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Old 11-20-2017, 12:03 PM   #11
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which cameras are you using? im in the market to buy some for my busses..
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I'm not using one right now. They move so fast that the last one I used would be obsolete now.

If I were looking though, I'd be looking for an HD camera with a fixed external mount, and a 7 to 10" screen. Some of the ones dedicated to vehicles overlay lines that represent the space the vehicle will move into while reversing.
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Old 12-25-2017, 07:22 AM   #12
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So, as far as your build so far, was this only to pass inspection.. meaning temporary, or is this how you want it?
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Old 12-25-2017, 11:29 AM   #13
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I've got a backup camera with the overlay lines and I still run into stuff. There's a major depth perception issue when looking at the screen.
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Old 12-25-2017, 01:32 PM   #14
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I've got a backup camera with the overlay lines and I still run into stuff. There's a major depth perception issue when looking at the screen.
I use the Rear View Safety 770613 system. It has a 130-degree camera, but with it mounted just under the middle of the three rear marker lights I can see the entire width of the rear bumper (useful to check for exhaust smoke!) and about 10 feet behind. Top quality, and reasonably priced at Costco. Well worth it.

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Old 12-25-2017, 09:08 PM   #15
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good info...thank you!
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Old 12-25-2017, 10:28 PM   #16
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I have the camera, but use the mirrors by choice. My system will handle a front camera too, but I'm gonna continue using the windshield.

I'm still waiting for autodrive software.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:47 PM   #17
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E-hatch upgrade.

So I finally started the real buildout of my bus this last week. Starting from roof down...since it has leaks.

Part one of the roof is painting it. Step one to paint it I need to seal the leaks first, and replace the roof emergency hatch with something better (note the solar-dry-rotting plastic that crumbles at the edges, and will scratch-off with a fingernail). Following a lead in another post here, I looked into "yacht hatches." A bit pricey, to say the least, especially one sized big enough for a 2'2' hole. So fabrication time it is!

Got a 25' piece of 1/8" thick structural aluminum 2"2" angle beam. That will make the inner flange, and the door. Need to go back and get a 1/4" thick 2"2" T-beam for the top (outer) flange. I think I will use the original hardware that raises and lowers the door, allowing it to open like a car sunroof, if I can find a 5/8" inner-diameter tube to replace the part of the hinge that was plastic. The hole itself will be covered with 3/8" thick clear Lexan; I should be able to stand or even jump on it when I'm done. I really like the skylight for visibility inside. But to keep out the hot sunlight, I'll make a "pillow" covered in that reflective bubble-wrap stuff. My last pickup truck had a glass sunroof: hot as hell in the Hawai'ian sun! I cut a piece of fiberboard I pulled from the interior roof of an old van to the size of the sunroof, covered it on one side with thick aluminum foil (facing up) and the other (facing down inward) with that aftermarket automotive carpet made from recycled plastic bottles. Trimmed the edges with automotive door edge protective trim, and it looked "manufactured". The window cover for my bus will be similar, but thicker and with a tight flush-fit to keep warm in the winter nights.

I was just going to bolt, screw, or rivet the aluminum pieces in place, but they do not line up by themselves naturally, so I called a local welder who says he does aluminum; I will have all 4 corners of both flanges and the door welded, hoping he knows how to do it without warping the framework. This will make it much stronger and vandal/theft proof.

I had to open the hole in the roof a bit, make it bigger, more centered, and more square to the bus' frame. Looks like someone handed a 13-year-old millennial the E-hatch and said "install this," and he eyeballed the hole to cut, using you-tube as a how-to guide. As for me, I hate cutting sheet metal. I tried using my very old jigsaw (probably older than me - the only plastic in this tool is the wire insulation) but the blades went dull in 3"-4", and it kept jamming (forcing me to take it all apart), and finally blew the circuit breaker and the GFCI receptacle as I flipped the switch off. I had to cut the jigsaw blades' length in half anyway, or it hit the top sheet of metal. So I went to a circular cutoff blade on a drill. Messy stuff blowing all over my bus interior, on my arms, etc. Seems like fiberglass, and makes you itch afterwards.

Any hints at an easy way to cut into the thick sheetmetal used for bus panels? I have tin-snips that I use for thinner stuff...I just hate the cut-off wheels...but they seem to work best.

Waiting on the rain to pass now, but it is showing me where the leaks are...looks like it is coming down the AC lines that go from the exterior roof, to the interior ceiling mounted units, then down through the floor to the motor and battery. Maybe a window or two also? I should know tomorrow as the Hurricane passes over...but then half my AC unit on the roof is covered with a tarp right now.

Aloha to y'all for now.....
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