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Old 03-12-2010, 08:14 AM   #131
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Dan,
Here is some details on the battery combiner:

The ME-SBC is an innovative two-bank battery combiner. It is designed to monitor and charge a second battery bank using a portion of the current that is charging a main battery.
This 25 Amp combiner/isolator integrates an optional solenoid drive (I have this), remote voltage sense for more accurate sensing, High and Low battery cut-out to prevent over/undercharging, and automatic 12 or 24 Volt operation.
Connection to the oversized terminals is easy and simple. The basic design makes connecting the SBC as simple as it can get. Like other 3 wire voltage followers, this is a very simple device to connect and setup. The universal controls and connections make this a perfect replacement product.
The remote sense line can be used to monitor the battery voltage of a battery far away or at a charging source. Also, this is used to help minimize unnecessary cycling between combining and isolating, which can lead to early solenoid failure.

The transfer switch:

This transfer switch has two inputs: 50 AMP Generator Source and 50 AMP Shore Power (via the exterior 50 AMP plug). The transfer switch output goes to the breaker box for all NON-Inverted items like. A/C, Fridge, Electric water heater (If using electric), the Inverter Input and so on.

So when the transfer switch senses a power source it switches to that source and sends power to the breaker box.

When the the inverter senses the power coming in from the breaker box it will then switch to pull power from that electrical power source rather then the batteries.

The inverter has 2 - 20 AMP outputs for all inverted items. Mainly outlets.


So the switch in your inverter has a different function then the transfer switch has.

I hope this makes it understandable. It has taken me some time to understand how all this works.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:45 AM   #132
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Re: Good News Bus Conversion Project

Firstly let me say, AWESOME conversion. Love the way it's going. I'm drawing much inspiration.

Just an idea, I built some switch boxes that were in the middle of extension cords and I used these type of strain relief connectors:
http://www.foxelectricsupply.com/conten ... CAR5133430

I didn't buy them online, I got them at Lowes. That's what I intend to use when passing through metal floors or walls. Should be pretty water tight, resist chaffing and relieves the strain.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:29 PM   #133
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Sounds good BP. Makes sense. I noticed you have 1 Air Conditioning unit. I've been going back and forth trying to decide whether or not to get one or two units.

Does your 1 unit cool the bus enough?

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Old 03-12-2010, 11:11 PM   #134
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The one A/C unit seems like it will be ok. It kept the bus cool as long as the doors were kept closed.
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:16 PM   #135
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The family and I are getting ready to spend our first night in the bus. We cleaned it all up today and so it was ready.

I also did a few more things today. Will post pics on the blog soon.
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:30 AM   #136
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Nice! Have fun!
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:11 PM   #137
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The night spent in the bus was fun! We all enjoyed it.

Added more lighting:



Worked on the table:



More pics and info on the blog.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:48 AM   #138
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Glad the family had fun!
Curious, how come all these bus conversions have no drapes or window coverings?
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:05 PM   #139
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BP, I hate to sound negative about all of the very high quality work you're doing - but this is NOT good!
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The first thing I did was foam the holes around the wires coming up through the floor.

That foam WILL wear away quickly! It will NOT prevent those power cables from rubbing against the sharp metallic edge of that hole. You need to install a grommet in that hole. It's so cheap it's dumb not to do it.

You can get any of these at http://cableorganizer.com/grommets/


A clamp like this mounted close to the hole to hold the cable still will help too. Don't string the cable tight. Leave a bit of slack to allow for flexing of the bus structure.


Please don't risk all of your hard work. Take care of this...
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:22 PM   #140
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Already working on it. Thanks!
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