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Old 10-28-2018, 06:25 PM   #161
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Pulled out all my mock framing, and started the real thing. Floors (non-walking areas) have 3/8" polypro and 3/4" plywood.....plywood was offal from work, which is going to save me some coin. Loveseat is about 60" long, and seats and backs will both open for storage. Got my bedframe built, but will probably need to drop it a few inches....won't know until I get a mattress, but at least for now it gives me non-tarped storage for my plywood and lumber. Don't really have room for a shower, but I want one anyway.....so it will be the world's smallest....footprint about 15" x 26".

And sanded and painted my roof access ladder.
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:46 PM   #162
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Hopefully I'll catch up to you one day. You're making lots of progress though.
Still trying to convince my wife that we NEED two buses!
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:58 PM   #163
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Hopefully I'll catch up to you one day. You're making lots of progress though.
Still trying to convince my wife that we NEED two buses!
You definitely need two buses.....maybe a his-and-hers, and paint hers pink?

My build is getting to the fun part now. I wish I had time during the week to work on it. But it's getting there.
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:41 PM   #164
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This is looking great, man! I like how it's shaping up. I built a 60" loveseat in my bus, too! Funny how the space restrictions of a shortie force us into similar solutions...
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:27 PM   #165
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Funny how the space restrictions of a shortie force us into similar solutions...
I know, right? Seems like I'm always thinking "You don't have room for that......but maybe if I make this other thing a little smaller...."

I'm glad that I didn't have to put 4 bunks in mine.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:57 PM   #166
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Finished framing my bed platform, and started on the counters (just scrap boards for now).....so nice to get most of my tools and supplies up off the floor and out of the way. The bucket will become my shower pan.

And got my loveseat in, and the shelf above it for my ladder. I got the foam, plywood, and leather from work for free, so I've got a nice couch for only the cost of my labor. Obviously still need to prep and finish the wood, but that will all get done after I finish the interior. Buying 10-12 solid oak cabinet doors from a co-worker, and really looking forward to seeing how they look.

Starting to come together!
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:50 PM   #167
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Old 11-23-2018, 09:09 PM   #168
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Had painted the rearmost lower windows silver glitter, but could still see the insulation through them.....so I sprayed some gloss black over the silver (it actually looks pretty good, but hard to see all the colors in the pics). At dusk, you can almost imagine that you're gazing out into the cosmos.....but you really have to imagine hard.

Got most of my insulation in......looks like I'll have room for at least an inch on the floor....didn't think I would, but I'll take it. Cutting the foam was easily the most un-liked thing I've done so far.....I'll take removing seats and stripping the floor any day over this. Luckily, one more day should see this task completed. I could actually feel the bus getting warmer as I got more and more of it into place.

And found my first leak last weekend......the roof vent above the driver's area. I'll remove that and patch it Sunday before I finish the insulation.
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Old 12-08-2018, 02:02 PM   #169
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Some good progress. Cut out my leaking roof vent, patched, and sealed. Leveled the bus, so I'd at least have a fighting chance of getting my cabinets halfway square. Got all my insulation in except for the windows and end-caps.

Just about finished with framing......I'll face it all with plywood, then cover that with 3/16" white beadboard. Bought some really nice 1 1/4" beech from work, and will start building countertops out of it this week. And started staining and finishing my oak cabinet doors.

Now I'm eagerly anticipating the 8-12" of snow we're promised for tonight/tomorrow.....that's the only thing I miss from living up north.
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:10 PM   #170
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Glad to see another NC skoolie.
But if your begging for that white stuff to come down here then maybe you need to go back up there?
Don't want it don't like working in it.
Texas boy here.
The marine corps taught me how to snow ski in the well deck of a ship just before they sent me into ??????? Swam in and used canteen water to form a fighting/fox hole?
That's my worst experience with the white stuff?
Now I work on commercial heating equipment so if it's working then I am on to the next one that ain't.
I don't like the S word!
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:09 PM   #171
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But if your begging for that white stuff to come down here then maybe you need to go back up there?
No thanks.....it's okay to visit, but I don't want to live there again. When it comes to friendly people and a laid-back lifestyle, you can't beat the South.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:50 AM   #172
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Nice work Don. Some heat and blackout curtains and you could live in there already.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:06 PM   #173
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Nice work Don. Some heat and blackout curtains and you could live in there already.
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Thanks, Johan......but I'm getting old......I need a few more creature comforts installed first.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:59 PM   #174
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Thanks, Johan......but I'm getting old......I need a few more creature comforts installed first.
You coming down in that bus this Feb?
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Nah.......I won't be ready for an extended trip by then. Shooting to have it completed by this coming summer.
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Nah.......I won't be ready for an extended trip by then. Shooting to have it completed by this coming summer.
Well if you even wana come down to FL I'll grill up some steaks.
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Well if you even wana come down to FL I'll grill up some steaks.
You're definitely on my short list of people to visit. And I want you to grill up something exotic.
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You're definitely on my short list of people to visit. And I want you to grill up something exotic.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:40 PM   #179
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Finally had time to take down my mockup countertops and finished painting my windows. Insulation for them is cut, and I should be able to get all that sealed up and my cabinets built next weekend. I spent this week staining and lacquering my cabinet doors......they really look good.

Beautiful day today, so I mocked up my awning. It's obviously too long......but instead of buying a smaller tarp, I may just fold this one double, re-grommet, and have one of the sewers at work double-needle it around the edges. Prices for even small awnings are ridiculous.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:47 PM   #180
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those cabinet doors look great!!! personally i like the idea of a tarp for an awning better than a regular fabric one.. the wind still rips fabric awnings to shreds... wit ha tarp its a lot less proicey to get a new one if you sopmehow damage it putting it up or down or amn unnaounced thunderstorm batters it..
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