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Old 12-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:35 AM   #3
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BMP --- Welcome! And this will no doubt be an interesting build worth following.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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You wouldn't happen to be an engineer, would you?
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:52 PM   #5
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:18 PM   #6
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That's awesome!! We are in the process of becoming debt free to do the same. Only about one more year to go. And yes, lol...I am a service technician for an automated packaging machinery company and work with engineers on a daily basis. There was no doubt.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:49 PM   #7
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LP STORAGE: Two propane tanks are mounted underneath with a total 100lb total capacity. This will last about a year of continuous use with a LP stove.
Two questions... where did you get 50lb horizontal LP tanks (not that I want one, just curious) and what LP stove are you using. I know that my LP gas range (30" GE Profile) uses far less LP (currently using about 27 GALLONS per year or 115 pounds) than the small RV gas range we used in the Class C. Others may want to know a good energy efficient alternative to the common RV ranges.

100 gallons of propane weighs 424 pounds (4.24 lbs. per gallon) so 100 lb tanks = 23.5 LB
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First off, I hugely respect your ability to calculate all this and recognize the amount of thought that goes into it. I hope you are able to achieve your goals, but I want to remind you of an important variable that you are forgetting. Real life. It is to be applied at a ratio if .5, so is therefore a very simple equation ;). I'm not trying to be negative, but I can almost promise that most of what you have figured here will not be achieved as expected. The HP and torque increases you stated for your engine for example, while they may actually prove true, as they are hopefully dyno proven, the real world gains will likely be half. Why? Because there are too many variables to account for when moving something this heavy, this wind resistant, and with this much drivetrain loss down the road. Real life ALWAYS kicks you in the ass. Anywho...I have blabbered enough. Definitely looking forward to watching your progress.
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Will look forward to MPG figures when you get it all assembled and running down the road!
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