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Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Air Conditioning

speaking of keeping things cool…

the playa gets hot…

and caris, well, he can be a bit sun addled and it’s ok 🙂

… but his companion sasha…

well, she’s a bit more arctic wolf than prairie dog, so we got her some air conditioning…

this unit pulls 607 watts, and was the . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Air Conditioning

Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Autometer Gauges

so caris, my fleet jeweler, was back in town hang out for a bit…

of course, this means more work on the bus… 🙂

so, with the burning man festival on the horizon, we got to work…

step one, a rack of gauges to keep an eye on the vitals…

being very fond of the . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Autometer Gauges

Caris the Gypsy – 12v Generator – The Box

the 12v generator project was originally intended for the castle, but circumstances changed and it was decided that it would be better to install it in the bus…

of course, all the interior space was already accounted for, so an external enclosure was needed.

so i start in on the box…

yes, more salvaged . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – 12v Generator – The Box

Caris the Gypsy – The Castle – Jack Legs

having seen the legs for my kitchen trailer, caris decided that a set for the castle would make his life easier…

so…

first we cannibalize the boat trailer axle for the steel…

do a bit of welding… (those jack legs are 4,000 lb rated, from northern tool http://www.northerntool.com/

here’s the legs ready . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Castle – Jack Legs

Caris the Gypsy – The Castle – Leaf Spring Repairs

so we get over to the fleet engineer’s place with the bus and the castle…

and find out the castle has a broken leaf spring (i went looking for it when i realized it was leaning hard to the left) the inside of the break was very rusty, so it happened sometime before the “adventure . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Castle – Leaf Spring Repairs

Caris the Gypsy – The Castle – Stuck in the Bowl

so, earlier we had some fun…

this would be “getting the f450 turbo diesel dually with the posi” stuck in the yard at summerset. trying to get the castle out.

… we didn’t even get to it 🙂

(and no, that jack leg isn’t broken, it’s pivoted that way on purpose)

so we . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Castle – Stuck in the Bowl

Caris the Gypsy – 12v Generator – The Build

so way back when i started building a massive 12 volt generator for caris’ castle… ( see (sufficiently advanced technology…) for more)

this project got retasked to the bus instead…

so i had to get a 4″ industrial pulley from grainger to make the alternator spin at the speed i wanted it to…

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Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Spray Foam Application

and so the fun begins… >:)

i needed about 550 square feet of foam, so a bit of research turned up versifoam systems… rhh foam systems

a bit of time on the phone with debbie buss (who was an absolute doll to me on the phone) i ran up to pactechproducts in lakewood (the local . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Spray Foam Application

Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Spray Foam Application Prep

so i need the bus to be 70 degrees, inside and out…

and it’s 38 outside.

ugh.

so we borrow a big lumber tarp from the fleet engineer’s uncle randy, and get busy…

this is a 250 lb rubberized canvas tarp…

several 2×6’s for the roof…

several ratchet straps…

to in . . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Spray Foam Application Prep

Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Spray Foam Bus Prep

so, a couple painters drop cloths…

a half dozen newspapers…

and a bit of time…

and we’re ready to go…

(remember when i said i was going to want to cover up some windows to help make it more thermally efficient?) to be continued… -stone

. . . → Read More: Caris the Gypsy – The Bus – Spray Foam Bus Prep

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