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CVanDamme 05-01-2008 03:02 AM

Slab Cab'n
Been working on this for about 15 months now.
Things we still need to get done:
- Finish Plumbing
- Finish Washroom
- Generator and AC
- Storage and skirting
- Paint
New LED's all around

CVanDamme 05-01-2008 03:12 AM

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Had to look up how to add some pictures here we go.
All Primed up for a whole year now.
Some Guitar Hero on a cousins Stag, We ended going to Whirly Ball, and Coyote Joes in Rochester Hills?
Heres what she looks like empty.
A closer look at the kitchen
Towards the Driver
1 of 3 sets of Bunks.

That wasn't so hard. Excellent Board. Hats off to the administrators.

CVanDamme 05-02-2008 11:13 PM

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Got the pictures BIGGER looks much better now. Me and a buddy built it for camping out at motorsport functions such as Eldora Raceway, Bowling Green Tractor Pull and stag trips, pub crawls, and family campouts. There will be more pictures I the future now that I know how this works.

swinada 05-03-2008 02:01 PM

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cool the pics got bigger :)
say, do you got any pictures on how you framed those bunk beds?

CVanDamme 05-03-2008 05:35 PM

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Fridge if I recall is a 12 Cubic foot. Definitely use it with shore power, but when we go out on pub crawls we also run it off the inverter. Its was brand new so I think it is somewhat energy efficient. If we know we are going out we'll cool it off with shore power and then its not such a strain on the batteries. For the bunk framing I'll ask my buddy if he still has some pictures(I didn't have a computer or digital camera at the time).
But they are made with 2x6's 5/8 plywwod on the top bunk and 1/2(lid for storage - damn wheel wells) plywood on the bottom ones. Ill take some more pictures this week and post'em.

Billsman 05-04-2008 04:34 AM

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Good job man. Your cabinets look nice too. Ever think about a stove top?

CVanDamme 05-04-2008 09:31 AM

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We wanted all the room we could have for bottles and mix, but when we go camping, depending if it is raining we have a small coleman propane stove stored under the counter, that fits on top if it right nice. Our biggest dilema right now is where to put the garbage. We bought a cheap one that is just beside/behind the driver but is in the way of the electronics cabinet. Every time we change a video or game its in the way. So I think we are going to put it under the back TV. We have a space 12" wide by 24" deep and 4' tall all that that is in there is our breaker box and a selector switch for our shore power/house power.

CVanDamme 05-04-2008 08:19 PM

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Heres A Few More Pictures
This is the Beer Bottle Door Opener I Machined at work (Aluminum)
Welcome Aboard
Air Ride Seat, TV, Entertainment Center and Stereo
The Long Bench
Microwave and Shelving (the inverter will run the microwave by the way)
More Shelves
Stainless Countertop and Sink

CVanDamme 05-04-2008 08:36 PM

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Stainless Counter and Arm Rest for Bench
Front Table/Bed/Stroage
Back Table/Bed/Storage
Heres some pictures of the finished bunks
Bottom of the Top Bunk
Top of Top Bunk
Bunk Face
Bottom Bunk and Storage
Same Bunk and Storage

CVanDamme 05-22-2008 10:37 PM

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Here is the new Dog House Cover I machined at work out of 1/8 Stainless. I engraved the following:
Welcome Aboard The SLAB CAB'N

Also I stumbled across a used Paloma Tankless Water Heater. Model # PH-5-2F. The guy is selling for $300 with a 12 volt water pump. Picking it up Saturday. Anyone using one of these?

This is what the add said

Compare it to the new PH-6 on website

phillbus914 05-23-2008 01:16 AM

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Wow that is one awesome bus, nice blend of party bus and RV.

I love the beer bottle door handle, any chance you'd be interested in making one to sell?

CVanDamme 05-23-2008 01:52 AM

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Thanks, and its even functional. It sure pays dividends that I'm a machinist and my buddy the co-owner is an electrician, we haven't paid for any labour except for the old bus seat vinyl to be sewn together for the new seats.

Wouldn't be that hard to make one, I made that one years ago, on the manual lathe. We have a CNC lathe here at work and it wouldn't take our operater very long to whip 1 or 2 or 5 off. Actually we don't live very for from each other, I am 10 min from Algonac, or 15 min from Marine City, on the Canadian side.
What you probably can't see is I engraved the Blue Bird logo on both sides of the bottle, with a .01 carbide cutter, turned out good.

phillbus914 05-23-2008 08:08 PM

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Yeah I'm about 2.5 hours past Detroit... I've been to Canada a few times with my bus most recently this past February. Me and Jason went to Dave's Farm in London, Ontario. It was a lot of fun, we can't wait to go back but with fuel at $4.70 a gallon it might not be for a while.

With fuel prices what they are, I'd be better off if you could mail me one. Any idea what your lathe operator would charge?

CVanDamme 05-24-2008 10:09 AM

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I'll look in to it, I'm sure you'll want all the back and side work done so its a bolt on application. Probably have to take mine apart to see what I did.

CVanDamme 08-26-2008 11:19 PM

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Latest project.
Heres the new AC unit mounted on the bus
And This is what the unit looks like inside the bus. On the front of the bus is our Trophy Rack (Jingle Jugs)
Heres the web site if you would like your own.

CVanDamme 05-02-2010 05:33 PM

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Well...its been a while, but now we are up against the gun to get the outside finished. Too busy/lazy to figure out how to post the pictures I recently took of the improvements. Maybe I'll get motivated to do it soon.

BUT for you that are on facebook you can see the progress here: ... 9742145574

CVanDamme 05-02-2010 09:51 PM

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As long as the girls aren't up there screwing around its not TOO bad! LOL

Wildcat 05-04-2010 03:44 PM

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It's good to see you back here on skoolie. I took several ideas from your work when starting our project in September '09 for which I am most appreciative. Your recent body work is looking good, keep up the posts.

CVanDamme 05-04-2010 10:05 PM

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Thanks, I'm glad we could help out as so many have helped me on this forum!
Now if I could just figure out how to post the pictures up here again.....aargh

CVanDamme 05-04-2010 10:14 PM

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Here for all those that don't have a fb account, I'm having issues posting pictures, but I managed to update the gallery, have a look here!

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