Been a lurker here for the last few months, but now it's time to make my first post. I just recently purchased a 1993 E350 Cutaway with an ElDorado Hawk body. It has already been half-@** converted into a camper/RV... but like i said, it wasn't done very well. I have a few questions as to how to get this thing to my liking. First, let me show you photos of what it looks like right now. Sorry that these are little, they came from the ad that i was looking at before i bought it. I promise to try to get some normal sized photos soon.
What it looked like originally:
What the outside looks like now:
And my favorite part, the ISRINGHAUSEN driver's seat:
This is part the original ad description btw. Just in case you wanted to know what all it came with:
1993 FORD F-350 Econoline Cutaway Class C El Dorado Hawk RV custom conversion 460ci V8 gas engine 132,000 miles. Separate locking 30 gallon fuel tanks for vehicle & Onan 6500W Commercial Genset generator mounted on slide-out rails for easy servicing w/ inside cabin control switch. Roof mounted Duo-Therm BriskAir air conditioning; Polar White Windshield Bonnet for privacy; Audiovox AOS-22 B/W CRT back-up CAMERA and beeping reverse signal for safety. Custom TV/DVD cabinet mounted in front of cabin; Sony CDXR3300 Sterio AM/FM/CD player w/ removable face plate and speakers throughout cabin for FANTASTIC sound; wall to wall carpeting and acoustically-carpeted rear wall. Hidden locking electrical panel, circuit breakers and storage compartment. Oak cabinate WET BAR w/ under-counter tanks, removable table for 4, space-saving spring-loaded side bench jump seats, removable folding couch/bed and ISRINGHAUSEN suspension driver's seat. Shore power cord, inverter, four 12vDC and 120vAC outlets throughout cabin, custom overhead lighting, reflective windows w/ mini-blinds and slider panels. Electric dual-entry doors for easy access. idle switch. Locking storage in rear of vehicle, tow package, 6 low mileage matching tires and safety kits.
Now for the questions...
On the inside, I ripped off the paneling on the wall that was on the driver's side towards the rear and i found the wall to look like this photo (taken from another conversion in the project forum)
What i want to do is be able to use that wall as an anchor point for mounting a wall to section the bus off or put some shelves. My problem is that i don't see this being strong enough to hold anything up. Am i right about that? If so, how do i make that wall strong enough (to screw into) to hold things like shelves? Do i rip it out and try to mount wood instead? I'm so lost when it comes to this. I have no idea of what is behind that fiberglass though. I'm assuming that there are not metal supports or anything behind it, just the fiberglass on the outside of the bus.
Another question. This bus came with an Onan 6500W generator that powers 12 separate outlets and the overhead lighting. This may sound like a stupid question... but is this something that can be run while driving? Reason why i'm asking is that, some of the times while driving, i will have a few business partners on the road with me who will need to get work done. We will be mostly traveling at night, so that's why i ask. and i'm sorry if you laugh at the stupidity of that question (i'm new to this whole RV conversion stuff).
Those are my first few questions... it's late here so i'm going to sleep on it and post the rest that i have tomorrow. I'll try to get some better pictures as well.