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Old 04-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #271
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wow its like... done!
Close to done certainly, and a long, long way from where I started over a year ago. This summer I need to spend some time on the running gear but that's something I can take my time on. No sense of urgency lake last year when I'd regularly be freezing my butt off crawling around under the bus doing some un-natural thing. Now I wait for a nice day to work on it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:32 AM   #272
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Looks great, very nice work! Whenever I start feeling overwhelmed by my project I come back to forums and look at all these beautiful conversions and it reinvigorates me!
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:36 PM   #273
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This week I finally got my butt in gear and installed seat belts on the dinette bench seat. I measured before I bought but once I got them in found that they would barely fit around my bony self and even then I had to sit up real straight and suck my gut in to get them latched. Ended up making some extenders out of bar stock and now there's plenty of slack. You can see the positive battery cables snaking through to the switch mounted on the back of the dinette bench. I bought 72" belts but should have gone for the 90 inchers.





I also got the starting and house battery banks cabled together so the alternator can recharge the house bank. I'm using a manual switch to connect/separate them so I'll have to remember to disconnect them when we're parked but this way I can also charge the starting bank with the converter/charger. If the starting batteries ever get too run down I can connect the house batteries for a boost. Another big reason to go this route was that I picked up the switch for $5.

Now I can monitor both banks on the Trimetric battery minder. Very handy!



We're going to be heading north to the family camp again for Memorial Day weekend and we're looking forward to vastly improved creature comforts this time around. Last year it was pretty spartan our first time out.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #274
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Roach 711 Congratulations! Beautiful job on the dinette and nothing wrong with the wires. You certaintly have bragging rights on this one. I still envy you that great lino floor. Maybe I'll get lucky and find some like it! So what's next--what are your plans for the bus? Jack
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:08 AM   #275
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Hey Jack! Whereyabeen buddy? I was beginning to think you'd been abducted by aliens like Smitty did a while back.

I need to get the air conditioning working since I took out the roof mounted condenser. I'm just hoping the dash switches still operate the compressor, otherwise it should be a fairly straight-forward job (and yes, I can hear the Gods of Auto Repair laughing). A little decoration on that boring lilly-white bus body would be nice, too. Once that's done I'll just have to buy another bus to keep me busy.

Trip wise, this year we'll likely do 5 or 6 weekend trips up to the campsite or other points of interest around the state. I don't get any vacation time in my current job so the longer trips will have to wait until this job ends or I retire. One trip I'd like to do is to drive Route 66 from end to end.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #276
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Hey Roach 711, I'm still pluggin' away on my '35. Found I was spending too much time on Skoolie and not to much avail. I do look foreward to several threads here--yours, Bansils and Tangos and a few others, and I hang out at Nomadicista every now and then. I really need to get the '35 done while I'm still allowed to drive the thing Jack
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #277
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Roach 711. WOW. Definitely out of my league. Even on finishing (is that even a thing) mine, it will at best still be a 'Hippy Bus'. Still WOW.. all professional looking and all yours is awesome. Good on you.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:39 PM   #278
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Jack - I know what you mean about the forums soaking up your time. Sometimes I think I've spent as much time here as I have on the bus. I'll have to visit this nomadicista place.

Shadoll- I've been following your conversion and you're doing just fine. I wish I had some of your artistic ability. Working on it while living in it must be a serious challenge.

I'll let you in on my secret to getting that finish:

1) buy pretty plywood (oak or birch, even walnut). The wood you start out with is the key to making pretty furniture.
2) sand it a bit
3) put on 3 coats of polyurethane, sanding lightly between coats.

That's all there is to it. Well within most anyone's capabilities. Oak plywood is about $10 - $15 more a sheet but really sets your finished piece apart.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:30 PM   #279
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Just got back from a great weekend at the family camp in northern Michigan. On the way up we stopped at a Flying J and had the beastie weighed. Fully loaded (two people, full gas, water and propane tanks, tools, groceries for 8, 4 paintball guns and a chainsaw) we weighed out at 11,970 lbs. Weighing was quick and easy and only cost us $10 and they're set up to weigh each axle separately. Ours is 4240 lbs. on the front axle and 7730 lbs. on the rear axle.

Once we had accurate weights I looked at a tire inflation chart and found that I can lower my tire pressure to 60 lbs for a smoother ride. My LT225/75R16's are rated for 80 lbs. inflation but the ride is very harsh at that pressure. Last year I did a quick back-of-the-envelope estimate and figured I could lower the pressure to 70 which improved the ride quite a bit. Dropping it another 10 lbs should make the ride real nice.

We were the first to arrive at the camp and had to whip out the chainsaw to get past a downed tree across the two-track.



Here's our lazy man's camp fire.



One of the nieces tearing it up with her pink .22 rifle.



We also found a few morell mushrooms. Three of us searched far and wide through forest and swamp and finally found this one right next to the trail not 100 feet from camp.



I was able to draft behind 18 wheelers and Winnebagosaurses almost the whole trip and our fuel mileage was a bit over 13 mpg at 60 - 65 mph. I'm real happy about that.
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Looks like a great time was had
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