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Old 08-21-2016, 11:25 AM   #301
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Been working on more finish work... Put up some window shades to design the size of verticle spacers and window trim.

First pic is of the test fit:


I just covered the rear center speaker with black grill instead of grey:


Another - I think with the window surround in building (will have color controlled LED strips behind curtain) it's gonna be pretty slick:

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Old 08-23-2016, 02:00 PM   #302
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Lady, you is an effin' genius. When I grow up I wanna be like you.
Yeah, pretty much sums up my thoughts. Gonna go roll my jaw up now.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:19 PM   #303
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Guys, we're gettin' spanked by a girl! (And admittedly, I'm good with that! She's EARNED IT! Lol).
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:57 PM   #304
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Guys, we're gettin' spanked by a girl! (And admittedly, I'm good with that! She's EARNED IT! Lol).
::in best Tina Turner voice:: What's gender got to do, got to do with it?
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:37 PM   #305
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Guys, we're gettin' spanked by a girl! (And admittedly, I'm good with that! She's EARNED IT! Lol).
I'd rather be PW'd than CW'd....


Just sayin'
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:30 AM   #306
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Building the window frames / blind tracks / wiring the LEDs...
So I had this idea to side light the cellular blinds with color accent. Because I have tons of dimming controls available with the PWM dimmers, I thought why not control color accents?

Cutting the wood to for the outer window track (they will be like a "T" and the blind running on each side..





Covering the outer T with carpet.... The outer frame gets mounted vertically and the blind comes down in front. The LEDs are inset along the whole length.

Here is one of them up...


Now I wanted to mount the inner frame to have no screw holes.. So I used aluminum L stock and left a half inch gap in which it will face the T on the wall and get screwed in from the sides when the blinds are open.. I'll paint and cover screw holes so they are now to visible if you look at them with you head against the window - lol...

Here is mounting the L on the inner frame.


Now I paint the aluminum - the carpet gets glued all the way up to the black channel mount.



Now the carpet on the inner ones...



And success!!!! Here they are (almost finished) with three completed and up - the lights on so I could see the awesomeness







More with the dog chillin' in the lounge area - lol




I love being able to set the color and mood - they can dim too so it's just the slightest bit of accent..

Yay!!!
Ok.... Now I cut the tricky end frames tomorrow ( they also have a sort of cable pass for all the speaker wires. Good days work.. This finish out work goes much faster than building a Air conditioning water chiller from scratch - lol.. My bus is 65deg inside right now...Brrrrr
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:53 AM   #307
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sidelighgting cellular nblinds is a totally cool thing to do... Ive been doing it in my house for years.. the light tan cellular blinds also work a pretty decent rear projector screen without much spotlighting..

looks great!!!!!

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Old 09-14-2016, 12:14 PM   #308
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I have read through this entire thread and to say it's an impressive build is an understatement. I like the way you left the exterior of the bus mostly original. Would love to see some overall pics of the interior. Just curious, is there a particular reason you chose a VanHool over other popular brands such as MCI?
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:02 PM   #309
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Thank You for the comments Npeace.. Done some awesome stuff this weekend with batteries and the 12v system. Cleared the electrical bay for the toolbox and a redo on the flooring in that bay.

VanHool over other brands? Everyone would say most coach picks are really preference. In the price range and year I was looking (1995-2000 mostly) the VanHools to me seemed way more advanced in design / build quality... Far less rust (mine literally has none) due to a whole ton of stainless steel in the chassis build. Disc brakes all around except the drive axle. I liked the way the frame was constructed (seen from in bay / underneath bus) and the interior wall, side rail etc.. The entire body panels are all aluminum (again no rust).
I guess in general I liked the exterior look as well. Had a bit more towards the modern look with flat nose and very straight sides..
About the MCI - I did not like the way the Window exits on all windows was a lift rail at the bottom of the window frame. Due to the fact this build I was definitely leaving the windows for the wealth look, this would add a difficult build over for framing internal walls and such over a rail that needed to pull out/up to open window. This combined with many other little issues on interior layout pushed me towards the VanHool. I sat in all the busses staring around and imagining the build - The Hoolie just fit me better... Others love MCI and Prevost (I think Prevost is a bit overpriced) but I have nothing against these other coaches - just ended up falling in love with this Coach when I was test driving it
It felt (way) more put together and solid compared to others I been in...
Just my 2 cents...
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:08 AM   #310
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Holy hell Offgr1d! I think you just blew my mind in terms of what is possible in a conversion.
I used to sell homes and you're putting a lot of those very pricey, beautiful homes to shame in a hurry. The best build I've seen by far.. I'd sell my house for that thing when it's finished! But it would need to incorporate the toys somehow or toy hauler for me.

Is the Coach insulated or would it have a very difficult time in -40 weather? I know you're down in NV so snow and staying warm isn't likely even on your radar.

Can't wait to see the finished product!
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