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Old 03-27-2013, 01:47 PM   #41
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That's funny, same thing I said when Jason read this to me, watch out for the deadly flying plate or bowl. As for the stove coming loose, that's not gonna happen, four 5/8" carriage bolts with custom 1/4" steel plate "washers" underneath provide for a secure installation.
And that's my point. Most get carried away securing the rather large, heavy obvious stuff that they forget about the small stuff. In this case, you need to sweat the small stuff.... like the burner covers on the stove. Mine are cast iron and just sit on top of the range. I have to store them while traveling.

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:52 PM   #42
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One night I was designing my kitchen in my mind (again) and I was so pleased that I had created a space for everything. Plates, dishes, glasses cookware, bakeware, foils....you name it. Pleased with my progress I layed back down (it's 4:00 in the morning by now) and dozed for a few. I was woken up early in the morning with a voice inside that said "you fool...where do you plan on putting the food". So much for best laid plans.


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My biggest concern is to remember to put away the antique kerosene lamps that we will be using for light.
I have a similar concern. I have an Aladdin lamp that I got years ago(1982). I have figured out how to secure the lamp base (it's aluminum and the bowl unscrews from the 2 pc foot so it can be shortened and I can use a bracket attached to the wall to secure) but my problem is the heavy glass shade that goes with the lamp. I'm thinking of sealing the shade to the metal ring it sits on with a clear adhesive caulk. I will not be using the lamp for light but it's one of the few things that survived a house fire and I have been dragging it around with me thru several houses.

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Velcro is your friend in a motorhome! We use it on lots of stuff in ours.......
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:47 PM   #44
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Velcro is your friend in a motorhome! We use it on lots of stuff in ours.......
"INDUSTRIAL" Velcro!

Seriously, The bay with all the Velcro and those Command strips are in one of the departments that I cover at work. It's amazing all the Velco products we cover. After looking at them (counting & stocking) I'm pretty sure we will use one of the strap ones to "tie back" at least two of the accordian doors in the bus... when I get them bought.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:42 PM   #45
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So we've been working a bit and haven't posted in a while but this one will have to be short and sweet with a more detailed and documented post to follow. Since our last post we've finished the woodstove hearth, finished covering wall insulation/electrical, installed 6 gallon hot water heater and city water hookup/gravity fill, framed in queen bed and shower, added some interior walls, hung the awning, and installed (2) 46 gallon water tanks under the bed for 92 total gallons of freshwater. Here's a quick pic, more to follow.

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Old 07-07-2013, 05:57 AM   #46
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Good to see progress
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:09 AM   #47
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So here's a few more pics of the hearth, we're happy to be finished with it, it was a lot of work. We plan to leave the tape on the wood till we're in the finish phase.


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Old 07-08-2013, 02:31 AM   #48
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The awning was surprisingly easy to install. Works wonders at keeping the bus cool on hot afternoons and provides a nice outdoor work space (hooray for no more sawdust inside!...well for the most part). We still need to add a center support for when it's up and larger awning saver clamps for the wind.



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Old 07-08-2013, 03:11 AM   #49
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At this point we've sheeted the walls with 3/8 plywood, it's just thick enough to be able to attach stuff to it and covers the additional 1 1/2" insulation nicely. We also ran our ac electrical in the walls and mounted a main and sub panel, kinda nice not to have to bend over to the floor to plug something in. We boxed in the wheel wells with plywood and filled them with some fiberglass pink stuff. We added a 6 gallon propane/110v ac hot water heater and a combination gravity fill/city water hookup on the street side wheel box. This seemed like the most logical place for it given our plan, both went in fairly easy, just a cutting wheel to get started and a sawzall to finish, the outside will look better once we paint but overall we're happy with the outcome. A third ceiling fan/vent was added for the shower/bathroom and we framed the bunk walls. (We also gutted the DC up above and ran new wire for lights, speakers and power for the stereo off the house batteries).



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Old 07-08-2013, 03:17 AM   #50
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Here's the queen bed framed in, screws and glue.

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After buying a 32x32 shower pan from home depot, we ordered two of these tanks on ebay, 86.99 a piece with free shipping for a total of 92 gallons:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908799372?ss ... 1439.l2649

Here's the shower pan sitting in place and the gravity fill and vent hose in the wall (only way we could figure to do it, that shower sticks out enough as it is).

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:35 AM   #52
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The pantry will be 31 inches deep with two stationary shelves for structure/support and the rest will be on drawer glides. 3/4 maple/birch plywood.

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:45 AM   #53
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A couple days ago we framed in the shower and one wall of the "bedroom"....and today we finished installing and plumbing the tanks, no leaks, whew! That pretty much brings us up to date.




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Wow. You do excellent work. How did you get such a nice fit of the pantry walls against the ceiling?
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very nice job
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:09 AM   #56
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i wish my progress was as fast as yours. I'm always afraid I'm going to overlook something. Your bus is looking great!
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Beautiful job proconsul!!! Everything looking real nice and enjoyed the pics of your progress.
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Only thing I see is maybe an issue with the blue tape on the wood...that stuff can be a bear to remove after a week or two FYI
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Wow. You do excellent work. How did you get such a nice fit of the pantry walls against the ceiling?
Thank you we started with cardboard trial and error, that was a joke. next we used the front over the mirror/visor sheet metal as a template and used a large piece of tracing paper to get our basic shape. we transferred that to a piece of 1/8 paneling scrap we found (Jason's dad's property is a treasure trove of miscellaneous stuff that is often times just what we need)...next we transferred that smaller scrap to a larger half sheet. We originally planned to use this to skin a section of framing but decided to use at least 3/8 maybe 1/2 inch so we can still safely attach things to the walls. This "skin" became our template: we placed it against the shower framing and made notes/drew marks on it, then laid it on the 3/4 inch and transferred our marks....so the first 3/4 inch wall was the third attempt at finding our curve and the 2 pantry walls are the 4th and 5th.
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The bus is looking great. I pretty much love everything about it, lol... Very jealous of the wood stove and hearth!! Keep up the good work!!
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