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Old 09-29-2015, 11:35 PM   #21
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:44 PM   #22
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Wow, this is the best pics and creativity I have seen on this site in a long time.

I'm loving all the stone. Good thing for that tag axle.

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Thanks!!!
Yes - the bus empty with no seats was 30,000lbs almost exact. It has a 47,000lbs cap. So I have some room to play with serious install fun..

I have:
110 gal fresh water
110 gal grey tanks
55 gal black

Have yet to install my 10.5 kW kubota generator. It's getting new injectors at the moment.

2 pure sine xantrex inverters.
All lighting is controlled via touch screens and iPads and all is 12v LED

The kitchen is what I'm starting to work on at same time as non drive bus AC
Kitchen is all commercial appliance:
undercounter beverage air freezer
full size install True 27F stainless fridge
Drawer mounted induction stove tops.
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:35 AM   #23
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Drawer mounted induction stove tops.

Great looking build. Cant wait to see what you do with the above. This is exactly what I plan on doing, but haven't found a 2 burner induction setup that fits inside my 11 1/2" x 20" drawer. The burner controls are also in the wrong location.
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:36 AM   #24
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And here is the one exterior sign I could be an RV:
My tilted vent!! I'll fix this later.... The water heater will move slightly and some old engine coolant pipes were in the way (soon to be removed) from the rooftop heat/air system that has been canibalized.





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Old 09-30-2015, 12:39 AM   #25
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Great looking build. Cant wait to see what you do with the above. This is exactly what I plan on doing, but haven't found a 2 burner induction setup that fits inside my 11 1/2" x 20" drawer. The burner controls are also in the wrong location.
I will use two individual burners that have no knobs - they are all touch control. I'll try to find the link to post to the units I am speaking of.
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:43 AM   #26
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This one is a little bigger than your drawer requirements but it's one I was looking at:

True Induction S2F2 Cooktop, Double Burner, Energy Efficient https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004BFVWKW..._Zx3cwb8HWNJSY
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004BFVWKW..._Zx3cwb8HWNJSY
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:44 AM   #27
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Here are the single units - can be flush mounted.

Mr. Induction SR-1882 1650W Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JUZVEWO..._vA3cwb3XSJDR4
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JUZVEWO..._vA3cwb3XSJDR4
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:49 AM   #28
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Here is the fridge I will have in the kitchen:

Not a joke...

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Old 09-30-2015, 01:50 AM   #29
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Here is a cool system I recommend - The i-series tank monitor. Sensors go on the outside of poly tanks (the blue tanks are my water) and they make a diesel probe which you see installed on the aluminum main tank. My generator is diesel, so I wanted a way to accurately monitor the main tank of 155gal.

This system also monitors the Grey and black tanks with NO probes going into the tanks to catch debris. It is EXTREMELY accurate after it has been calibrated.



Here is the water tank - waste tanks are setup same way.


Here is the sensor on the diesel tank.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:56 AM   #30
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Here is some of the interior lighting I started to setup. Two styles of main lounge area down lights. The real small ones are a cool color and the larger ones do a warm color. Both are controlled via touch panel and are on dimmers with presets.





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Old 09-30-2015, 05:29 AM   #31
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There is only one thing I have to say about your OUTSTANDING build:



A perfect 10.........



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Old 09-30-2015, 06:06 AM   #32
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Most people think I'm crazy for living in a bus and doing all this work - glad to see other bus folk think it's awesome. Thanks for the compliment.
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Its a certified land yacht!!
Man this bus came out of nowhere and is full of awesomeness. Wow.
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:04 AM   #34
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Here is some of the interior lighting I started to setup. Two styles of main lounge area down lights. The real small ones are a cool color and the larger ones do a warm color. Both are controlled via touch panel and are on dimmers with presets.



I was planning on using corrugated panels on side walls, but ceiling brings beauty I will use this Idea on kitchen area, thanks for sharing, keep it up, I'm tempted to stop my project and find me a Van Hool with that power set up your Idea of keeping the exterior the way it is helps keep trouble and attention to a minimum.

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Old 09-30-2015, 09:10 PM   #35
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It is amazing at how the bus being so large goes completely un-noticed. It's almost like I'm invisible driving it around as most just think it's a bus full of tourists / etc..
I've parked in strange spots never to be bothered and especially commercial areas and truck stops it blends right in..
It's great when you don't want people to know ALL your personal items are inside.

I was at a truck stop refueling and the driver next lane over was like "what's it like hauling people around?" I was like - "I don't know - I only have a dog on board", he was very confused.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:25 PM   #36
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Stealth camping... In a bus?
I love it.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:26 PM   #37
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So here is the crazy thing....

About RV air conditioners - I hate them. Refuse to use one and did not want one (or 5 of them) on the bus.
The bus had AC that I have since canibalized to build a custom system. It obviously only ran when the bus ass engine was on. A carrier 05G compressor (now up for sale) and about 8 tons of cooling for the once 57 passengers.
I don't like the RV air units as they are power hungry and so loud! If you have one on over your head, watching TV or something was literally impossible. I set out to do something different. With all my research I wanted to go hydro and the chiller route. Chillers are used in luxury yachts and where more zones need separate control. It is more efficient to transport chilled water to your area of cooling than it is to duct air. This is why large building use them for heat/cool over individual handlers.

So I'm building a 7 ton chiller. Dual 2stage scroll ultra tech compressors with two independent closes refrigeration loops. These chill 30gal of glycol / water mix to be pumped to the 5 zones.
1.Downstairs bedroom
2.Front lounge
3.Kitchen
4.Bathroom
5.Back master office / bedroom
System has 4 stages of cooling. And uses two large brazed plate exchangers and 410a refrigerant. The original rooftop evaporators are still used but re-routed to two independent lines per compressor. Each compressor can offload to 70% and is controlled by 4 temp regulators that control the contractors / relays.

I'll post pics of the install.
Each air handler now will be small, quiet and independently controlled per zone. The fans are actually radiator fans that run at half speed and move lots of air. Barely audible.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:35 PM   #38
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Here is the rooftop evap units brazed to independent lines to compressors in back engine compartment.

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Old 09-30-2015, 09:40 PM   #39
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:43 PM   #40
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Bracket made to hold the brazed plate heat exchangers:



Here are the accumulators added to bracket and the copper routed getting ready to braze.





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