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Old 04-30-2019, 10:06 AM   #161
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Looking very nice!
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:12 AM   #162
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Looking very nice!


Thank you!

Got the propane tank mounting stuff half done yesterday. Just used angle iron bolted to the body beams. Right now only 2/6 bolts are in, but we are not going anywhere, or filling it up yet. The rest will go in today IMG_5923.jpg
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:36 PM   #163
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A bus named Zero

Another update to make up for the lack of ones the past week or so IMG_2537.jpgput a CO/smoke alarm inIMG_2540.jpgIMG_2541.jpgIMG_2542.jpgIMG_2544.jpgIMG_2545.jpgIMG_2546.jpgblinds are mostly up (just missing master, but itís still being painted) IMG_2538.jpg sanded and repainted the rusty dash, itís not perfect but itís not brown anymore so thatís a plus IMG_2543.jpg door is on the master, it needs planed a bit since itís a tad too big
IMG_2516.jpg the step for the master is finally cleaned up, the front board slides up so you can access underneathIMG_2507.jpgone of the two couch cushions is done
IMG_5956.jpgIMG_5958.jpggenerator is also mounted. Dad welded up some brackets and it is bolted to the frame. Now I have to hook up 120v out, 12v in (battery for starter) and fuel line/return as well as the remote control panel
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:17 AM   #164
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Steady progress and quality craftsmanship looking good
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:11 AM   #165
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Sorry I havenít been posting. Caught up in all the finish work! Plumbing is almost all done, the tanks should be mounted in the next week, the generator runs, and the interior unit of the ac has been put in. The condenser should go in on Wednesday when the mount comes. Itís gonna go on the very back of the bus, above the master bedroom back window.
Also had a grad party open house to show it off, and put all the mattresses and decorations in for that. Lookin good! IMG_2758.jpgIMG_2759.jpgIMG_2760.jpgIMG_2761.jpgIMG_2762.jpgIMG_2763.jpgIMG_2764.jpgIMG_2765.jpgIMG_2767.jpgIMG_2769.jpgIMG_2770.jpgIMG_2771.jpg
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:28 AM   #166
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Nice detail work. Where's the outside unit on your mini split? Are those 12v cigarette lighter sockets next to the receptacles in the bunks? Any dinner table?
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:28 AM   #167
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:17 PM   #168
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Nice detail work. Where's the outside unit on your mini split? Are those 12v cigarette lighter sockets next to the receptacles in the bunks? Any dinner table?


The condenser for the mini split is going to be mounted on the back. Thatís the one thing that hasnít been done yet because the mount doesnít arrive until Wednesday. Iíll send a picture in a little while, but itís going to go on the back right above the master bedroom window. In the bunks there is a 120V AC outlet and a USB phone charger. We are going to build a folding table for the kitchen at some point but we will probably just get some TV dinner trays and call it good
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:34 PM   #169
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The condenser for the mini split is going to be mounted on the back. That’s the one thing that hasn’t been done yet because the mount doesn’t arrive until Wednesday. I’ll send a picture in a little while, but it’s going to go on the back right above the master bedroom window. In the bunks there is a 120V AC outlet and a USB phone charger. We are going to build a folding table for the kitchen at some point but we will probably just get some TV dinner trays and call it good
It's weird when I see your build because it is exactly what I pictured for mine with the massive white broken up by some wood. I'm waiting for my mini-split to come on Thurs., want to see if I can utilize the space above the rear doors to mount the compressor and then the inside unit above the door leading to the garage from the cabin.
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:02 AM   #170
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I made a modification to your bunk electrics. I thought about it and figured with today's electronics, the only reason a cigarette socket is used is to plug in a USB adapter, which requires another part. I found a deal on these that were even cheaper then the cig one I looked at. Above it on each bunk head wall will be a clear pocket protector, with a hole cut out of the bottom to put your cell phone in to charge while sleeping. No bedside tables.

Is that just a cover plate laying on the top bunk?
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:24 PM   #171
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I made a modification to your bunk electrics. I thought about it and figured with today's electronics, the only reason a cigarette socket is used is to plug in a USB adapter, which requires another part. I found a deal on these that were even cheaper then the cig one I looked at. Above it on each bunk head wall will be a clear pocket protector, with a hole cut out of the bottom to put your cell phone in to charge while sleeping. No bedside tables.

Is that just a cover plate laying on the top bunk?


Yea, that was just a cover plate sitting there. And thatís a good idea for holding phones! I donít have anything like that, but I suppose it would be easy to add after the fact. The only reason I have separate sockets for USB and separate 120V AC outlets is that the outlets get power from the inverter whereas the 12 V USB sockets get power directly from the batteries. I know the power savings will be minimal, but stepping power from 12V DC to 120V AC back down to 5V DC for a phone is going to be much less efficient than stepping power directly from 12V DC to 5V DC for a phone.

I also finally mounted the condenser. Itís not wired, but thatíll be very easy to do tomorrow. Also, I just found out this pioneer unit actually comes pre-charged which is a relief because I was dreading having to pay someone to do it or do it myself. IMG_2853.jpgIMG_0338.jpg Are used eight 7/16 bolts, washers, and lock washers to secure the mounting bracket to the back of the bus. I also got some giant washers for the inside of the bolts have more space to grab and it will be less likely to break. Iím not really worried about it breaking though because I am 180 pounds and I can grab the end of the bracket and it will hold me no problem whereas the condenser is only 70 pounds.
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:47 PM   #172
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this bus looks awesome inside!! love its modern feel vs rustic.. greast build..



not sure about that A/C way up there... seems its just asking for those sensitive coils to get snagged by tree branches.. and by sensitive I mean they are!.. I have a couple of these units torn down in my basement and they use barely spec copper tubing and very thin aluminum fins.. hopefully it lasts..


they are pre-charged for 15 feet of lineset.. if you are using longer or shorter then the charge needs adjusted by weight.. R-410A is very sensitive to proper charge..


while your units will still work when over or under charged.. they take a hit in efficiency.. there is an accumulator to allow for some variances because they are heat pumps with the expansion device outside, but there are guidelines to follow.. the book usually states how much refrigerant to add or delete based on linesize...
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Old 06-27-2019, 11:48 PM   #173
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You skoolie looks great dude, but you NEED to better secure that AC unit on the back. Because the consequence of those brackets failing is potentially a heavy metal object going through someone's windshield and certainly killing them, you NEED to have more than just two brackets. Ideally you should have an additional two on the top, and two on each side. That will help reduce the stress on any single bracket, plus give you ample redundancy if a bracket does fail. When a component failure is likely to cause death, sturdy enough doesn't cut it. You need to think, "How to I minimize the damage if this fails".
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:23 AM   #174
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A bit late sharing but I had the first real long trip a few days ago. Drove from Indy to Pennsylvania and back visiting a friend. Finally gave the ol girl a chance to stretch her legs on the open road! Didnít like those Penna Turnpike tolls though...

Anyway, I did run into a few problems, but nothing major. Dash started acting up on the way back, so I replaced the circuit board. I also fried my transfer switch, so I replaced it with a gopower ts-30IMG_3776.jpgIMG_3790.jpg
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Old 07-31-2019, 01:10 PM   #175
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Something else Iíve added to the bus since Iíve last posted is an undermount box. Very useful for storing cables, hoses, tools, etc. IMG_3591.jpg IMG_3592.jpgIMG_3593.jpg

Also worth noting before I drove to PA and back, I had a little engine service done. Nothing major, oil change, all the filters, grease, and a new valve for the air cleaner.
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Old 12-31-2019, 06:30 PM   #176
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Been a while since the last update! Been away at college so havenít been able to use the bus as much as Iíd like, but I have taken it on a few little adventures in my free time. Right now Iím working on installing a suburban propane heater. Iíll nab some pics tommorow, but the unit itself is installed underneath the drivers side couch and vents through the wall. Iím going to run some ductwork underneath the bus and have a few floor vents throughout the cabin
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