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Old 10-24-2013, 10:16 PM   #71
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Whoo! I just looked at that array of relays--they look like a chess board and it doesen't look like you are winning! I can see why you aren't anxious to dive into the electron pool. Oh well, just disconect one at a time and see what doesn't work--then you"ll know what to do next.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:51 PM   #72
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Take a pic of the heater core your referring to. In my bus, the defrost comes from the passenger side.

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Old 10-25-2013, 11:03 AM   #73
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Really like what you're doing so far. Ill be keeping an eye on your progress for sure
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:07 PM   #74
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Thanks for the kind words.

Nat, this is the heater core next to my driver's seat. A single flexible duct comes up to meet these vents.



My passenger side has its own heater core with vents for the windows there. I don't expect any problems in removing the heater, though I've never used those little 12v defrosters, and I'm not sure if they'll do the trick. I'm not expecting to do much winter driving, but it's not something I want to be without. Safety first and all that.

Here is the countertop:



Neither the sink nor the stove are secured yet, but they fit well and look good. I made a first pass at caulking the seams of the counter today, and I think I'm going to give it another once over to get a more uniform look. It does the trick though, and there aren't any more sharp edges.

Also, my woodstove arrived! Yay!



It's a cool little gasifier woodstove originally developed for a sailboat. I'm pretty excited to see what it can do. It only weighs 50lbs and takes 3" pellet stove pipe, so it shouldn't be much of a bear to install. More info here.

We begin attaching our interior ceiling tomorrow. Stuff is about to get weird.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:10 PM   #75
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12 volt heaters don't put out enough heat for anything realy. They also burn out alternators.

Why do you want to remove the heater? To large, and just looking the clear up some space? They sell smaller heaters for tractors and off road equipment, but they are pricey.
http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/Auxi ... /4240007.p

You could also relocate the heater farther back, and still run the heat duct to the defroster. The one you want to remove puts out around 60,000 BTU. The one I posted the link to is only 3,425.

This one could be mounted right under the windshield without the need for ducting. Its only 8 inches high. If you use this one, I would strip all unneeded dash components out of the way to make room. It puts out 24,700 BTU
http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/Auxi ... /4240028.p

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Old 10-29-2013, 12:57 PM   #76
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I like how you didn't let that wheel well thwart you from putting that cabinet exactly where you wanted it!
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:31 PM   #77
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Nice build! I love the deck and that woodstove is super cool!

I removed and got rid of my heater/defroster from next to the driver a long time ago. I did have the same idea about a little 12v heater. It was no where near enough heat! my windows kept fogging up and one snowy day they even iced up! I recommend going with nat_ster's idea of using a small utility heater core. I found one in the pick and pull yard (local auto salvage) for like $15. It was built to go under the back seat in a conversion van. Had 2 speeds and 3 duct placements. Fit right under the switch panel and out of the way. I don't have it installed yet but it has been test fit and hooked to the switch, puts out a lot of air flow so it should work real good.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #78
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@ nat & ferroequinologist: Thanks for the tips - I won't bank on a 12v heater doing the trick. I won't be moving it at all this winter, so I think I'll do a little testing. I'll see if I can run a duct from the passenger side over to the driver's side. When it gets really cold out, I'll run it and see how it does. If that doesn't work, I'll go for a smaller axillary heater and install it in the warm spring weather.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how that stove performs. Passive solar has been awesome in the bus as of late though - I have the bus parked facing West with decent Southern exposure, and we've been regularly getting a 10-20 degree increase in temperature inside. I think once all the leaves are off the trees the sun will start to hit even earlier. If I have a fire running all night and the bus isn't cold, I may not need to keep the fire going on sunny days.

@ Dan: It's funny, we had thought we had everything measured and and figured out, but that came a lot closer than we thought it would. That entire bench will be made up of pull-out drawers, and I think we're just going to put a false drawer over the bottom half where the wheel well is.



I guess I mentioned this already, but now I have a picture. I went around and replaced the clearance lights before we starting putting up the ceiling. I'm using these style clearance lights, which match the original stock lights. In addition to replacing the originals, I've added two ambers on each side. They're not as bright as the picture suggests, but they're bright enough to enjoy.

We're more than halfway done with the ceiling! I'll throw the pictures on here all at once when we're finished.
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Great picture.
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Ditto on the great picture.
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