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Old 04-11-2020, 10:40 AM   #401
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what size of bolts did you use to bolt the plates to the bumper? Did you burn through any drill bits going through?
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:03 PM   #402
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what size of bolts did you use to bolt the plates to the bumper? Did you burn through any drill bits going through?
The stock bumper bolts were 1/2-13 x 1 1/2", so I went with a 2 1/4".......you can see in the pic that the original bolts fastened in the 'valley' of the bumper, but my flat plate rests atop the 'ridges', so had to use a longer bolt plus use washers as spacers. Didn't have to drill anything....I installed one plate at a time before removing the next pair of original bolts, so everything stayed lined up.

Sanded and 3 coats of urethane.....turned out just like I hoped. Some carriage bolts and wing nuts, and this baby's done.
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Old 04-29-2020, 05:00 PM   #403
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Somehow managed to loose one of my fold-down steps during deconstruction, so replaced both, plus added another and a grab handle at the back so I could get up on my rear deck without a stepladder. Found these online (galvanized) for $12 ea.

Also made my tire hold-downs for my mountain bike.....need to figure a bracket to mount on my emergency door. Gorgeous day for outside work in central NC today; mid-70s with a 20 mph wind.
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I was surprised how cheap those little folding steps are. I've been intending to take mine off and de-rust and repaint them, but way easier to just get new ones.

I'm looking for a way to get up onto my roof through the hatch that doesn't take up the space of a full ladder; I'm thinking a few of these on a steel pole might do the trick.
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I was surprised how cheap those little folding steps are. I've been intending to take mine off and de-rust and repaint them, but way easier to just get new ones.

I'm looking for a way to get up onto my roof through the hatch that doesn't take up the space of a full ladder; I'm thinking a few of these on a steel pole might do the trick.

elevator??
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Maybe I'll just do more bodyweight exercises and parkour my way up there.
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I'm looking for a way to get up onto my roof through the hatch that doesn't take up the space of a full ladder; I'm thinking a few of these on a steel pole might do the trick.
I thought long and hard about ladder-less ways, but couldn't make anything work in my shorty.......maybe with your bigger bus?

Saw a guy who built super-strong shelving on both sides of the aisle, with staggered shelves.....marine tape on the edges of the shelves, and used those to walk himself up through the hatch. That requires a level of agility I lost decades ago.

Thought about a waist-high counter under the hatch, with a short 3 ft ladder to span between the countertop and hatch.

Or, if you have enough headroom....a ladder attached to the hatch that folds up and stores against the ceiling when not in use. Or a folding ladder that stores on the roof and folds in and down when you need it.
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I thought long and hard about ladder-less ways, but couldn't make anything work in my shorty.......maybe with your bigger bus?

Saw a guy who built super-strong shelving on both sides of the aisle, with staggered shelves.....marine tape on the edges of the shelves, and used those to walk himself up through the hatch. That requires a level of agility I lost decades ago.

Thought about a waist-high counter under the hatch, with a short 3 ft ladder to span between the countertop and hatch.

Or, if you have enough headroom....a ladder attached to the hatch that folds up and stores against the ceiling when not in use. Or a folding ladder that stores on the roof and folds in and down when you need it.
My college roommate and I used to try and scare each other at every opportunity. One day I went out in the hall (which was narrow) and spidermanned my way up to the ceiling by pressing against both walls, then called for my roommate to come out in the hall for a second. He knew something was up - not literally, though, since he never thought to look up when he came out in the hall and about jumped out of his skin when I screamed 6" above his head. Definitely can't do that any more.

I thought about doing the fold-up ladder. Storing it on the roof is an interesting idea.
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I was surprised how cheap those little folding steps are. I've been intending to take mine off and de-rust and repaint them, but way easier to just get new ones.

Same here. I recently went through the same learning experience w/ our marker light guards. Glad to hear these are the same.


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Old 05-02-2020, 07:10 PM   #410
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I thought long and hard about ladder-less ways, but couldn't make anything work in my shorty.......maybe with your bigger bus?

Saw a guy who built super-strong shelving on both sides of the aisle, with staggered shelves.....marine tape on the edges of the shelves, and used those to walk himself up through the hatch. That requires a level of agility I lost decades ago.

Thought about a waist-high counter under the hatch, with a short 3 ft ladder to span between the countertop and hatch.

Or, if you have enough headroom....a ladder attached to the hatch that folds up and stores against the ceiling when not in use. Or a folding ladder that stores on the roof and folds in and down when you need it.
Just had a thought for this: I could do a single-pole ladder with two three-foot sections of pole hinged together, with two footrests on each side that fold down, and the whole two-section pole would fold down into a recess in the floor.

Crude diagram of the ladder in the up and in the recessed positions:

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Old 05-03-2020, 02:35 PM   #411
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Just had a thought for this: I could do a single-pole ladder with two three-foot sections of pole hinged together, with two footrests on each side that fold down, and the whole two-section pole would fold down into a recess in the floor.
Given your mad skillz in the 'floor recess' field, i don't have any doubt that you can pull this off.

Finished up with my bike mounting,,,,,I like the hitch rings better than the eyebolts I originally planned on, plus I have room to tow three horses if I ever need to. Need to find a bigger box to hold my bolts and tie-downs.
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Got the beast inspected and re-insured, so i've been driving it around quite a bit......a couple of lapfuls of falling screws made me realize I needed to bungee my doors shut sooner rather than later. Also tied down my propane tanks while I was at it.

And a Dickie's steering wheel cover.....mucho comfortable.
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Got the beast inspected and re-insured, so i've been driving it around quite a bit......a couple of lapfuls of falling screws made me realize I needed to bungee my doors shut sooner rather than later. Also tied down my propane tanks while I was at it.

And a Dickie's steering wheel cover.....mucho comfortable.
Congrats on inspection and getting reinsured! I talked to my insurance guy last week about switching to full coverage insurance as an RV when I finish up and get it back on the road!
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Given your mad skillz in the 'floor recess' field, i don't have any doubt that you can pull this off.

Finished up with my bike mounting,,,,,I like the hitch rings better than the eyebolts I originally planned on, plus I have room to tow three horses if I ever need to. Need to find a bigger box to hold my bolts and tie-downs.



If those whachya callums that are stabilizing your bicycle wheels are in the way for using the platform to double as a table, you could just space the outer boards gap from the middle board to the width of the bicycle wheel and let the wheels drop down into the gap, like a regular bicycle carrier, to stabilize the bicycle. the 4 metal supports would keep the bicycle from trying to roll side to side. Simpler, cleaner looking, and more useable.
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If those whachya callums that are stabilizing your bicycle wheels are in the way for using the platform to double as a table
The whachya callums are only held on by bolts and wingnuts...I designed the whole deck to tear down in about 5 minutes, with no tools. And i'm not going for beauty, just functionality.

Picked up 2 35-gallon tanks this morning....they'll mount in each back corner, under the bed. If anybody's looking, a company called Blain's Fleet and Farm has by FAR the best pricing I've seen in my months of searching, plus their shipping costs are easily 66-75% less than what others charge. I got these semi-locally at Tractor Supply, as Blain's sold their last two in this size yesterday.
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Old 05-10-2020, 03:42 PM   #416
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That’s an excellent sized tank, especially since you have the perfect location for both (nice and secure and warm inside the cabin).
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The whachya callums are only held on by bolts and wingnuts...I designed the whole deck to tear down in about 5 minutes, with no tools. And i'm not going for beauty, just functionality.

Picked up 2 35-gallon tanks this morning....they'll mount in each back corner, under the bed. If anybody's looking, a company called Blain's Fleet and Farm has by FAR the best pricing I've seen in my months of searching, plus their shipping costs are easily 66-75% less than what others charge. I got these semi-locally at Tractor Supply, as Blain's sold their last two in this size yesterday.

Those are sweet! Really dig the planning & placement. Curious to see / hear how it affects you stance & handling. We're planning pretty much exactly the same regarding capacity, placement, & 2 tanks. Only thing different is the style of tank (rectangular).


How are you linking them together? Or are you?
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:23 PM   #418
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That’s an excellent sized tank, especially since you have the perfect location for both (nice and secure and warm inside the cabin).
Yeah....I thought I might be limited to a couple of 25 gal tanks, but have just enough room for these. Those extra 20 gallons might equate to close to another week out in the boonies.

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Those are sweet! Really dig the planning & placement. Curious to see / hear how it affects you stance & handling. We're planning pretty much exactly the same regarding capacity, placement, & 2 tanks. Only thing different is the style of tank (rectangular).


How are you linking them together? Or are you?
I'm thinking it might smooth the ride out a little....there's probably more build weight in the front than the rear. I was planning on building a frame around them, but I think at just under 300 lbs, I'll be okay to bolt 4 D-rings through the floor for each tank, then ratchet strap them down. That will also allow for easy removal for periodic cleaning.

I'll just link them together at the outlets, and route them to the pump. I'm going to fill them through the emergency door....don't want a fill door that may allow someone to tamper with my water supply. And they came with vented caps also.
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Old 05-17-2020, 07:21 PM   #419
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Well......after thinking about wheel covers for almost two years, I finally did it......and now I feel kinda ambivalent about them. I'll finish shading them then leave 'em on for a month or so, and see if they grow on me.
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Old 05-17-2020, 07:59 PM   #420
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It took me a minute to figure out what you were talking about. Now I see what you mean. I like the look on your rig. As a kid I recall those were called fender skirts and wheel covers were called hub caps.
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