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Old 10-19-2015, 09:51 AM   #71
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I agree with EastCoastCB. AWESOME.

Thank you for answering my questions! I appreciate all of the information. I am gathering information and preparing for a build in a few to several years. Since this is your primary residence I can see why you are putting such a great amount of effort into it, and it shows. You've got the stage, and everyone is drooling.

I would love to go this route, but for me, since it will not be a primary residence, I will have a rough time convincing my wife that we need to buy a VanHool. That being said, because of budget constraints my target bus will probably be a flat nose Bluebird with some underside storage. Though, I am sure I will be looking to this thread for inspiration for years to come.

Keep the awesomeness flowing.
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Old 10-19-2015, 01:36 PM   #72
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VAN-DROOL is right! Definitely in my top 5 builds on this forum.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:33 AM   #73
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Lol - thanks Redd... I never heard VanDrool before!!

So I finished the flooring back to the master bedroom / office. Been working on the kitchen cabinets and counter. I added 3/4" birch ply to the underside of the stainless counter to beef it up and make "solid" so it doesn't have any hollow feel or give on the surface. It came out awesome! I can't wait to mount to the counter base that my dad and I will start building tomorrow. Hitting the basement bedroom now - I call it my cubby hole (if I didn't mention already - my main sleeping area so far has been a converted storage bay for sleeping) I will also put up the wood paneling in the basement room tomorrow as well.. Lots of pics to come soon. Stay posted all! And thank you for the support, it's great motivation to make progress
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:46 PM   #74
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Offgr1d you absolutely ROCK!! You mentioned working with an engineer; with everything you're doing and your apparent knowledge, are you also an engineer (if not you should be)? Just beginning to wade (actually just did sign up) into these waters, and what a way to get started! No . . . thank YOU for the motivation!
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:52 AM   #75
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What a great build! Very in inovative and we'll thought out. Keep up the great work!
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:08 AM   #76
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Great Build!!! Keep up the awesome work!
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:15 AM   #77
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Wow!

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Old 10-26-2015, 09:53 AM   #78
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18 mpg?

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Silver leaf engine monitor in action on a drive:



Okay, did you just reset the system before taking this picture? Or does it actually get 18 mpg?
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Old 10-26-2015, 10:21 AM   #79
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And I want to know what kind of gearing gets you to 70 at 1394 RPM's.
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:29 PM   #80
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I'm not familiar with what ratio is in the Trans, but It's a highway coach - lol. RPM is really low with the 6 speed Allison. I almost never go over 1500 I would say max is 1600 that I've seen. About the MPG that's instantaneous estimate - so probably it was lower RPM and coasting when that was shot. The turbo is also very low in the pic so I'm sure it was downhill. I can get more info next time I drive a trip if your interested - but the last I calculated a whole trip I got between 9-10 mpg.
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