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Old 09-16-2010, 12:54 AM   #111
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Electrical closet is underway

I've been working on the house power for the bus and have laid out the foundation of the system. There is a main panel that can plug into either shore/generator/inverter and a sub-panel for the air conditioning and heating that can either run off the main panel or plug into a seperate power source. I've got 4 6v batteries to power lights/TV/water pump/etc when I'm not plugged into shore. I haven't bought a generator yet, and will probably wait until next summer to do that since it's only purpose is to run the AC when on the road. The electrical closet will eventually be sheeted in by plywood (with access doors of course), and I'll have a vent to allow the battery fumes to escape to the outside.



I covered the inside of the back window with smooth paneling which I painted black. It's hard to see in this lighting, but I like the look of it.



I've also started prepping for exterior paint. I plan to use Rustoleum Gloss White as the base color, Hunter Green for the rub rails, black for bumpers and mirrors, and hammered silver for the wheels. The roof will have the ceramic insulating beads mixed in.

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:54 PM   #112
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DD, I have the same roof height as you and I am 6'1". I did 1/2" styrofoam insulation and 5/8" OSB plywood and I can actually stand upright on each far side of the bus next to the windows.
I'm 6'4" (6'5" with shoes), and when I had the original 3/4" plywood floor and black rubber mat, I had about 1/2" headroom in the center of the aisle. So I'm pretty much not going to put any more than 1" total flooring.
yeah that sounds like me in my carpenter and it is a 6'3" and i'm 6'2" and 6'4" with my boots on
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:01 PM   #113
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What are you planning on doing with your red and yellow upper flashers? You may be better off addressing them and the patch for the rust at the same time?
I'm going to leave the flashers alone for now. If anything, I will replace the lenses with clear lenses and maybe a stronger bulb to use as outdoor lighting or to augment my reverse lights. For now, I'll just swap the amber and red lights so I have all amber in front and all red in back.[/quote:1ta1altc]


more brake lights!!!!!! i have mine wired in to my brake lights and i wired in a swich for get off my @$$ swich but my ligths are differint then yours mine are 7" sealedbeem head lights that are tinted red and amber.
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:37 PM   #114
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I'm also building a hutch/cabinet thing to go over the engine cover. I still need to add some more trim, a rail around the top edge to keep things from rolling off, and then stain/polyurethane. I insulated the inside with 1/2" foam insulation. I think the engine noise is reduced, and the heat less noticeable.



You can also see a bit of the laminate flooring I am using. It's a cherry color.

Lastly, I scored some free paneling on craigslist. Enough to do the whole bus! (Thanks, Cara!)

and you have what size FEET?
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:49 PM   #115
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Re: Got some 6v house batteries today

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Someone on craigslist was parting out a golf cart and I got the 6 batteries for $200. The cart was running and the seller claimed they were all good and that two of them were "like new". I noticed that a few of them have slightly bowed looking sides, as if some internal pressure has made them balloon out. It's not that dramatic, but it makes me a little nervous. Has anyone encountered this phenomenon? Would some malfunction cause this, or did the plastic just get deformed by the Texas heat? I figured for that price I would take my chances. I could see that at least two of the batteries had a 2007 date on them. What is the typical lifespan of these things? I will probably use 4 of them in the bus, and the other 2 will power various things I use in the garage for pumping WVO and such.

Did I mention I also scored a brand new 15,000BTU Carrier rooftop air conditioner the other week? For $300 I think I got a great deal. It doesn't have the inside assembly though.

I also bought a bunch of electrical supplies like romex, outlets, switches, breaker box, etc. So mostly all I need to complete the electrical system is a battery charger, inverter, and generator. Oh, and the time to actually install all this stuff! I may wait on the generator, since my only need for that is running the AC while on the road in the summer. I don't think we'll take a major trip this year though.
Are the batteries similar to a normal car battery? If so go to AutoZone and have them check to see if you have a dead cell. If not do a voltage check with a voltometer. See if you have less than 10 volts. If so, put the battery on the slowest chage and in a well ventilated area (preferably outside in the evening) and let the battery drip charge overnight and check while using a face shield and rubber gloves, among other acid protecting equipment, in the morning (just in case there is a discharge of acid). If you get the smell of rotten eggs before checking the battery, don't bother checking because it's bad.

autozone all they can do is look stuff up and give you the wrong parts i have so much better luck at napa or les schwab's
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:28 PM   #116
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I guess so long as you get the idea........
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After going through two Harbor Freight battery chargers I finally got my refund and went to Sears to get a charger that would actually work. The batteries seem to be holding a charge, so at least I know they are not DOA. The four batteries are really heavy though. I may eventually downsize to two batteries once I use these up. I plan on being conservative with my power usage when running off the inverter, so hopefully the four batteries will be more than I need and I will be able to downsize later on. For now though, I've got 'em so I might as well use 'em.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:01 AM   #118
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After going through two Harbor Freight battery chargers I finally got my refund and went to Sears to get a charger that would actually work. The batteries seem to be holding a charge, so at least I know they are not DOA. The four batteries are really heavy though. I may eventually downsize to two batteries once I use these up. I plan on being conservative with my power usage when running off the inverter, so hopefully the four batteries will be more than I need and I will be able to downsize later on. For now though, I've got 'em so I might as well use 'em.

i have a old trickle charger they works great, might take for ever at 2 amps but oh well it gets it done.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:01 PM   #119
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Painted the roof and primed skinned windows

I took the day off of work so I could finally paint the roof. It's been raining for weeks, but we finally have some clear weather. I will be off tomorrow as well, so we'll see if I can get any more painting done. Here is the result of today's work:



I skinned my windows with galvanized sheet metal (which I will never use again for a painted surface!). What a hassle to paint! I used a Rustoleum product called "cold galvanizing compound" which is mostly zinc powder, and is supposed to actually stick to the galvanized metal. I also scrubbed it with vinager first to etch the metal. But the cold galvanizaing compound runs/drips like crazy! I've never seen anything like it. It's just very liquidy. I've used lots of spray bombs and know how to avoid drips but this stuff will drip no matter what you do! Here is a pic of all the drips:



And when I try to sand down the drips, I get to bare metal before eliminating the uneven surface. Plus this CGC product leaves a lot of loose debris that needs to be scuffed off with super fine sand paper or steel wool before you can paint it. Argh!

Addendum: I went back and very carefully re-sprayed the CGC over the areas I had sanded back down to metal. The trick is that once it even starts to look liquid it's too late, a drip will form - unlike regular spray paint where you want to see it starting to look liquid. So I had to just touch the sprayer for a second in one spot, move to another, then come back to the first spot after a few seconds, then back and forth like that until coverage was complete. I plan to go over this paint with regular primer before the final coat because the CGC scratches off easily, which is disappointing since that indicates that it isn't adhering well despite being marketed for use on galvanized metal. I called a paint store and they said to use a latex product on galvanized, but I will be using an oil-based enamel for the top coat, so didn't want to risk problems mixing those two.
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i have a old trickle charger they works great, might take for ever at 2 amps but oh well it gets it done.
Mine has the option to charge at 2A, 10A or 50A. I use the 2A setting (better for battery longevity) when I have several days to get the charging done, but if I will need to use the batteries the next day, then 10A is the way to go. I think the 50A is for starting an engine - I've never used that setting.
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