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Old 02-23-2017, 10:12 AM   #41
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We have been busy on the bus lately. We got the floor and interior painted. I then installed the furring strips for the plywood to attach to.
IMG_0972 by Zach Elseman

Then we framed in the wheel wells with the same plywood used for the floors. The boxes aren't going to be visible so we weren't really worried about the appearance.
IMG_0976 by Zach Elseman

Then we cut and laid down our insulation between the furring strips to keep the bus a little cooler/warmer.
IMG_0977 by Zach Elseman

Then down went the OSB for the floors. We went with OSB simply out of cost. This is a budget build and will not be our forever tiny house, so the extra cost for plywood was simply not worth it to us.
IMG_0983 by Zach Elseman

That's all for now. We have begun working on VLOG episode 2 so please keep an eye on our YouTube channel for more updates. And as always you can follow us on Instagram @okienomads.
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:56 PM   #42
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We have been kinda MIA on the build thread, but we are back and here is an update on our progress (or lack there of):
https://youtu.be/O2ZE4a9cvM8





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Old 02-25-2019, 12:02 PM   #43
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Big, overdue update!
We finished the bus a while ago, almost a year ago and spent most of 2018 traveling the US in our skoolie. We work remotely and therefore have been able to live full-time since April. Here are a few progress photos of the completed rig...

Completed interior- All of our electrical and solar is complete and functioning like we like. We will likely add another set of batteries before we set off again for added capacity when we want to stay lost. No worries, in our remodel this year we are moving all electrical away from all water.

Interior tour- https://youtu.be/WFJ9SYrLwME

More on the solar here: #Vanlife Solar System: 300 Watts Solar, MPPT Controller, and Pure Sine Inverter Ė OKIENOMADS





We also added some conversion van seats that match the exterior color really well...The passenger side swivels and reclines for another sitting spot inside.



We painted the exterior and will soon be touching up the rub rails as they are showing some signs of age (and tree limbs).







Plans for the remodel in June include:
Hellwig Sway Bar + Airbags (maybe)
2" Weldtec Lift- Fox 2.0 shocks, coil spacer, AAL
Kitchen gut and rebuild to fit CampChef oven
Adding a cassette toilet
Losing the kayaks
Adding 2 6V batteries to the bank and moving away from sink
Paint touch ups on the exterior
Additional exterior lighting (headlights suck)

Keep watching, there will be more soon!
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:12 PM   #44
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I’m going to look at 3 different 6 windows tomorrow A 2001 and 2 2002s
I like your build. Did you go with a buddy heater or something else.
Also how is the solar working along with how you attached the roof rack
I’ll be watching for updates
Looking good.
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:18 PM   #45
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Iím going to look at 3 different 6 windows tomorrow A 2001 and 2 2002s
I like your build. Did you go with a buddy heater or something else.
We use the buddy heater and love it. We have reflectix in our window curtains and insulation in the floors and have never been cold.

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Also how is the solar working along with how you attached the roof rack
Iíll be watching for updates
Looking good.
We used unistrut for the roof rack, bolted through the inside of the bus. The solar is fantastic and we are looking to add 2 more 6v batteries to increase our capacity.

More on the solar here: https://youtu.be/M-GpfFbC0us
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:59 PM   #46
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What model hitch do you have? Is it weld in or bolt in? What wiring did you do for trailer lights?
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:25 PM   #47
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What model hitch do you have? Is it weld in or bolt in? What wiring did you do for trailer lights?
It's the Curt Universal RV hitch. It is a bolt on unit. We have not towed with it yet so we haven't had a need for lights. We use it for our hitch bike rack. When the time comes, I will just splice into the rear tailights for the trailer wiring.

This is the model: https://www.curtmfg.com/part/13704
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:02 AM   #48
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Good looking rig! Have you ever had it weighed after completion?
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:11 PM   #49
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Good looking rig! Have you ever had it weighed after completion?
We unofficially weighed it at a roadside scale that had been closed, but was still on and it came in around 9600 lbs. That was fully loaded with a full water tank, full fuel, and all the other junk we lugged around the west.

We are lightening up before we leave this year and adding a few things, so trying to stay under 10k is the goal. I don't actually know what the GVWR is for our chassis(need to look it up), but it has to be close to 10,000.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:52 PM   #50
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We unofficially weighed it at a roadside scale that had been closed, but was still on and it came in around 9600 lbs. That was fully loaded with a full water tank, full fuel, and all the other junk we lugged around the west.

We are lightening up before we leave this year and adding a few things, so trying to stay under 10k is the goal. I don't actually know what the GVWR is for our chassis(need to look it up), but it has to be close to 10,000.
I wasn't aware that they'd changed the weight ratings that significantly in the 2003 refresh? The 2003+ 3500 chassis I've had have been rated at ~12,000lbs. If it's still there, there may be a sticker on the drivers door that has the ratings or BlueBird might still have the records.
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