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Old 11-17-2011, 05:38 PM   #11
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If you want an all-season bus, strip all the interior metal and have it foamed. Converting a bus is a lot of work and money depending on what you want. It's probably smarter to go quick, dirty, and cheap--and use it. If you want to keep on bus'n, there's always another bus out there. They're cheaper than they've ever been.
Something to consider... Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:11 AM   #12
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Looking for input (or weigh in) on metal thickness for sheeting where I am removing old windows... went to metal yard and, just by feel, 22 gauge seemed right... Also have to consider being able to wrap rear corners... Any experience here would be greatly appreciated...

Also, can't find info on battery recommendations... currently stock the "dead" ones are 2- 12volt parallel 6 cell ( 6 total caps about three battery size in one).

Before spending $$ I want to buy the ones that will do the job... And do I "have to" separate starting battery from others to avoid draw down? Common sense says yes???
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:23 AM   #13
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The wood subfloor over the steel is in great shape... any big disadvantage to leaving it intact? And the plates over the Sending units on the tanks??... are they req'd to stay accessible?
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:51 AM   #14
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Just purchased (for $250 and it works!! ) a 10kva generator that was used as a truck mount generator... Any problem enclosing these and or insulating them?

I will have to install a "gas"tank for it... Gallons? I assume a couple weeks in the desert (most fuel consumption) would be longest w/o refill... Any ideas? Usually won't need a/c... woods, and coastal living.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:00 AM   #15
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Before spending $$ I want to buy the ones that will do the job... And do I "have to" separate starting battery from others to avoid draw down? Common sense says yes???
Common sense wins again! Better if your start batteries are separate/different from your house batteries.

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The wood subfloor over the steel is in great shape... any big disadvantage to leaving it intact? And the plates over the Sending units on the tanks??... are they req'd to stay accessible?
i left my plywood floor, it was in good shape. Patched in about a square foot in two places.
Don't know what you mean by 'required'. I guess if you want access to the sending unit from the top I'd say yes. I have no access panel in the floor for the tank sending unit.

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Old 12-01-2011, 10:56 PM   #16
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After more consideration, this being my first skoolie... a roof raise will not happen on this bus. I really like the look of the front, and I am only 5'9" so it will be fine for me. IF I do another, I may want to do the raise... I really had my heart set on it, but I will be happy with just having the bus...

So I guess next step is to get motor ck'd by my local Truck Repair Co. and, if all is OK, then start the tank installation and welding the generator in somewhere..

I will remove some windows, but will probably keep the originals where needed.

I have some larger RV windows that I aquired, but may have to do some modification to get them in... stateroom.

Need to do some calcs to figure invertor size and battery requirements...

May also include solar panels... not sure on that one.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:36 PM   #17
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Since I found out today my System is 24 volt( except lighting) do I need to Install add'l generator for house batteries, or is there a way to charge them from the existing "start"batteries? edit~(System is 12 volt)
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Are you saying your bus has a 24 volt chassis electrical system? That would be unusual fo a Bird. They do have two 12 volt batteries wired in paralell.
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Are you saying your bus has a 24 volt chassis electrical system? That would be unusual fo a Bird. They do have two 12 volt batteries wired in paralell.
A military spec bus would be 24 volt. Unlikely but not impossible.
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Are you saying your bus has a 24 volt chassis electrical system? That would be unusual fo a Bird. They do have two 12 volt batteries wired in paralell.

That is what a mechanic told me over the phone... Today I am gonna crawl under (i.e. ck if it is parrallel or series) and verify.
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