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Old 01-22-2012, 03:14 PM   #11
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merlin the infamous gnome

we replaced the board up front. i had a picture of before and it was nasty but somehow my phone made it disappear. =(



after a little hoaxing with crown royal and monster energy, Jerry was up for anything! he started roughing up the surface on the ceiling




before we glued the carpet we took out the lights, speakers, and emergency exit so we could do the job as neatly as possible.


we learned from our mistakes. trying to put a the whole 6 foot roll at one time took 4 people and was exhausting. lol so the next one we cut in half and then applied it.

we bought a 1 gallon pail of contact cement. the original kind. and it was working but when i was cleaning out the roller it happen to break lol sooo..

Jerry screwing the emergency exit back in.

WARNING: DO NOT TRY AT HOME.. the roller broke. so as i was looking for a brush or something in my brothers garage we were working in.. i found GEL contact cement..
i tried applying it with a piece of cloth so i wouldn't get on my hands. epic fail. it was all over my hands. so i jus bit the bullet and applied it with my hands since they were already
covered in it. it worked GREAT surprisingly.. the carpet adhered faster and seemed more efficient. but my hands.. VERY NASTY.



We went to Lowes a couple days ago and bought close to 300 dollars worth of materials for construction.. let the fun begin!!!!!
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:29 PM   #12
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Crown can get $$.......... you need to find cheaper friends
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:19 PM   #13
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carpeting the walls
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:28 AM   #14
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zach and brandon like handling the wood. haha left side frame. without subframing. we spent a LONG time trying to figure out a layout everyone agreed on but we finally got it. ill upload all the sketches of possible layouts if anyone is interested.basically we wanted a booth. fridge/microwave. and 4 beds. originally we were gonna do twin beds but practicality kicked in and we went with split queen. aka hospital bed size. 30"x80" beginning of the right side.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:04 AM   #15
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You may want to consider making the bunks dual purpose. If you design the upper bunks so they move out of the way using hinges or pulleys then the bottom bunks can be used for seating during non-sleep hours. With a shorty bus you need to use your space wisely. You can check out my thread for details on how I rigged my upper bunks on pulleys. It works great.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:18 AM   #16
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SPLIT QUEENS great idea,we didn't want the 39 in twins(lost 18in that way),this may fit the bill perfectly....damn now I have to redraw what I already re-draw'd (mountain english)
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:05 PM   #17
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I agree with the other posts. I am doing a short bus conversion; but it is on hold due to an injury.
One idea would make the upper bunk when "unlatched" swing down ( mattress secured to it ) and lock against the wall; you now have a back rest when people are sitting on the lower bunk?

I am also using a "Marine - boat" toilet. They use a 1 1/2 inch non permeable hose ( use that so the items of Doom don't ooze through over time ). Because of the hose I have allot more option to where I can install the toilet with out being stuck to limited places due to having to cut a hole in the floor where the Black water tank is.
With the Marine toilet it can be eight feet away.

For cooking I bought this at CostCo. - I don't know if they are still selling it; I got it for 99.99.
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I did buy a three burner stove top and found it took up allot of counter space.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:01 AM   #18
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yeah. originally i thought the upper bunk/swing down method would be best but after much reconsideration we changed our minds. we can still prop the top one up at a 45 degree angle or jus move it under the bottom one and still have the frame but anyway.

our couch/hang out area is up front. its like 2 love seats with a removable table in the center. so we can hangout and chill with 2 love seats or put the table in and have a booth. for those of you still sketching up your builds i found it easiest to buy some graphing paper and have each square on the graph paper equal to a half of a foot. Sooo i made a template from cardboard of the surface area we had to work with (about 7.5 X 11 feet) and then made a template of the bunk beds (about 2.5 x 6.5 feet) and could rearrange and easily draw up different arrangements on the bus with my graphing paper and little card board templates.

ill be posting more pics about every other day so you guys can see the progress but we are alot farther than what the pics have up. we actually upholstered the booths today!! we have incorporated some very unique and awesome ideas that i think you guys will like!!
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:35 AM   #19
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idk if you can tell but the back wall is not straight on the bus. so we pushed the bunk beds back about 4 inches to give us more room up front.

sparks a flyin and beds bein constructed


in this pic it doesnt look like much room for one side of the booth but its 40 inches wide. and its going to go across the width of the bus. (7.5 feet) behind each seat and the window there will be about a 3 or 4 inch space that we can store the removable table in, to give us 2 booth seats without a table. we wanted the booth up front close to the driver.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #20
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Booth starting frame. much better detailed pics to come of the booth.

brandon upholstering the plywood with carpet padding and "pleather" (fake leather).
there are 4 of these s.o.b.s .... very nice once finished. reminds me of a doctors
examining table. the mattress will go on top of it once in place.


these plywood pieces are obviously not upholstered yet but this is progress.
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