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    DIY RV-Adventure vehicle

    We decided to buy a bus and convert it into an RV. Little does the wife know, but I plan on some hunting adventures while we are home schooling on the road towing an old jeep. I picked this thing up from a church in Milton. It has a 7.3 Powerstroke and an Allison 4 spd automatic. I have pulled the seats and laid subfloor. We have an idea on a floorplan. I want desert tan paint. The wife wants a fancy metallic 2 tone. I'll post pics as we go
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    Should make for an interesting and rewarding project!
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    Quote Originally Posted by capt.joe View Post
    We decided to buy a bus and convert it into an RV. Little does the wife know, but I plan on some hunting adventures while we are home schooling on the road towing an old jeep. I picked this thing up from a church in Milton. It has a 7.3 Powerstroke and an Allison 4 spd automatic. I have pulled the seats and laid subfloor. We have an idea on a floorplan. I want desert tan paint. The wife wants a fancy metallic 2 tone. I'll post pics as we go
    There's actually quite a lot of information on the internet about people doing this conversion. I'm sure you can get some great ideas.

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    Use light weight materials where ever possible. It critically important that you don't exceed vehicle weight limits with the build, fluids, contents and people included in totals. Make sure tire weight limits exceed your fully loaded weight or you will have frequent blowouts! Think out multipurpose use: dining table+bed+outside picnic table. A roof rack+viewing platform. Picnic table legs can double as viewing platform corner safety rail corner posts.

    You may want to call around and see if there is a wrecked RV/trailer available that you could cannibalize for tanks, fridge, stove, heater, water heater, converters, AC and so on. A lot of trailers age badly externally with low wear and tear inside.

    Insulate all tanks and lines outside the cabin. Fresh water tank size is very important if your going to spend days away from hookups. A good quality portable space heater will save a lot of propane in cold climates if you have A/C hookup.

    Build in a hidden secure gun/valuables storage area! If your full time on the road, a AAA Road Service Plan or something like it may be worth the cost. Check vehicle insurance policy for road assist fees for towing ect. Not standard on most policies anymore.

    That 7.3 diesel is a great engine. Use a additive due to mandated low sulfur diesel fuel and add anti gel in cold climates. These can be found "combined" in one container. Some engines have a reservoir for sulfer additives, otherwise just dump in tank @ proper treatment level. Anti gel MUST BE ADDED TO THE FUEL TANK. Keep on top of the fuel filter/water seperator. Learn how to drain it and reprime fuel lines and keep a spare filter on board.
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    I don’t have much technical knowledge to add but I’ll point out the most obvious camouflage paint job:

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    Hmm, I can picture the fancy metallic 2 tone paint job already!

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    7.3 Power Stroke Tip. The valve cover gaskets are VERY EXPENSIVE because they have electronic fuel injector connections that run thru them. Unfortunately those connection can get a little loose inside the cover and the engine will crank but never start! There is a simple fix you can do yourself for .50 Cents, two quarters to be exact. You pull the covers and insert a "cut quater" into the clip and it will keep the connection tight. It may sound strange but IT WORKS GREAT! Might be something to add a note to the Busses owners manual for fail to start. The only other 7.3 issue I know of was a Recall for a cam shaft position sensor (another crank but no start).

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    Thanks for the tips guys. Ive been busy pulling decals with the heat gun. Got called back to work so I have to wrap it up soon. Interior is mocked up. I found a deal today on a new door and electric awning arms.
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    I will be watching. I have watched quite a few videos on YouTube of bus and box truck conversions.

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