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I like your quick hot return line to the water heater solution!
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The entry step plywood is all redone finally. I decided to ditch the original stepwell cover that hinges up and down with an air cylinder and I designed an electric one that slides out from under the passenger seat. I also got rid of the step and light switches from the stepwell. With all of that gone it's opened up quite a bit. I also made the steps a bit deeper with a bit of an overhang.



I also made up some lighting that looks really good on the test setup, but I don't have the power run to the steps for this yet so no pictures of that running yet. I cut a groove about .240 wide underneath the overhangs and slipped in some thin LED strips. I then pushed in some clear acrylic rod that I scuffed up with 80 grit. This has the effect of diffusing the light so you don't see the individual LEDs. It just lights up the steps and doesn't shine in your eyes one bit.

I am also also doing this around the floor in the bus, but executed a little differently. I'm using the same thin LED strips, but they are mounted in a thin oak strip around the perimeter of the whole floor. The light itself is shrouded so it doesn't shine in your eyes and diffused, just like the steps.
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Well done!


Andy,FYI,on the forward wall of the stepwell several of us has cut in a small compartment,we keep dog leashes and short umbrellas and wasp spray in that compartment.
Look under the coach to see if you have open space forward of the steps.
I may have pics.
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Andy,FYI,on the forward wall of the stepwell several of us has cut in a small compartment,we keep dog leashes and short umbrellas and wasp spray in that compartment.
Look under the coach to see if you have open space forward of the steps.
I may have pics.
Hmmm I recall seeing some open space up there, I will look into that. That would be super handy.
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Hmmm I recall seeing some open space up there, I will look into that. That would be super handy.

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Does not compute. Abort, retry, fail.
Go back to post 503 and look at the pic.
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I like that cubby, but I don't have as much room for that. Without my stairwell thingy there I have removed that boxed in area completely. I could build it back in, but the entryway on the short bus is a lot narrower than the longer ones, it seems, so I'm going to keep it wide open.

Did I mention that I'm all in on the sliding floor of doom? The slides came today, 32" travel and made for bottom mounting. They are supposed to support 75 lbs each and I'm using two so it's a pretty rigid setup. I think I'm going to end up cutting out the subfloor plywood and mounting everything to a plate and screw that to the floor to keep the clearance I want. There's a lot more going on with this thing to do it correctly so the thing doesn't bounce around and get pushed sideways but I'll detail that after I get something else to work on.



I found a power window regulator/motor combo that I like from a Kenworth truck and that will be here tomorrow. It has a cable that moves through that S-shaped tubing. I'm going to change all that tubing around to fit my design and I think I can get my 30-32" of required travel out of it then. Crossing my fingers because that would be too easy...



I think it will be sufficiently quick, I guess as fast as a power window on a Kenworth W900. If not I can make it faster
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good idea on the window regulator,i like that!
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good idea on the window regulator,i like that!
I'm appalled at my ingenuity sometimes. lol.

I stopped at Brad and Hall in Elkhart Monday to sit in some Flexsteel sofas. Man they were comfortable. They had a couple of nice-sitting Eurochairs, but I think I'm still going la-z-boy.
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