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Old 04-19-2016, 09:59 PM   #11
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That sounds like a nice setup. You got one of those good transmission I take it?
Define "good" lol, my buddy is a CTA driver and he knows the good from the bad and he basically begged me to drive the skoolie again lol. He has all the needed CDL's and extra's to drive the skoolie all legal like lol.

side note i got a temp tag and it will last until july...a bit longer than the 7 days i was initially told lol
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:59 AM   #12
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Good, as in not a 4 speed Allison 545. Like the one I have.

That sounds great. I'll be looking forward to the time when you build passes up my build.
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:33 AM   #13
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Could you charge your smart car from your bus alternator while towing? That's kind of like a towable battery bank.
my smart car is a gasoline model..

charging an EV from mthe bus alternator is still using fuel since it makes the engine work harder.. I do know of someone who made an adapter to charge his nissan Leaf from the solar array on top of his RV.. while driving he uses the engine for his A/C , heat, etc.. and uses solar when parked.. but when driving he tows his Nissan leaf and charges that..

the Leaf also acts as extra House power if he doenst want to run the generator...

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Old 04-20-2016, 11:57 AM   #14
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That's pretty cool that someone is already doing that. Just goes to prove once again that if you can imagine it, someone else has probably already done it.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:26 PM   #15
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Good, as in not a 4 speed Allison 545. Like the one I have.

That sounds great. I'll be looking forward to the time when you build passes up my build.
Maybe, my buddy said it only shifted three times to get to 70 mph. I do have alot of time on my hands. However my limiting factor will be money. I want to come out of this with as little debt as possible.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:32 PM   #16
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That sounds like you have the ever popular 545 then. Take good care of it and you should be fine. You can see where it would be advantageous to have one of those six speed automatics, but that's not worth thinking about unless your current transmission goes bad.
You're doing it the right way. Take your time and let things fall into place. Occasionally you have to stick your neck out financially, but most things come along if you can wait.

I consider myself to be a minimalist, slowly adding an occasional luxury.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:51 PM   #17
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That's pretty cool that someone is already doing that. Just goes to prove once again that if you can imagine it, someone else has probably already done it.
im always seemingly getting into building cool technology stuff.. we took the easy way out of building his solar car charger and simply built a board that mimics the L2 EVSE charging protocol to tell the car's charger to only pull a certain number of watts..

the next piece we are working on is makeshift 'regen' braking using a pair of 200 amp alternators that are only engaged and switched on when the brakes are on or the Jake is engaged... while they wont provide much stopping power like regen in a hybrid, they will generate power to charge batteries onboard or go to the electric car battery ...

my design uses a low tension belt and an A/C clutch (with no compressor)to drive those alternators so their belts dont drag ..

whether it actually gains him anything or not who knows but the project is fun to design and see built as well as "bragging" rights to say we did it for the heck of it..

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Old 04-20-2016, 06:31 PM   #18
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That sounds like you have the ever popular 545 then. Take good care of it and you should be fine. You can see where it would be advantageous to have one of those six speed automatics, but that's not worth thinking about unless your current transmission goes bad.
You're doing it the right way. Take your time and let things fall into place. Occasionally you have to stick your neck out financially, but most things come along if you can wait.

I consider myself to be a minimalist, slowly adding an occasional luxury.
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.
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:39 PM   #19
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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.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:59 PM   #20
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Oh things I learned :

Bus mechanics like to use whatever screws are around lol.
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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