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Author Topic: Question: what are you most glad that you added to your coach design and why?  (Read 4951 times)
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2010, 07:25:41 PM »

Nu Heat electrically heated under floor mats.

Once I'd decided on Italian tile for the kitchen and bath floors, I had a feeling heated floors would be a big plus in Colorado during the winter.

It is very nice to be able to walk around bare or sock footed in winter, and never feel a chill from a cold floor.

If I did it again...I'd do it again.

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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2010, 07:29:44 PM »

The PO did not put a washer/dryer in our 35 ft. bus but he did put in a laundry chute in the bathroom that goes into the back bay.  We have a laundry bag on hooks there, along with the soap and bleach. Open the bay, grab it and off to do the wash.
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2010, 08:06:18 PM »

1. SPRAY FOAM INSULATION!
2. Full size awnings on BOTH sides of the bus
3. Xantrex 4024 inverter
4.  Flexible systems for boondocking (or shorting out your 110 systems by briefly running 3 roof airs).  Those systems are: 12v lighting and fantastic fans, propane/110 fridge and propane furnaces.
5.  RV size bathtub for my 4 year old son and his dozen Tonka toys! (That's why I have a bus - to haul Tonka toys!  Grin)


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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2010, 08:10:37 PM »

....chuckling at Tonka toys. Mine is to haul dogs since some hotels take dim view of two large German Shepherds walking the halls with me..
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2010, 08:14:00 PM »

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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2010, 09:55:59 PM »

What I liked- using two standard 120vac electric water heaters-one plumbed into the next with the final one wired through the inverter for hot water going down the road (no coolant lines to mess with).
Wiring the 120vac single phase only.  This means we can only use one leg of the 50amp plug for 6000 watts, but at the campsite it has never been a problem-like it so much I'm wiring the truck the same way.  Then no messing with trying to constantly balancing the loads.
Big tanks-130gal fresh, 85gal gray, 45gal black. Actually am going with 210gal fresh, 110gal gray and 70gal black on the truck.  You can always travel with minimum water for weight, then fill up before you dry camp.
Having propane heating, and propane 3 burner stove-simple and almost never needs servicing (can't say that about AquaHots!).

Using as many standard off the shelf items that can be located at either a Camping World or Home Depot.  I have had circuit breakers, valves, etc need replacing.  Can almost always find a big box store now in any town. 

And above all-keep it as simple as you can.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2010, 11:04:39 PM »

I liked having a 3 way RV refer. When at a campsite I could plug in and use their electric. When going down the road I could use my batteries which were charged by my alternator. When dry camping I could use propane and not run down my batteries.

I also liked having my grey tank with the option of leaving the emptying valve (whatever you call that) open and not having the extra weight or when doing a dump I could empty the black tank and then empty the grey THRU the black tank to flush it and clean it.

I liked having an angle counter for the kitchen sink that would look into the living area or out a window. I also liked having a propane stove rather then electric.

I like having the awning set up so that I could walk out my door and be under it without having to walk thru rain or whatever to get under it.

I liked knowing how full/empty my tanks were with just a push of a button.

These were all things in my former motorhome that I am hoping to duplicate in my bus.
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« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2010, 02:48:00 AM »

There are three things we added that were not part of the original plan. A Toaster Garage, pantry and storage under the fridge for the vacuum hose which is powered by Bissel.









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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2010, 05:13:26 AM »

    Things we really like that we were not sure about when installed include central vac using a small shop vac from Lowes, roof antenna and amplifier for cell phones and air card and PressurePro TPMS.
    Things that did not work out are wiring phone jacks throughout the bus for use when parked and connected to phone lines (This was done pre-air cards and when cell phones were just starting to become popular).  Jack
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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2010, 05:24:15 AM »

I am going to go a little mundane, but this was important - replacing the chintzy little RV commode with a proper, manly man sized toilet.  Very important for quality of life... Shocked

But I suspect the inverter, once I finish the install, is going to be very important too.

Two nice reclining chairs and the antique quarter-sawn white oak drop leaf table made a big difference.  I highly recommend a drop leaf dining table.

Wife really likes the  new propane range with the oven, she likes it a lot, keeps buying things for it.

Brian
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« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2010, 05:34:42 AM »

Lived with a propane frig. for six years and switched to a  Summit elec. last year and we both love it. When I was building our coach,I found a microwave/toaster combo which saves space and works great.The added air card and gel fireplace are a plus also.
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« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2010, 06:59:49 AM »

we have redundant heat, an everhot 3 zone and 2 baseboard elect units....we haven't turned on the electric in 5 years
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« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2010, 07:36:53 AM »

Wow, where to start!   Being a tight wad and making my own headlight cans!  The duct work for the heat pumps, I'm amazed that I actually built and designed the system!  Wow, Paul I like that vacuum system and your cabinets look great, you are doing a great job!  Craig, I never thought of sliding the tool box in side ways, what a space saver!   Clifford, I want the information on that 100lb 12v freezer!  I always expected to put the stainless bottom panels on my bus, but the cost ($25K) prevented that, the aluminum siding went better than I expected!  When I purchased my bus ($13k) it was almost a wreck, somethings I spent to much, but I'm going to let this out......for the first time my investment where I am now is less than I expected it to be!  Last time I checked I've spent less than $59K so far, but I'm not finished! I still have cabinets to build and paint!  I've kept pretty decent records.  I'm sure I'll never get that back, but I wasn't building it to sell! I just wanted it to be reliable and comfortable!  I've kept it very simple I'm a believer in the KISS theory! One more point  spending around 10 grand a year which isn't that bad!
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« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2010, 08:24:54 AM »

Pat, check the Norcold site, but a little info for you I found out later after spending big bucks for the Norcold the Company Engel builds those for Norcold and others check out www.engel-usa.com you can use it as a fridge or freezer nice units and Engel's are better priced and you can buy direct from the guy in Fl just pick your size no RV dealer to gouge you with the 100% markup  lol


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« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2010, 09:50:36 AM »

I'm fulltiming in a 1990 TMC 96A3, and for the last several months have been off the grid, at a small airport in Nevada which has no electric lines.  For the first 10 months, I was in a park, so my electrical and water systems were "park mode" -- 50 amps power and no tanks.

I started my conversion with a floor plan and some things that I had already bought, intending to convert a GMC PD4903.  I used the same floor plan, minus a couple of feet of deck (the GMC goes all the way to the back, in the TMC, the radiators take up the very back of the coach).

Starting with the floor plan, I modified it step by step to fit the stuff I found on Craisglist. 

The only thing which turned out to be a bad idea was running a house fridge from a "contractor-grade" genset, which put out ratty power.  I now have the biggest propane/electric fridge I could find, and would not put in a house fridge again unless I was ONLY going to run in parks.

My coach features a queen-sized Sleep Number bed with the adjustable platform.  Love it, wouldn't do without it.  I kinda goofed the first time by putting the head of the bed to the back wall and the foot against the front bedroom wall -- now that it's turned crosswise, I have more floorspace and room for a taller set of drawers.

Next, since I'm now off-grid, my solar photovoltaic has proven to be the most important mod I've made.  I used a 6500W genset for a while, but now only use a 1500W one to top off the batteries if it's been a cloudy day (I still make power when it's overcast, but not as much).  Everything possible runs on 24VDC or 12VDC (from the Vanner), and the 3KW pure sine wave inverter supplies my AC needs.  The inverter output goes to a 50A bulkhead connector, which the shoreline umbilical plugs into.  If I go back into a park, I will plug the inverter's 120V input line into a 15A connector, and the inverter will keep the batteries charged.  The batteries will also charge from the coach alternator, isolated through a solenoid with a covered control switch on the instrument panel.  I have not yet checked to see how rapidly the coach engine will charge the batteries from the critical-low-voltage point, but it should be less than a couple of hours.

My water tanks are plastic food-grade 55-gallon barrels.  I got 4 of the kind with clamp-ring tops, which made it simple to rig the fittings.  They are on their sides in the service bay.  I would much rather have square tanks, but not enough to pay hundreds more dollars to get them.  I use the deadspace between them as best I can, for such things as can be stuffed in there.

I think the BEST thing that I did which hadn't been planned was my drawers.  I was at an electronics / appliance store, and discovered that they were selling off 11 of the drawer pedestals that are meant to mount washers and dryers on, but which were "last year's" color or models.  I bought all 11 of them for $9.00 each!  Now, 4 of them (black) are my bedroom dresser, 4 (silver) are stacked to divide the kitchen sink from the living room couch, 3 of them (2 silver, 1 black, matching the black file cabinet at the front end) ARE the couch (with regular couch cushions) and one is in one of my cargo bays.  These are steel with plastic drawers, 28 x 30 x 14 deep, so give me a massive amount of storage and look good.
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