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Old 08-23-2017, 07:50 PM   #201
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I left one seat in right behind the drivers say, so the GF has a seat with a belt. We have like 14 feet behind it. Another window of length wouldn't hurt but I do like how easy it is to park.

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Old 08-23-2017, 11:22 PM   #202
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Can't pinpoint the reason, but I kinda like the profile of the Vista. I think my lady would prefer a shuttle bus ride better, but we have time to figure that out. Not being much of a mechanic, I don't see any more problems working on the Vista, than a shuttle. I have to think the engine noise is also much the same, and there are some ways to decrease that. I have no idea about the drivers area heat.
Thanks for the info, and keep us updated on you trip, and the fishing spots.
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Old 08-24-2017, 09:17 AM   #203
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Can't pinpoint the reason, but I kinda like the profile of the Vista. I think my lady would prefer a shuttle bus ride better, but we have time to figure that out. Not being much of a mechanic, I don't see any more problems working on the Vista, than a shuttle. I have to think the engine noise is also much the same, and there are some ways to decrease that. I have no idea about the drivers area heat.
Thanks for the info, and keep us updated on you trip, and the fishing spots.
shuttle bus will be quieter and cooler engine-wise.. the van front end is typically quieter than a skoolie front end.. wind noise is about the same..

shuttles usually have dual A/C, skoolies its a toss-up. brokedown got really lucky to find dual air in a short bus.. usually thats not the case.

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Old 08-24-2017, 09:23 AM   #204
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I haven't driven a cutaway bus but I did ride with my friend in his E350 box truck. His is louder than mine, but I think most of it is specific to his vehicle.My bus is loud enough that you'd want to wear some hearing protection if you're driving more than a short distance, it's less bad if you open the window. The heat is really only a factor from all the glass, I don't feel engine heat.

Mine does have dual AC, which is nice when it works. I've replaced one compressor already and halfway to oregon it stopped working again. Haven't started to diagnose it yet, hoping its electrical but i don't expect to get off that easy.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:20 PM   #205
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I spent some time today adding reflectix. All the stuff I had mounted directly to the wall slowed the process down, but I finished one side wall, the back, and one span of ceiling. I also got some parts to build a power panel/battery box but might not get to do that woodwork for a few days as we're hitting the road again tomorrow afternoon. I think the best use of my limited time is to try to get more of the ceiling covered, the remaining wall will be much move involved....
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:21 PM   #206
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Roll it out...

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Old 08-27-2017, 01:26 PM   #207
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Two spans across the ceiling now... Maybe u can get a third done before we got the road? Putting the TV back up will be interesting.

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Old 08-28-2017, 11:58 AM   #208
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Overnight at a rest stop somewhere in Oregon!

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Old 08-28-2017, 03:20 PM   #209
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What's that thang up on the roof?
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:34 PM   #210
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That's our tandem kayak which hasn't been off the roof since Kansas....

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