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Old 10-11-2017, 11:11 PM   #41
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I have some small pieces of Reflectix cut to fit the inside windows - The edges are fine - like silver bubble wrap - only a bit more rigid. I was using those the help keep some of the heat out - I've been experimenting with all sorts of things. It works well - of course, less well than on the outside - wrapping the bus is amazing! But I only did it for today to see the temperature difference - the high was 92 again today - so parked in direct sun is rough.
I do have a sun shade that I can attach and use as an "awning" - that works well.
maybe we have the wrong idea.. rather than making the busses resistant to the weather.. maybe we just meed to do what Sandi is already doing.. DRIVE our busses to the WEATHER WE WANT....

sandi is probably not concerned at all up in Maine about reflectix and bright sun while she drinks her coffee.. .

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Old 10-14-2017, 10:34 AM   #42
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I had mine in Bar Harbor, ME THIS MORNING. TWO CUPS!





I love that area!! I am so jealous!!!


It was beautiful! Plan on doing this trip again! I thanked you again this morning as I made a cup of coffee. Grateful for your gift! ☕️
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Old 10-22-2017, 12:15 AM   #43
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Well - I have moved into the bus. I am still parked at my house (I am closing Tuesday... so thought I would stay plugged in and use the internet while I can). It's pretty cozy.
2 questions -

Solar: Do I need to cover solar panels if they are not hooked up? Or are they okay as long as they aren't plugged into anything?

2. I have the urine diverter - but can't find a container small enough (narrow) to fit around the bucket? What are people using for that?

Thanks, in advance, for any information!!

Also - Living in a school bus is pretty cool.
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Old 10-22-2017, 08:40 PM   #44
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Well - I have moved into the bus. I am still parked at my house (I am closing Tuesday... so thought I would stay plugged in and use the internet while I can). It's pretty cozy.

2 questions -



Solar: Do I need to cover solar panels if they are not hooked up? Or are they okay as long as they aren't plugged into anything?



2. I have the urine diverter - but can't find a container small enough (narrow) to fit around the bucket? What are people using for that?



Thanks, in advance, for any information!!



Also - Living in a school bus is pretty cool.




Oh! Container... I got a skinny fridge water container, holds 2 gallons. Kind of like this one, but thinner, at Publix $6. Wish Iíd known you needed one. I wouldíve given it to you itís under the couch in my bus. Iím attached to a 15 gallon gray water tank under the bus.

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Old 10-22-2017, 08:42 PM   #45
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p.s. congrats for moving on! See you in a couple of weeks!


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Old 10-22-2017, 10:30 PM   #46
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I am looking forward to the Tiny Home festivals and seeing old and new faces!

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Old 10-22-2017, 10:59 PM   #47
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Thanks WW for the picture of the skinny 2 gallon tank. We have one that we use in Elfie as the water supply . I dropped it and it cracked. Got that one at good will but now I know that you buy them at Publix after you mentioned that.

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Old 10-23-2017, 12:09 AM   #48
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Thanks WW for the picture of the skinny 2 gallon tank. We have one that we use in Elfie as the water supply . I dropped it and it cracked. Got that one at good will but now I know that you buy them at Publix after you mentioned that.

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Old 10-24-2017, 09:47 AM   #49
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Hereís the actual water dispenser I bought. Itís 1.25 gals and would fit in most spaces. If you havenít found one by the time we meet up for the tiny Home show, itís yours.




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Old 10-27-2017, 09:17 PM   #50
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That size is perfect - I will try another Publix tomorrow- I havenít found one yet...

But I did find a peaceful State Park for a few nights






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Old 10-27-2017, 09:31 PM   #51
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That size is perfect - I will try another Publix tomorrow- I havenít found one yet...

But I did find a peaceful State Park for a few nights






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Just let me know. Itís stored under the couch. See you in a couple weeks!

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Old 10-29-2017, 05:47 PM   #52
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I am really excited for the Tiny Home festivals coming up. My bus seems to be an attraction at the State Park - I may start charging admission!!!



Any thoughts on the best Wireless service - I need internet - a signal booster?
So far, Sprint signal has been terrible every place I try.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:07 PM   #53
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it really depends on where you go.. i carry a verizon advanced, an ATT advanced, and a T-mobile hotspot.. my pickup truck has sprint built in..

sprint by far the spottiest coverage.. verizon and ATT its a toss up.. ie in the mountains of WV, verizon goes dead ATT is strong, then when I ran across tennesee, verizon was strong and ATT died a few times..

T-mobile ends up wit ha lot of 3G spots.. and more dead spots than VZW or ATT.. esp in areas like houston and dallas..

I suppose out of all of them verizon is the best.. ATT a close second, t mobile a bit of a distant 3rd, and way down is sprint.. price-wise the best deals are on sprint.. so if it only goes dead once in a while or you plan to be near cities then sprint is a good deal.. but if you are gonna be way out off the main routes. (travelling 2 lane small town highways), then VZW or ATT are your bets.. i carry all 3 in the bus.. (sprint only in my dodge ram..its built in).. mainly for me because its my whole business.. and im in the business of selling Voice and data so easy write-off for me..
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Old 10-30-2017, 11:47 AM   #54
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Christopher pretty much nailed it.

Regarding ampifiers/boosters. I live in a very rural area with poor cellular coverage. I have installed a number of Wilson amplifiers & antennas with very good success. I like that they are made in the USA.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:51 PM   #55
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PNW_Steve,

do you go from booster to booster or only one booster. How do you deal with the power supply for the boosters.

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Old 10-30-2017, 05:25 PM   #56
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I'm getting this: https://www.amazon.com/weBoost-Drive...s_a_1_5&sr=8-5

I have a few other things I need to get, but this has made it to #4 on the list.

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PNW_Steve,

do you go from booster to booster or only one booster. How do you deal with the power supply for the boosters.

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The "booster" or amplifier has 3 connections:

1)Power (12v)

2)External antenna

3)Inside antenna (or direct connect to phone)

The direct connect to phone (hardwired) is not common any more. A few years ago antenna connectors on the phones were fairly common. Not any more.

A typical install involves mounting the external antenna on the outside of your vehicle (or building), running the coax inside to the amplifier. Connecting the power to the amplifier. Then mounting a small inside antenna near where the phone will be used and running the coax to the amplifier.
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I switched to Verizon - and got a JetPack with unlimited Data - I just hope the signal is better. I did order a cell booster for cars - and will throw that on the bus.

Right now I barely can get on line - so hopefully Sprint with release my unlock code for my phone so I can get Verizon service (Sprint makes you wait 24-96 hours for the unlock code?!?!!?)

I got my Solar panel up and working - so far it is nice. I think I will get another battery - but I have been able to run lights and water and vent fan with no issue.

I totally love this life!!!!
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:11 PM   #59
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OK. Thanks pnw_Steve. Different then I imagined. Yes. The good old cellphones uwith an antenna jack. Another forced difficult solution for what could be easy.

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This place is always such a great source of information!!
Thanks, Christopher. I am sporting a new Verizon Jetpack - great signal!

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