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Old 04-20-2016, 05:14 PM   #21
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So we mentioned generators, alternators and battery banks. Question: would you upgrade the alt., or custom mount a second one?

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I was thinking of a larger alternator. 220 is ok, but id like a 250+.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:40 PM   #22
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"reeeeeeeeealy long cord"

i called the factory that makes the cord you speak of. turns out its the same cord that powers up my teleporter..... i've had one on back order for years, horrible customer service!
Everyone the company you speak of are to busy running that cord way overhead or to deep in the ground to be able to plug into unless you know someone that knows someone ?
Then you will need a different inverter/converter type thingy that your money/decision chooses what you actually do to be able to plug in?
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Well, we have thoroughly explored all the fictitious ways to run AC while driving. I've been waiting for Wylie Coyote to weigh in.

Personally I like the security of a generator for backup. A big alternator is good too if you've got your battery bank set up.

Honestly you guys are spending quite significant amounts of money on power systems. Batteries and solar cost many times more than a modest generator and also weigh significantly more.
An alternator putting power into a modest set of house batteries seems to be the most effective for the buck.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:22 PM   #24
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I want to be pretty self sufficient. I plan on living in mine full time when I can and renting my main house out to pay for itself. I have a small in law apartment I can sleep in when I am home. So overkill with the electrical is my way of doing it. I already ordered 2 Guage wire and an inline dc breaker for 200 amps to make sure I can turn off the house batteries if needed. It was 20 bucks on amazon.

I worked at a plant in New Jersey during the super storm sandy ordeal. The area I was in was hit pretty hard. No solar would have worked since it was rainy then snowy. Plus the power was out in most of Tom's river for several weeks. While a generator would be nice, I don't need a big one to run my necessities. But it would be easier for me to add batteries and a larger alternator to them, start the bus for half an hour and get my fast idle kicked in, that way I get the 1200 rpms recommended for the plant I intend on installing.
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I was concerned about this, too. I have a small battery bank (220Ah), but a huge 6.5KW 50 Amp Onan generator. So I run the generator while traveling for AC and fridge.
Here it comes... but I have a heavy duty engine alternator that is setup to power my 12V house systems and charge the house batteries when the motor is running. If I run the generator, too, is having two charging sources going to hurt those house batteries?
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Old 04-21-2016, 05:10 AM   #26
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I worked at a plant in New Jersey during the super storm sandy ordeal. The area I was in was hit pretty hard. No solar would have worked since it was rainy then snowy. Plus the power was out in most of Tom's river for several weeks.
Yes it was. I was in Brick with the Guard, and while it did clear up, it was still a power nightmare
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Old 04-21-2016, 06:57 AM   #27
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Hats off to you Scooter! We were at the Clarion on 37 after they evacuated us from the island. It sucks when all the wawa's for 30 miles are closed due to no power. No hot showers for 3 weeks (unless we wanted to shower with the nasty guys in the plant. Baby wipes worked miracles!) We couldn't even find gas anywhere north of Bass River!

So yeah, a big battery bank and a large alternator are my way of dealing with that situation. Seems when storms come, areas run out of gas, but never shy on diesel!!!
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I want to be pretty self sufficient. I plan on living in mine full time when I can and renting my main house out to pay for itself. I have a small in law apartment I can sleep in when I am home. So overkill with the electrical is my way of doing it. I already ordered 2 Guage wire and an inline dc breaker for 200 amps to make sure I can turn off the house batteries if needed. It was 20 bucks on amazon.

I worked at a plant in New Jersey during the super storm sandy ordeal. The area I was in was hit pretty hard. No solar would have worked since it was rainy then snowy. Plus the power was out in most of Tom's river for several weeks. While a generator would be nice, I don't need a big one to run my necessities. But it would be easier for me to add batteries and a larger alternator to them, start the bus for half an hour and get my fast idle kicked in, that way I get the 1200 rpms recommended for the plant I intend on installing.
Dont you think a generator would be a lot less pieces in the puzzle and more straight forward, reliable?
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Dont you think a generator would be a lot less pieces in the puzzle and more straight forward, reliable?

It depends on the person using it. I really don't want to fabricate a support frame for a genny. Id have to hang it on the bottom of my bus near the front, which makes servicing it, always a chore. If I use my little inverter, I now have to carry a 3rd type of fuel with me at all times if I want to use it that way. As far as reliability, 6 of one half a dozen of another..... all things have the potential to fail.

With a bigger battery bank and a HO alternator, It would charge when it's running, so i wouldn't use extra fuel, and if my alt goes bad, it's on the back of the bus, not under it. I still have to wire up the house system with a transfer switch anyway. so this to me is an easier way.
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I am trying to go out of my way to keep my house seperate from my starting/running batteries?
That way if I have a house problem it is within the house stuff and I can always crank up and go home to figure out the problem?
If it is the starting batteries or a problem with starting then it is a problem with the original bus and not anything that I have added?
I know and can do a lot of things but electrical is not my strong point so I want to keep my house elec. seperate from my bus so that if I have a starting/running problem I know that it is not anything that I have done in the house.
I am debating an alternator but I will have to create brackets and choose belts so it is still a lack of time,money and being on the road debate?
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