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Old 03-02-2012, 03:33 PM   #11
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Re: 1996 Bluebird Conversion

Here's a few new pics. Computer desk area, new wood stove and flooring going in. The stove will ride under the desk when traveling. I have 2 radiant shields to protect the walls, it will work very well in any temperature.





Now the new stove and flooring.













Still a few things to do with the new stove. Pipe will be installed this weekend, and I need to finish the spot where it will be safely stowed away during transport. It's very easy to move and install. About 20 minutes and I can have a fire going.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:00 AM   #12
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I see the chopping block... where's the chicken?
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:16 PM   #13
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I like the hearth... I have some slate I plan on using to do the same thing...
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:35 PM   #14
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Long time no see... lots of updates. I'll just get to the pics. Questions? Fire away!

Wood stove in mobile location. I can stow it away or set it up in less than 15 minutes once the fire has cooled. I have high tension mounts and HD straps to keep in place for all but a catastrophic accident.




New charger. 1 handles the single bank up front under the floor, the second handles 2 banks, 1 is a second house bank, the other are the 3 engine batteries.




Master cabin is taking shape.
New beds, inverter, decor, etc.





Bunk area upgrades...




Living area updates...





Roof painted for solar panels...





2 of the 4 panels and components installed and operating as expected...





New fridge/freezer chest (110v or 12v)...






HD TV and DVD set-up w/ inverter...






A little R&R... a cold beer, a decent cigar and a good flick... priceless.


Let me know your comments or questions. I'd love to hear from ya. Later All.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:13 PM   #15
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Very nice job. Do you have a pellet and wood stove?
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:00 AM   #16
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I picked those nets up at a yard sale and also a few out of some various car trunks. I think I have seen something similar at Walmart as well. Basically cargo nets.

I have just used wood stoves. I have found a really cool camp pellet stove that runs off ZERO electricity, one of my main goals. BUT, I reside in an area that is blessed with unlimited firewood. Anywhere I will take this vehicle, there is plenty of fuel. Here is the link to that cool little camp pellet stove in case you are interested.

http://www.walltentshop.com/RileyPellet.html
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #17
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you can actually make your own tent stoves and water boxes. my neighbor built several for another tent company, but they are labor intensive to make for what you can sell them for. they are just steel that has to be bent, etc, and some stainless, etc...but they take a whole day to make one if you have a machine shop with metal breaks, etc... a small one would be great for a bus.

i just have my small glo king in mine...
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:10 AM   #18
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I had considered making my own, there are a ton of plans available. But since I live an extremely cold Northern climate and plan to use this vehicle year round i wanted something that will stand up to the demands I will put on it. I wanted something of an "overkill". I didn't want the stove to have to work too hard to keep up with mother natures cold winters.

But with that said, if I had a smaller vehicle in a warmer climate, a small home-made stove would be perfect. I did start with such a stove, but needed more.

This weekend I'm building a small frame for the forward couch/bed. I will also be installing a new trailer hitch. I'll try and post a few pics early next week.
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I'm looking to put an lcd tv in the very same spot you did. What size tv are you using? It looks to be the perfect size for the space.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #20
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i dont know about his bus, but i put a 22 inch lcd tv in that position in my bus, but i have an 18 inch deep overhead cabinet behind it with 2 doors. in order to open one of the storage doors, i bought a swing down tv wall mount that is articulated for $40 on ebay, so that the tv can either be at almost ceiling height - and flat against the overhead cabinet, or around 24 inches off the floor.
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