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Old 09-02-2014, 01:58 PM   #31
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Thanks again all for your advise, scrapped the travel trailer for parts idea. Question: any recommendations for a converter/ charger?
I have heard lots of good about Iota and their 45 amp model, with 4 stage charger
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http://www.boatandrvaccessories.com/...verter-charger

You just need to figure out how much 12v power you really need, this will allow you to plug into 120v and have 45 amps worth of 12v available

I didn't get one, because the solar keeps batteries up while camped, and the big power 12v uses are while underway

Only 12v we run is a power invertor while on the road or keeping fridge running, with a 200 amp alt. with the diesel running down the hiway we have plenty of 12v on hand, we run microwave and fridge and even started the rotisserie so chicken was done by the time we got to camp ground

We rely on 120v 99% of our trips
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:07 PM   #32
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Thank you Bansil
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:54 PM   #33
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Going to look at a couple of RE3000's Monday, I hope they look good, ready to get started. Does anyone have experience with First Student?
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I'm 54 and possess a lot of the skills that I think i'll need to complete my skoolie, my thought is that I'll build one to last me. I'm thinking that I would like to have a lot of options for power. I would like to include shore power of course, I'll need a converter, a battery charger ( I'm not sure if the charger should be integrated in the converter or inverter or neither), inverter, generator, and I would like to do a couple of solar panels for battery charging. I do not plan to to camp in campgrounds only where shore power is available. Man I love the woods! So the reason that I'm mentioning all of this is that I'm wondering if information is available such as: you need this type of breaker panel(s) where to locate the inverter in the system, these are the types of switches you need and this is how to make the connections. I can follow directions. So far what I've been able to find in a book on RV wiring and online are parts of what I want to do. If this info is available in one neat package I would be so grateful.
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Just read HandyBob's Blog
Making off grid RV electrical systems work, really helpful!
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:21 AM   #36
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Re: Searching for the nebuchadnezzar

also remember that higher voltages use lighter gage wire ie:

20 amps of 120v can use 12ga wire (2400 watts)

to make that power at 12v you need to feed a 3000 watt invertor (85% of capacity is normal for good electronic life)so you roughly 200 amps! (2400w/12v) that is huge $$$ cable

so mount the invertor as close to batteries as possible (separated by a vented compartment for batteries) don't mount electronics were gas can corrode them while batteries are charging

and then you can run smaller wiring 120v from the invertor to control box, etc
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:35 AM   #37
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Re: Searching for the nebuchadnezzar

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002MW6PHG

This is the inverter I went with. It has an integrated charger on it. Figured I could hook up a solar panel to it as well for charging on the go.

And I agree with bansil, mount the inverter in a dry place as close to but not in the same place as the batteries. In case of any type of rapid or over charge the gasses given off can be very VERY bad!

Just remember the amperage needed by your appliances. Rooftop and larger size ac's, electric water heaters, and cooktops most likely need larger guage wire (10g). And a 30 amp service breaker in you panel. The rest are good for 15 amp breakers with 12g wiring. And remember, if you run 12V LED lighting in the cabin, use bus bars with inline fuses straight from the battery. LED lighting is amazingly cool and very energy efficient!
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Looked at 4 buses yesterday, I liked one, it has more miles than than the others 150000, but is much better in terms of rust and dents, and I was able to speak with the guy who maintained it and said the driver was very upset when they were forced to retire it, runs very well, new brakes, new tranny last year. Anyway waiting to hear back from the main office and I'll make an offer.

Heard back, this bus is going to be available but not till the end of the month
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