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Old 12-12-2017, 07:50 AM   #61
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Got the left wall framed and got some electrical goodies as shown in the video.....

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Old 12-18-2017, 12:50 PM   #62
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Sorry. I have no updates this week on the bus build. I burned my hand with a torch at work and took a long weekend to let it heal up. I will get back on it next week though for sure!
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:50 PM   #63
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Sorry. I have no updates this week on the bus build. I burned my hand with a torch at work and took a long weekend to let it heal up. I will get back on it next week though for sure!
I'm sorry to hear that. burns can be sooo painful. Hope it heals fast.
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:25 AM   #64
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Sorry I have not been able to offer any updates in a while on this build, but the weather has been an issue. It's not an issue with the sub-freezing temps, but all the snow. Last time I went in my bus to do some work I noticed some water spots on the new plywood floor I laid. This is from me tracking snow into the bus.

I did order my Renogy 200 watt solar panel kit and a sky light. I am also picking up my fridge this weekend. My goal right now is to drop all the ceiling panels and wait for a decent day to install everything that needs to go on the roof like my Fantastic fan, solar panels, and sky light. Once that is done, the interior wiring can be run and the wood work begins............

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Old 01-10-2018, 08:47 PM   #65
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Yes.....probably a good idea to keep water away from your untreated plywood. The only thing I miss about living in MI is the fact that it rarely snows down here in NC, so I really enjoyed this particular video.

Liking your build so far.....keep on keeping on!


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Old 01-10-2018, 09:04 PM   #66
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So that's why they used to make us take off our snow boots?

That's looking good, ready for the next step. Most of us don't get that much done during these colder months.
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:29 PM   #67
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I decided to go out to the bus and do a little work, but then discovered something I did not want to see! The rear piece of sub-floor plywood has warped from water or moisture. This changes everything. Now I basically start over by removing the framing and power box I built and then gutting the ceiling panels, wall panels, and all the old insulation. I will leave the floor I have in place until all water or moisture issues are resolved and then lay a new sub-floor.............

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Old 01-16-2018, 12:42 PM   #68
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Ouch! Sorry to hear that. Marine ply ain't cheap but it does make a great choice for the floor on a bus. Hang in there bud.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:11 PM   #69
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A couple people stated this might be a de-laminated piece of plywood. Not sure, but I am still gutting the bus.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:15 PM   #70
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A couple people stated this might be a de-laminated piece of plywood. Not sure, but I am still gutting the bus.
Some plywood is not all that great but it doesn't normally delaminate on its own.

It could be caused either by absorbing excessive moisture from humid air, or by getting wet from a leak. I would expect you to be able to see other symptoms of a leak, like water tracks and stains. Windows are the biggest culprit. If a leak is at the back it can often be traced to poorly sealed lights high on the rear panel (the flashing red and amber lights).

You are right not to ignore it, and a hosepipe will help you find a leak.
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:27 PM   #71
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Sorry to hear about your setback.

In your video, I can see daylight in the edge of the plywood. Floor to wall seam.

https://youtu.be/NetzLs19wAk?t=22

Hopefully easy fix. Check your strobe on the roof and rear flashers.
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Has anyone ever heard of/seen a Skoolie that did NOT have leaks before being modded?
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Looking forward to following your progress. Thanks so much and good luck! /d from PA
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:54 AM   #74
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did you already remove your roof hatches... I havent seen a bus yet that those didnt leak someplace.. they may not leak onto the floor but can leak such the water ends up in between the roof and ceiling panels... i think id yank that down. and then let the bus sit this week through the rains we are supposed to get and see if its tight and dry.

snow is also tough.. snow melt water and ice-jams can make a lot of stuff leak that wouldnt otherwise..
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:58 AM   #75
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A couple people stated this might be a de-laminated piece of plywood. Not sure, but I am still gutting the bus.
Good for you man! Its worth the extra work!!!
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Ya...freezing moisture, even condensation, can create pathways for water in places you might not otherwise expect.

One more reason to HATE cold weather!
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Has anyone ever heard of/seen a Skoolie that did NOT have leaks before being modded?
The roof hatches, passive vents, and strobes on ALL my buses have been leaky. Then there are the windows.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:57 PM   #78
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My bus has no roof hatches, but there is a strobe up there. I will update this Monday. Thanks all.
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I've kept my hatch because it does not leak, but I did thurally waterproof it prior to painting the roof this past summer just to insure it continues not leaking. The exterior portion on the plastic hatch shows severe sun damage. I used a putty knife to spread caulk on all weather checked areas. It doesn't leak now but it didn't leak before either.
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Ya...the shrinking, distorting and oxidation of the plastic seems to be the source of many watery headaches.
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