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Old 06-04-2011, 07:17 AM   #51
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Yesterday I finally painted the back wall and bolted down all of the seats. The seats were much more time consuming than anticipated. One problem is that I was working all by myself, which required some creativity to hold the bolts above the floor while climbing under the bus to tighten the nut. Also, Murphy was hard at work ensuring that the holes were in the least accessible places possible. It was actually quite a horrible experience, but it is finished now.

Other than that, I just did some trim work. I think it will be 100% finished after laboring one or two more days. Might not be able to get back to it until Tuesday.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:04 PM   #52
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:52 PM   #53
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my that looks good!
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:13 PM   #54
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they were designed for indoor use, but the company said that many of their customers have good luck with them outdoors. They faded after the first time they got wet The material they were printed on is pretty awesome, used for billboards vehicles and several other outdoor advertising gigs. Apparently the ink this particular company uses is water soluble. oopsies! I guess i should have clearcoated over them.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:46 PM   #55
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:56 AM   #56
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I got a trailer hitch installed.

Yesterday i used to bus to do some work. I am getting ready to sell our house, so i am in the process of moving most of my worldly possessions. I got a little over zealous last year and acquired about twice as much firewood as i needed for the winter, now i'm stuck moving it to another location. The bus pulls the trailer like it's not even there. It is weird driving a bus that is actually overpowered.

This is the first of many loads....

"heating with wood is so nice because it warms you twice" (or three or four times!)



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Old 06-15-2011, 03:23 PM   #57
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i gotta get my hitch on still.

you bothering with a brake controller or you gonna keep your loads light enough?
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:38 PM   #58
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What is a brake controller? j/k.

I have been pulling tandem axle landscape trailers for over 15 years, and my problem is that trailer brakes systems are built very poorly and don't continue to work for very long.

I live out in the country, and if i pull a heavy load, i just drive slower and give myself plenty of space. A modern truck pulling a brakeless trailer loaded down with firewood still stops better than an empty 1977 ford f250 with drum brakes.

The one problem i have not fixed yet is that the bus has separate brake lights and turn signals like a euopean car, While the trailer has combined brake light/turn signal like an american pickup truck. I can either buy the converter gizmo, or get some diodes and build my own. For now i just connected the turn signals.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:39 PM   #59
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heh thats odd. mine is just normal like. brake and signal are the same bulb.

gonna be fun hooking mine up to the nice 7 pin setup all the new trailers have (like my TT)
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Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)

Heres a tip to hopefully save you some time-I have a similar set up-but am having problems. (the lights on the trailer stay on even if the lights on the bus are off.) Its a Hopkins brand converter. I called their tech support last week. I told them of my problem-he 1st said check grounds (i have a 1/4" bolt welded to the frame of the bus-use star washers + cover in dilectric gel)-and the same thing happens on a landscape trailer and my slid in bike mount. He said that the boxes on partial van can give nitemares with the wiring-he suggested model number #46365-and even though I dont have a reciept, they would exchange what i now have for one of the right models!
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