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Old 10-20-2018, 12:49 AM   #221
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Old 02-15-2019, 02:44 PM   #222
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Hey alls...


Not much to report. Bus still running/driving great. We've parked it for a bit as we've been doing a LOT of work at the house in preparation for our daughter being born (next month if all goes as planned).


Haven't forgotten you guys. Lol


Hoping to take some great trips this year and make some changes. We shall see!
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:18 PM   #223
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Great to read.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:30 PM   #224
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in preparation for our daughter being born (next month if all goes as planned).

Congratulations!

Add '1 more seating position' to your to-do list.
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:20 PM   #225
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Good luck with your new addition on the way!! I haven't done any work to my bus since Christmas for the same reason. We have our 3rd on the way (due date March 2) and we don't know what we're having! I hope to get back to work on it soon tho!
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:09 PM   #226
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Hey alls!


Been a while as things have been CRAZY around our place. Our daughter is growing like a weed and just about sleeping through the night all the time... so it's time to get the bus out on the road again.



Planning to make some short trips here in the next month or so.


We're also planning a bigger trip to the Dakotas region for spring time next year. Much is in the works.


Got quite a bit of work to do so I'll be posting up as it progresses.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:42 AM   #227
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Took a nice trip over the weekend and discovered a few things we have to change, mainly in sleeping arrangements.


First.. the trip.












Just a simple weekend getaway but it let us see what changes we needed to make on the bus now that there are 4 of us.


First was seating for the kids while in traveling. This time we took her car as well as the park was only 40 miles from home but that'll get old quick.


I decided to change the rear bed and make it fold in the center.. allowing space at the rear of the bus for a 40" wide Jeep rear seat that folds flat. This will allow for 2 car seats to be mounted safely.





While working back there, I noticed some spots on the door skin and decided to investigate. The fancy fold down door that my parents paid to have installed a few years back was apparently leaking something crazy and rotted from the inside out... so now it's gutted.





Decided to rebuild the door with better insulation and a nice large opening window. Ordered the window and it'll be here thursday. Once the door is repaired, it will be getting sealed/bolted shut.


Then I'll be building a small fold out bunk that will go over the driver's position.


All this before the end of the month hopefully as we already have a trip planned... lol. We'll see what happens.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:12 AM   #228
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Got the back door dry... cleaned up and moved the main support bars moved to clear the window that I ordered (now relying on fedex to not destroy it by this afternoon... )





Then decided to seal the door up. A few stitch welds (5 across the top and 2 down both sides)... and a couple tubes of the sealant I used on the roof. Sealed up all the holes.. no more big nasty latch system... no more rattling garage door spring assembly.





Got a couple sheets of 3/4 blue board left so I'll double stack that as the door is 1/5" thick.. then skin it on the inside with 1/4" plywood and paneling screws like the walls after installing the 36x22 window assembly.


It'll finally have a somewhat finished look on the rear.


More to come.. 2 weeks left to get things finished up.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:27 AM   #229
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Window time...

















Not perfect... but it'll do. Will re-paint the rear door this weekend. Plans are to raise the main bed 4-6" for added storage underneath. Also planning on some access hatches for dedicated outdoor storage. We'll see.


Need to go get building materials tomorrow morning for the overhead bunk. More to come soon.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:13 PM   #230
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Floating bed time...





Frames built using high strength fiberglass screen and 1/2" plywood with some 1x2s





Started with hinges... didn't care for it.



Went with chain instead.


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Old 09-15-2019, 09:28 PM   #231
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In the folded down position and raised.



Still have to skin the upper walls/insulate and build the mattress. I ordered a race car window net for the open side. Should work great. Bunk is just the right size for a small child and will support plenty of weight. Chain has a 5k breaking strength in a straight line... double in a basket. The roof will collapse before the chains fail.


Anyways.. more to come soon.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:44 PM   #232
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I like the rear window.....you'll be grateful for the added ventilation, I'd bet.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:51 PM   #233
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I like the rear window.....you'll be grateful for the added ventilation, I'd bet.

How old is the wee one using the temporary bed? Since you're supporting with chain, could you hinge the platform down the middle (lengthwise) with a pop-up railing across the front, and fold it up for storage against the front cap? A railing would also allow better airflow than that screen.....I imagine it'll get pretty toasty that close to the ceiling.

Just a thought.

6 months. A rail may work but shes just getting old enough to push up and move around a bit. Wife likely wouldn't have it.


How the AC is setup, the forward facing vent basically blows air across the roof and down the windshield/dash area. It stays fairly cool. It'll be much better once the insulation goes up (in the next few days). The AC is also an older unit where the fan runs continuously so even if its not calling for cold air, it'll still be moving air all the time.


I'll also say that the side facing the doors will be open basically. Netting made from 1" webbing with ~2" openings. It should get plenty of air flow but we'll see. We'll be bringing her pack n play just in case (which is what we used the first outing with her... it was just a pain).


Can't wait to step up to a full size bus. That's in the works but this one has to get us by until we get that done. Fitting 2 adults and 2 kids in ~88sq ft. has been challenging... but it works relatively well as long as the weather is nice and we don't have to stay inside on our trips.
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:26 PM   #234
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You're too fast for me.....my original post was before I saw the pics of the bed in it's 'stored' position.....I figured you'd be stuffing it under the master bed when not in use.

Sounds like you've got it all sussed out.
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Old 09-16-2019, 08:06 AM   #235
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Looks good, we did something similar.













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Old 09-16-2019, 08:45 AM   #236
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Looks good, we did something similar.













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Your build is what gave me the idea! Mine being a shuttle made it a tighter fit on things... but I think it'll work out good. I'm going to try and build the mattress for it tonight.
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Old 09-21-2019, 04:38 PM   #237
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More progress today...



Finished the sleeping pad for the floating bunk with the help of my mom (owned an upholstery shop until she retired recently)










Then worked on some touch-up painting.







Just have a few things to button up before our trip. 1 more week.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:00 AM   #238
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Looking good! I'm loving the gray and black. Looks tough for sure!! I was thinking of going with chrome or stainless wheel simulators on mine, but I might just do black wheels. Bed is looking good also!
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:34 PM   #239
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Took the bus out for a week trip and had a great time. The overhead bed worked out decent enough. Can't complain too much.

Going to be switching gears here soon to get started on our big bus build.

Anyways.. here's some trip pics.IMG_20191003_131630211_HDR.jpgIMG_20191004_125424560_HDR.jpgIMG_20191004_113644915_HDR.jpgIMG_20191003_154243459_HDR.jpgIMG_20191003_131921559_HDR.jpgIMG_20191001_151731674.jpgIMG_20191001_151735791_HDR.jpgIMG_20191001_133222613_HDR.jpg
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