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Old 03-07-2010, 09:42 PM   #121
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50 AMP Plug Installed

Today I installed the 50 Amp plug and did a few other things.



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Old 03-08-2010, 10:29 AM   #122
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Re: Good News Bus Conversion Project

I like that 50A power hookup. Is that a spring loaded cap on it? Where did you source it?

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Old 03-09-2010, 09:41 AM   #123
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I like that 50A power hookup. Is that a spring loaded cap on it? Where did you source it?

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The cap is not spring loaded. It is a Marinco 50 Amp Easy Lock RV / Marine Shore Power Inlet. Very nice and heavy duty! They can be found online for about $60 - $80.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:46 AM   #124
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Re: Good News Bus Conversion Project

Ok...I now have the Inverter set into place. The first test was a success.



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Old 03-10-2010, 09:54 PM   #125
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Battery Combiner & Transfer Switch

Today I was able to get the battery combiner and transfer switch installed:





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Old 03-11-2010, 11:14 AM   #126
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Thats the point that they were trying to make... You have your wires going through what appears to be a couple of rough holes. You should have some grommets to keep the wires from rubbing against the metal and causing a short.
Ok...I see what you are talking about. I made the holes big enough to fit Great Stuff Gap filler around them. This should provide sufficent protection for the wires. These are car audio cable and have a tuff outer skin on them.
Ummm.... ......NO.

Sorry, but I'm an aircraft mechanic. Foaming insulation won't do the job. When the bus moves, so will those cables. The rubbing action will wear thru the foam insulation almost immediately and start rubbing against the metal of the hole. The sharp metal edge of that hole will chew thru the "tuff outer skin" of the cable before you know anything is wrong and cause a massive short. Someone could even get hurt if all the amperage in those batteries shunts to the bus frame and someone is touching metal.

Go to a hardware store and get some appropriately sized gaskets. Using a couple of loop clamps (aka "adel clamps") to support those cables right next to the holes will help as well. Personally, I'd at least double the diameter of those holes as well - or just make it one big hole.

It's only a couple of bucks worth of hardware and a few minutes worth of work. Don't try to cut a corner here. It'll come back to bite you...
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:24 PM   #127
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Re: Good News Bus Conversion Project

I would agree with the above as well, expanda-foam aint gonna cut it. conduit is best, easily done and cheap. at the very minimum you need thick rubber grommets but I have seen those wear thru as well if your cables arent supported well on both sides. I am going to use pvc conduit for mine. I hate to see someone cut a corner and their hard work and money go up in a ball of flames on the road somewhere.
Not to mention that would be one more case why the insurance companies wont insure conversions. They never mention the success stories but a fireball on the highway will grab some headlines..........
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:47 PM   #128
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hahahahaha...yes a fire ball would not be good accept for those watching.

I will have these main feed wires fused so that should eliminate the fireball scenario. I do like the PVC idea and will probably go that rout. Thanks for the input.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:09 PM   #129
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Re: Good News Bus Conversion Project

BP, I was wondering what the purpose of the "combiner" is for. I'm using a lot of your idea's for my conversion because I really like the way you are doing it.

I was planning on just running a positive cable from the starting batteries to a battery cut off switch and from the switch to the house batteries. So when you are dry camping the switch would be off not allowing the starting batteries to drain.

Then when you are in transit, you can turn the switch on and the alternator will charge the starting batteries and house batteries. AND, when you are hooked to shore power you can also have the switch on and the inverter will charge the house and starting batteries.

Also, I pretty much have your electrical system figured out. But I was wondering what the transfer switch is for that you mounted? I know the inverter has a built in one.

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Old 03-12-2010, 01:05 AM   #130
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I was thinking of a small piece of PVC that is just long enough to fit through the floor and put PVC Caps on both sides to prevent it from sliding. Drill a hole just big enough for the cable to fit through in the cap without letting bugs/moisture/air through. Maybe add some of those PVC Nuts to hold the pipe piece in place if you ever need to change the wire.
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