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Old 07-12-2019, 08:29 AM   #1
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A Bus Named Sandy

It's about time to start a build thread. I've had her since December, and I am now at the point of adding to the build. For the most part, it is a stable chassis in excellent condition waiting to be reborn.

The bus: 2005 Thomas FS-65 with a CAT C7 and Allison 2000, under 50k miles. She started life with the federal government at the White Sands Missile Range, hence her name. 23' b to b, 14.5' behind the driver. She is rust free and in excellent running condition.

The build: To date we have gutted her completely, treated the metal floor and primed it. We have replaced the seat with a Dodge Ram seat with integrated seat belt. I also added a hitch with wiring and a backup cam. The RV style windows are out, and new ones are on order.

Layout: We plan to pretty much follow this drawing.

More details to come!

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Old 07-12-2019, 05:15 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:57 PM   #4
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Here’s a sense of where we’re at. All gutted, furring strips on ceiling mostly in, windows missing, DC wiring run for LED lights and fan. We put in a Maxxair fan and turned the hatch into a skylight. The galvanized pipe is our roof rack. The wood is locally sourced white pine, milled to 3/8” x 4” to our spec by a cool local wood worker. It’s all from one very old slab of wood.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:55 PM   #5
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Electrical questions:

I am trying to calculate the correct size inverter and plan the basic components.

1. In looking at the two diagrams below, (I know they are not detailed; this is just for logic), the first has a main 120 panel directing 120v to non-inverter loads and not going through the charger/inverter. The second diagram has a transfer relay (not a manual switch) going straight to the 120 panel. Does the relay do the same job as the main panel in diagram 1?

2. If I will run my 12k mini split only off shore or genny power, and not through an inverter, can I go with this smaller unit linked here?

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