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Old 12-11-2012, 02:30 PM   #121
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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.[/quote]

Great! I am taking the liberty of giving you some sanding music. I hope you don't mind. I do my best work when I listen to Melanie.

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Old 12-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #122
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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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Old 12-11-2012, 03:20 PM   #123
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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.
Great! I am taking the liberty of giving you some sanding music. I hope you don't mind. I do my best work when I listen to Melanie.

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*laughing* I'll have to forward that to my best friend.. she loves yodeling.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:48 PM   #124
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Coupla quick thoughts --- I agree with both GreyEagle & DieselDan. Start by calculating your anticipated load. There are numerous online resources for the amp draw of just about everything electrical. Design your systems to fit your lifestyle. If you plan on spending most of your time where you can simply plug in (like most campgrounds), then you can get by with very little in the way of standalone power. On the other hand, if you want to dry camp a lot (that includes WallyWorld parking lots) then you need reliable full time power. 100% genny would be expensive in fuel and solar is free only after the system has paid for itself so the most viable option will likely be some combination.

There are some terrific gen set available these days that are fuel pinching and remarkably quiet. Honda & Yamaha both make very reliable units that also have the advantage of being pure sine wave sets, meaning you won't need a co$tly inverter to operate TV's, computers and other devices that require "clean" electricity. Only issue there is, they ain't cheap. But, you can find some deals out there. I scored a Honda EU300iS with 1 hour on it off of Craig's List for $1400 (new price is about $2600). Can barely hear it run from 5 feet away and it powers my window unit A/C without even coming off idle in the "economy" mode. But, I want a couple of solar panels as well. Between the two systems, I would like to be able to remain "off grid" for about a month and based on the numbers I've run so far, it is doable if I am conservative with my usage. As DieselDan noted, anything that heats using electricity...sucks electricity, so it's best to try and keep those items as idle as possible. If you are out in the wilderness, wait to do your ironing until you are at a campground and rely on a wood stove for heat.

I'm no expert on any of this, but I think you may be getting the picture by now. Plan, research, change plan, do more research, ask questions, change plan again. Eventually you'll arrive at a reasonable and workable solution for your particular needs. Just about everyone I know who has built a Skoolie or home-built RV has gone through the same process. Good news is that there are now resources like this forum to make the process a little less painful and maybe even more likely to get it 80% right the first time.

Best of luck..happy reading...and remember, do it your way.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:17 PM   #125
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I know.. *sighs* I'm just impatient and low on funds. But I will get there. And thanks everyone for being there. Here. This week I'm sick (rare) and it's freezing out. Whining doesn't seem to be helping..
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I know.. *sighs* I'm just impatient and low on funds. But I will get there. And thanks everyone for being there. Here. This week I'm sick (rare) and it's freezing out. Whining doesn't seem to be helping..
It never does........ Just grin and bare it. it'll pass......
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:26 PM   #127
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Sun is coming and up to 55 degrees by the weekend according to the forecast. Got my propane tank filled and a hose for the heater. Will try my first run with the heater and working conditions in the bus. I've never really worked with a big propane tank. But with new fittings on it (refilled type) and a new hose and a squirt bottle of soapy water....

Question on insulation. If I take off wall panels and put foamcore insulation in, what if I just left the fiberglass and just sort of squished the foam over it, wouldn't that be a 'double' sort of insulation? Or should I rip the spun stuff completely out? Have only taken one panel sort of off, and it seems pretty scrappy at best. Not sure what I'll find under the rest of it all.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:04 PM   #128
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Squashing the fiberglass will kill it's insulating value. It's the dead air trapped by the glass fibers that does the insulating. It's a big mess to remove it but you'll get a bit more room for the foam insulation.
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... Question on insulation. If I take off wall panels and put foamcore insulation in, what if I just left the fiberglass and just sort of squished the foam over it, wouldn't that be a 'double' sort of insulation? Or should I rip the spun stuff completely out? Have only taken one panel sort of off, and it seems pretty scrappy at best. Not sure what I'll find under the rest of it all.
Or you can simply sheath over the interior walls with 1" rigid foam insulation. It will allow you to create a thermal break from the rivets. That is what we are doing. We used pieces of "1X" culls from the box @ Home Depot ($0.51 ea) as furring strips plus a piece of 5mm luan scrap behind the "1X" to bump it up to right at 1". Put that crappy white poly board with the shiny thermal reflective film (shiny side facing the interior space) and taped all seams with metal duct tape. Galley wall seems warmer. Eliminates the thermal transfer from the million plus rivets. We decided this after realizing the walls was so much more colder at the rivets than the rest of the wall. The small rivet free spaces really weren't all that cold even when it got below 20F. I'll be glad to get the rest of the bus insulated. We seem to have pretty good original insulation in our BlueBird.
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Lorna, So you used what thickness of foam board on the walls.

And then you can finish with something nice like paneling or carpet tile etc. Will also bring it out to the edge of the chair rails.

do they even make paneling anymore? *lol*
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