus fridge, one left side outlets,15A, dedicated 20A circut for the AC. Im actually going to do a power draw analysis tomorrow, will post the results...
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:42 AM   #28
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OOOps FRONT door! Duh! Sorry guy, no the front door is actually power! Kinda nice as is, 'cuz it requires a key to open, super secure... We still have the side, and rear doors if we need to move large items...
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:37 PM   #29
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OOOps FRONT door! Duh! Sorry guy, no the front door is actually power! Kinda nice as is, 'cuz it requires a key to open, super secure... We still have the side, and rear doors if we need to move large items...
My bus is the same Mini Bird version as yours, only older and shorter--and I deliberately removed the electric front door assembly because I was concerned about access if the battery goes dead. Although with 500 mAh available you may not be as concerned.

Are your house batteries connected to the alternator to keep them charged up/topped off?
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:24 PM   #30
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Yea, im gonna fabricate a lock for the rear side door, just in case... Yes, the house batteries are tied in with the alt, and have a shore power charger also....
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