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Old 05-23-2020, 07:49 PM   #81
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Iím going to try something but not sure yet. I want the back for a garage and a place for solar controller and other stuff.
The biggest impact to me is a skinny 2x4í bathroom and having to insulate. With all the patchwork I did in the rear wall I wanted to leave it open/uninsulated in case of any more leaks. I thought Iíd just insulate the new wall.

As Iím writing this maybe Iíll just frame in a removable wall in the hole? This way I can still insulate and slide the wall in and out as needed. (Oh, thatís what you suggested huh?)

Iíve put that part off for now. Just glad Iím using screws because my plans are changing often.
I have the same concern with my back wall (in fact it's currently still leaking in a bunch of places that I need to fix). I'm not going to have a garage (my garage is effectively in front because of my bulkhead wall) but I think I'm going to build the rear part of my wall to be easily removable so I can change the lights and fix leaks etc., even though it will be flush with the back of the bus (in fact I'm building pretty much everything to be disassemble-able if necessary).
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:02 PM   #82
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I have the same concern with my back wall (in fact it's currently still leaking in a bunch of places that I need to fix). I'm not going to have a garage (my garage is effectively in front because of my bulkhead wall) but I think I'm going to build the rear part of my wall to be easily removable so I can change the lights and fix leaks etc., even though it will be flush with the back of the bus (in fact I'm building pretty much everything to be disassemble-able if necessary).

Thank god for those awesome GRK framing screws
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Old 05-31-2020, 03:25 PM   #83
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Making some progress. Got the kitchen roughed in. Almost all the luan. I get discouraged so I have to complete something to see some progress. IMG_0816.jpg

Went for a drive last week with the roof vents open. I must have done something because I developed a leak at the vent. I removed old caulk and recaulked today as well
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Old 05-31-2020, 07:41 PM   #84
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Old 06-07-2020, 03:26 PM   #85
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I made some good progress on the bus over the last couple days. I got the water tank hooked up to the water faucet and plumbing. I decided Iím not gonna use a gray water tank right now. I think Iím just going to drain it out though the floor and catch in bucket or something like that since this bus is only going to be used to camp at first.
I got the AC wiring finished with the automatic transfer switch and the breaker box all wired up along with the AC outlets.
I finished the Luan paneling and as I mentioned before I have some tongue and groove knotty pine cabinet doors that Iím gonna try to cover some of the walls with.IMG_0832.jpg
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:53 PM   #86
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If anyone still following this build thread I have made some progress.

Got a couple newpowa 185 12v solar panels installed. Connected to an old Renogy rover 40 amp controller and a 600 watt Renogy inverter. The auto transfer switch is sweet. Can unplug the shore power and the solar takes over instantly. I donít really have anything but an old redbull fridge I got off the curb plugged in now

Built a bench with hinges that will convert to a sleeper. I did not build legs for the folding bed part yet. Might just use a wood box or something.

Had some old laminate flooring I used for the bathroom. Bolted the composting toilet box to the floor.

Next. Old bus seats facing each other with table in middle. Finish boxing in the bench and bed, etc...
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Nice work.
Did you bolt the solar railing to the hat channel or just screw it into the sheet metal?
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Old 06-30-2020, 07:35 PM   #88
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I like your bedroom area walls....that's a nice color.

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Built a bench with hinges that will convert to a sleeper. I did not build legs for the folding bed part yet. Might just use a wood box or something.
Had I went the couch/sleeper route, I was going to build two huge drawers underneath, with casters on all 4 corners of the drawers, and pull them out into the aisle to support the bed platform.
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:28 PM   #89
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Nice work.
Did you bolt the solar railing to the hat channel or just screw it into the sheet metal?

Screwed into the ceiling rib frame if thatís called the hat channel
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Had I went the couch/sleeper route, I was going to build two huge drawers underneath, with casters on all 4 corners of the drawers, and pull them out into the aisle to support the bed platform.

Thanks. Some knotty pine kitchen cabinets repurposed into walls. I like how it turned out too
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:22 PM   #91
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Screwed into the ceiling rib frame if thatís called the hat channel
Thanks for answering. I believe people around here call the rib frames hat channel or channel hat. If you look at the side profile, they do have the same outline as an upside down brimmed hat.
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I do like the light stain on the walls. Not so light to make it look like raw wood but light enoutgh to keep it bright inside.
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Old 07-01-2020, 05:49 PM   #93
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I do like the light stain on the walls. Not so light to make it look like raw wood but light enoutgh to keep it bright inside.

Itís pecan minwax stain. 3 coats and I do like how it turned out. I have some hardwood flooring Iím going to put in too and wanted to keep it as light as possible
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:07 PM   #94
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so the conversion work is going slow but surely. With this heat and since I am able to plug into my house during conversion I was thinking that I could flip one window upside down and install a small window AC unit I have.

And I'm thinking this would be a great solution to leave the window upside down and store the AC unit to use when camping and able to plug-in to shore power.

I have searched and see that many use window AC units but I don't see any that have flipped a window to install it.

Can anyone offer any pros or cons to my thinking? I'm not thinking about keeping it installed while driving or anything.
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so the conversion work is going slow but surely. With this heat and since I am able to plug into my house during conversion I was thinking that I could flip one window upside down and install a small window AC unit I have.

And I'm thinking this would be a great solution to leave the window upside down and store the AC unit to use when camping and able to plug-in to shore power.

I have searched and see that many use window AC units but I don't see any that have flipped a window to install it.

Can anyone offer any pros or cons to my thinking? I'm not thinking about keeping it installed while driving or anything.
An upright bus window has the outer pane above the inner one. When it rains, the rain stays out. When you flip it, the rain is channeled into the bus instead.
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one thing I have seen is someone drilling the rivets out on an emergency window hinges and then taking the frame of a second emergency window and making a custom frame for their A/C.. in summer you biolt in the custom swing out frame.. latch it in place and slide in the A/C.. in winter you remove the 2 swing bolts and put your original window back in and pack your A/C away..
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An upright bus window has the outer pane above the inner one. When it rains, the rain stays out. When you flip it, the rain is channeled into the bus instead.
This is good to know and thank you for pointing this out.

As is happens I have an extra window that had the bottom glass broken when we were power washing the bus. I can re-install that one instead. I didn't want to deal with the missing glass when the AC unit is not installed which is why I considered just flipping the replacement window.

Thanks again
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one thing I have seen is someone drilling the rivets out on an emergency window hinges and then taking the frame of a second emergency window and making a custom frame for their A/C.. in summer you biolt in the custom swing out frame.. latch it in place and slide in the A/C.. in winter you remove the 2 swing bolts and put your original window back in and pack your A/C away..
I just conceived of something similar, only with the side exit door and heat instead of AC. I'd remove the door and bolt on a shell that fits over the opening and contains a wood stove and a diesel air heater.
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I just conceived of something similar, only with the side exit door and heat instead of AC. I'd remove the door and bolt on a shell that fits over the opening and contains a wood stove and a diesel air heater.
Love the idea, keep the wood stove outside and the mess then you can slap the door back in for travelling
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Got the curtains up to block the sun. Flea market find. Used dowel rods and eyelets to put up.

Built a bench that opens to a twin bed. Just plywood and piano hinge. Have not figured out legs yet.

Started on the flooring. Scored some natural cherry on Facebook market cheap but not enough to finish. Iíll have to pay retail for the rest
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