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Old 07-30-2018, 08:37 AM   #161
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Looking great! What kind of paint did you use and how did you apply it?
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:28 AM   #162
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Looking great! What kind of paint did you use and how did you apply it?

Oil based Valspar Armor with a 4" foam roller and a brush.
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:53 PM   #163
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Roof top AC is going up tonight... and my first cabinet will finally be done tomorrow. About time! They were only supposed to be done last winter... only ~8 months late considering they've been paid for since last fall.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:54 PM   #164
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Heaved the AC unit up on the roof tonight...


IMG_20180803_182703151 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr


Marked out the hole and got it cut...
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New gasket and leveling blocks on the unit...


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In position...
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And anchored down...
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Wired up a male plug on the wiring to test run the unit. Gets ice cold and is fairly quiet... moves a LOT of air even on low. I don't think it'll have any trouble keeping the bus comfortable.


I also tested it on a 15a circuit on a 100' 12awg cord. It started easy and didn't trip the breaker or GFCI it was plugged into. Makes me wonder if the 15a output on my 2kw onan generator would start it up....


Anyways... one of my cabinets should be done tomorrow so maybe some real progress will start back up. The AC was a big step... now to just get a bed and some little things buttoned up.. and then we hit the road for our shake down trip to a local state park camp area.
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Old 08-12-2018, 10:22 PM   #165
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Co-pilot seat mount finally anchored down...


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Here are the seating positions...
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Engine cover back in place (hopefully for the last time for a while)..
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And a night time gauge shot... cause why not.
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Got the bus cleaned out tonight... Will hopefully get the boy's seat mounted this week and change out some steering components.. Then our first trip.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:16 PM   #166
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Finally... one of the main cabinets is in place! Still needs trimmed out and such but the fit is perfect. Refrigerator is in position and fits snug. This cabinet will also house the LP furnace and main power distribution panel that came from the truck camper.


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I've got to run the power feed for the roof mount AC unit tonight and then he'll start on the other 3 cabinets which will be built off of this one.


I'm also going to be changing the face of the fridge... not a big fan of the old school wood grain... not sure what we'll change it to yet though.


Anyways.. more to come soon hopefully!
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:17 AM   #167
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Nice build! What did you use for the co-pilot seat? I'm getting ready to find one for my 96 cutaway project....
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:20 AM   #168
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Swivel quick release seat base from a conversion van (junkyard find) modified to work on a sienna seat. Works great and was basically free.


Could always just use the seat from the conversion van.. but I liked that this one folds flat.
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:05 PM   #169
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Looks great! I like the cabinet! I've been thinking about doing a seat like your passenger seat.
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:17 PM   #170
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Not sure where you live but if that propane heater gets used much, the fridge will have to work extra hard in that configuration. Not sure I would put a panel so low either and alongside a propane unit..the spark factor.


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Old 08-17-2018, 12:58 PM   #171
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Not sure where you live but if that propane heater gets used much, the fridge will have to work extra hard in that configuration. Not sure I would put a panel so low either and alongside a propane unit..the spark factor.


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It's installed very similar to how it was in the truck camper. I honestly doubt we'll ever use it... but I wanted it (since I had it) just in case. It surpasses all of the "clearance to combustibles" listed on the unit as well.


It will be mounted in the bottom right small square hole. I'd think there is plenty of isolation between the furnace and the bottom of the stove to prevent any issues.


Again, I doubt we'll ever actually use it... but if we ever do, we'll take precautions (such as move the driver's seat all the way forward, etc...) to prevent any issues.

The electrical distribution panel will be on the left side of the large opening directly under the fridge set 3/4 the way back and covered by an access panel. It will be completely sectioned off other then grommets for wiring pass-through.



If there is something I'm overlooking, feel free to point it out. Better safe then sorry.
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:02 PM   #172
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Looks great! I like the cabinet! I've been thinking about doing a seat like your passenger seat.



So far, I really like how the seat landed. I'm going to be tweaking the door handle/locking system a bit to give it a bit more free space.. but it fits just right and it's small enough that it can just be unhooked from the base and sat up close to the dash to give a completely clear pathway... or folded flat and stored under the bed.
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:40 PM   #173
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It's installed very similar to how it was in the truck camper. I honestly doubt we'll ever use it... but I wanted it (since I had it) just in case. It surpasses all of the "clearance to combustibles" listed on the unit as well.


It will be mounted in the bottom right small square hole. I'd think there is plenty of isolation between the furnace and the bottom of the stove to prevent any issues.


Again, I doubt we'll ever actually use it... but if we ever do, we'll take precautions (such as move the driver's seat all the way forward, etc...) to prevent any issues.

The electrical distribution panel will be on the left side of the large opening directly under the fridge set 3/4 the way back and covered by an access panel. It will be completely sectioned off other then grommets for wiring pass-through.



If there is something I'm overlooking, feel free to point it out. Better safe then sorry.

I'm thinking that fittings loosen up over time and with vibration. Propane lays low if it escapes the piping or heater and into the interior.
Every time your panel livens up or is shut off there will be an arc and same for each breaker so just sayinn, that scares the heck out of me.


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Old 08-17-2018, 02:52 PM   #174
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I'm thinking that fittings loosen up over time and with vibration. Propane lays low if it escapes the piping or heater and into the interior.
Every time your panel livens up or is shut off there will be an arc and same for each breaker so just sayinn, that scares the heck out of me.


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Understandable. The heater itself and cabinet will be vented to outside the bus... so perhaps a powered cabinet vent in case of line failure, etc.. would be smart.


It will be very rare that there will even be a tank hooked up.. just want it in place in case we get stuck out somewhere without hook-ups and the temps drop.


Something to keep in mind for sure.
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:44 PM   #175
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Got the wiring ran overhead for the AC unit so my cabinet guy can get started on the rest.


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May be overkill.. but ran 10/2 with ground to the unit. Shouldn't have to worry about voltage drop.. lol


More to come soon hopefully. Planning on picking up paint and flooring this week.
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:43 AM   #176
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Got the wiring ran overhead for the AC unit so my cabinet guy can get started on the rest.


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May be overkill.. but ran 10/2 with ground to the unit. Shouldn't have to worry about voltage drop.. lol


More to come soon hopefully. Planning on picking up paint and flooring this week.

"May be overkill.. but ran 10/2 with ground to the unit. Shouldn't have to worry about voltage drop.. lol"


Wise choice there, you can never go wrong oversizing cables. less resistance means less heat, more efficiency.






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Old 08-20-2018, 10:02 AM   #177
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Wise to oversize that wire, embedded in foam it will not be able to shed its heat. So to start with less heat to begin with is a good choice.


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Old 08-20-2018, 10:19 AM   #178
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Wise to oversize that wire, embedded in foam it will not be able to shed its heat. So to start with less heat to begin with is a good choice.


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My thoughts exactly. Also using direct burial outdoor cable so its already oversized a bit to handle not being able to shed heat. Should work out nicely.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:50 PM   #179
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More progress being made...


Interior colors changing...

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Fixing the AC...
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Waterproof click/lock vinyl flooring...
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Going down..
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Hoping to finish the flooring and paint tonight. Picked up the lumber and such to frame out the bed... maybe start that tomorrow.


Also ordered the panel mount shore power receptacle, cords, and adapters we may possibly need while out... should have that stuff monday. Got the main power distribution box mounted.. have some 110 circuits to run.


We are planning for our first trip here in a couple weeks. Hoping to have the majority of the interior done by then.. but just depends on if the cabinets are done by then.


Anyways.. more to come.
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Old 08-25-2018, 10:22 PM   #180
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That gray planking looks great with the white walls.
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