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Old 11-05-2015, 09:08 AM   #91
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:31 PM   #92
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Update

So the kitchen sink and plumbing is operational!! Yay! I had to tie into the grey water plumbing and add pex from manifold to over the rear axles where the sink is. I don't have the best pics yet, but this shows the new faucet and sprayer setup:



The backsplash is plywood now but will get a tile board attached and a tile put on soon - below will be the most likely tile choice:



It will match the acrylic black coating on all the cabinets and the silver accent of the stainless
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:46 PM   #93
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I also worked on some of the finishing work for the downstairs sleeper bay. As you can see a new floor covering was put in (brushed toffee oak) and high gloss mahogany wood walls. I still have to get enough courage to cut huge holes in the bay doors for the sliding RV windows that will be on each side.... Sigh....

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Old 11-11-2015, 10:58 PM   #94
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The sleeping bay is an excellent idea especially with the giant bays on your bus. Although the windows will definitely take away from your stealthyness, but I think it's worth the trade off. Are your bay doors still air locking? Do you have AC down there? Also do you have access from inside the bus? Sorry for all the questions.
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Old 11-11-2015, 11:25 PM   #95
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I know the windows could be a giveaway, but I don't think they will stand out too much. More like - "why is there a window there?"

Yes the bay gets its own zoned AC/Heat control and vents.

The bay doors are mechanical locking. In this compartment they are disengaged from the outside and can only open in emergency from inside.

Also there is a hatch that's lets you step into this sleeper from within the bus. I get in/out from it everyday. Adding some folding steps soon to make it a little easier - more pics to come.
This hatch will also be covered by the wrap around couch to be built. It will have a section on roller glides that allow the section to push open to give acces to handles and stairs into the sleeper room.

I love it down there... So comfy and not small feeling at all. 3' tall, 4' wide and 8' long. I have a full futon mattress in there now.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:45 AM   #96
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that is the size of most tiny homes sleeping loft. Its like you are building an upside down tiny house.
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:38 PM   #97
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Very nice Rig, I have been looking into making an RV out of one of those coaches. Awesome AC unit. I hate rooftop RV units with a passion too. They're little more than repackaged window units. My plan is to use Mini Split components.
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:45 PM   #98
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My temp unit that's been in bus since I started conversion is an inverter type brushless mini-split.

Actually still using it now until my plumbing for the Aqua system is done
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:15 AM   #99
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I just bought a '97 T945. Does anyone on here know if you can put a slide in these things? TIA
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:16 AM   #100
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I don't see why you couldn't. You would change the structural integrity of the chassis a bit getting rid of so much of the side, so it would clearly need to be reinforced around the opening that is cut.

Personally I prefer no slides and I read about many full timers that have the same views. Imagine traveling and having a side get stuck out at one of your destinations and not being able to leave till repairs are done. I know that's all preference because many people love them. You also loose a lot of space when it's closed (the pushed in interior walls and slide ceiling also comes into your internal space) just some thoughts...
Some of these points came to me by seasoned tour bus drivers in the road - most of their time is actually driving, so that's lost space when they are retracted with full crew and gear inside and minimal time at destinations to take advantage of the added space when extended..
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