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Old 01-17-2020, 04:40 AM   #21
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Short Bus Bathroom Door

Friday - January 17th, 2020


Made my bathroom door out of old wooden picket fence wood:



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Old 01-17-2020, 07:16 AM   #22
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I dig the color! So refreshing to see.
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:35 AM   #23
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That looks great! I like the brown color too! Will it slide or swing open?
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Old 01-20-2020, 08:26 AM   #24
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New Bus Name and Bathroom Door Vid...

We changed our bus name to Red Rover Bus. At the start of our build we
were going to paint the bus white and we named it 'Dove' but then we went
with red so we decided to re-name it.

Today I work on the drivers side short bed wall and then I will be framing the
kitchen counter area where the sink, 2 burner propane stove, and cubic
grizzly wood stove will be. I will also be installing my water tank and 12 volt pump.

Here's a short youtube vid about the bathroom door: https://youtu.be/uhkYLFASd3o
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Old 02-05-2020, 04:18 PM   #25
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Red Rovers Water System Install Video

Here is a video about our Shorty water system install.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:36 AM   #26
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Great looking use of tongue and groove wood!
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:39 AM   #27
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Frochevy Just noticed we are close! I am in Topeka, just bought an 09 Mini Bird E450. W e may have to pool skills/resources.
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Old 02-08-2020, 03:05 PM   #28
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Frochevy Just noticed we are close! I am in Topeka, just bought an 09 Mini Bird E450. W e may have to pool skills/resources.
Yes! Will have to make the trip over to see your bus sometime!
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Old 02-10-2020, 04:40 PM   #29
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Battery Stabilization

Today I've been working on mounting my batteries that are under our bed. Here's the video about it:
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Old 02-18-2020, 07:57 AM   #30
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School Bus Manufacturing Video

A really informative video about how school buses have evolved over the years:
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:32 AM   #31
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Reworked Counter Top

I had to rework our counter top. I first bought a 1/2" pine board 2 foot by 4 foot and was using it temporarily until we get a nice wood slab somewhere. The thing cracked at a grain line so I changed it to another piece of plywood and also supported the underside with 2x4's.


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Old 03-08-2020, 04:47 PM   #32
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Skoolie Door Modification and Remounted Switches

I turned my standard independently swinging doors into a single door. I have a video link to it at the end of this message but keep in mind I'm not done with the finishing touches yet. I plan to do a video when it's totally finished and I will try my best to explain every step of the way and how it was done, tools used, and pros and cons to the project.


One great thing about changing my door is that now I have a lot more room in the front because I'm able to remove the swinging door handle, that long rod that attached to the door, and all of those switches, lights, and buttons.


There is no glove-box in my bus, just a panel - so I remounted those switches and lights onto it (pic included here).


Also, about 3 feet of the end of my tail pipe rusted in half and was dangling by the mount. I chopped it off and bought 3 sections of pipe with muffler clamps and mounted it to my trailer hitch with a small 90 degree bracket (pic also included). I realize that I could have gone to the muffle shop and got a straight pipe but they were further away and I thought it would be more expensive.


Some of the things I still need to do to the door: cover the drilled holes, paint the metal portions black, attach a spring-chain to the top so it stops it from opening too far too fast, and I plan to add a latching pole on the inside which will be able to move up and into holes in the top and bottom.


I also bought 4 Trojan T-105RE batteries, that will give me 8 all together and I'll have a 450 amp hour/500 watt system.


Door Video: https://youtu.be/hKe2HjpXZzo






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Old 03-08-2020, 08:20 PM   #33
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More Skoolie Door Mod

Another video about finishing up my Skoolie door modification:
https://youtu.be/G1SPL8V0HHY
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Old 03-08-2020, 08:46 PM   #34
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