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Old 01-11-2018, 08:28 AM   #101
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Great looking job there! Just wondering how the top struts are mounted, right through the floor?
One thing I do not see is lock-washers on any of the rod drops, top or bottom, and any and all nuts. The nuts will likely loosen off that are used to jam the tank tight to the strut. And, the bottom strut I would flip over so it drains moisture and flushes road debris out.

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Old 01-11-2018, 11:02 AM   #102
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As far as bolting the strut to the floor. I copied what Woolly Mammoth did at diyskoolie.com. metal screws drilled into the ribs. As far as lock washers I used the red lock Tite stuff on the upper portion so I hope that stuff works. On the bottom I used lock washers so I can remove if service is needed.

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Old 01-11-2018, 11:33 AM   #103
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good looking bus. keeping eye on it, and coming back as reference in future
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:53 AM   #104
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Thx, I definitely will. As soon as I'm done plumbing it I plan on attaching gas tank straps running length wise on the tanks for extra support. I've been paranoid of the stop and go motion weakening the all thread throughout time. I figured gas tank straps will quell my paranoia for now.

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Old 02-15-2018, 11:36 AM   #105
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Solar!!! Got 4 280w panels feeding the 60a MPPT controller and 2000w inverter. For a test run I ran our 10000 BTU air conditioner for two hours. The batteries dropped to 74% but hey it worked. Below is the diagram that I originally created to use as a guide. So far it's been running great powering the fridge, fans, and power tools. I still need to clean it up and do some wire management. But it's a start.IMG_20180114_112610.jpgIMG_20180120_122442.jpg

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Old 02-15-2018, 01:45 PM   #106
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That is looking great. I don't know what half of it is but it's very well arranged.

I see how you're making shade for your bus with those huge panels.
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:02 PM   #107
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That is looking great. I don't know what half of it is but it's very well arranged.

I see how you're making shade for your bus with those huge panels.
LOL yea when I picked them up my wife said " um honey are you sure those are going to fit" I didn't realize I ordered the 72 cell ones instead of the 60 cell panels.... Whoops! but it's what I have for now so I'll make em work

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Old 02-15-2018, 05:15 PM   #108
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Benches made, stove installed. Time to move on to wiring and plumbing

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Looking great! Where did the cabinets come from? I am getting ready to tackle this part of my build! Where will the fridge go?
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:27 PM   #109
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Looking great! Where did the cabinets come from? I am getting ready to tackle this part of my build! Where will the fridge go?
The cabinet is actual a solid wood dresser that we picked up at a thrift store for $40. My wife sanded it down and got it prepped for paint and ready to install the butcher block counter top. Our idea is to use peg board inside the drawers to hold the dishes and glassware. Kind of like the photo. For our fridge we converted a chest freezer to be a fridge. It's more affordable and energy efficient. I build a slide out style tray for the fridge so tuck under the counter. You can see photos here https://www.shawntomskoolie.com/framing

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