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Old 04-27-2019, 06:19 AM   #41
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Progress was slowed a bit by multiple snow storms, but I kept plugging along.
  • Added LED strip lights to the sides for additional lighting.
  • WA state couldn't figure out how to value the bus for the switch to Motorhome on the title, so I went the Vermont route. So much easier.
  • Added dimmers for the lights and multiple zones.
  • Replaced the rear stop lights and turn signals with LED versions
  • Flooring!
  • Plumbing. Lots of Plumbing.
  • Toe Kicks for the cabinets
  • Rough fit the generator and heat pump into the forward bay.
  • Lots of electrical work. Transfer Switch, Inverter, Generator Input, Shore Inlet, House Batteries, Battery Monitor, Etc.

beautiful job - I like the floor layout especially - I can't think of anything you've missed
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:59 AM   #42
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Wow! Nice work. Looks great!

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Old 04-27-2019, 12:05 PM   #43
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Getting Closer

  • Shoe Molding
  • The better half made curtains. Hung them with 1/2 inch copper pipe and bell hangers
  • Made a custom shower curtain rod from copper pipe and iron flanges
  • Measured and cut the window sills
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:28 PM   #44
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Those bunks look really cozy, and I love the overall look of clean, modern, and white, with the wood accents.

I'm curious to know more about your light switches - since you went LED, I'm assuming they're all dimmers?
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:06 PM   #45
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Those bunks look really cozy, and I love the overall look of clean, modern, and white, with the wood accents.

I'm curious to know more about your light switches - since you went LED, I'm assuming they're all dimmers?
Hi Mark.

Thanks for the nice comments. You're right, I used 12v dimmers for most of the lighting. These are the ones I used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've been happy with them so far. They're easy to use and I can dim to any level with a simple swipe of a finger. They also remember the last level when turned off and back on.
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:02 AM   #46
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Little by little, it gets done

Build a custom bathroom door with a 2x2, plywood, and foam sandwich. Trimmed the corner to match the profile of the ceiling so that it can swing open and act as a divider between the living and sleeping sections of the bus. In the open position, it's held in place by a flush bolt.

Kids had fun helping to paint the door and some trim.

I also built in a pantry area and a dog crate in the lower portion. On the other side is the tankless hot water heater.
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:57 AM   #47
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Like the dog crate, built something similar here. Get some hinged drawer slides so the door opens and then slides inside against the hinge wall. That way the dog has open access when he can without the door open and in the way. Slide out and lock when needed.
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:21 AM   #48
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Wow, great documentation! Enjoyed all the photos & your descriptions. I laughed at your mention of struggles with the floor...doing the same on my own right now. Awesome job!
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:45 AM   #49
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Getting close

The end is in sight!

Finished tinting all of the side windows and also applied frosted film to the bathroom windows because privacy! My daughter re-painted the BlueBird sign and I love the way it pops against the bus now.

The better half finished the couch/bed cushions and they look awesome. Just have to tackle a bunch of minor things and then it'll be done. WooHoo!

Punchlist:
  • Fabricate a protective shroud for the Mini Split lines that go under the bus
  • Paint and install said shroud
  • Install the vent for the gray tank
  • install new driver fan
  • wire up a front panel switch for the water pump
  • Mount monitor for external cameras
  • Install seatbelts
  • Build organization system for under-bus storage spaces
  • Go on shakedown trip this weekend!
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:05 AM   #50
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Looking good!
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:07 AM   #51
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VERY nice
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:10 AM   #52
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Thanks! It's been just over 9 long months of nights and weekends. I'm looking forward to using it now
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