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The front dual sofa sliding mechanism has been installed! Clockwise starting in the upper left:

1) Installed as a single unit to ensure that things will perfectly align.

2) The center section was removed to produce two sofa bases that sit over the wheel wells (which have had their tops lowered to make room).

3) Showing passenger side sofa base partially slid toward the isle.

4) when both bases are slid to the isle they meet in the middle. The back cushions will be used to fill the gap between the sofa base and wall when the sofa is in bed mode.



The Cabinets are being made for real now. Up until this point, the cabinets that have been in the bus have been mockups that use the actual core material of the cabinet, but none of the detail or utility of the real thing.

Clockwise starting in the upper left:

1) Now that the layout and details have been finalized, the entire interior is removed. That way they can paint the metal interior around the windows and install the ceiling material, etc.

2) The edge of all cabinet openings is lined with solid wood so that the wood veneer that will be installed on the surface can be sanded into the solid edge. That way the veneer should not have issues peeling away if the edge is bumped and the edge of the door will be nice and solid.

3) All the doors get the same treatment.

4) Kitchen cabinet with solid wood added to all the edges.



 Electronic dump valves are being installed. You can see two of them here (the vertical rectangular black thingies). They don’t line up with the tank fitting yet because a hole has to first be cut in the floor so that the exit end will be slightly under the bottom edge of the bus.
Just ordered six of these outlets to be used in various places around the bus. Has two USB ports for charging gadgets and fits a standard faceplate.
Figured out the design for the front sofa and entry area. Clockwise from upper left: 

1) Initial design Larry came up with. The bottom panel that would be behind your legs when sitting flips down to reveal storage for tripods.

2) I had the design of the end table/entry changed into a two-tier arrangement so that my arm doesn’t brush it when going in and out of the bus. 

3) Initial design of entry area. I found it to be too constricting when entering the bus… if your arms were full of grocery bags, my left arm would hit the cabinet on the way in the bus.

4) Modified design with two tier setup prevents arm from hitting cabinet when entering.

The two tiers will have dual cabinet doors opening toward the entry step area. The top tier is where I’ll charge the flashlights that I use for light painting as well as charge camera batteries. The bottom tier will either be for lens storage or shoe storage.

A lot more has been determined today including: exact position of toilet, decor of toilet room (I share all the exciting stuff with you guys), revised heating system for Karen’s workstation, location of all electrical outlets, location of all wall switches. I think we may have also come up with the second wood veneer type we’ll be using.

Here is the diagram where Larry keeps track of many of the details of where stuff goes in the bus.

Finally got around to updating the Creative Cruiser’s web site. For a good summary of what’s been going on with this project, visit The image shown here is a before and after of the layout to show how it’s changed since I’ve brought the bus to Paradise Coach in Coburg, OR.

Ordered the bathroom faucet.
Ordered the kitchen faucet. This is a crazy design called the Kohler Karbon faucet. The kitchen is shaping up to be an amazing area when you combine this faucet with the Kohler Stages sink.
The huge roof-mounted awnings showed up yesterday! These are Girard G-2000 awnings that are 22’11” long x2. They have a 9’9″ projection when they are deployed and feature LED lighting along their edge. They are configured with motion sensors (not the typical cup-like wind sensors that most have) that will automatically retract them if the wind is too strong.