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Old 11-12-2013, 11:50 AM   #441
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That looks ridiculously cool, like it's ready to pounce, haha!!

Edit: Also, quick question on the welder... did you try replacing the tip? That can make a huge difference. Especially using fluxcore, the tips get fouled easy. I probably have 6 years or so on my Clarke.
It is a cheap Harbor Freight 90 amp welder. I knew it would work on my 30 amp generator. But Porkchop's 120 Hobart is nice. Maybe an excuse to spend more money.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:02 PM   #442
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an excuse to spend more money.

Isn't that part of Skoolie charm?
Best reason to spend money we don't have that I've ever thought of, that's for damn sure.

The bus looks GREAT! Doesn't even look like the same machine! Really is a night and day difference, looks a little more "serious" in a way.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:47 PM   #443
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I just posted this on my web site. Bus now and then. Check it out.

http://thejourneyvisvi.com/2013/11/12/bus-then-and-now/
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:15 PM   #444
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I just posted this on my web site. Bus now and then. Check it out.

http://thejourneyvisvi.com/2013/11/12/bus-then-and-now/
You need to take a picture with "finished bus" turned the right way
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:14 PM   #445
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I just posted this on my web site. Bus now and then. Check it out.

http://thejourneyvisvi.com/2013/11/12/bus-then-and-now/
You need to take a picture with "finished bus" turned the right way
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I was thinking the same.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:35 PM   #446
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I got my batteries delivered today. 6 90 AH AGM batteries. I want about 500 AH and got 540 AH. I found if I got four or more I got free shipping and the 90 AH were on sale. I saved about $200.00. This worked out better for me because each battery is only 63 lbs. The bigger ones were 120 lbs, these will be easier to move.



I have a Inteli-Power 9200 45 amp 4-stage charger that I bought a while ago for the van.



I'm hooking each one up to finish charging, they are all at about 90% when shipped.



I'm not suppose to work on the bus at my apartment, so I waited until the maintenance people left at 3:00 and started in.



Starting to rip up the floor. The lower self over the engine is where I plan to put the batteries. This way they will be close to the alternator and bus batteries. I already have some of what I need left over from my van.



Like my Sure Power 1314 Battery Separator.



My Blue Seas 150 amp Circuit Breaker. This will be between my batteries and the inverter, right noiw I have a 1000 w pure sign wave Xantrex.



And my Xantrex LinkPRO Battery Monitor. Once I get the batteries installed, I will measure and get the cables made and hook everything up.

The first thing I will wire up is moving the Wabasto heat system off the bus batteries. Then add a few LED lights so I can see at night.

I also have a start to the AC side of life.



My 30 amp cable and matching Power Inlet.



And My 120V AC and 12V DC Distribution Panel. I will install a couple outlets and then be able to plug the 30 amp plug into my generator. I will also connect the charger so it will re-charge the batteries.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:02 PM   #447
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Oh boy, I can tell this is gonna be good!
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If your going 12v battery bank, won't that only be 270Ah?how much were the batteries?and were did you get them with free shipping?
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If your going 12v battery bank, won't that only be 270Ah?how much were the batteries?and were did you get them with free shipping?
I'm talking total not usable amp hrs. Usable is debatable, it all depends on how well you can recharge them to full and how far you deplete then. I havea good charger and plan to go down to 40%. That would give me almost 320 AH usable.

But most of the time you are boondocking, you are only quick charging to 80%. That only gives you about 200 AH

I got the batteries at BatteryStuff.com
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okay, cool I didn't know how much you knew(didn't want you to be disappointed)
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