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Old 03-12-2010, 09:03 AM   #41
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Working out details on my electrical system. This is the diagram I have so far:


Here are some of the components I'm looking at:

Battery Combiner:
http://www.magnumenergy.com/SBC.htm

Transfer Switch:
http://www.iotaengineering.com/its50r.htm

For the generator, I'm probably going to find a used one with a Briggs, Tecumseh or Subaru engine and make it a dual fuel propane/gas. Places like this http://www.propane-generators.com/ have kits for standard engines.

I'm thinking I'll build my own solar panels. Looks like you can get the cells on ebay pre-tabbed for 1/3 the price of a new panel, or even less for slightly chipped ones.

I already have a 2500 Watt inverter.

The Good news bus project has been a great source of inspiration lately. Really nice job on that one!! http://www.goodnewsbus.com/
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:05 PM   #42
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Here you can see my recycled seat frames I used to patch the floor where the lift was. It worked out pretty well. I was planning to put the black water tank here also. Now I'm debating whether to put it on this side or the other side.
The tank can still go here. If it does, I'll weld in a frame to hold whatever tank I end up buying.

When I took out the welder I found that I had left the gas on (DOH!) the solenoid value in the welder leaks so when I leave it on, it empties itself

I swapped in the tank from my beer keg. It's straight CO2 so it's not as nice to weld with as CO2/Argon but it works in a pinch.
Nice re-use of the old seat frames. I've been wondering why everyone just seems to throw them out ASAP. Lots of good, useable metal there. Could be used for building water tank mounts, extensions in roof raises, etc. But it almost always ends up in the landfill immediately...
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:08 PM   #43
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Lots of good, useable metal there. Could be used for building water tank mounts, extensions in roof raises, etc. But it almost always ends up in the landfill immediately...
Very true. I plan to do just that. The seat frames in my bus are made of nice square stock and plate steel. As soon as I saw the frames I started thinking on what I could use them for I think a nice battery tray is coming soon.
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Old 03-13-2010, 12:52 AM   #44
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... For the generator, I'm probably going to find a used one with a Briggs, Tecumseh or Subaru engine and make it a dual fuel propane/gas...
Just make sure you get a quiet one (under 60 db). So sense in having a generator that you have to yell over the whole time it's running.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:29 AM   #45
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Looking good BB! You'll be caught up to me in no time!!
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:10 PM   #46
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Rainy Saturday today. Just about finished with the first bunks.


My daughter making sure the top bunk is good and solid.


Cutting this panel to fit the ceiling and wall was the biggest challenge so far. Not looking forward to cutting more of them, but there will be more.


Tomorrow I start framing the closet between the bunk and the master bed. I need to secure the side door so I can frame over it. I also need to run some wires before things get too closed in.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:49 PM   #47
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LOOKING GREAT!!
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:39 PM   #48
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next time i have to cut plywood to fit the roof i'm definitely going to make a pattern with cardboard.....its so hard to get it right
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:07 AM   #49
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Hey Bune how did you deal with your side door? I have one as well and I am trying to figure out what to do with it. We were going to put a latch lock in and then cut the big red handle on the inside and try to fit insulation around the handles. We are planning on making it a wall but I want it locked so if someone tries to break in they can't even open the door. What did you guys do? I couldn't see from the pictures.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:00 PM   #50
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Hey Bune how did you deal with your side door? I have one as well and I am trying to figure out what to do with it. We were going to put a latch lock in and then cut the big red handle on the inside and try to fit insulation around the handles. We are planning on making it a wall but I want it locked so if someone tries to break in they can't even open the door. What did you guys do? I couldn't see from the pictures.
Good question Skoolietailgater, I thought about removing the door and building a new wall, but I decided that would be too much work. We decided to weld a bracket on the wall and drill through the door and bolt it closed. The two bolts are at the top and two will go under the bus. The bolts pull the door closed tighter, which I hope will keep it well sealed.

I will frame and insulate over the door, but I plan to leave a separation in the framing so the door COULD open (if I were to unbolt it). At least that the thought, that may change when I get to framing over the door (which will be very soon).

You can see the door bolted shut in this photo:
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