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Old 08-05-2012, 12:58 AM   #11
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On a rig that short you might consider a combination potty/shower. Many of the small factory builts had them and that's what I'm going with. I'm just not willing to shower outdoors below about 76 degrees and hope to be able to camp/travel year-round. Sitting on a warm potty seat and soaking in nice hot water beats standing in the cold & mud any day.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:51 AM   #12
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Before you get carried away and jerk your windows out to replace or change... Ask yourself WHY you feel the current windows are unworkable? Don't change them just because you can. The longer I live with top-down windows, the more I like them. I "frosted" my windows (Clear Matte/Satin spray paint) and have privacy even with the window left partially open to let a breeze in. Can't do that with a side-slide or bottom-up window. And like I said before, I can leave my windows partially open while it's raining. In a straight down rain, I can leave the windows completely open. I only screened the top half (opening part) of my windows using a mixture of frame kits, screen kits & extra frame corners from Home Depot (I need 1 more package of corners to make a screen for the shower stall window... you would think that I could remember to pick up a package considering I work there 5 days of the week). I used a program called "Cutting Stock" which is similar to the "CutList" program I also use for laying out sheet goods. Both programs let me layout the parts needed with the least amount of waste.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:09 AM   #13
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On a rig that short you might consider a combination potty/shower. Many of the small factory builts had them and that's what I'm going with. I'm just not willing to shower outdoors below about 76 degrees and hope to be able to camp/travel year-round. Sitting on a warm potty seat and soaking in nice hot water beats standing in the cold & mud any day.
Sitting on a WET potty seat and standing in a WET floor gets old too (I did the "dry off" with a faux chamois for a while... got old). The Class C has the all in one water closet (27" x 48" toilet/shower/sink). EVERYTHING gets wet! Probably okay for weekend use but not so great for full timing. We did survive it (and my daughter is still currently living with the despised all in one) but it cemented a decision to have our shower & toilet separate from each other. After a shower we left the door open for the stall to dry out and placed a "floor towel" that I bought at a then local WalMart. I use these same towels on the floor in the bathhouses. Nice to step out of a shower onto a clean dry towel to get dried/dressed. Easy to clean and they dry fast as well. They are nice and thick like the ones you find in hotels.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:10 PM   #14
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The space constraints are just too great to consider anything other than a combo potty/shower in the shorty SKOOLIES. Fulltiming in a shortie would probably get to you sooner than the combo pottie/shower anyway Like Tango I'll be using a combo--I just won't shower that often PEE U!
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #15
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Taking a shower every day is not necessary. It removes the natural oils in your skin, and will leave you wrinkled before your time.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:28 PM   #16
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Taking a shower every day is not necessary. It removes the natural oils in your skin, and will leave you wrinkled before your time.
You wouldn't say that if you'd happened by yesterday afternoon while I was working on my bus--it would have been similar to what I say to my son--"get in the shower! you SMELL!".... Working on the bus in 90-degree heat isn't pretty.

I didn't get any pictures this morning--I've got 2/3 of the plywood laid for the floor. I need to lay the area between the back door and the back of the wheel wells. I'll try to get some pics tonight.

I'm planning a camping trip the last weekend of the month, and there are some things that are imperative to have completed:
1. Bed for my spouse to sleep on
2. Seats for spouse and our son (this is a folding seat/bed from a full size van, this will also fulfill #1)
3. Modify the base of the driver's seat so it is 2-3 inches further from the steering wheel. I have to brake with my leg cocked at an odd angle, since the seat is so close to the steering wheel. I got some steel to bolt to the seat base, and will then re-drill the mounting holes and re-position the seat.

Anything else can wait--I have a water tank, but won't put it in until I get the $$ together to set up a 12V system with batteries, charger, and panel box. I want to replace the door and get the bus painted fairly soon, get the beds in place (nifty expanding bed with a bunk above) and set up the basic kitchen. I need to get a gray water tank but will probably install that underneath the bus. I'm still trying to gather information about plumbing layout and water pumps.

I'm planning a combination toilet/shower space, but not the way Lorna is imagining--I'll get some pictures up once I lay the floor and get the dividers in place. I also need to measure the porta-potty to make sure what I'm planning will work out with the cement mixing tub as a shower pan.

Here's the pictures I took last weekend.

My son and his buddy removing the seats



Testing some "hammered" spray paint on the side--meh--not too impressed, especially at $8 a can.



I took it to the DEQ last week and it passed with no probem. The previous owner had never gotten a title in Oregon (where he lives) or Washington (previous owner before him) so to get the bus licensed in Oregon I must file a lost title form for Washington, get a Washington title, and use that to get registered and titled in Oregon. Crazy! Got insurance on it a couple of weeks ago from GMAC, which was wonderfully easy, all done online.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:39 PM   #17
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At eight dollars a can for spray paint you'll go broke painting the bus.
I have had great success painting several vehicles with oil based enamel house paint mixed with Penetrol. Penetrol is basically linseed oil. Mix one quart Penetrol to one gallon paint. Use a roller and brushes. My paint jobs have lasted for many years.
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I used Rocker Guard. $9 a can, took about 12 cans to do my bus. its like an undercoat and its paintable. its a rubber/oil mixture.
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I brushed our hammered paint on (Hammered Copper and Hammered Black) with paint brushes. Rolled on the Rust Stop (body) paint with a foam roller (no thinning). Too windy out here in NM to use rattle cans or a spray rig.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:57 PM   #20
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Thinking of getting an HVLP spray setup from Harbor Freight and going with Rustoleum paint and Bus-Kote on top.

The hammered paint was only planned for the rub rails, but it would be close to $100 for enough paint for the rails.

You can't tell by the pictures, but the paint ran badly, especially where my son tried it. Many years ago I learned to use an airless and can usually get good spray coverage, even with a rattlecan. Not this time! At about half full, the spray got very inconsistent and uneven, no matter what I did.

I'm tempted to pierce the can, cut it open with tin snips, put the paint in a jar and try to paint it with a brush, just for giggles.
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