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Old 04-11-2016, 08:39 PM   #603
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It is looking good. I know you are feeling not to happy because it isn't finished 100% yet but 99% of the people you will run into out ther will never notise. The outhe 1% well who cares you are camping and having fun.
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looks real good, sometimes it stinks being a perfectionist but, after you step back and look you get some satisfaction knowing it was done right.
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Thanks guys... Good news: the old bus passed PA state inspection!

For the first time in 2 years, we all went for a drive in the motorhome. It was a long time coming, and it sure felt pretty good. I can't tell you how many times I questioned if the day would ever come, but today was the day!

We actually put about 100 more miles on it tonight... even took it out on the interstate and opened her up for a good 50 miles at 60-65 mph. We're at almost 400 on the rebuild now, and she's running great. Better than ever actually. Tons of power, and no issues with EGT or boost... and no funny noises... and we still have an oil pan full of oil!

The weather is supposed to warm up pretty nice by the weekend, so maybe I can get the rest of the vinyl up, and start caulking it so it's weather proof... I still have the rear storage compartment to close in, plus a few other miscellaneous projects... but we are definitely getting close... feel very blessed to have gotten her back on the road again. Thanks again for all the encouragement, advice, and prayers... God is good.

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That is good news.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:23 AM   #609
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Nothing new to report on getting the siding project finalized and sealed up, but I did make some headway on the tranny issues I was having. Took a few days to figure it all out, along with some choice words, but the 35-00 code I had is now gone. If anyone is interested... you can read about it here:

MD3060 and 35-00 Code

There still may be some shifting issues that I HOPE are just due to the computer having learned incorrect shiftpoints because it was wired wrong. We will see. I probably need to take it to the Allison garage and have them hook it up to their computer. Hoping for good things here...

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WOW great work. It looks like new.
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It's been tough lately to keep at this project because of the hours I've been putting in at work - 78 last week... but we had a little more forward movement tonight when I put the rest of the vinyl up. That was the easy part... caulking it is going to take some time I think...

I also need to figure out how to replace the foam that I ripped out from around the wheel wells. Maybe I can meet up with a spray foam contractor at a job and have him shoot the wheel wells while they're set up... I don't think I can do it with great stuff...

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Ahhh! The missing vinyl strips are no longer missing.

Wow. That looks great, Piker.


They do sell DIY spray foam kits, but I am not sure of the cost. Your method of finding a contractor has some merit. Now, what type of foam do you need? Open-cell? Closed-cell? For the wheel wells, maybe closed so it does not take on water?
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Definitely closed as you don't want anything to absorb and hold water.
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She sure looks sweeeeeet, nice job bro. I agree with the others definitely closed on the foam.
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Not sure how the foam works.

But check on how it sticks and if adding something like expanded steel would help.

Can imagine spraying foam inside like the spray in insulation but given it is on a moving vehicle thinking extra care to be sure it sticks and holds.

Look at top coating with something like rattle can spray on bed liner.

That would assure extra protection from road trash.
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Thanks guys for the comments and suggestions... I do know that closed cell is a must. All the foam that was originally on the rv was covered with some sort of undercoating. I'll do my best to duplicate this.

I managed to get the access panels for the water tank, furnace, and fridge caulked last night. I'll start caulking the vinyl later today and will probably take several days to complete since I'm going to mask everything off first like I did the windows. Along the fiberglass end caps, I'm going to use something different than the polyurethane caulk... Something that will come off easier when I go to paint the rest of the rv... Which hopefully will happen someday, but who knows...

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