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Old 09-14-2014, 07:55 PM   #21
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Ha! At the time I was thinking about the screened in room, but-------why not both?
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:27 PM   #22
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I feel the same way.. Why not! The worst that happens is that I learn that a screened porch won't work and plan b comes into play. Thanks
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:32 PM   #23
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So the interior demolition has commenced

What do you guys do with the spay foam? That is if you have it? I was thinking of scrapping it off before insulating everything but that stuff is a real pain. Any advice?

Wiring seems to be pretty clean, I will be starting to go over everything here in the next day or so and see what I got. For some reason, once I installed two fresh starting batteries and repaired the connection cable between them, I no longer have interior lights or heater power. Got to love trons!

My final question is this... Looking in the engine compartment, I find a hose not connected to anything. In the picture it's circled in red. Also in red is a connection off the radiator, maybe. That doesn't have anything to it. Is this by chance the hose for the rear heater that was removed or something else? Hopefully someone with an E350 engine will have some guidance.

Hope everyone is having a great day and keep on truckin

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Old 09-19-2014, 08:10 PM   #24
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LEAVE IT! Everybody wants spray foam. I would use great stuff to fill in any holes in the foam.
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:41 PM   #25
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Re: Start of my "new" bus build

By looking at the pics, I think you have a Champion body. (Its what I have.) The pic with the red circles-the one on the lower right looks like an AC fitting. The hose looks like heater hose size-but I'd more think the rear one would be Tee'd in underneath. (It was on my diesel '96.)
Now the bad news--look real close at your wheel arches. Champ used spray foam like crazy. One place was where the factory Ford (steel) wheel arch ended and their curved fiberglass box begins. Theres a couple inch gap--and they just oozed foam to fill it. The foam collects water from wheel spray (and snow build up ) and rots things out. Peel away the carpet around the arches-and look at the body-everything from the trim strip down is metal.
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Old 09-20-2014, 12:32 PM   #26
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That window is just too cool! Hard side awning for grilling in the rain. Roof to hang a hammock under (with proper mounting points). Screen room. Covered motorcycle parking. The possibilities are almost endless.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:04 PM   #27
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definitely do the screened in room with it's hard top awning already in place....
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:06 AM   #28
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The more I look at it, the more I like the hard awning with the screened room add on. I have some leaks that are coming from around the window that I have to sort out. Does anyone know what kind of "seam" or "gutter" like thing I could put on the top where it swings up?

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a simple U channel would help slow down water running off the roof, and a pc of rubber like tear drops use on their hatches are starting places for ideas

I think it would be awesome to sit inside with coffee as a light rain drizzles and you can smell the fresh air....

not sure about a whole outside room personally...a big azzed window....with no skeeters in the evening at cocktail time....sweet
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:45 PM   #30
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I will def be placing a screen in the window opening. I am a big fan of the outdoors and letting as much of it in as possible is the goal. For the outside room, I was thinking more or less just attaching zippers or snaps around edge and having a netting that matched up with it. Just for a place for a bbq or couple chairs if its buggy.

Thanks for the recommendation on the U Channel, that seems like a good and easy route. I have a bunch of sealant and tapes on the way to help with any leaks as well.
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