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Old 02-21-2021, 06:40 PM   #21
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Looking good! Your side-door access is awesome. We were thinking about a deck, but changed the plan to an outside storage same as the rear door.



Please do some search about enclosing and venting your battery.

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Old 02-22-2021, 05:57 AM   #22
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Looking good! Your side-door access is awesome. We were thinking about a deck, but changed the plan to an outside storage same as the rear door.



Please do some search about enclosing and venting your battery.
Thanks, Sander. I thought if I was using LiFePO4 there was no need to vent but will certainly research this a bit more.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:23 AM   #23
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I didn't see that the battery was a LiFePO4. Good choice.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:34 AM   #24
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I didn't see that the battery was a LiFePO4. Good choice.
LiFePO4 is the plan. At the moment there is a cheap, marine flooded lead acid in there. I wanted to use this while testing my electrical system so I only destroy a $100 battery instead of a $1000 battery.
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:36 PM   #25
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Great idea on the electrical system access! Will the LiFePO4 battery need different battery charging voltage than the lead-acid?

What engine do you have?
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:25 PM   #26
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Great idea on the electrical system access! Will the LiFePO4 battery need different battery charging voltage than the lead-acid?

What engine do you have?
Thanks! Yes, the LiFePO4 battery will require a different charge voltage. Luckily the charge controller I have can be programmed for different battery types.

I have the 5.4L V8 engine. I believe all the E-series have the more reliable 2-valve version. Maybe someone on this forum can confirm that.
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Old 03-06-2021, 04:55 PM   #27
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Started installing the "kitchen" today. We picked up this bathroom vanity from the Restore for $25. I cut off the back left leg so that portion of the cabinet sits on the wheel well. The plan is butcher block top, undermount sink and black faucet to match the pulls
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Old 03-06-2021, 06:43 PM   #28
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Good work. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 03-06-2021, 08:39 PM   #29
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Wow. That looks pretty gosh darn amazing. Nice job!!!
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Old 03-07-2021, 04:29 PM   #30
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Not much change here.
- Butcher block set on top of the vanity. Still need to trim the length a bit.
- Cut a smaller pieces of the white shiplap board to finish the wall with the control panel on it.
- Finally closed off the passenger side wheel well.
- Started thinking about how to close off garage area under bed. Installed furring strips vertically. Then will likely run shiplap across
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:08 PM   #31
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Your build looks amazing so far!


I am looking a similar shuttle bus, but was wondering about extra insulation and possible heating.


Are you adding insulation as you go? Does this fiberglass shell need insulation?


The windows look like they are single pane too. Are you leaving them in place?


I am also curious about bolting solar panels to the roof. Are there concerns about leaks? Is the fiberglass roof solid enough to screw to or are through bolts needed?
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Old 03-13-2021, 04:51 PM   #32
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Your build looks amazing so far!
I am looking a similar shuttle bus, but was wondering about extra insulation and possible heating.
Are you adding insulation as you go? Does this fiberglass shell need insulation?
The windows look like they are single pane too. Are you leaving them in place?
I am also curious about bolting solar panels to the roof. Are there concerns about leaks? Is the fiberglass roof solid enough to screw to or are through bolts needed?
Thanks! I have been adding some insulation, but as you can see, I didnít remove the factory walls like most do on this forum. I will only be taking this on a handful of trips a year in warmer weather.

I wonít be installing my solar panels for another month and will certainly let you know what issues I run into.
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Old 03-13-2021, 04:58 PM   #33
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Working on the water system this weekend.
Ran PEX from tank to under sink.
Installed pump and accumulator under sink.
Cut out hole for sink and installed sink.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:47 PM   #34
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Installed the faucet today and finished up the plumbing. Also installed the shiplap separating the living area and the sleeping area. Installed the solar controller above the passenger side wheel well.

The faucet can also be used as a shower in remote locations.
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Old 03-14-2021, 06:04 PM   #35
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It is really looking great. Nice fast progress. Great appearance. Keep up the good work.
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Old 03-14-2021, 06:45 PM   #36
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Looks awesome!
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Old 03-19-2021, 04:12 PM   #37
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Lots of projects this weekend.
- Plumbing Bosch T3000 water heater
- Wiring two addition lights in the sleeping area
- Adding the cross members and plywood platform in sleeping area

Picture below is test fitting a curtain rod and curtains earlier this week.
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Old 03-21-2021, 06:15 PM   #38
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Update on projects from the weekend.
- Finished the sleeping platform. Used 2x4s laid across the width of the bus, then put plywood on top. Driver side platform is hinged to access water tank and lines (can also be accessed from rear door)
- Installed Bosch T3000. For some reason I thought this was going to fit under the sink with the pump and accumulator. This didn't work so I had to mount outside the vanity. This area will eventually be enclosed.
- My wife and dog enjoying the sleeping platform
- Added two additional spot lights in the sleeping area (link to lights below)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 03-28-2021, 05:31 PM   #39
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Couple of updates from this weekend.
1. Added a textured wallpaper for the ceiling (you can see this in all three of these pictures). Not the best idea since we didnít but the ceiling. There are certainly bumps, seams arenít great and Iím not sure it will stick long term.
2. Added shelf in the sleeping area
3. Started the trim work.
4. Ordered the battery. 200AH LiFePO4.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
5. Ordered a wall mount for small TV or iPad. This will be mounted on the wall in the sleeping area.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 04-04-2021, 06:39 AM   #40
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Battery arrived. Not impressed with the initial quality (stickers had bubbles and not applied square, instruction manual was an A4 piece of paper, packaging was just OK), but performance will be what matters. Will be doing a full discharge test soon.
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