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Old 04-18-2016, 01:31 PM   #351
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Hopefully this post isn't too far off topic. I wanted to keep the original look of the door but found the 2 part folding mechanism took up too much of the entry area. I welded the halves together and mounted them on a "parallelogram plug" door actuator from an airporter bus. I put a toggle switch on the dash and a keyed switch on the outside. Jack

Door halves welded together.
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Hinge, air pump and tank.

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Test fit.
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Finished door.
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all i can say is WOW! BRAVO!
Looks great!
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:47 PM   #352
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Antique plates

Dang it! two more years for FL antique plates:
https://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/BTR/87243.pdf
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:06 PM   #353
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Framing for the bedroom area started:


It wasn't blistering hot yesterday, but I thought "why not be comfortable?"


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lookin good!! love the floors!! did that little A/C unit do a decent job inside the bus?
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:13 PM   #354
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Hey, I recognize the throne beside your AC. Good for when desperate times need desperate measures.

I'm very curious to be watching your build. I like the simplicity, but if you ever wander up north during cooler temps you're going to be freezing.

It looks nice. That's basically what I did with my first bus.
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Old 04-23-2016, 11:18 PM   #355
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Hey, I recognize the throne beside your AC. Good for when desperate times need desperate measures.

I'm very curious to be watching your build. I like the simplicity, but if you ever wander up north during cooler temps you're going to be freezing.

It looks nice. That's basically what I did with my first bus.

At a minimum, I hope who reads my thread will use it as a "things not to do"!
And yes, we love our little toilet!

For the foreseeable future, we are not planning on any north/winter trips, nothing further than Orlando/Disney, at least

Love your bus, BTW!
I almost bought a TC1000 from a guy in C.FL, but it was so rusted...he wanted $4.5K for it, I told him i'd give him "maybe" $2.5K, he said he was trying to make his money back after the "paint job"...Paint was nice, but the interior...blah!
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:06 AM   #356
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lookin good!! love the floors!! did that little A/C unit do a decent job inside the bus?
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Thank you!
In one spot I got lazy, and didn't surface the ply under, so now there's a bump
The AC works great! I was in there while it was blistering hot and humid outside (typical FL flash showers that catch you while you paint outside!), and that little thing saved me keeping the temp inside at 77, nice and crispy dry. Keep in mind there is no curtains/window covers (soon!), I could feel the sun beaming in!

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Old 04-24-2016, 03:29 PM   #357
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Little progress today!
Started framing the bed, made sure water tank fits....and a little munchkin came to visit!



Those cross supports are by no means "exactly" perpendicular and parallel, but I made sure the legs are as flush as I could make them to provide support.
We're giants or heavy, but I'd hate for our bed to cave in while we sleep :/

Also, we've been playing with a few changes to the floor plan (I'll upload sketches ASAP). Since baby #2 is on the way, we're trying to figure out the best way to add seating.

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You know how people are dumping school bus seats usually during these builds? Get a couple of those bus seats that have the built in baby seat. Someone did that in another string and paid like $50 each for a couple seats. Most people just want to get rid of them as scrap, so they shouldn't be that hard to get for free, but even if you have to buy them it's a good way to be safe and legal.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:21 PM   #359
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You know how people are dumping school bus seats usually during these builds? Get a couple of those bus seats that have the built in baby seat. Someone did that in another string and paid like $50 each for a couple seats. Most people just want to get rid of them as scrap, so they shouldn't be that hard to get for free, but even if you have to buy them it's a good way to be safe and legal.
True....before I spend $$$ buying two new sets (as cheap as the ones from ikea I wanted), using two benches in good condition from another bus might not be a terrible idea.

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Old 04-24-2016, 04:40 PM   #360
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Here they go (not to scale!):

Floor plan #1

Yellow 1 & 2: position of either seat. I don't think there's room for both.

Floor plan #2

I'd have to measure, but I think to fit the two same couches facing each other, I'll have to shave a few inches off the table.
On both:
1. Black dotted line: wheel well
2. Blue dotted line: water tank
3. "A/C Vent" will be an insulated box between rear of AC and window, so how exaust doesn't heat up interior
4. "Squiggly line": curtain for potty area

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