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Old 09-10-2017, 10:06 PM   #1
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Eager to join the community

For many years now I've been wanting to do a bus conversion. Now that life has brought about a few changes my wife and I decided it was time to make it happen.
We purchased a 1995 Genesis front engine flat nose 35' with a DT466 and the Alisson 545. I already know I want to upgrade the transmission. The drive from Phoenix, AZ back to Menifee, CA was a slow one.
We've had it for about a month now and I've made a fair amount of progress on it.
Already have the interior stripped and the roof raised 20"s.
I'll try to post a pic but not sure if I can on my first post.
I've watched many videos and read over several threads already and am really looking forward to diving into this build head first.
I'm very excited to join in on the conversations here on Skoolie.net.
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:19 PM   #2
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A couple photos of when we first got it home. Then taking the sets out and finally the roof is up.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:02 AM   #3
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Welcome !

Wow ! you work fast ! Looks to be off to a great start. You have a good spot to work, too.

I noticed you cut your roof above the window frames vs thru the pillars. I haven't seen that method before, but I never raised a roof yet either !

SoCal...nice.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:05 AM   #4
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Wow ! you work fast ! Looks to be off to a great start. You have a good spot to work, too.

I noticed you cut your roof above the window frames vs thru the pillars. I haven't seen that method before, but I never raised a roof yet either !

SoCal...nice.
Hopefully I'll have the tin up on the building soon. Just in case we get some rain this winter.
Yep, I wanted to keep all the bus windows intact. I'll put windows above also. I'm trying to source those now. 48x18 would be the ideal size.
I hope to have it all done by next spring.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:13 AM   #5
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I have never seen someone do a raise above the windows like that, but it looks like you will have a ton of light when you are done! Are you at all concerned about heating/cooling with that much glass? People who have swapped out the majority of their bus style windows for siding or double pane windows often say it makes a big difference when it comes to keeping the rig at a steady temperature.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:58 AM   #6
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Yep, I wanted to keep all the bus windows intact. I'll put windows above also. I'm trying to source those now. 48x18 would be the ideal size.
It'd be nice if you had a 2nd bus exact same and chopped the top off below the windows, then put that on top of your bus.

like this:

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Old 09-11-2017, 12:00 PM   #7
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yours is to be like this then?

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Old 09-11-2017, 12:05 PM   #8
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I'm only going to have 3 windows per side in the upper section. One in back in the bedroom, then the other two up front in the living area. The center will be covered with sheeting.
Even some of the lower ones will be covered. They'll just look the same on the outside.
That would be a lot of windows.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:08 PM   #9
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yours is to be like this then?

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Whoa....that looks insane....haha, not planning on using bus windows in the upper section. Though that would probably make it much easier.
I'm looking around for windows that are about 48x18 to do three on each side.
I love the mock up though...
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:11 PM   #10
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yours is to be like this then?

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Sort of like this. I still plan to cover the areas where the bathroom will be and the wood stove. As well as the refrigerator and a storage closet on the opposite side.
Pretty dang close though.
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