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Old 12-07-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

Just checked out your gallery... Very cool...

Used to live in AZ and love the desert...

Looks very peaceful out there...
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:27 PM   #2
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well ... a hot water heater ...
Why do you want to heat hot water? Isn't it hot enough already? Sorry, couldn't resist. "Hot Water Heaters" is just a phrase that always sounds redundant to me.
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:37 AM   #3
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well thank you
I checked out your stuff a couple of weeks ago .... pretty cool as well
I want to do a forest/olive green on my bus with the black rub guards
I mostly live rurally so its nice to try to blend in to ones surroundings
thanks for the kind words my bus is still rough but.... it keeps me warm fed and clean
I lived in it for a year without running water
its really nice to have hot & cold running water in the bus now....
its the best equipped bus Ive had so far but man when I came on here I was like Holy Crap!
these folks get down with the buses & decided I could do allot better
so thanks again

you take care
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i have been fulltiming it in my first skoolie for about 2.5 years and if you have seen any of the pics i to have wood heat. and like you i have been thinking of putting my water holding tanks in the same place to. well if i was out there where you are i would be out in the dry washes all the time with my detecter looking for nuggets!!!
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:37 AM   #4
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yeah my tanks are under the back of the bus and the pump is inside the frame rail above the rear axle and it did freeze here and I dident have water..... but Im a Californian & plan to stay north of santa cruz and south of SF on the coast so that shouldn't be a problem again
definatly if you live where it freezes put the tanks inside and the pump too

have a great week
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well right now i'm in southeastern washington and it is cold. now it is 42 at 4:30am ane about 3:30 it was 32and while i was over in lewiston idaho between 11-19 and 12-18 it got down to -32.3 here as for what night i do not know.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:44 PM   #5
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

I think "Cowgirl in the Sand" would be a better tune for your circumstance!
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:39 AM   #6
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yep you are rite on that one dan

hey something I wanted to write but forgot was that all the stereo stuff in the bus I bought used from a decent stereo shop in portland so I paid about 1/3 or less what it would have cost otherwize
what is cool though is that I have a 160gig hard drive loaded with music so when sitting anyway I just plug that into my laptop and plug the laptop into the head unit and I got a ton of freaking music
its funny I have allot of LPs and CDs bu man you can fit allot of dam music in a little metal box or on a chip

I have these 4 gig micro SD cards that hold many albums technology is awesome for music

man its been cloudy here for a week or so followed by about 3 or 4 days of rain and I had to use the generator for the first time 6 months or so (had power at the farm I lived on for charging batteries) the freaking main and idle jets were all nasty and it wouldent run at first but a few strands of wire from a piece of 10 gage and some non chlorinated brake cleaner I had luckily and VIOLA! the drone of a freaking generator for like almost all day
so now my batteries are happy again and we are supposed to have some sun now

thanks for being here guys and gals

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yeah my stereo i got from walmart for $80 can take the sd cards, usb sticks and mp3s to it is nice no more just playing with cd's any more..... as for the micro sd cards i have a 8 gig in my cell phone.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:44 PM   #7
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

Oh dear Lord... It's TREES!!!!!! And they are .... GREEN!!!!!!
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Your son is one lucky guy.
What are your plans once the committment is over with? Going traveling?
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Old 01-08-2011, 04:55 AM   #9
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

So far, I like you... Stand up guy...

I'm only a year younger than you... Still married with 3 kids... I can only imagine how hard it was to make the decisions you've made to insure that your son will have what he needs...

The only thing I can offer is, spend as much time with him in the summer that you can... Show him places and things... The memories will last a life time...

Have you ever noticed that all the feel good, back when I was a child movies, almost always take place during the summer???

Good luck with the new job...
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

That's a beautiful spot to be living in Jak! Hope things work out for you
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:23 PM   #11
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Question about your stereo... what kind of unit did you get where you can plug in your laptop to it? I have tons of music on my laptop too but am still shopping for the stereo (maybe in a few months when I get some more $$).
Many of the better head units have 1/8" inch input jacks on them anymore, and USB is getting more and more common. That way you could just plug in a 4 gb thumb drive and have access to between 400 and 500 songs, depending on their file size.

In my own bus, I use a JVC KD-A815, which has the aux input jack, USB and also bluetooth. The bluetooth feature I don't really use for talking on the phone, but there's a great benefit in having it, to me. I have an LG EnV3 phone, which has a really nice built-in MP3 player. I have an 8GB MicroSD card in it with about 700 songs. I connect the phone to my head unit via bluetooth as "external headphones" and I can play all the music on my phone through it. I have tried several different brands of MP3 players over the years, and surprisingly, my phone has been the best! It has all the features I want without a bunch of needless BS. Also, my little Samsung netbook has bluetooth, so it can connect to the head unit the same way.



My JVC is a higher-end deck, so they run about $250 or so. Crutchfield has it on sale right now for $180. If you have no need for the bluetooth, you can get the KD-A615 for around $150. It's the exact same deck, just without the bluetooth and not quite so fancy a display. Either deck, you can change the color of the display and the backlighting around the buttons to match your dashlights or whatever. I installed the A615 in my sister's vehicle, and she has the button lighting purple and the display area pink!
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....low and behold at the Jbox nearest his water heater there was a crack in the insulation on the white leg that was touching ground ...... a good wrapping with electrical tape and a new breaker and Voila hot water
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Somethings wrong, the white wire should be at the same voltage as the ground.
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Somethings wrong, the white wire should be at the same voltage as the ground.
Only when it is used as the neutral, and even then there may be a measurable difference depending on how far from the main disconnect the wires have been run. If the street disconnect with the required one neutral bond is, say at a campground office, due to ground resistance you may be able to measure a voltage between the neutral and local ground at a pedestal.

In 240-volt wiring where you have both 240-volt and 120-volt loads, like a clothes dryer with a 120-volt motor, you need to have have 3 wires plus ground. White is neutral, and black and red are the two hot legs. If you are using a pure 240-volt appliance like a water heater or electric baseboard, with no need for 120 volts, you do not need a neutral. It is common practice to use black and white for the two hot legs to these types of hard-wired appliances. Try to buy a piece of Romex or UF with only a black and a red wire.

I don't know if the same applies to 208-volt only three-phase wiring, whether a white lead would be used instead of blue one for the third hot leg, if there were no need for a neutral.

Also, in a room with light switches at two entrances ("three-way" switches), in cases where the power source and the load both run to the first switchbox the black, red, and white wires might all be alternating hot legs to and from the second switch. You would always find at least one of the wires between switches hot, and either of the other two could be hot to ground depending on the two switch positions.
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

I enjoyed the photos, Jak. Like you said, the interior is rough, but I like the functional utilitarian style of it all. You explained the fresh water system but I was wondering how you handled gray water when parked for extended stays, and what sort of toilet was on board.
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sweet. I'm still using my 13 year old factory install ... tape deck... looking forward to upgrading.

My original I use dose not even have a tape deck
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sweet. I'm still using my 13 year old factory install ... tape deck... looking forward to upgrading.

My original I use dose not even have a tape deck
HELL NO TO THE AM MONO!!! that was in my skoolie, i'll see about posting a pic of my stereo.
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