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Old 02-09-2011, 01:59 AM   #81
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Nice...

I just picked up an 800w made by Peak from Sam's Club for under $20... Haven't used it yet, but if it seems to work decent I may pick up a couple more... Not just for the bus, but for the other rigs as well...
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:42 AM   #82
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Dirtygoat, that is a great buy! This new one I put in is a 2000 watt and as I said, I think I'm going to need to upgrade the battery bank if I use it very much. I mainly wanted it to have a backup for the generator. It will run my computer without any problems and I thought that would be much better than having to run the gen when I'm not on shore power. All my lighting in the bus is 12 volt, so with the inverter, I can post here without making anyone else mad having to hear the gen run
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:02 AM   #83
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... This new one I put in is a 2000 watt... It will run my computer without any problems and I thought that would be much better than having to run the gen when I'm not on shore power...
What is the brand/model? I need to be able to run my desktop when the bus isn't moving and I know that it won't run on the RV's Onan because I tried it 3 times on our way out here. Luckily Stacey had a laptop. We have another Onan generator just like it sitting in the bus...in pieces. If we can get it running, we will use that one in the bus until we replace it. I hate Onan. I will not BUY another one.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:24 PM   #84
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New inverter is working well. It is a ProWatt SW 200 I got at Camping World...But of course, found out I needed more battery bank Installed today the second Series 31 Maintenance Free battery to power all the 12 volt lighting. I have 100 watts of solar panels on the roof, but it does take some time to recharge, but adequate for now, at least until some more extra money comes along for more solar panels. The maintenace free batteries are pricey, but worth the bucks as mine are mounted under the cabin and a PITA to get to. Also found that crawling under the bus to fill them with water every month was really a pain. Got those at Sears with a three year warranty...we will see if they last.

To everyone who is posting with their projects, I love the work and I hope you enjoy building as much as I did mine!
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:28 PM   #85
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Thanks DSM.
I have a roof vent with a fan in the ceiling behind the drivers seat in the living area. It helps really well to vent the air, but it was it is not to quiet. Spent today taking down the old fan guard and built a new cover. Wanted to help dampen the noise and also create more draft suction out the vent. I carpeted the outside of the construction box to help make it match the rest of the ceiling. The new vent opening does create a stronger suction, but is still large enough to allow air flow to keep the fan cool. And much less noise

Here are some pics of the old and the new.

Also put in another Series 31 Deep Cycle battery, so I think I have enough power for now. I now have two of them which run the inverter if needed and 12 volt lighting in the bus, the water pump, and the vent fans. Have to take it to Anaheim next week so we will see how things work out. Lots of California sunshine this time of the year so the solar panels should keep up.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:32 PM   #86
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Still one of my favorite conversions... Looks good...
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:32 PM   #87
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Spent this morning re-grouting some of the tile work that I knocked off. I found that the regular tile mastik that I used really didn't hold the corner and edge pieces very well so I put them back on with Liquid Nails...have not had any problems since. These cabinets are in the living room area and they get bumped into a lot as well. I also have tile on the kitchen counter top and have had no problems with any of those coming loose, even with the amount of water that gets on the top when doing dishes and cooking. If your thinking about tile, if you have a good solid base, should be ok. I wouldn't put it on the floor though because the body of the bus will torque and bend too much and pop them up I think. I'll let things dry overnight and then wipe up the grout residue.

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Old 07-05-2011, 12:54 PM   #88
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Looking good as always,I was looking at the map of cng filling stations and California has lots. Is cng conversion popular there?
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Thanks DSM.
I have a roof vent with a fan in the ceiling behind the drivers seat in the living area. It helps really well to vent the air, but it was it is not to quiet. Spent today taking down the old fan guard and built a new cover. Wanted to help dampen the noise and also create more draft suction out the vent. I carpeted the outside of the construction box to help make it match the rest of the ceiling. The new vent opening does create a stronger suction, but is still large enough to allow air flow to keep the fan cool. And much less noise

Here are some pics of the old and the new.

Also put in another Series 31 Deep Cycle battery, so I think I have enough power for now. I now have two of them which run the inverter if needed and 12 volt lighting in the bus, the water pump, and the vent fans. Have to take it to Anaheim next week so we will see how things work out. Lots of California sunshine this time of the year so the solar panels should keep up.
FWIW currently I drive a cargo van that has a solar powered attic fan as a venting device. Looks are atrocious but has been performing quite good for at least 7 years. The thing moves about 200 cfm which is a respectable quantity.
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:26 PM   #90
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Looking good as always,I was looking at the map of cng filling stations and California has lots. Is cng conversion popular there?
CNG is quite the going thing here, mainly because the CA Air Resources Board is pushing it. There are many fillig stations here. Nearly all the new metro transits are CNG as are many gov districts and departments. I am not sure how many skoolies are converting however. In the Los Angeles basin area, all new school buses have to be CNG to meet air requirements.

I have 4 CNG school buses in the fleet I manage. One of the things to keep in mind about hidden cost is tank replacement. They are pricey. All of the units on our buses have 4 tanks and get about 250 miles per fill and only average about 7 mpg tops. My Crown is an older 671 Detroit with a 10 speed manual transmission. It has an 85 gallon diesel tank, so my range is about 650 miles per fill. On flat land I will average 10 mpg. If I go over the mountains into the Los Angeles area or out towards Las Vegas, it will take the mpg down to about 9 per gallon.

Thanks for the good words on the tile...your doors are awesome work as well.
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