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Old 09-06-2006, 05:13 PM   #61
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Thanks Richard - yes, it's nice to be enjoying the fruits of our labor!

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Old 09-17-2006, 09:19 PM   #62
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Some figures based on the first 48 days of bus-living:

70 gallons of freshwater lasts 8-9 days
60 gallon greywater needs emptying every 7 days
20 lb of propane lasts about 45 days (standard 20" gas range and on-demand water heater)
We use 60 amp-hours/day, or 720 watt-hours (I work from home, and am on a desktop PC and satellite internet 8AM-5PM, 5 days a week.)



Just an FYI. This is for 2 adults and 1 cat.

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Old 11-17-2006, 09:01 PM   #63
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We added an awning to the front of the bus:



We used materials from the hardware store...cost was just under $50.
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:10 PM   #64
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Added a wind turbine to the roof:


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Old 11-22-2006, 10:56 PM   #65
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I'm really going to be interested to find out how you feel about the noise; it's the only thing that I seen as a reccuring critisism. It's all been heresay (no pun intended) so far with regard to the reports so it'll be nice to get your assessment.
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Old 11-23-2006, 12:42 AM   #66
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I'll let you know...have heard the same and it's on mind too.

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Old 11-23-2006, 05:29 AM   #67
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A nice guy who tows his big 5th wheel trailer behind his big truck sent me photos and a short film of his Air-X wind generator ….you can hear what these wind generators sound like in operation.
Here’s my page with the movie and pics (scroll all the way down)
http://www.mobilehomestead.com/alt/wind1.htm

I have the Air-403 stored away that I was going to install on our bus , but I think I’ll get the newer Air-X which is supposed to be amazingly quiet compared to the 403
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:43 PM   #68
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Hi-

Well we heard the turbine spin up today...not hugely fast but generating a few watts nonetheless. It emits a whirring sound, certainly not intrusive, but definitely noticeable. I only heard it when outside the bus...I will make a point to listen inside the bus next time.

When I get a chance I'll do a short video and post it.

Soused Moose---feel free to use any pictures and/or text from my website on your storefront.


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Old 11-24-2006, 05:18 AM   #69
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Thanks Sean…
Question for you if you don’t mind ….How do you deal with taking the Air-X down for traveling?
And ,Did you get the stop switch for your generator?

I’m trying to figure out a strong enough pole within a larger pole setup ….something that could be raised & taken down easily without climbing up on my buses roof.
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Old 11-24-2006, 06:13 PM   #70
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Just off hand a cataplut type setup might work...not sure how else to explain what I see in my head long pole with turbine on one end...on the other a heavy weight with a pivot towards the weight end...once its up a simple locking system could be locked in and the weight could then be removed.

Just a fast idea *shrug* ideas come fast, not always workable..but they do come.
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