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Old 06-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #241
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Re: The Dirtybus...

How long is your awning?
Did you have any problems installing it?
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:07 PM   #242
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Re: The Dirtybus...

20'...

It went up pretty easy...

I made some blocks for the inside of the upper arm mounts to sandwich the outside skin of the bus...

It takes two people minimum to install...
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:15 PM   #243
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Re: The Dirtybus...

Nice green camping machine
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:12 AM   #244
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Re: The Dirtybus...

I just went through your whole thread. The bus looks great. You definitely have many talents. I figured out why I wasn't seeing the whole picture. I was looking at the thread before with my ipad. It was cutting them off.

How did you secure the square tubing to the roof? I can't wait to see your interior when it's finished. One question about the length from bumper to bumper. Would you say your bus is 24-25 feet long? That would probably make mine 28-30' long.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #245
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Re: The Dirtybus...

It's 25' 6"...

I built some tabs that I welded on the square tube, then used self tapper screws to attach to the bus...

Oh, and the awning is 21' leg to leg...
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #246
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If you look across the top of the upper cabinet you can barely see the tabs that I welded on to secure it to the ceiling...


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Old 06-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #247
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I think the front portion of your bus in front of the wheels is longer than mine. That's interesting. Your bus is interesting all the way around.

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Old 06-21-2012, 12:01 PM   #248
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Re: The Dirtybus...

Just finished reading this thread, very cool! Lot's of great ideas. We start our skoolie conversion this next week, might have to use metal after reading this one, I'm sure my father being a retired welder/fabricator won't mind a bit. Anyway, it's cool to see a bus being converted right up the road, might have to take a little road trip and check it out first hand.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #249
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Re: The Dirtybus...

Big differance. Great Job!!

One question how much weight did it add using metal and diamond plate?

I will be using wood. putting some pics of my bus up soon.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:25 PM   #250
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I haven't been on in a while, kinda lost motivation on the bus... I'm trying to get back in the swing of things, just have a bunch of other stuff lately...

As far as the weight, you'd be surprised...

Based on the numbers that engineers use when designing, the average weight of a commercial 2x4 is 1.28 lbs per foot... A 2x2 weighs 0.64...

I'm using .065 wall 1x1 steel tube, that weighs .827 lbs per foot...

So, it's considerably less weight that a 2x4 and a little heavier than a 2x2...

The diamond plate used on the inside is aluminum, way lighter than most other materials...
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:04 AM   #251
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Re: The Dirtybus...

If you use 3/4 x 2 inch marine plywood strips it is lighter yet...very strong and can be rip cut for the curves as well...
That is what i used...
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:33 AM   #252
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Re: The Dirtybus...

So, I found some motivation...

I plumbed in the propane too the stove, furnace, water heater and fridge... Built a manifold out of 1/2" pipe under the bus and tied everything to that with copper... Pressured up the system and had the stove working the other day... Haven't lit off the other stuff yet because I need to pressure test the H2O for the water heater, run power to the furnace for the thermo and fan, then finish off the backside of the fridge to vent for running on propane...

Have the water system almost buttoned up, really close on all the 110 stuff and hoping to have the bus self sufficient in the next week...

I'll try and post up some pics...
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:52 PM   #253
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Figured I'd throw up some pics of the progress... Just about have everything done as far as the propane, water and electrical systems... Still have a lot of finish work left, but it's come a long way...


Cutting in the holes for the water heater and furnace...








Potable water fill access...




Plumbing the water system...






City water hook up going in and getting plumbed into the potable water system...










Manifold for the propane, 1/2" sch 40 under the bus and 3/8" copper inside going to the fridge, stove, furnace and water heater...












Installed the bathroom window that vents...








Range hood going in...

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #254
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Installing window at the dinette area across from the head...






Got lights... Finishing up the upper cabinets...




Closing up the water heater and furnace closet... Vanity will go above...




Building storage above the bed at the rear...




More walls getting carpet treatment...








Sealing up the fridge cavity... Used 1" foil backed foam...

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:24 PM   #255
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Looking good. You are almost there. Like you, I'll be using steel to form out the interior--as well as carpet. JACK
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:05 PM   #256
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Yeah, IMHO the steel tubing is the only way to go... Takes up very little space and can be built to fit anything... Very strong and light weight compared to other materials...


Finishing up the last of the foam insulation on the exterior walls... This is in front of the fridge where the passenger seat will eventually go...






Did a little work last night on the bedroom area... Almost done welding up the framing for the upper storage and framed in the bed platform... Installed the foam insulation on the back walls, still need to treat the osb with carpet and install them... Should be nice and cozy back there...

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:59 PM   #257
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I know better but I can't resist saying If you can't melt it together then it ain't worth bldn' Jack
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:16 PM   #258
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Did you reinforce when you cut the hole for the big window?
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:35 PM   #259
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Re: The Dirtybus...

I skinned the outside and welded along with rivets, didn't feel it was necessary considering when it was originally built they didn't reinforce where they cut a big hole for the wheelchair lift... The metal framing on the inside that I built is screwed to everything as well...


Got the galley upper cabinet welded up, needs paint, plywood bottoms and aluminum diamond plate doors... The wall separating the galley and head got the white vinyl treatment... Water pump and t stat panel installed... Diamond plate behind stove needs trimmed then installed...




The rain was coming down big time today, so here's the temp shop to keep me dry...




Stopped for lunch... Old skool bologna and cheese...




Installed the storage shelf under the stove that I got from Dusty...




Still looking for a U shaped extrusion to cap the end of the wall...

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Old 10-31-2012, 01:54 AM   #260
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I like your barbque
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