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Old 03-01-2012, 02:22 PM   #321
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I should post a picture of my 3 watt 12 volt light system... I have gotten rid of all the other 110v and 12v lighing so far except for two fixtures..
So do you use a power converter when you plug into shore power, or just always run your 12v system off batteries? I know 12v DC uses less power when running off batteries since you don't have the power loss from running through the inverter to 120v AC. I ultimately decided to go with a completely 120v AC system (with batteries/inverter) since I think I will be plugged into shore more often than not. Plus, my air conditioner, water heater, stovetop, outlets for various things, etc. need AC electric and I didn't want to have to run a dual system of wiring throughout the bus.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:04 AM   #322
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I have both a 12v system with a converter built in under a power system from a monico coach, with auto transfer switch to gen. Most things run offa gen and battery pack, except air conditioners n micro. Inverter is for micro, etc and run gen if needed for a/c.
I prefer running everything i can on 12v, and propane when necessary.
I set mine up this way so i can add the solar system later this year.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:28 PM   #323
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Rear upper cabinet

In my continuing effort to avoid dealing with my plumbing, I have put in a rear upper cabinet in the bathroom area. Not sure what will go in here, but probably toilet paper, paper towels, etc. Just trying to convert every possible square inch of extra space into storage. Here is what it looked like after I took off the panel that covered that hole and marked the area I wanted to cut out:



Next I cut it out with my angle grinder:



And framed it in with 2x2 pine:



Then crammed a bunch of 3/4" rigid insulation in there... (to be continued...)
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:40 PM   #324
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Rear upper cabinet (part2)

I made a box out of 3/8" plywood and attached it with 1x4 pine trim. I also mounted a small self-switching fluorescent light above the door so I now have a bathroom light. I think I now have all my lighting done. Here's the rest of the pics:







At some point I'll add hardware and stain the cabinet and a few other things here and there that never got stain. I've been using Minwax "Red Oak" stain. I also made a few nook/shelves in the bunk room for people to put small items like alarm clock, glasses, watch, etc. I will also make or buy and mount some water bottle holders so everyone has a place for their bottle when in transit. If I decide to continue puttering around with non-priority fun jobs rather than overcoming my dysfunctional plumbing avoidance issues, I will start working on the front upper cabinet/sound system next.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:53 PM   #325
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Hey Dan --- if the average SUV has seven cup holders...I figure your bus should be good for about 86.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:24 AM   #326
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i have been thinking of putting a house air conditioner back there, since ive got about 6 of them.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:06 PM   #327
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i have been thinking of putting a house air conditioner back there, since ive got about 6 of them.
That is an ideal spot for one of those, especially if you have your master bedroom back there. I've got a 15,000 BTU rooftop unit mounted in the middle of the bus that cools the whole thing effectively, and my back area is just a bathroom/utility area, so not worth it to cool that room.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #328
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...and a good time was had by all

I packed my family in the bus and took a little trip up to Northwest Austin to meet up with Glenn (viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6181) and his family. They just moved to Austin and invited us to come and spend the night at their little camp near Lake Travis. So we piled in the bus and rolled up on a lovely scene with a spring-fed stream, pony rides for the little ones, an evening jam session for the musically inclined, and all sorts of generally great vibes. As is often the case, we were so caught up in enjoying ourselves we didn't take many pictures, but we had to get at least the requisite bus pics:



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Old 03-16-2012, 06:46 PM   #329
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Awesome that you're getting great use from the bus. I gotta go pry mine outta my dad's hands. He wanted to borrow it again for the weekend.
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Looks like a blast! Hope the weather was nice.
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