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Old 02-28-2019, 12:41 PM   #1
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Fully electrical bus?

With alot of solar panels, a generator and the alternator when driving...

Is it possible to go only electric for fridge, stove/oven and tankless water heater?
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:53 PM   #2
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Yes, but you're going to need a massive and expensive battery bank.
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Generally speaking, lights draw the least current with motors (air conditioning, refridge, fans and water pump) drawing much more. The heaviest draws are resistance heaters (water heater, stove/oven, electric heat).

The amount of solar you can mount on a bus roof won't keep up with the big draws you mention. A generator will handle it but is a pain to use and a pain for your neighbors to be parked next to. Shore power would be the best option. If you plan to boondock, the genny would be your only practical option.
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Generally speaking, lights draw the least current with motors (air conditioning, refridge, fans and water pump) drawing much more. The heaviest draws are resistance heaters (water heater, stove/oven, electric heat).

The amount of solar you can mount on a bus roof won't keep up with the big draws you mention. A generator will handle it but is a pain to use and a pain for your neighbors to be parked next to. Shore power would be the best option. If you plan to boondock, the genny would be your only practical option.
I'm still trying to figure out the components for the solar system. How many watts would you need for his application? I have 10 panels equaling 2450w. How much would be needed for an average to slightly higher demand of a normal RV build?
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so the best would be propane for oven/stove + water heater and solar could keep up the charge for fridge and compost toilet fan?

forget to say this skoolie will follow warm temperatures, so small wood stove will do all the heating when necessary!
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so the best would be propane for oven/stove + water heater and solar could keep up the charge for fridge and compost toilet fan?

forget to say this skoolie will follow warm temperatures, so small wood stove will do all the heating when necessary!
You might consider a propane refrigerator also.
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bet those are mostly rv ones?
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bet those are mostly rv ones?
What was this referring to? Aren't we building RV's?
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propane fridges. havent heard of that alot!
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propane fridges. havent heard of that alot!
You won't hear about them much. I never heard of one till I started the bus. It's ideal for that application if it doesn't have issues that some have mentioned.
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