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Old 12-11-2012, 09:16 AM   #111
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I don't remember now why you don't have electricity to work on the bus, but if I were in that situation I would get a small generator. I'm sure it would prove useful for many things and could become part of your bus power system.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:20 AM   #112
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I don't remember now why you don't have electricity to work on the bus, but if I were in that situation I would get a small generator. I'm sure it would prove useful for many things and could become part of your bus power system.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #113
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I'm guessing you are going to need/want at least a small generator at some point...so why not bring it on board now ? Power tools will definitely make your life a lot simpler.
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Works great!

http://www.lowes.com/Search=pole+sander ... ole+sander

Even better.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog ... =SEARCHALL

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:35 PM   #115
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You could also see if there's a way for you to attach the sandpaper to your shoes, then just shuffle around the bus for a few hours.
*laughing* My mom used to have us polish the floors with our butts and socks on our feet.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:39 PM   #116
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OOoooh... I like. Thanks. I have a Home Depot here.. although the round one looks nice. More for sanding walls and ceilings I suppose.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:46 PM   #117
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I'm guessing you are going to need/want at least a small generator at some point...so why not bring it on board now ? Power tools will definitely make your life a lot simpler.
True.. just budgeting is real tight right now. There was a gen on local trades and sales here for $260. A Freight Harbor 3500. Said only about 5 hours on it. But there was no picture I didn't have the money to really call on it. Sales of a couple of things fell through on my end, still trying.

What watt gen should I get really, it's really confusing to me. My thinking is that 3500 would be enough. Other people say no. I will be running probably a sewing machine and iron (not all the time), charge the laptop and phone/alarm clock and run a hair dryer a few minutes in the morning. Possibly a small toaster oven for a few minutes here and there (where I bake my clay). And eventually will be charging the battery banks for 12V lights etc.

I'm still researching and want to get the solar panels more than anything.

Now, someone has me back to thinking wood stove.. which I really wanted in the first place.
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And truthfully... generators are noisy. I hate to even vacuum. Weird I guess.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:16 PM   #119
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Anything that produces heat (toaster oven, iron, hair dryer) is going to suck a lot of power. You would likely have to spend quite a bit of money on solar panels and batteries in order to have enough power to run that kind of stuff. There are quiet generators, but they cost $$. Harbor Freight products are a crap-shoot. Generally cheap and low quality. I have a 3500 watt Champion generator that was pretty cheap but loud. It ran a full size fridge, separate freezer, and my bus AC, although sometimes a surge would stall it. Really though, you need to calculate your total power demand, surge load, etc. and then consider your options. I wouldn't want to use a generator as my primary power source for my household full time, it's more for occasional use when I don't have access to shore power and I need to run high-demand items like AC or heat or power tools. In my situation I was able to situate the generator some distance from my bus and use a long power cord so the sound wasn't quite so obnoxious.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:25 PM   #120
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Go with the wood stove. It'll work no matter where you are.....

Go with the solar panels and battery system...... It'll work most of the time... no matter where you are...
and get a generator for a backup system..... a Yamaha 2400 will do most anything you'll need for a short period of time plus it can recharge your battery system if/when needed. Honda's are good ones too but more expensive. Most other generic generators will work for awhile but I / would not invest in any of them short of the Honda or Yamaha.

just my 2 cents, other opinions will vary
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