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Old 06-08-2017, 05:53 PM   #51
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:57 PM   #52
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Finally got the ball rolling on demo, I took out the ceiling up to the driver area and the side panels. I cut a wire to get a panel over the light by the chair lift so I think that's why my dome lights don't work now...But the Wheel chair rail was 90% unboltable above the windows. I cut the side panels off under the emergency exit windows with the grinder...and I didn't even start a fire!

I fixed a solar panel to the roof for my solar generator (yeti 1250) and installed a Maxx Air fan. It was still hot as S#*! though, outside was 95*+.

Then I started on the floor but so far only the center isle is exposed metal which I gotta say isn't as bad as I thought it would be. The wood was heavy and completely soaked with water. It bubbled steamed and foamed as I tried different methods to get the rails out. I set the depth and used my skill saw to make a run down the isle as close as I could get to the wheelchair rail. The edge of the plywood came to the center of the isle so I was able to pry that section out. I had already peeled the rubber mat up, it was no trouble, maybe because the wood was was holding so much water. I'm not sure I want to do that (skill saw) in between the remaining 7 or 8 wheelchair rails though, besides its the rails posing the problem at this point. These rails are held down by a 4mm allen in most spots, phillips head bolt in few other areas but all will spin anyway. Grinding the heads was effective but sloooow. 8 rails 25' long with bolts like 6" apart? I'm leaning towards enlisting a friend at this point to tag team the bolts in addition to grinding the unreachables. I went to the hoe depot looking for a 4mm for my impact but of course it was in a 20$ assortment pack and @5pm was too far to go for something that may or may not get it done so I called it a day.

Attention noobs: If you're thinking about removing interior panels/rivets by hand you better have alot of hands. Even waiting for a smaller compressor to refill with air will be a life saver.

Also the house I'm renting came with a 16gal shop vac...WIN! A quick clean was needed as there were bolts, screws, rivet heads, insulation pieces and sawdust everywhere. A regular broom wasn't getting it and with the tracks still in place a push broom would have been clumsy.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:18 PM   #53
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Where in MD are you located? More so, what side of the bridge?
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Old 11-18-2017, 03:10 PM   #54
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Look at his location. The numbers don't lie.

Where are you? I'm in Annapolis.
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:19 PM   #55
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Where in MD are you located? More so, what side of the bridge?
I'm always on the move these days. I'm from Montgomery County though
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:21 PM   #56
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Are there any places to park a bus for a few days in the Annapolis area? in January?
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:43 PM   #57
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Are there any places to park a bus for a few days in the Annapolis area? in January?
My landlady just hosted friends in an RV for 2 days and they parked streetside; maybe you could do that here if you don't look like a refugee from Woodstock. Other than that pickings are slim. Maybe Walmart in Bowie? Annapolis tends to be pretty nose-in-the-air about such things.

Lemme look around and see if I can find an RV park or campground. I'll get back to you.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:12 PM   #58
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I am planning on towing my car - so I can park further away from Annapolis - I am just having trouble finding a secure place to leave it for 3 or 4 Days. Any leads would be great!


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Old 11-22-2017, 08:58 AM   #59
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There's a KOA pretty close (Millersville), but IIRC I heard that they're not bus-friendly (KOA in general, that is; always worth a call).

Cherry Hill Park in College Park is right off the Capital Beltway at Route 1. Probably 30 miles, but they have been known to let buses in. Has kiddie playgrounds and rec rooms out the yin yang, so maybe not the cheapest option?

Greenbelt park is also right on the Beltway at University Blvd. Probably 1/2 hour from Annapolis. They are Nat'l Park Service so they have to take buses, and they say they have RV sites. My daughters Girl Scout troop used to do weekend camping there; it's a really nice park in the middle of urban blah. Reservations suggested.

Once you go over the bridge to the Eastern Shore, the world's your oyster. Lots of stuff over there. The Bay Bridge itself is not cheap but does give a small discount for using an EZPass.

Hope this helps. PM if you need more. All I did so far was to combine Google results with personal knowledge of local geography.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-23-2017, 06:14 PM   #60
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Thanks!! It is a crowded area - but Iíll see how close I can get. I hope I can wait until the weather is better - several state parks seem to be closed for camping in January. Winter is the best time to camp!!!


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