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Old 09-10-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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1999 Goshen 15 passenger rv conversion

Highpsiguy here from Ga. Currently working on shuttle rv conversion. V10 with 170k. Got bus for 3 grand from band. Band only owned shortly, they purchased from church who purchased new. Add another grand for tires, another grand to get mechanical s up to speck, another 1500 for complete ac repair. Im getting in a little deep on pockets but have owned for about 8 months and it runs and rides great.
My goal was to build worktruck, rv, stealth vehicle. I gutted entire bus except for driver....twice. This is my second build as first was not planned very well. It is not finished but have been using it for several weeks and this layout is great so far. If I can figure out how to post pics I will.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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Learning how to post pics, bear with me
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:51 AM   #3
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:59 AM   #4
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Paint coming next week. Will use Rustoleum gloss enamel. Have ordered tons of 12 volt led lights, should be here soon. Solar I already have. Looking to possibly change from Morningstar with no readout to something with more info on battery use and condition.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:04 AM   #5
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:41 AM   #6
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Re: 1999 Goshen 15 passenger rv conversion

Very nice... I like the A/C in the closet, might steal that idea. My bus is similar to yours so I will be following your build.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:50 AM   #7
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Are the closet walls just 3/4 plywood with trim to hide the rough edge?
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:36 AM   #8
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The ac is 7k btu. I have a curtain that blocks off cab right beside cabinet. When using ac I open cabinet door. It works well if bus is shaded. Not enough if in full sun and above 90 degrees. I have fantastic fan mounted in ceiling that helps remove heat as well. I may have to eventually put top roof ac on. My honda eu2000 powers ac fine, it may struggle with roof top. Engine ac and rear bus ac will now freeze you out. If parked in hot parking lot I will sometimes idle for an hour or so to stay comfortable. I mostly use small ac at night while camping. I use this as daily work vehicle to pull my equipment. My yorkies go to work with me everyday. I do run honda and small ac for them if unable to park in shade. If in shade fantastic fan is usually enough to keep them comfortable.
As far as the walls that is 1/2 inch plywood. It fit perfectly between the windows frames. I used window frames as guide to build interior. Two rear windows and dead space to back of bus has allowed me a 55x81 bench/ bedroom. All cabinets on driver side are 3 feet deep. Passenger is 2 ft deep. This allowed me to use all room available and line up with conversion grab poles at driver seat and entrance side. This allowed about 2 feet hallway. If needed I can lay extension ladder or anything long up to 15 16 feet inside for work and still close rear door. Rear bed is high enough as well when benches converted to put ladder or 5 gallon bukets under as well.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:59 AM   #9
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First conversion I had recliner instead of twin bed. Twin bed bench much better
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:22 PM   #10
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What, no critiquing? This board didnt look quiet..... pointers, criticizing?
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:26 AM   #11
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Well, I see a speck of dirt on the window..lol. Really nice conversion from where I'm sitting.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:54 AM   #12
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nice job! looks well planned out!

what kind of stove is that? and how is it powered?.....

also digging the full moon window in the bath
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:15 PM   #13
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i got the stove off Ebay for 150 dollars. it was new but scratch/dent. took me forever to find damage. was inside beside mounting screw. looks like they installed it and screwdriver ever so slightly scratched ss beside screw. SCORE. It is propane powered.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:17 PM   #14
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I may start trend putting porta potti under bed mattress ha.
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:14 PM   #15
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Re: 1999 Goshen 15 passenger rv conversion

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What, no critiquing? This board didnt look quiet..... pointers, criticizing?
Pooping at night would be a pain in the ......

also...unfinished plywood???? really?

how much more you want???

what is your drink of chose?
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #16
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Tell me about your cell tower batteries. They look interesting.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:20 PM   #17
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The batteries are Powersafe sbs100. They retailed new for over $450. I paid only $15 each at a recycling place my buddy owns. They were only 2 years old. The cell phone company replaces them when warranty expires is what he told me. He said that they should be good for 10 to 12 years.

I have decided to also add 2 Trojan T105 batteries. They mount underneath the bus. I found a solar controller that charges 2 battery banks at once, once one bank is full then it charges the other. This will allow me to have two seperate battery banks and 2 separate inverters. This will actually give me three banks if you include the starting battery that I am replacing with a marine battery. The alternator will charge t105s along with 2 100 watt panels on top. I just purchased a 125watt solar suitcase in the event I want to park in the shade.

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Old 11-16-2014, 03:33 PM   #18
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New cushions finally in. Vinyl on one side, cloth on other.
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:36 PM   #19
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I still have not painted walls. Torn between using carpet on walls vs paint.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:33 PM   #20
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Solar panels, batteries installed
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