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Old 10-02-2015, 04:20 PM   #61
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Got more done on the chiller - TXV brazed in place and more copper cut for suction lines.
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Old 10-06-2015, 02:54 AM   #62
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Stainless steel kitchen countertop being worked on. Welding is done, Polishing and finish work to be done. Base and legs will not be used as it will be mounted to top of custom cabinets and drawers.





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Old 10-06-2015, 06:55 PM   #63
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I love the way after you tig weld stainless steel, wire wheeling with a stainless steel wire wheel takes away all the discoloration, making it look like it was one piece.

Looking real good.

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Old 10-10-2015, 12:33 PM   #64
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Kick-butt build! Never something I could manage (between finances and [lack of] skill) but seriously cool to watch. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:32 PM   #65
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Beautiful build!
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:33 PM   #66
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This is INCREDIBLE. Probably the most incredible thing I've seen on this site! (Though I am new, but from what people are saying, they think this is amazing too!)

I've read through the whole thread (so far), and have a few questions for you... Hopefully you didn't already answer them, or I will feel stupid. Also, please don't answer anything you don't want to.

How is the VanHool registered? (RV or Commercial)

Do you need a CDL to drive this thing? (goes with previous question)

Who do you insure this through, and what kind of policy is it? RV?

At the end of the build, can you provide an approximate cost for each general component of the build? (7 Ton Chiller cost, shower/bathroom cost, kitchen cost, independent air door cost, etc.)

How much (approximately) did the VanHool initially cost you? I know you said $300/mo on an RV loan, but I am specifically wondering about the total initial price.

I am a HUGE fan of modern architecture and design, so I am very interested in the direction you are going with the overall design. WAY COOL!!

Good luck with everything, and keep pictures coming!!!!
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:49 PM   #67
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Thanks for the comments - not sure if I mentioned before, but I do like modern as well and my motivation to do this differently come from a slogan I think of all the time which is just something I live by - "if it's been done before - I won't do it like that"
To answer your questions:
VanHool is registered as an RV with progressive - I told them it's my permanent residence and have a full timers package.

You do not need a CDL if your not driving commercial. Nevada work by weight, so driving in NV you need a non-commercial class B lic. It's cake to get, basically some knowledge to study in the drivers book about air brakes and that "your big" so it's longer to Stop / wider to turn etc....

My bus was purchase for 30k on an RV loan. Basically 300/month.

I've seen my year go from 18k-60k for my year /model. So in my case it wasn't the cheapest out their nor the most expensive. I know you get get an older VanHool T845 40' bus for around 6-8k - one is for sale in San Diego right now I think.

I have not spent much on convention costs so far. The entire chiller will prolly be about a 2k expense - about same as a could new rooftop units. And the bathroom was cheap! Concrete was about $40 all tile around $600 and the wood about $300.. Plumbing fixtures were the most. Flat rain shower head $100 cool square sink $200 square faucet $100 linear drain $100...

All in all - I would say bathroom was between $1500 and $2000 in expenses.

I have every receipt - so when the build is done I can really go through and itemize it out.

I'll keep you all posted.
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:54 PM   #68
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Old 10-17-2015, 05:57 PM   #69
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Sorry - my mentality is it's not expensive to do the bathroom work like this (it may be to some) but as I look at it like building my own house. It's an investment- and I want it a certain way and not settle for less. Sure you could always do it a little cheaper with cheaper fixtures and materials (tile/wood/ etc)...

I just drove to CA for my long weekend - great drive!! The VanHool drives like a dream. It's such a smooth beast on the freeway. Working on kitchen / so more pics coming soon!!!
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This is an AWESOME thread...






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