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Old 06-15-2016, 03:30 AM   #261
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Great thread, really like a lot of your ideas on cooling/heating.

I noticed you were preparing to cut some holes in your lower bedroom bay doors, but had some concerns over losing your surprise. One thing that I have considered doing to reduce prying eyes and to maintain my streamlined look is perforated white vinyl film. From a few feet away, it appears to be solid. But from the interior, you can see out pretty well.

https://www.amazon.com/SOLYX-SX-ONEW.../dp/B00MG9GFYS

Looking forward to more of your build, and considering your generator for our project. Really find the Electromagnet draw holders to be hilarious, so over the top powerful. But ... since ours is for a film crew... not insane to implement.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:10 AM   #262
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That's a really great idea on the perf!! I think I will totally do that to minimize the fact there are windows in the bay. This would help keep my camo look. Ran into a slight roadblock with the Vegas heat. I had changed the 5 rooftop condenser fans to small 80watt ones. With the intense Vegas heat, they did not pull enough air to cool the heavy load from the two compressors. My head pressure in peak day heat was too high!!!! Argh... Solution - I had to source the correct high CFM bus fans and replace all 5. Just had the new power supplies and relays come in so I can get them wired up. I already have the fans mounted in the roof shroud. So this weekend I'll be doing more electrical but should have the cool back - yay!
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:39 PM   #263
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Just booked flights to look at a VanHool in LA. Hope it works out! Very attractive busses. Now to sell this 40' Skoolie in the driveway!

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/5621647288.html
In case someone wants to adopt!
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Old 06-16-2016, 05:25 PM   #264
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What?? That's awesome - what made you change your mind to look at a coach? In what way are you converting a bus for film company? Is it for green room or production gear transport / workshop?
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:23 PM   #265
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We always were into the coach, the School Bus was just something we picked up. We had been looking at MCI's for about a month, but the smooth lines, engine and construction of the VanHool is just so much more in what we planned. And why get an MCI to then make it look like a VanHool.

We really wanted the full buss due to the basement storage, long highway life and stability. Our intention is a mobile production office and base camp foundation. For medium sized commercial, corporate and series service. It's kitchen will be nearly missing, bit hidden (thank you for some swell ideas on that). Mostly small sitting areas with tables to work at, network security, then entertainment and screening equipment.
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #266
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Road's End Films - VanHooligan



We bought it. Driving it home now!
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:40 PM   #267
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We bought it. Driving it home now!
Holy poop that's big!
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:52 PM   #268
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It's my bus twin!!! That's sweet
Let us know how she rides
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:17 PM   #269
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thats a beautiful coach!! what is it powered by?
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:18 PM   #270
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It rides well, nice new air bags.

We lost the fan belt last night and had some heat, bit fixed that. We got up this morning and found a leak in an air brake line, fixed that! But then blew a valve next in line. So waiting on a mechanic opening for that. Still happy about the purchase and eager to begin conversion.

Ours is the Cummins M11 with Allison automatic.
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:22 PM   #271
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It rides well, nice new air bags.

We lost the fan belt last night and had some heat, bit fixed that. We got up this morning and found a leak in an air brake line, fixed that! But then blew a valve next in line. So waiting on a mechanic opening for that. Still happy about the purchase and eager to begin conversion.

Ours is the Cummins M11 with Allison automatic.

darn air brakes on the trips home!! I blew an air compressor on mine on its trip home lol! (im not a vanhool but a skoolie)..

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Old 06-19-2016, 02:39 AM   #272
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Offgr1d, may we have a photo of your M11 engine pulley setup? We have burned through 4 pulleys already and must have something wrong.

We especially need: Crankshaft to idler arm, idler arm to fan.
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:35 AM   #273
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Sorry - but it's -130am when I'm taking this, but I hope with the phone flash this helps....
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:37 AM   #274
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I'm in CA - where are you now?
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:56 AM   #275
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We are in Lathrop, CA.
Those pictures help, but I think someone tried to re-engineer some of this system. Trying to catch up!
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:45 AM   #276
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Thank you for the images, they helped us put our system in order to stop losing belts. We just lost our fuel injector pump, so stuck in Stockton.

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Old 06-20-2016, 12:27 PM   #277
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What year is you T945?
Mine is a 1998 - I'm surprised to hear this many problems happening with your engine.. it's a major bummer... Hopefully soon you will be home and have covered all the trouble parts on this trip - lol... I'm guessing maybe she was sitting for some time before your purchase...
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:33 PM   #278
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Ours is a 1993. We just found out at the mechanics that it had an electrical fire at some point. I think we should stop hijacking your awesome build thread. Maybe get all the negative posts of mine to a new thread.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:06 PM   #279
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Hey Offgr1d!

While we ponder the return of our Van Hooligan we have been punting around concepts, between scripts and other hi-jinks.



ONE: What direction do the Van Hool side windows open? The MCI's are straight up, but the Van Hool's look like side hinged doors. Can't find an example online, my Google is weak today.

TWO: Do you need any of the side glass? Our plan isn't going to be using any of them currently.

Have a fantastic day!
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:37 PM   #280
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Just a couple thoughts on your layout - putting the toilet that far back will be difficult (the tag axles are under your location there) this is one reason my bath is more in the middle of coach. The furthest back you can place with ease is post the fixed middle window and before the middle of the next back.. If you look in bays, there is a ledge used for electrical and heater valves, but this area is the most aft easy access spot to put your plumbing (unless you go compost) then don't worry about anything I said...
I'm very interested in a couple Windows - I have one that's cloudy and wouldn't mind a spare or two if I do shipping or freight for em...

The Windows hinge from the top and swing outward / like a awning if they are open far. They will tilt all way open to be completely level with ground.
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