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Old 04-20-2016, 10:18 PM   #21
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Yay!!! Right? Lol
I am just happy the skoolie functions as well as it does for what i paid.

I have been planning for a bit now. I will take my time, but hopefully my time table of 2-4 months to be bare legal minimum rv status.

I am not a minimalist, but according to everyone i know i live like one lol.
If your bus has a 444 and is hitting 72, I'd imagine its got a 2000 series Allison.
Take a pic of it when you can and then we'll know. Or run the vin online.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:35 PM   #22
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Day 1 of actual work, found out alot about my bus and my tools. One, i 1000% need a generator. As i am using miliwakee m18 tools. I get about 4-6 bolts angle grinded out per battery. All my seats have 8 bolts, thus my dilemma. I was considering buying a cheaper utility generator and 2000 watt pure sine inverter. Which i then hope to swap the inverter into my solar array eventually. Sadly, that will need to wait.

Oh things I learned :
Bus mechanics like to use whatever screws are around lol.

DO NOT buy the thinner angle grinder disks.

Buckets are awesome for putting bulk amount of screws.

Wear long sleeve shirts and jeans or work pants even if it is hot lol.

Wear a mask when grinding, as well as all other safety equipment.

I apparently have 3 heaters and 1 is like a legit home radiator in height. I might keep it.

There is nothing quite like getting your first set of seats out.

your bus likely has more than 3 Heaters total.. many of the newer IC's have a Mid heater and a rear heater.. then there are usually 2 in the main driver console (left-side windhsield defrost and a foot warmer).. then there are usually 2 on the right side.. (right windshield defroster and the door heater / defroster).. often the deforsters are tied to the same dashboard switch...

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Old 04-20-2016, 10:36 PM   #23
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all of the 2003 IC's I looked at had allison 2000s regardless of engine.. they were set up as 5 speeds and ran down the road nicely..

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Old 04-21-2016, 12:32 AM   #24
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That should read, mechanics in general....... man I am glad my dad taught me to keep a mayonaise jar full of nuts, bolts and whatnot on the shelf!

Glad you're rocking along........ but like the old skoolie saying goes, no pics, no proof!!!
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:34 AM   #25
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If your bus has a 444 and is hitting 72, I'd imagine its got a 2000 series Allison.
Take a pic of it when you can and then we'll know. Or run the vin online.
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:26 AM   #26
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Got a pic of under the bus, right behind the engine?

Heres a 2000-


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Old 04-21-2016, 11:51 AM   #27
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Old 04-21-2016, 01:30 PM   #28
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Got a pic of under the bus, right behind the engine?

Heres a 2000-


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Ohhh ok and crazy cal i have not the slightest idea. It runs smooth is all i can say lol.

Side note my earlier estimations on angle grinders ability to suck out battery life was grossly underestimated lol. I got 3 whole bolts on 3 fricken batteries -.-
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Old 04-21-2016, 04:32 PM   #29
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Ohhh ok and crazy cal i have not the slightest idea. It runs smooth is all i can say lol.

Side note my earlier estimations on angle grinders ability to suck out battery life was grossly underestimated lol. I got 3 whole bolts on 3 fricken batteries -.-
I feel your pain with battery powered tools!
Although not as bad as your times, and using two batteries, i was able to cut a few pieces of lumber to start framing of the bed/storage box. I was so mad, though...i almost threw all of them in the trash and went to HF to get w/e they had...
But then, i love my little drill! i have a B&D "matrix" 12V with interchangeable heads (drill, circular saw, jig saw).
Just have to manage better my charging cycles...and maybe buy another battery + charger!
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Old 04-21-2016, 05:00 PM   #30
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Lithium batteries are the best for cordless tools if you ask me.
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:34 PM   #31
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I feel your pain with battery powered tools!
Although not as bad as your times, and using two batteries, i was able to cut a few pieces of lumber to start framing of the bed/storage box. I was so mad, though...i almost threw all of them in the trash and went to HF to get w/e they had...
But then, i love my little drill! i have a B&D "matrix" 12V with interchangeable heads (drill, circular saw, jig saw).
Just have to manage better my charging cycles...and maybe buy another battery + charger!
I have four batteries, 2 extended power gives me about 20 minutes on a 70 minute charge time. I also have 2 normal batteries that if used on any other than the angle grinder last all day. It is just the angle grinder thats killing me. The guy at the place im doing the conversion let me charge my batteries today. I got like 3 times as much done
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:39 PM   #32
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I have four batteries, 2 extended power gives me about 20 minutes on a 70 minute charge time. I also have 2 normal batteries that if used on any other than the angle grinder last all day. It is just the angle grinder thats killing me. The guy at the place im doing the conversion let me charge my batteries today. I got like 3 times as much done

Take those batteries and charger home with you!!!
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:46 PM   #33
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Take those batteries and charger home with you!!!
I do every night, the issue is i burn through the juice in about an hour. I need to w
Either buy a genny or set up a solar system, both of which are not cheap.
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:48 PM   #34
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Ohhh ok and crazy cal i have not the slightest idea. It runs smooth is all i can say lol.

Side note my earlier estimations on angle grinders ability to suck out battery life was grossly underestimated lol. I got 3 whole bolts on 3 fricken batteries -.-
Get a cheapo angle that plugs in.
Use it hard and put it up wet.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:17 PM   #35
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Get a cheapo angle that plugs in.
Use it hard and put it up wet.
Zero plugs available within 150 ft plus even assuming the owner lets me leech off him XD.
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:05 PM   #36
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I do every night, the issue is i burn through the juice in about an hour. I need to w
Either buy a genny or set up a solar system, both of which are not cheap.

I bought this exact one, and I love it. (It doesn't run my 8 gal husky air compressor though.....lol)

Amazon.com : Hyundai HY2000si, 2000 Running Watts/2200 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Inverter, CARB Compliant : Power Generators : Patio, Lawn & Garden

The only thing I can think of that I don't like about it, is it doesn't have an aftermarket conversion carb to run lpg, yet.

It might be worth it to you too!
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Old 04-22-2016, 02:00 AM   #37
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I bought this exact one, and I love it. (It doesn't run my 8 gal husky air compressor though.....lol)

Amazon.com : Hyundai HY2000si, 2000 Running Watts/2200 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Inverter, CARB Compliant : Power Generators : Patio, Lawn & Garden

The only thing I can think of that I don't like about it, is it doesn't have an aftermarket conversion carb to run lpg, yet.

It might be worth it to you too!
i am worried about how it doesn't claim to use pure sine wave power. clean energy in several of the other units i saw with the same tag were the artificial sine wave power that was actually bad in the long run for your sensitive electronics. Do you have a link i can see that says the genny is using pure sine power, i cant find anything when i google.
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Hyundai HY2000si Review - PortableGeneratorGuide.com | PortableGeneratorGuide.com

Closest thing I can find. It doesn't discuss sine wave forn, but people are running higher end electronics off of it.
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:19 PM   #39
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I like that generator more and more. Only 3 seats left on the skoolie! Been a grueling 4 days of work. Grueling mostly on my batteries lol. Ordering the genny to come next week sometime.
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