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Old 07-09-2009, 04:06 AM   #41
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Hello all!

Felt it was time to get back online. Sitting on my butt recovering from kidney removal surgery.
They assure me they got all the cancer, but I will be out of action for quite some time. Not allowed to lift anything heaver than my big butt!

Good news is that I can still cruz this forum and steal some more of the great ideas found within.

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Old 07-09-2009, 01:10 PM   #42
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My family has added you to our prayer list for a full and speedy recovery, glad you can cruise the forum again!
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Here's hoping you have a speedy recovery! Congrats on a successful surgery too!!!
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:43 PM   #44
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I thank you all.
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cool!

I am understanding everything except the inverter issue. should I run two separate sets of 110 wires? one from shore power and one from inverter and keep them away from each other?

If I understand everything else, I am going to run all 12 volt wires down one side of overhead chase, all audio type wires down the other side overhead, 110 wires coming from shore power under windows on one side and 110 wires from inverter down other side under windows..? or can I use the same wires for 110 and just use transfer switch?

I just went through the great "stranded vs solid" debate in the how to wire up the bus tutorial and here's where I stand on the issue: I don't know the technical part of the issue, but I have a few stranded wire extension cords that have been put through the ringer a few times and never failed, so I think I will go to home depot and spend a couple hundred bucks getting a good supply of 50' and 75' extension cords. I will get a few real heavy duty and get two different colors so I can separate the 12v from the 110 shore power and the inverter.

I am also thinking of getting two or three transfer switches (expensive, but i think vital.) to run one set of 110 wires and just be able to switch from shore to inverter power.

once I get all this figured out i get to start to work out the audio and video wiring mess

thanks

well i paid $130 for a 100' 10 gage extension cord in june.
i think home depot or some thing like it might have it
cheeper by the foot for just the wire with no ends!

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Old 08-19-2009, 08:34 PM   #46
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Thats a nice bus . I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as we have our little Thomas shorty .

The best thing is the saftey ,imo . The way people drive , you need all the protection you can get .

Also we no longer get blowed all over the road when trucks pass like we did in our motorhome or pulling camper . Good Luck and happy camping.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:48 PM   #47
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Yes,
Safety was the main thing that attracted me to a schoolie as opposed to finding a good used motor home and going from there. It seems like a lot more work to convert a bus into a rolling home, but then that is a huge part of the fun for me.

I used to drive long haul, and have seen two motor home accidents, one right in front of me, and the mess was scary. Aluminum and little 2x2 sticks of wood everywhere. The thought of my family inside one of those if i get it on it's side is unacceptable. The safety of the steel bodied schoolie is just too much to pass up.

And they just look cool anywhere you go
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:13 AM   #48
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Once again, looking for information



I need to, once again, tap into that vast amount of knowledge that is housed here on Skoolie.net. (Feeling very eloquent tonight

The Wiring diagram above is one I Borrowed (stole) from someone else, and if I knew who, I would give a very big "thank you" to for allowing it to go out.

The level of my knowledge in wiring is speakers and stereos in 4 wheelers, and some automotive electrical classes a long time ago. So... I have a few questions:

1. Is there a book or place online where I can get basic information about the functions and necessities of some of the items shown in the diagram, and gauge sizing requirements or recommendations for these items?

2. Is the "Charge Wizard" just a monitoring device to display the level of battery charge?

3. What is meant by "Battery Brain"?

4. I am seeing an Alternator inline between the Inverter and a battery brain. do you think this is an extra? or is this meant to represent the main vehicle alternator?

5. Is the purpose of an inverter to change 12v battery power into 110 volt?

6. Would it be wise to place an additional transfer switch between the shore power and the Gen sets to keep from back feeding the gen when hooked up to shore?

7. When Battery banks are hooked up, are they hooked positive to negative, or positive to positive? I want to maintain 12volts with increased amps but cannot remember how to do it.

Thank you all for the information that i know will be flooding in. And thanks again to the artist that came up with this diagram, it helps me a lot.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:11 AM   #49
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Once again, amazing.

I just printed out enough stuff to keep me busy reading and learning for a week!

Thank you!
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:14 PM   #50
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I finally healed up enough to work on the floor some more, so here is the update.

Whoever puts these sheets of ply down at the factory must get paid by the number of nails he shoots thru the floor and the pounds of goopy glue he uses on the edges!

This is the result of six hours working off and on. I would just leave it down, but there are some nasty rust spots that means it all has to come out.

There is a method to the madness however! These two pics show the best way I have found to remove the plywood from floor.


The skill saw is set to just barely go thru the ply without hitting the metal (much), and the scraper is a home made thing that helps pry it up.
This is a couple of pieces of plate steel welded on to the end of a piece of 2" water pipe with a bend in it. A trailer hitch ball welded into the end makes it easier to hold and slide. Heavy, but effective.

More to come, I am back in the saddle.

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