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Old 08-01-2017, 08:52 AM   #891
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Very impressive as always! That's some nice looking DIN rail. I think I see circuit breakers, terminal blocks, and up in the top-right corner.. a pair of contactors? I'm interested to know their role (transfer switch, I guess?) and more about the panel-mount meters, too. And I recognized the arduino (pro mini?) and the empty-full indicators on the LCD, but couldn't figure out what Wt and Ft mean.
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:10 PM   #892
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That's gorgeous work inside that junction/breaker/whatnot box.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:11 PM   #893
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We took a trip a couple weekends ago, two passes in the PNW, I-90 and US-2.

I-90 pavement expansion joints are a bit of a boneshaker. I am going to try dropping tire pressure 10 psi in the front (100 right now) and replace shocks in the front.







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Old 10-16-2017, 05:16 PM   #894
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great to see your rig out and about!!!!!

expansion joints rock both of my busses pretty good.. I found on my DV bus that new shocks helped, I also found the Lash in my steering box was out of spec and the alignment was bad. I fixed the lash myself and had it aligned.. much better!!.. tire pressure made a Little difference.. not as much as id thoght it would.. but being im front engine I couldnt go down too much... I still have a lot of weight up there..

-Christopher
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:33 PM   #895
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Excellent journey! Great to see these rigs out and about. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:24 PM   #896
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The LED lights really make it look clean and modern. I have some on order, are taking forever to arrive.

Bet you all are making some great memories for the little ones.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:05 PM   #897
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Hey Aaron,
I haven't checked in on your build in about a year or so, but I really enjoyed blowing off some of my sleep last night to catch up with your build-truly outstanding seeing it all come together. I agree with many others that your build has been an inspiration to get off my butt and make progress on my own.

How has that water heater been treating you? I was thinking about getting a takagi instant water heater, but I'm very attracted to a 12v water heater to reduce the load from my modest inverter. The reviews on amazon seem mixed so I would be very interested in your personal review.

What is your family doing for washer/dryer right now?

I got lots more questions but I cannot think of too many at the time.

Also excited to see those solar panels go up!

ps: All your precise craftsmanship puts me in awe, I love how that activity table/bunk bed came together.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:18 PM   #898
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Well, we have been living in the bus full time since April. We own a house, so we have rented out the house but park there. Our washer and dryer is still used in the house, so there's some water/heat that is not part of the bus yet.

I filled up the propane tank in May, (30 gallon, 27 usable) and as of today it's a little less that 1/4 full, so time to refill soon. The consumers for the propane are hot water and the range/oven.

We all take showers and wash dishes in the bus, so I'd say I'm highly satisfied with the water heater (Girard GSWH2)

Take into account I have a dual water pump (just common shurflo pumps) and a 5 gallon accumulator tank. When taking a shower, (standard residential showerhead) the pumps turn on after about 10 seconds of flow. During the shower, they cycle off and on, so the pressure accumulator helps even flow out a lot.

If someone is doing dishes and taking a shower at the same time, there is a about a 3 degree drop in max temperature, but thats with both fixtures max flow. We have a bosch aquastar tankless in the house, and it has similar heat/flow characteristics.

I think the most annoying thing is the cold sandwich, but I've solved that with a thermostat controlled hot line preheat. The temp sensor is right at the junction for the hot return, so if the line temp drops, it will attempt to keep the cold part of the sandwich out of the main loop. It works well, but there's some "fighting" for pressure at times. Overall, the preheat works well too.


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Hey Aaron,
I haven't checked in on your build in about a year or so, but I really enjoyed blowing off some of my sleep last night to catch up with your build-truly outstanding seeing it all come together. I agree with many others that your build has been an inspiration to get off my butt and make progress on my own.

How has that water heater been treating you? I was thinking about getting a takagi instant water heater, but I'm very attracted to a 12v water heater to reduce the load from my modest inverter. The reviews on amazon seem mixed so I would be very interested in your personal review.

What is your family doing for washer/dryer right now?

I got lots more questions but I cannot think of too many at the time.

Also excited to see those solar panels go up!

ps: All your precise craftsmanship puts me in awe, I love how that activity table/bunk bed came together.
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:49 PM   #899
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Awesome! Thanks for getting back to me. Living out of the bus and renting out the house. Sounds like you're living the dream!
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Old 04-27-2018, 12:27 AM   #900
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I'm working on installing the lithium battery pack now. 2.5kW of panels on the roof feeds the pack. Two synchronised inverters will provide 120 and 240 split phase power, at 3kw per leg. This is basically a 50A onboard power source.

With the air conditioning attached to this, the numbers look like we'll be able to run 18k BTW A/C all day and through to the next day to stay cool, and recharge. Hopefully, anyway.




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