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Old 04-29-2005, 01:35 AM   #31
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Good stuff free and/or cheap

If you're in a city with Craig's List, that is a GREAT resource. I've gotten four leather BMW front seats from 86-96 for $100 and a bunch of nice kitchen cabinets. I'm close to getting flooring (pergo laminate type) but want to wait until the bus keys arrive...
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:26 PM   #32
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Mounted the house batteries this weekend:

http://vonslatt.freezope.org/bus-elec.html
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:54 PM   #33
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How come they have'nt got the keys to you yet. I'd be have a fit and really on the guys case by now.
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Old 05-10-2005, 03:36 PM   #34
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get your keys yet?

IF it's a mechanical injected diesel, it's really easy to hot wire!
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:31 PM   #35
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Made some progress this weekend - I've updated the Electrical page.

http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-elec.shtml

I've been running all my tools and a stereo off of a Coleman 1500 watt modified sine inverter and I'm pretty impressed with the quality of the power from it. It's MUCH cleaner then any of the computer UPS' I've been playing with and 1500 Watts for $179 is not bad at all.
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:46 PM   #36
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Jake, nice pics on the electrical!

I am overwhelmed just looking at those pictures. I hardly understand a lightswitch much less a whole electrical system, so they are both incredibly useful and a bit intimidating...

And on the local front, I have the keys, title, license, successful emissions test, insurance, and a new temporary warehoused home for the bus. Now I just have to figure out what to do with it.

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Old 05-26-2005, 06:04 AM   #37
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LOL! Well you're way ahead of me when it comes to getting her on the road. With luck I'll get the title converted and plates next month.

I'm working on a bus electrical HowTo page that covers things in better detail. I'll let you know when it's done.

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Old 05-26-2005, 04:16 PM   #38
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Electrical thoughts

My thoughts are changing on this topic daily (I would say evolving, but that's suggestive of some directional element that doesn't really exist in my thoughts on the matter at the moment).

I'm now seriously considering a simple inverter layout, with a medium sized inverter (ca. 1000W) to run a laptop comp, coffeemaker, stereo, and the occasional power tool. No TV, no nuker. I've two (and maybe four if I can recondition two) 12V 193A deep cycle batteries, and with a good inverter and built-in charger I could, if I understand correctly, use shore power and charge batts at the same time, and when no shore power was available use the inverter to run all 110 stuff in house and just run the diesel for a while every day or so. How long would that big bus alternator take to recharge batts, I wonder?

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Old 05-26-2005, 11:02 PM   #39
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you need to find the size of your alternator. perhaps 160 amps?

Then takethe total amp/hr of your batteries ~400a/h, then divide that in half. = 200a/h (you should ideally never use more tha half the available a/h available)

If you need to replace those 200 a/h, you can plan on putting in at least 10% more than the 200 a/h to bring them to full charge. that = 220 a/h

Then just do the math for the amount of current going into the batteries. ie: Charging at 50 amps would take about 4 and a half hours. 50 amps is a lot of juice. you're batteries would be much happier with only 25 amps at a time. The full potential of your alternator might be 165 amps, but that's probably only at a pretty high engine rpm. 165 amps going into your batteries would almost certianly reduce their life span. My alternator is connected to my house batteries through an isolator. it's possible that most of the current from the alterator is being forced into my batteries.....how will this affect them? I don't have much real world expierence with this exact setup......yet. I'll post more info on how this seems to have affected my batteries at the end of this summer as i have only recently installed the isolator.
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Simple is good

I've got three deep cycles, a three phase charger (non rv specific) perminently mounted, a continous soloid for seperating the starting and deep cycles (I tried an isolator and did not like it), a two 15 amp shore power breaker, and a 1200 watt inverter.

The charger can be plugged in (in the bus) when on shore power if I need to. The alternator (100 amps) charges the batteries, however the fuel it takes to idle the bus i'd rather use my crappy generator. The rear ac outlets are wired into a 3 prong plug so I can switch between shore and inverter power manually. The automatic systems are nice but very, very expensive. Also the charger can be removed in the winter and stored with the batteries and keep a good float trickle charged now and then. It seemed silly to buy two charging systems.

So I like the KISS system. Mine works great. I've got some ac and dc lights and I can go for quite a while.

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