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Old 08-20-2014, 09:53 AM   #31
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Re: Jumped in with both feet!

Looking great! --- And adding a turbo & intercooler would indeed make a big difference. Dialed in right, you'd probably pick up a few mpg as well. Keep up the good work...and pix!
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:04 PM   #32
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Thanks Tango!!!
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:15 PM   #33
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Re: Jumped in with both feet!

Very impressive! You are obviously very handy and talented! My wife and I have been looking at doing a short bus conversion. The biggest obstacle is the inability to mount a passenger seat beside the driver's seat in most bus configurations. You have done it. Many great photos, but it's not clear how the passenger seat impacts the side door entry area. Can you explain and/or post photos? Many thanks!

Also, are you happy with the GM engine? That's another thing I've shied away from due to problems with their small diesels early on, but maybe they've improved?
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:23 PM   #34
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Her seat sits about three inches behind mine, and about 10 inches to the right... When we are at camp, we tilt it forward, leaves about 36, inches to pass by, maybe 24 down at the bottom of her seat...





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Old 08-22-2014, 04:36 PM   #35
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Re: Jumped in with both feet!

Here's the results of the power consumption test I ran...
Waco 45 A panel Draw... started at 7.5 when first plugged in, dropped to 2.2A after 1 min... That's the Wizard battery charging system
R Cabin Circuit, .2A Just three outlets, first one a GFI
L Cabin Circuit, same as above
All 10 interior overhead lights on .3A! Changed the bluebird bulbs to 320 L LEDS
Dometic RM2510 Refer, 1.5A
Suburban NT12SEQ furnace, .5A
overhead warning lights, flashers removed, two lights front and rear, 1.7A
Polar Mach AC, Fan only, 6.2A at startup, then dropped to 3A
Ac on, jumped to 20A for a split second, then fell to 13A
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:39 AM   #36
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Had a few questions from some of you... Here's the best pic I have of the rear couch/bed box... Framed it up with 2X4s, screwed to the floor, and cabinets on each side... The box is about 10" from the rear of the bus, so when the bed folds up, the third, or head section of the plywood base sits on its end between the box and rear door... two long hinges allow the bed to fold, but not collapse, and the middle, and foot section of the bed have swing out feet, which lock into place... This pic also shows the l shaped brace I added to each section of bed, lengthwise, to stiffen up the 3/4" plywood... the bed is so sturdy, sometimes we leave it deployed when we are moving from place to place... I was also asked about seatbelts, at this time, I don't have belts in the couch, or dinette, but I did save a few sets from the bus, if we decide to add some..



I also picked up a old awning off craigslist, Dometic 8500, 14"... Its really cool, heavy duty arms, polished aluminum! Ordered a new fabric, and Voila! By the way, kinda hard to do alone!!!

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Old 01-07-2015, 11:44 PM   #37
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One of the best short bus conversions that I have seen! Great job! Do you have plans for a generator or more modifications? Also what kind of budget have you spent so far?
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Thank you for sharing this, very inspiring! Beautiful bus!
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:36 AM   #39
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Very nice work on a sweet mini.
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Nice job. Are those home depot cabinets (oak)? And how did you stain/finish them? Can you explain in detail.
I'm about to install my cabinets in my project bus and any explanation sure will help. Thanks..
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