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Old 06-11-2017, 01:28 PM   #11
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Hello from swansboro, or down at the beach.
I just finished a month long job in wake forest and a couple of trips into Raleigh last week.
I just happen to work for an HVAC company and was talking to my boss about finding me a mini-split 120v heat pump system so if you need some help I should be able to get one or two at close to his cost or mine at his cost and yours at cost with labor install? Maybe? I wouldn't mind those roof top units but I don't have holes in my roof and I don't want any.
Good luck and let us know if we can help
Hey Jolly Roger,
Thanks for the offer! I'd like to take you up on that. Do they make propane mini split heat pumps? I was considering a Propex blown air furnace for my heat. My idea for the mini split is to weld a bracket on the back of the bus behind the rear bumper is for the compressor, and mount the inside unit on the rear bulkhead above my emergency exit window. That would keep the refrigerant lines nice and short, and I would house them in some type of ducting on the exterior of the bus. I'm pretty sure I can mount and wire both units, but I would need some help charging the lines. In regards to the ceiling mounted RV ac units, they both work great, but they are just to loud! Let me know what you boss finds out.
Thanks again!
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:04 PM   #12
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They are delivered to Coachbuilder OSB from BlueBird with 2" of spray foam ceiling, walls and under floor. It only has a couple windows, so it stays very comfortable- in winter or heat. Super quiet inside. 16Ga outer skin.

That bus looks to be great shape.
I was wondering what I would find when I removed the ceiling panels. I was going to insulate with spray foam anyway, so that's perfect. I was wanting the ceiling to be to be the original metal bus ceiling, but I will be removing all of the florescent lights so I'm sure they are full of holes, and after drilling or grinding all of the rivets, they will probably be to banged up to reuse. Thanks for the tip on Turf's build. I haven't read it all yet, but at least I know what I'm getting myself into!
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:36 PM   #13
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I was wanting the ceiling to be to be the original metal bus ceiling, but I will be removing all of the florescent lights so I'm sure they are full of holes, and after drilling or grinding all of the rivets, they will probably be to banged up to reuse. Thanks for the tip on Turf's build. I haven't read it all yet, but at least I know what I'm getting myself into!
Sorry to disappoint- inner ceiling on mine is FRP, not steel, and is held with phillips screws. No rivets for you !

I have those hideous lights to contend with, as well. I am switching to LED's ultimately.

These were spec'd by OSB and delivered partially completed.

Today I am elbow-deep in generator guts...
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:27 PM   #14
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Hey trub. Welcome from Alamance County!

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Old 06-13-2017, 03:31 AM   #15
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Sorry to disappoint- inner ceiling on mine is FRP, not steel, and is held with phillips screws. No rivets for you !

I have those hideous lights to contend with, as well. I am switching to LED's ultimately.

These were spec'd by OSB and delivered partially completed.

Today I am elbow-deep in generator guts...

I wish I had screws as opposed to rivets. I'm not looking forward to all of that grinding! I plan to use LEDs throughout my build and also for all of the existing lights so I will be more energy efficient when boon-docking.
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:32 AM   #16
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Hey trub. Welcome from Alamance County!

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Thank you, ghodges!
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Old 06-13-2017, 04:24 AM   #17
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Wow, how awsome for you!! You also dont have all of the windows to deal with...a blank slate to put windows wherever you want and....foam insulated. A whole lot of the grunt work is already done for you. I look forward to watching your build. Good luck and welcome!

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Old 06-13-2017, 07:13 PM   #18
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Wow, how awsome for you!! You also dont have all of the windows to deal with...a blank slate to put windows wherever you want and....foam insulated. A whole lot of the grunt work is already done for you. I look forward to watching your build. Good luck and welcome!

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Thank you tobeamiss! I read your thread and it's pretty darn cool that you got a bus from your old high school! Good luck, and I will try to follow your build! I am really looking forward to building mine out. Thanks again for the nice welcome.
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Old 06-13-2017, 08:06 PM   #19
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Now you just need one of those stud finders they have at the house store so you can start cutting windows.

Bookmobiles come along so seldom that we forget to look for them. Oddly they aren't necessarily listed with the buses. Good score.
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:07 PM   #20
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OOOOooooo so pretttyyy!!!
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