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Old 09-30-2018, 09:29 PM   #201
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Small update... been fighting the flu for the last 4 days.. its been rough.


Anyways.. my cabinet guy sent me a couple progress pics saturday.


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Hopefully he gets finished up in the next day or 2... and hopefully I'm off the couch by then and we can get the little details buttoned up before our trip.


2 weeks and counting.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:50 PM   #202
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More progress pics!


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Going to pick it up today. Still needs handles and latches on the doors but otherwise, good to go. I'll get better pics when it gets home.
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:27 PM   #203
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Cabinets are looking great! I like the double sided fokd down bed! What fridge are you using?
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:44 PM   #204
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Cabinets are looking great! I like the double sided fokd down bed! What fridge are you using?



Its a Dometic Americana 3 way (110v/12v/lp) that we salvaged from a totaled truck bed camper.
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:12 PM   #205
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Thanks! I'm looking at smaller fridge options right now and wondering what people are using!
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:19 PM   #206
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Thanks! I'm looking at smaller fridge options right now and wondering what people are using!

Search your local craigslist and facebook marketplace for junk/damaged campers. Cheapest way to get all the appliances.. just make sure they work.
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:57 PM   #207
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I agree. I've been looking for awhile. Picked up a door and a propane furnace over the weekend. No fridge yet... thanks!

I'll have my wife check out Facebook market place!
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:17 AM   #208
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Lots of work tonight...


Got all of the cabinets buttoned up... handles, catches, etc.
IMG_20181006_183653805 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr


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Under cabinet LED lighting. 1500lm for $9 at walmart. Works great!
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32" LED TV mounted...
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Now for a good cleaning... maybe tomorrow.
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1 week left.
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:14 AM   #209
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Looking great! Is there any type of finish on the cabinets yet?
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Old 10-07-2018, 11:20 PM   #210
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Nothing yet. They'll get painted when we get back from our trip. Its on the list but just not very high.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:49 PM   #211
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First casualty of driving the bus... Re-programmed the speedo last night and took it for a test drive. Almost home.. 30 seconds away when something behind me crashed to the floor.


The new microwave I had just bought... hadn't even turned it on yet... in pieces on the floor (only fell 12-15"). Forgot to strap it down before test driving.


Might as well have rolled down the window and tossed $60 out on the road... lol


Live and learn... straps for all the things!
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:52 PM   #212
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Ugh hard way to learn... good thing I'm only toting around tailgating stuff at this point... otherwise I'd be in your same shoes. My mother in law points out my driving style is why stuff falls over... lol
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:22 PM   #213
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HAHA ya I did the same thing last year leaving an ATV park.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:32 PM   #214
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Do you plan on taking it to a truck scale? I'm planning on converting a 25 pass Goshen e350 with a 7.3 and I'm concerned about the exceeding the weight limit, since the wife wants a 5 star hotel room on wheels.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:14 AM   #215
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Do you plan on taking it to a truck scale? I'm planning on converting a 25 pass Goshen e350 with a 7.3 and I'm concerned about the exceeding the weight limit, since the wife wants a 5 star hotel room on wheels.

Probably not. I'm not overly worried about weight. Most of the shuttle buses are close to over gvwr right out of the box from my understanding.


One of these days I may check... but my springs aren't sagging and it doesn't struggle to do highway speeds with the 130hp NA IDI... I'd say I'm good enough.


The landfill is only 10 minutes away... could swing by there for giggles and scale it. If I get time, I will.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:16 AM   #216
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More progress...


Co-pilot seat is done completely now.


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And integrated harness...

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When parked, I found that the seat folded flat sits nicely in the footwell where the glovebox would typically be. Opens up the whole entrance and I don't have to lug it around. The seat quickly locks into the base and is on a locking swivel mount that can spin 360 so if the wife needs to get up and tend to the kiddos while on the road, its no fuss.


Also got our no-power water setup hooked up. I'm planning on running a pump from our 40g tank but I haven't had time to get the pump and such yet and have no house 12v wiring ran yet... this was simple, fairly cheap, and effective.


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The lever is actually a hand actuated pump that locks into "prime" position to keep from draining back. 3/8" chemical tubing ran to a 7 gallon aquataner from walmart. Drain will dump into a 5 gallon bucket. This will give us a way to wash hands, brush teeth, etc.


The list of things to button up is getting short. We leave in 2 days... cant wait!
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:21 PM   #217
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Looks awesome! I really like your seat idea. I thought about one of those hand pumps as well. I took the same aquatainer water carrier and zip tied a little 12v pump to it. Then plumbed with a quick fittings to my tall outdoor folding table with sink and faucet to setup outside at tailgates. 5 gal bucket to drain into. Takes me about 5 mins to setup and everyone loves it!

I can't figure out why there's always a stool sitting there and my kids clothes are wet by the time were ready to go into the game tho... lol
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:32 PM   #218
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Looks awesome! I really like your seat idea. I thought about one of those hand pumps as well. I took the same aquatainer water carrier and zip tied a little 12v pump to it. Then plumbed with a quick fittings to my tall outdoor folding table with sink and faucet to setup outside at tailgates. 5 gal bucket to drain into. Takes me about 5 mins to setup and everyone loves it!

I can't figure out why there's always a stool sitting there and my kids clothes are wet by the time were ready to go into the game tho... lol

I like the small pump idea. I've got a big 40g main tank and just wanted something simple for when no power was available. We currently don't have any 12v power in the bus other then starting/etc.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:12 PM   #219
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Well... we have returned home. The bus and family survived the 400 mile shakedown without many hitches.


The bus ran great. Easily maintained 65mph on the highway on the way down... 180F coolant temps... 125ish trans temps. EGTs climb very quickly on any grades (1100-1200F which is still safe..) and it hazes grey/black. Thats pretty well to be expected in naturally aspirated form. One of the first mods most people do to these old IDIs is boost... and this one will be getting turbocharged this winter.


On the interstate on the way home, we tucked in behind a semi and could easily run interstate speed (70-72). Without a semi to follow behind, 65 is comfortable.


Also discovered a few things that we'll be changing before our next outing. We thought our son would be OK on the pull out couch (which we braced up a bit to keep it from laying flat). He still manages to nearly roll off of it. We'll be building him a dedicated bed in the next couple weeks that will drop down over the driver/co-pilot area and pull up to the ceiling when driving.


We also need to make changes to storage as in we need more of it. For the most part, everything worked out as planned how we had it.. but one of the big changes I'd like to make is outside access storage for tools, etc.


Anyways, Will post up pictures in a bit after I get done processing.


Oh.. bus averaged 13.15mpg on our trip with a lot of hills/curves and fairly hard driving. I strongly believe that will come up a bit once I get the turbo mounted. Wont be turning up the fuel as the bus does everything we need it to.. it'll just help keep EGTs in check and help burn the fuel it's already getting... just more completely.



All in all... we are in love with the bus and I see many more adventures in our future. Pictures to come!
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:46 AM   #220
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A few from the trip...


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