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Old 11-28-2015, 03:07 AM   #11
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Well, my roadtrip from Oakland, CA to Redding, CA (208miles) went well.
I kept it up between 65-70mph most of the way and used a little less than 1/2 of the tank (24.5g of 55gallons) , which netted 8.8mpg. On the way back I kept it down between 60-65mph, the gauge says I used 1/4 tank, but I havent filled it back up yet.

It does seem that the fuel gauge is pretty accurate, which is nice!

On my way home I stopped off at Harbor Freight and got 3 moto wheel chocks.

But I'm still working out what to do with the shop portion of the floor, possibly RhinoLine or maybe checkerboard tile. The seating area, I am considering synthetic wood or maybe just a carpet.

Tomorrow, I am planning to strip the lettering off the outside (prep for paint), change the dash bulbs, and maybe remove the excess seats, if I can drop them off at the Wrecking Yard (nowhere to store them)
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:19 PM   #12
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Yesterday, I got a few friends over to help. We got all the lettering and most of the reflective tape off the rear and left side.

We also got the 5 seats that I wanted removed. 1 seat was already gone when I got it. Now it has 4 double seats and 8feet of cargo room!



Today, I was lazy and only got it swept out and wiped a bunch of gunk down. Then I took measurements of motos and marked up the floor with masking tape & sharpie. I got the wheel chocks set in place, but it might change.


I'm going to remove the half wall behind the driver and move the left side seats forward and increase the legroom for each seat at the same time. Im also thinking I will increase the right side seat legroom. each seat only has 10" of leg room, except the front right has 7.5"!

Via this forum, I found out I do in fact have to paint the bus ASAP. Im going to leave the metal bumper strips black, but repaint in a Satin Black. The cab will also go Satin Black. I will leave the roof White, but I might change where the transition happens. The rest will be painted a dark Satin Grey.
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Old 11-29-2015, 10:40 PM   #13
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RB Rubber Multi-Mat Rolled Rubber, 1/4 in. Thick, Sold by the Foot - For Life Out Here

Check this stuff out for the bike area. Easy to clean-bulletproof + very non slip. I just did my stairs with the stuff.
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Old 11-29-2015, 10:50 PM   #14
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RB Rubber Multi-Mat Rolled Rubber, 1/4 in. Thick, Sold by the Foot - For Life Out Here

Check this stuff out for the bike area. Easy to clean-bulletproof + very non slip. I just did my stairs with the stuff.
That looks like great stuff. I wonder if I can use 3M adhesive to stick it down. I'll have to stop by and look at it. Thanks!
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:03 AM   #15
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That looks like great stuff. I wonder if I can use 3M adhesive to stick it down. I'll have to stop by and look at it.
The stuff is pretty heavy + lies real nice on its own. You almost could get away with just plopping it down-or just some threshold moulding.
Check online to see if your local TSC has it-its something thats not in all stores.
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Old 12-01-2015, 02:09 AM   #16
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Got a bunch more layout and cleaning done tonight after work. Decided to flip the 2 front benches, so they face rearward. Which makes it a nicer space.
Also put my dirtbike inside to help see how it fits for loading and such.
Pics soon!
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:52 AM   #17
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I put G-Floor Industrial Grade Polyvinyl

in my bus's garage and ramp. No glue required. Perfect fit too 7.5x17'. The link above is from Home Depot, but I ordered mine custom from the manufacturer. Oops, the link is the "commercial grade," Home Depo doesn't sell Industrial grade in 7.5' widths.






Search home Depot's site for "garage flooring." They have a bunch of manufacturers, styles, colors, and sizes.
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:16 AM   #18
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Same stuff I used inside my bus. Love that stuff. I glued mine down with the recommended adhesive. I like your build.
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I put G-Floor Industrial Grade Polyvinyl

in my bus's garage and ramp. No glue required. Perfect fit too 7.5x17'. The link above is from Home Depot, but I ordered mine custom from the manufacturer. Oops, the link is the "commercial grade," Home Depo doesn't sell Industrial grade in 7.5' widths.






Search home Depot's site for "garage flooring." They have a bunch of manufacturers, styles, colors, and sizes.
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:54 AM   #19
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Would have been nice if you found one with a wheel chair lift. Loading bikes would have been easier.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:50 PM   #20
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I am very pleased with the existing flooring... very tough and easy to clean.
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