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Old 04-27-2010, 10:04 AM   #31
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... I wanted the beds 30" wide, he wanted them 24" wide...
I for one would not want to try to 'pass out' on an elevated bed after an evening of 'wobbly pops' and junk food. I would make them 30" for sure. Even then, I would expect more than one person to take a dive from the top bunk now and then.
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Your progress is looking good. We went with 30" wide bunks and they are skinny but bearable. A standard twin mattress is 39" wide for comparison purposes. What are you guys going to do for a mattress?
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... I wanted the beds 30" wide, he wanted them 24" wide...
I for one would not want to try to 'pass out' on an elevated bed after an evening of 'wobbly pops' and junk food. I would make them 30" for sure. Even then, I would expect more than one person to take a dive from the top bunk now and then.
That's a great point that I will bring up when we go shopping this evening. He's a huge drinker too so that's very sensible.
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Your progress is looking good. We went with 30" wide bunks and they are skinny but bearable. A standard twin mattress is 39" wide for comparison purposes. What are you guys going to do for a mattress?
I was thinking that we could eventually get those thick foam pads that you put on top of a bed for comfort (I know it's not comfortable) or any old couch cushions we found, we could cut them to size and then stitch red felt over them to make them look nice and use those as a cushion. The beds won't be used too often. What would you suggest?

On a side note, a problem I am having is what to do with the back windows? I was thinking about just spray painting the back of them from the inside because I've seen on other conversions that it just looks like tint from the outside. Any other suggestions? I have no interest in knocking them out and covering them with sheet metal, and tinting seems like a pain in the butt. I feel like the spray paint is my best bet.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:12 PM   #34
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More insulation and framing


Total carnage in the bus!
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:16 PM   #35
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Bunk beds were built quickly and nicely. We like the idea of each person having two windows to look out at night while still having their heads covered for some privacy. I think we'll install some curtains to hide the look of some of the wood from the outside or maybe put a window graphic up or even tint, not really sure right now. We used 2x3's to build the bunk and I'm glad we did. 2x4's seem too bulky and if you're looking to save a few bucks and pounds on the bus it's fine as long as you support everything well. We used 4" screws and 3" nails as well. Total cost to build the bunks came under $80.

First bunk installed, already resting

Second bunk was installed to the wall first

Bunks finished. I know you see the sweet ladder and the beer poster wall shaping up.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:37 PM   #36
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Yeah I'll basically be sleeping like that on the bottom, all I need is a flower in my hands.
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After a week off from building, we got back to work and built our first closet. Never realized how intricate it is to install hinges, nobs, cut correct angles, etc. We used 1x2's and a piece of luan. Bought a few cheap wooden nobs and some small hinges. Sanded the outside of the doors as well.

Starting to seperate the closet from the bunks.


Sanding the pole for clothes.


Upclose view of how the hinges were installed.


Installing the magnet bumpers


How it looked finished


We already threw Rutgers gear in the clothes section of the closet. For now we have no idea what will go up top, but it's never a problem to have storage space in a skoolie. Next closet begins this week.
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We have finished building the second closet this week and we're also halfway through on our sink installation. The total price to build the two closets came under $80. We used mostly 1x2's, a piece of luan, extra screws left over and we bought a sliding accordian door instead of building one. Pics are better than words, so here ya go.

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Finished closet #2


Closet #2 open


Front view of finished closets. The bottom half isn't covered because a bench is going there.


Sink cabinents weren't my best work - but whatever.


We bought vinyl tile to cover the top of the plywood sink. It was 68 cents p/ square foot. Not the easiest to cut because it's such brittle material, we used CUTCO scissors after breaking a few pieces. Then we caulked the holes. The sink we go on top so it will look clean once it's installed.
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Okay, so I've been busy doing small things on the bus not worth posting about. I haven't even finished our benches yet, BUT...painting is now coming. I have already been asking questions on it, but today I decided for the heck of it to shop around for quotes. I went to an Earl Scheib and talked to the guy about what I wanted done. Basically I want the entire thing painted red. He said they would sand it down, prime it, prep with masking, then paint three coats with acrylic paint and wet shine it for $672. I saw the paint booth they had and I also saw a car that they just painted red with acrylic (it looked good). So I guess I'm asking you guys, what do you think? I know it's a pretty good deal. I am going to try to use that quote and leverage a few Maaco's into giving me something better, but I might not get it. I still think my buddy and I would need to possibly strip all the letters/lights off and bondo a few holes, but if that's the case, big deal.

Otherwise we were thinking of sanding the entire bus, priming the areas that needed primer, and painting it with acrylic or Urethene with about 3 gallons of paint and then wet sanding. It's a lot tougher out in a yard full of trucks though. Not to mention paintforcars isn't helping me because they can't pick up the phone. I'm going to sleep on it and keep getting opinions. I wasn't planning on it for 2 weeks anyway. Plus I'd need a temporary vehicle plate because the bus isn't registered right now.
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Okay, so I've been busy doing small things on the bus not worth posting about. I haven't even finished our benches yet, BUT...painting is now coming. I have already been asking questions on it, but today I decided for the heck of it to shop around for quotes. I went to an Earl Scheib and talked to the guy about what I wanted done. Basically I want the entire thing painted red. He said they would sand it down, prime it, prep with masking, then paint three coats with acrylic paint and wet shine it for $672. I saw the paint booth they had and I also saw a car that they just painted red with acrylic (it looked good). So I guess I'm asking you guys, what do you think? I know it's a pretty good deal. I am going to try to use that quote and leverage a few Maaco's into giving me something better, but I might not get it. I still think my buddy and I would need to possibly strip all the letters/lights off and bondo a few holes, but if that's the case, big deal.

Otherwise we were thinking of sanding the entire bus, priming the areas that needed primer, and painting it with acrylic or Urethene with about 3 gallons of paint and then wet sanding. It's a lot tougher out in a yard full of trucks though. Not to mention paintforcars isn't helping me because they can't pick up the phone. I'm going to sleep on it and keep getting opinions. I wasn't planning on it for 2 weeks anyway. Plus I'd need a temporary vehicle plate because the bus isn't registered right now.
Make sure that whoever paints it will guarantee, in writing, that their paint job will never flake or peel as long as you own it.
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