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Old 11-27-2013, 01:08 PM   #501
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Bout the only real cure for leaks seems to be a good quality, elastomeric roof sealer. Even better if you first apply a compatible seam sealer over all the joints then the overall coating. Usually takes a couple of coats but definitely worth the money. And these days you can either add ceramic microspheres to the coating or buy it pre-mixed for roof insulation. They work. Really well. Only brand I'm familiar with first hand is Hy-Tech. Pretty amazing stuff that was developed in partnership with NASA. Just ask anyone who has applied it. I'll be using it inside & out on my bus.

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this may seem silly, I level my bus at the house, just like when camping
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If I do not park on my left side planks I will leak like crazy, leveled front/back side to side...I don't leak...go figure (only took a couple trips to figure out that it only leaked at the house), now I keep my boards setup and just drive back onto them when I return
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #503
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OK-heres a trick if you have a leak you can't figure where its coming from. (Learned from my years as a bike mechanic). Its easy to see where water ends up-but sometimes tricky to see where it starts.
Spray on foot powder. You spray it on + It dries to a very dry flat white. The very 1st hint of moisture will show up .
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:50 PM   #504
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We always used baby powder...same effect...if I used it tho'....it would look like an elmers glue factory...or bakery after one good rain off level
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:15 PM   #505
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Bout the only real cure for leaks seems to be a good quality, elastomeric roof sealer. Even better if you first apply a compatible seam sealer over all the joints then the overall coating. Usually takes a couple of coats but definitely worth the money. And these days you can either add ceramic microspheres to the coating or buy it pre-mixed for roof insulation. They work. Really well. Only brand I'm familiar with first hand is Hy-Tech. Pretty amazing stuff that was developed in partnership with NASA. Just ask anyone who has applied it. I'll be using it inside & out on my bus.

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Hey Tango, I already ordered some Bus-Kote. I was going to wait until spring to put it on. Now I will be hoping for a day over 50. The directions say that is the minimum temp for it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:18 PM   #506
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My uncle went out today and said the only leaks i have are where the marker lights have been removed and a couple of windows i havent resealed yet. Im on coat number four of the elastomeric coating, still need 2-3 more. I bought 5 gallons and ive used not quite 3. Its $75 for the 5 gallons, you should look into it and hope for a few warm days soon. The one thing im not clear on though is if you can paint over it, it is a blinding bright copier paper white. It is acrylic latex based so i imagine you could but it isnt specified.
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:19 PM   #507
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We always used baby powder...same effect...if I used it tho'....it would look like an elmers glue factory...or bakery after one good rain off level

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OK-heres a trick if you have a leak you can't figure where its coming from. (Learned from my years as a bike mechanic). Its easy to see where water ends up-but sometimes tricky to see where it starts.
Spray on foot powder. You spray it on + It dries to a very dry flat white. The very 1st hint of moisture will show up .

Thanks everyone. It was raining hard enough I could follow the running water to see where it is coming from. I marked the spots with a sharpy.

I'm going to use Lexel as a seam sealer and then cover with Bus-Kote. If the rain gets through that I will just build a fountain for it to flow through and look pretty.
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My uncle went out today and said the only leaks i have are where the marker lights have been removed and a couple of windows i havent resealed yet. Im on coat number four of the elastomeric coating, still need 2-3 more. I bought 5 gallons and ive used not quite 3. Its $75 for the 5 gallons, you should look into it and hope for a few warm days soon. The one thing im not clear on though is if you can paint over it, it is a blinding bright copier paper white. It is acrylic latex based so i imagine you could but it isnt specified.

Bus-Kote is about $200.00 for five gal, but it has the ceramic beads in it to help repel heat. I'm told it is worth it. Most people use the five gals to do the roof.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:09 PM   #509
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

I drove the bus 80 miles round trip to get the new seats for my bus. 2004 PT Cruiser leather heated bucket seats.



Here is where I'm going to mount the passenger seat. I ordered a seat swivel so it can be used in the living room too.



And it folds down.

The drivers seat I need to figure how to mount on the air ride. I may have to make an adapter plate. The holes match the rear bolt holes on the new seat, but the front are wider.



Man my seat support gave way, I will have to think of another way to mount it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:21 PM   #510
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Looks like you might need to go with heavier weight corrugated to me.
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Dugh....you didn't use duct tape
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #512
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Just fill the cardboard box with concrete and then use "Redheads" to hold the seat in place--both kinds of readheads
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:12 PM   #513
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I was looking forward to finally be building something in the bus. I was not expecting all the stress.

I'm building out the supports for the passenger seat and the battery bank. They will be welded to the floor and I need to get them done before I can start insulating.

Five hrs to weld up the passenger seat support. The cutting and welding only took 1.5 hrs. The rest of the time was spent measuring, figuring and hemming and hawing. I'm learning every inch in the bus has an impact. You move one thing an inch this way and it impacts so many other things down the line.

I like where the seat is positioned.





It is welded to the floor and the seat rail. When I receive the seat swivel I will finish it up.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:05 PM   #514
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Looks good, you will be glad that you have a passenger seat next to the driver, Mine is that way and it makes the drive much more injoyable having my wife beside me(most of the time )
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I was looking forward to finally be building something in the bus. I was not expecting all the stress.

I'm building out the supports for the passenger seat and the battery bank. They will be welded to the floor and I need to get them done before I can start insulating.

Five hrs to weld up the passenger seat support. The cutting and welding only took 1.5 hrs. The rest of the time was spent measuring, figuring and hemming and hawing. I'm learning every inch in the bus has an impact. You move one thing an inch this way and it impacts so many other things down the line.
You are right! I usually spend 2 - 3 hours of figuring to every hour of doing. When you have to design everything, it takes time to consider all the options and ramifications of what you're doing. There have also been a few "I never thought of that" moments. They are a tough pill to swallow, especially if you have to tear it out and start over. The general theme I follow is to vision what you want the end product to look like in you head and then go backwards to get it that way. Especially on wood working. I pick out the surface and trim first, then build backwards in my head.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:29 PM   #516
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Roger the above. And the smaller the platform, the more critical every inch becomes. There ain't a lot of Fudge Factor in a shorty. One more reason I have so much regard for Ol' Trunt.
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It took a bunch of "a 1/2" this way-a 1/2" that way" to manage to squeeze in a captians chair in the shotgun position in my shorty. I have to do a interesting dance of slide the seat forward a bit-tilt it a bit-rotate 1/2 way-slide it back--to get it to rotate all the way around. But hey-you only do that when we're parked for the weekend. Worth it to have a second seat in a "normal" option.
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Will there be a cover over the entry steps or do passengers need unfeasibly long legs?
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Heres my step cover well worth it , it keeps the noise down as well as a place for your feet
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Will there be a cover over the entry steps or do passengers need unfeasibly long legs?
Hey, I like long legged women.

I plan to build a pull out cover of some sort. Right now it will probably be my grand-daughter and her legs don't touch anyway.
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