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Old 08-24-2014, 05:40 PM   #101
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I worked on some unfinished projects today.

the diesel furnace needed to be vented. i had the exhaust just vented under the bus, but you good people were quick to point out that it should exit the apron of the bus body. so i found this stainless steel "thru hull" boat part that makes for a great exhaust port.



here you can see the exhaust tube right behind the new stainless steel port...... it curves up to the furnnace unit.



and cut what i think will be the last hole in the bus! (i hope)



this hole will be a 15/20A plug in for shore power to connect to the battery charger. i can unplug the battery charger from this receptacle and plug it into the bus generator.


more pics when the wiring is finished...
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:59 PM   #102
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speaking of holes......
i never showed the stove exhaust vent hole. the stove is a down draft model, so my vent exit is on the floor..... just so happens its right on top of the generator.

i'll put and elbow and a damper on it to finish it off. i think it will exhaust under the bus towards the drive shaft instead of out the side....the generator door is right there making the outside difficult.



and i finished up the wiring to my plug in.
the holes visible here are the water fill mid way up on the right, the heater exhaust and the electric plug in..... flanking my battery box.

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Old 08-25-2014, 01:13 PM   #103
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I have been reading through your conversion and getting so many ideas for my own.. Great job and quality work! Hopefully this isn't to ignorant of a question, but what's the reasoning for bringing the waste tank vent across to the drivers side? Thanks
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:48 PM   #104
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i picked up this battery monitor

but the 15' cable included is way to short, so its just wired temporarily to check the batteries.

but i've been going crazy trying to guess at the batteries..... happy now, to have some useful info

here is the main screen telling voltage and discharge rate



and this screen shows the percent charge and hours to discharge.



Part number/source or link to gage? also what shunts etc and extras needed??

and Redbear kicks Azz...I couldn't of done the Water Heater w/o him
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:34 PM   #105
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its a Clipper Battery Monitor BM-1

it comes with a shunt, you can see it in the picture on the upper left. the included wire (15') was to short to run to the front of the bus, but i just ran a substitute and will mount the panel above the drivers seat. also...it has a limit of 650 amp hour bank.

other than displaying the percentage charge.... it measures the amp hours out that you use... and if you charge.... it puts them back in.

so far..... i really like it!

here is a link to one on ebay..... there are many there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clipper-Batt...3D161374276074


i could not have gone this far without Redbear either
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very nice thank you
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:14 AM   #107
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I have been reading through your conversion and getting so many ideas for my own.. Great job and quality work! Hopefully this isn't to ignorant of a question, but what's the reasoning for bringing the waste tank vent across to the drivers side? Thanks
thats a fair question....

the waste tank is next to the door of the bus. For odor control, i wanted the vent to be as far away from any window or entrance to the bus, and i didn't want to put it in the roof.

the stretch of real estate between the drivers window and the rear window seemed like the least offensive place to put it. the vent needs to be higher than the counter level in the sink. installing it in the roof would have been much more difficult. the bus is nicely insulated with spray on foam..... no need to carve more of that out than i need too. on the outside, the vent is 7'+ off the ground on the non camp side of the vehicle. the waste tank should should also be on the drivers side of the vehicle, but there was no room for mine with the generator already there. i will always be backwards at dump stations.

the plumbing has not been fully tested yet..... so its all still a wait and see project. i have my fingers crossed here that it all works.
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the waste tank should should also be on the drivers side of the vehicle, but there was no room for mine with the generator already there. i will always be backwards at dump stations.
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for a long time i considered a macerator pump, or even a macerating toilet.

the macerator toilet even has a warm water bidet built in

but truly the there is no room for a large tank under the bus ......except between the frame rails behind the differential.

it could have been done, but i would have needed another pump for the grey system.

my waste tank location, under the fuel tank, gives me the use of regular rv plumbing fixtures. not $1000 ones.
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I was thinking just the basic macerating pump that fits a normal 3" dump from the black water tank. Still a $200+ solution.

I hate black water tanks so much I am planning a composting toilet. Even though it may cost more than the bus
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