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Old 01-16-2011, 02:23 PM   #11
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

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Question about your stereo... what kind of unit did you get where you can plug in your laptop to it? I have tons of music on my laptop too but am still shopping for the stereo (maybe in a few months when I get some more $$).
Many of the better head units have 1/8" inch input jacks on them anymore, and USB is getting more and more common. That way you could just plug in a 4 gb thumb drive and have access to between 400 and 500 songs, depending on their file size.

In my own bus, I use a JVC KD-A815, which has the aux input jack, USB and also bluetooth. The bluetooth feature I don't really use for talking on the phone, but there's a great benefit in having it, to me. I have an LG EnV3 phone, which has a really nice built-in MP3 player. I have an 8GB MicroSD card in it with about 700 songs. I connect the phone to my head unit via bluetooth as "external headphones" and I can play all the music on my phone through it. I have tried several different brands of MP3 players over the years, and surprisingly, my phone has been the best! It has all the features I want without a bunch of needless BS. Also, my little Samsung netbook has bluetooth, so it can connect to the head unit the same way.



My JVC is a higher-end deck, so they run about $250 or so. Crutchfield has it on sale right now for $180. If you have no need for the bluetooth, you can get the KD-A615 for around $150. It's the exact same deck, just without the bluetooth and not quite so fancy a display. Either deck, you can change the color of the display and the backlighting around the buttons to match your dashlights or whatever. I installed the A615 in my sister's vehicle, and she has the button lighting purple and the display area pink!
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:25 AM   #12
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....low and behold at the Jbox nearest his water heater there was a crack in the insulation on the white leg that was touching ground ...... a good wrapping with electrical tape and a new breaker and Voila hot water
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Somethings wrong, the white wire should be at the same voltage as the ground.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:31 AM   #13
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Somethings wrong, the white wire should be at the same voltage as the ground.
Only when it is used as the neutral, and even then there may be a measurable difference depending on how far from the main disconnect the wires have been run. If the street disconnect with the required one neutral bond is, say at a campground office, due to ground resistance you may be able to measure a voltage between the neutral and local ground at a pedestal.

In 240-volt wiring where you have both 240-volt and 120-volt loads, like a clothes dryer with a 120-volt motor, you need to have have 3 wires plus ground. White is neutral, and black and red are the two hot legs. If you are using a pure 240-volt appliance like a water heater or electric baseboard, with no need for 120 volts, you do not need a neutral. It is common practice to use black and white for the two hot legs to these types of hard-wired appliances. Try to buy a piece of Romex or UF with only a black and a red wire.

I don't know if the same applies to 208-volt only three-phase wiring, whether a white lead would be used instead of blue one for the third hot leg, if there were no need for a neutral.

Also, in a room with light switches at two entrances ("three-way" switches), in cases where the power source and the load both run to the first switchbox the black, red, and white wires might all be alternating hot legs to and from the second switch. You would always find at least one of the wires between switches hot, and either of the other two could be hot to ground depending on the two switch positions.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:42 AM   #14
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Re: jak & ann in the desert bluebird flat face

I enjoyed the photos, Jak. Like you said, the interior is rough, but I like the functional utilitarian style of it all. You explained the fresh water system but I was wondering how you handled gray water when parked for extended stays, and what sort of toilet was on board.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:49 PM   #15
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sweet. I'm still using my 13 year old factory install ... tape deck... looking forward to upgrading.

My original I use dose not even have a tape deck
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sweet. I'm still using my 13 year old factory install ... tape deck... looking forward to upgrading.

My original I use dose not even have a tape deck
HELL NO TO THE AM MONO!!! that was in my skoolie, i'll see about posting a pic of my stereo.
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