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Old 06-30-2013, 11:16 AM   #381
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Re: La Tortuga...updated 06-29-13

no not yet, as long as I can get a few extra amps It'll be fine(I have several other panels for final install so If I can keep fridge going and 2 small fans and still start bus after 4 hrs i's golden)heck I am bringing an extra battery so it doesn't matter


so my story this morning

so shortly after I posted about having a snack; I heard a loud,sharp "SNAP" and then what sounded like loud rice crispies!!!!!!

I snapped this pic



The cord thru window wasnt tight, and the window has been "cocked" like that for over a year when parked

it continued to snap and crackle for over a 1/2 hour!

It was about 90* yesterday and as the sun went down the ac's coled bus off decent?hell dunno what happened

except know I am behind!

I got up and hit it early, first thing was to undo all the wiring to access window removal



I then pulled out window,

I layed window down on a pc of thin aluminum so I can just "pour" it into a box for trash



remove this screw and 1 on other side to remove top rail



pull window out



remove this and 1 other screw from the "window" frame


It's Sunday morning,nothing is open...thundr storms in 4/5 hours......I grabbed a pc of 1/4 plex-glass and cut it to fit using 4-1/2 grinder and .045 cutoff wheel(be careful molten plastic is as hot as Lava and stick as it cools!!)



clean up frame,silicone,and remove protective wrap and reassemble

then silicone window frame and stick it it



Now to make up a 40 foot tester and trace a crap ton of wires....then I get to do what I had planned today

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Old 06-30-2013, 04:35 PM   #382
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so here she is bare


the neutrals and grounds where easy




next needed to know which hot went were so I could "load" the 50 amp side

I salvaged the rear door buzzer



,a fuse,couple alligator clips and a "power source, 12 transformer"

I made a quick circuit checker, hot goes thru fuse to wire at plug (i used an old plug with pig tail just to plug into sockets)

then when you touch the (-) of the power source it will buzz alarm....easy peezee



done !!!!!

it's wired so if I have 50 amp I have 2 sockets on a seperate "leg" front ac or heater"



I "roughed in" another panel and it will be stored away in the bus...just incase...still very weird



I also decided to do this:



just incase....dunno...just incase
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:09 PM   #383
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Re: La Tortuga...updated 06-29-13

Great idea to mark or document your wiring. I did my wiring and about a month later I'd forgotten what went where. My wiring diagram saved me a lot of tracing.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:17 PM   #384
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Great idea to mark or document your wiring. I did my wiring and about a month later I'd forgotten what went where. My wiring diagram saved me a lot of tracing.
Now if you saw the napkin folded into a swan...well...then you would ?!+; .... I did what?
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I actually numbered the sockets etc..... .....it's only been a year
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:51 PM   #385
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Re: La Tortuga...updated 06-29-13

I'm impressed with all the nice wiring...mine looks like a freeway interchange in Los Angeles...but it works
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:26 AM   #386
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4th of july picnic.....90% chance of rain and thunder storms......bring the "metal tent"....

the drive to the dam, over the weir bridge up backside of the dam





the dam


crossing the dam


power plant side



lake side almost 200' deep here


picnic spot



it was off and on pouring rain so we cooked inside



temperary exhaust fan setup I made at 8:30 night before, knowing that it would be raining it actually worked good



I couldn't get a good dam shot....5-0 didn't like the idea of a bus parked on the dam on 4th of july...

I even invited him in to look and see that we were just proud Americans on our Independance day


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Old 07-26-2013, 04:37 PM   #387
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Re: La Tortuga...updated 07-26-13

I actually washed the bus today,to see how bad the streaks and algea etc. was

we will be painting it next spring sooooo

remember the turtles I made 6 months ago???

I got one side "pin striped"







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Old 07-26-2013, 07:30 PM   #388
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Actually had time to do passenger side



I also worked on a kinda weird to some folks project....after they see it it's like "cool"

so here are some more "plates" I sheared a bunch of 6 X 12 inches and .020 thick aluminum, gave them a quick da sand to roughen up...and then paint...as weird as I can find cheap

And then I told the family give me 10 quotes from famous history people and we will apply to the ceiling of the bus...these are a few of mine...apparently not everyone knows "cool" old folks



Alot more to be done....these bend very easy to match ceiling contour....I'm thinking 2 sided tape and 4 1/8 rivets

I know it's bling bling...I did jack up front of bus to start measuring parts to find out whats wrong
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:46 PM   #389
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Re: La Tortuga...updated 07-26-13

Wow, I missed the window fiasco. Strange! Nice repair, though. I really like all your stenciling. Very cool. Its one of the things that will make yours unique.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #390
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a few pics of a busy camp ground

tucked in with all the Muggles





back porch view...no porch required...B.Y.O.C. (bring your own chair)







one of about 5 visiters yesterday!!






it's cool they cant see you behind the blind(altho camera cant see thru screen)

went to the winery 1 mile down the road...gorgeous place






then "home" to cook for Lisa...waaallaaa

last nights Glamping trip meal...

ginger and tarragon smoked salmon

with mixed steamed veggies and garlic and tarragon crusted bread




and relaxing after dinner



time for bed....suns setting


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Old 08-04-2013, 08:19 AM   #391
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this is from another site:


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I can almost hear symphony music playing in the background..
you mean from these people?




yes; we had a symphony playing last night (how did you know Brad?)

we went to Linville falls Winery after work; yesterday afternoon







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Old 08-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #392
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Beautiful surroundings, fine food and drink, and your own hand-made rolling palace in which to enjoy it! Livin' the good life!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:30 AM   #393
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Started on some overhead storage



Lisa's side



Decide why not it's our bus...and the bling starts



checking the mail I saw this little guy; he was swimming down the "road creek"

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:36 AM   #394
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Very nice! I like the t&g knotty pine. How's your back doing?
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:16 AM   #395
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a lot better that's why all I did was paint electrical boxes and cut the wood for Lisa's side (notice the pcs "holding" the shelf up? that is actually EMT tubing covering the 1/4-20 all thread that threads into Pem Nuts in ceiling...the same ones that put me down last weekend)

thanks for asking...hoping to be 100% this weekend
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #396
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That is a nice way to cover all thread, I may have to steal that idea.

I saw on one of the RV conversion show on the travel channel where they ran all the plumming and electrical out side the walls. Using conduit and stainless steel. It looked clean and nice. The shower was all stainless steel.
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Nice, diggin the overhead storage hangers.
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Taking a break from wiring and poly-ing, remember the old stop sign?

Made this out of some 1/8 alum scrap
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Bansil, I love the turtle crossing sign
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Cool, good thing it wasn't a hippo crossing
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