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Old 12-02-2022, 10:22 AM   #2481
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Got the bottoms of the last three pieces of window pillar trim attached. For one I had to pull the oven temporarily, and the others behind the sink I was able to get one screw in at an odd angle. Finally realized I didn't care since it will be hidden by the removable backsplash anyway.

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This let me finish the last three inserts.

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Tested out the insulated inserts last night by sleeping in the bus. It got down to 25įF overnight, but my 1500 watt electric space heater kept it at 65įF inside.

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Sadly, I realized that the inserts behind the removable backsplashes can't be put in or taken out without removing the backsplashes first. I had thought I could pull the pins out of the hinges and do it, but the bottom hinge still sticks up about 1/4" inch and prevents the top part from coming out. And even if I unscrew the bottom hinge, most of the top ones are still too tight to come straight out. Oh well, the best laid plans ...

I also tested out the acoustic properties of the insulation with my external PC speakers and subwoofer. With the volume fully cranked on my favorite speaker-testing song:



I went outside to see how loud it was. Standing right next to the bus you could faintly hear the music, but 25-30 feet away you couldn't hear anything at all. Sleeping in the bus was also as quiet a night as I've had in a long time, couldn't hear cars driving by like I normally do.

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Old 12-04-2022, 11:19 PM   #2482
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It is looking great. Thanks for the details in the posting on the window project. I am working on similar planning for passenger side but only bottom half covering. Definitely helpful to see your technique. Hope i can pull something off��
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Old 12-06-2022, 11:11 PM   #2483
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Iím sorry Iím late to the discussion, but are you doing all that XPS just for stealth? Was I missing anything? Couldnít find a roof raise in this forum either. Am I missing it or did you not do one?
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Old 12-06-2022, 11:58 PM   #2484
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Iím sorry Iím late to the discussion, but are you doing all that XPS just for stealth? Was I missing anything? Couldnít find a roof raise in this forum either. Am I missing it or did you not do one?
For stealth? No, the removable XPS+plywood inserts are primarily to insulate the windows in cold weather.

I did not do a roof raise. My bus originally had a ceiling height of 6'7" and after insulation and plywood the ceiling is now 6'3", which is just enough for me at 6'0". I also dropped the floor around the wheel wells by 3", which gives me additional headroom in my kitchen.
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Old 12-07-2022, 07:31 AM   #2485
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I love the removeable inserts.. natural light is a HUGE thing for me.. im a big sufferer of SADD .. so these dark busses with lots of windows removed are very depressing to me. but these inserts make it possible to block off windows in extreme weather temporarily yet be able to have the natural light and ventilation when you want it..



when I bought my DEV bus I purposely wanted one without tinted windows.. but when its Parked.. theres no chance of keeping it cool inside unless its night time..
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Old 12-08-2022, 02:25 PM   #2486
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when I bought my DEV bus I purposely wanted one without tinted windows.. but when its Parked.. theres no chance of keeping it cool inside unless its night time..

You might like some of this tint then. It can be had with almost all visible light allowed while rejecting most IR.
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