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Old 08-14-2016, 08:03 PM   #81
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil fridge and airbag storage

Good evening Folks,

Today I took the 12 volt fridge back out. The compressor got pretty warm and I wanted to get more insulation around the fridge. It is WAECO and uses a Danfoss 12 /24 VDC compressor.

The bus is slightly less wide on top , or better the standing frame post are bent at about the bottom of the window.
So the space behind the fridge is tapered. I had some tapered flat roof insulation. Two tapered pieces together gave the right angle and thickness so that not space would be left. Lucky me.
For the fridge cabinet I had allowed 2" insulation on each side and 1/2" on the bottom so that went in as well.

The compressor during startup from outside temperature would overheat during the initial cool down and cut out.
Figured that some extra cooling would be good for long levity and installed a 24 VDC fan that is nice and quiet at 12 volt. Power draw about 3 Watt. It runs non stop and it keeps the compressor and condenser nice and cool.


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13905.html

I also flipped the door hinges around so that it all gets a little more convenient.

In my search for storage space I pulled the lid from the passenger side airbag of. The airbag was gone and it seems a nice space to make paper work storage.


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13906.html

Finally i installed a 19" lcd monitor to be used as TV and movie screen.
It used to be a high end Samsung. ( 10yrs ago) I used it because it has a 12 volt DC power input.

I had some thoughts how to avoid vibration to the screen and used rubber cable grommets as vibration dampers. We will see how it holds up. ( picture tomorow)

Later J
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:07 PM   #82
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Elf Bus E350 fule mileage powerstroke diesel

Just came back from a little trip and found a missing diesel receipt so now I have some fuel info:

Date Start Stop Trip Fuel Gallon Average remarks.

04/05/16 139614 139851 237 19.84 11.94 pull mercedes
04/23/16 139851 140249 398 28.612 13.9 highway 60/65
07/17/16 140249 140654 405 30.160 13.4 highway 65
07/24/16 140654 141035 381 29.192 13.05 local
08/17/16 140035 141320 285 21.847 13.04 local
08/19/16 141320 141660 340 24.967 13.06 trip 55/60


So not all to bad with a rear 4.10 and 265/75/16 tires.
The high speed 60-65 mileage does not make sense but then may be I did not fill properly.

Any how a 13 MPG seems can be had.
May be with 255/85/16 tires 14mpg?

Later J

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Old 08-19-2016, 06:36 PM   #83
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil drinking and gray water

Just before we made a trip to Lake Erie I set up our drinking and gray water system. Keeping it as KISS as possible.
Had some thin clear tanks and set one up as gravity feed. Locked it in with a bungie. Easy to take out , refill or replace if required.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture14007.html

Then below the sink is a bucket and next to the bucket storage for a second filled drinking water tank and a larger hand wash tank, just
tap water.


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The fridges performed well on our trip. The Waeco stayed frozen during the 5 hour trip with 4 ice packs that put in the freezer compartment.
The bottom freezer was plugged in a 12 volt lighter plug and worked nice.

I used bungie cords to keep everything in place while driving. Seems to work well .
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:43 PM   #84
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that looks great!.. te passenger airbag is removed or never installed on commercial chassis cutaway .. teres no seat so no sensor and could be dasngerous if someone were up near tere...

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Old 08-20-2016, 01:09 PM   #85
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil built cost

There is another thread about cost and I thought I will post first what our cost are so far.

Bus $ 3700
Travel to get it 900 miles $ 300
Dolly rent $ 50
Steel bus roof for windows $ 30 junkyard
Swivel seat base $ 300
Waeco 12 volt fridge $ 150 used
12 volt freezer $ 500 used
Microwave dumpster
Stainless Sink dumpster
Bed frame and wood dumpster
Stainless frame storage 1 $ 200
Stainless Frame storage 2&3 $ 350
Stainless Battery box $ 25
Insulation 2 sheets $ 64 Home depot
construction glue and foam $ 45
Stainless scews nut & loctite $ 35 Mc master
escape hatch junkyard $ 30 junkyard


To be installed but paid for:

4 solar panels 300 watt $ 480 e-bay
cost to get them 200 miles $ 25
Aluminum solar frame material $ 200 fab shop
3500 Watt sine inverter
from junkyard verizon truck $ 50 junkyard
Battery switch junkyard $ 10 junkyard
cable / fuse box junkyard $ 20 junkyard

To buy charge controllers

I will update items I forgot.

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Old 08-27-2016, 03:15 PM   #86
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Elf Bus e350 Corbeil Solar Rack

Howdy Folks, It is pretty hot here in State College,PA but we are fortunate not having the weather disasters that other states encounter at the moment.
Started on the roof rack that is supposed to hold the solar panels.
I bought 3 pieces 300 watt mono crystalline panel 65" wide x 39" long 24 volt. They were inexpensive... $ 129 / piece but do not have an aluminum frame. I wanted to stay as low as possible so the 2" loss of the frame was good with me. Either way the price was right.

So I started with an U channel frame and want to lay the panel on top and then hold it down with an L bracket all the way around. I will get a rubber gasket in U shape that will protect the solar panel from dircet contact with the aluminum.


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The racking has for now 4 Stainless steel brackets that bolt it to the frame members with a 8MM SS bolt. I ran out of material and the plan is that ther will be 7 brackets on each side of the bus.
I want to mount a 1/2" rubber block between brackets and the aluminum roof and use an adhesive sealant between the rubber block and the roof as well.

I will have one panel behind the hatch and two panels in front of the hatch. I am very curious how much heat load this will take of the bus roof.


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Old 09-01-2016, 07:05 PM   #87
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Elf Bus e350 Corbeil mpg

Had to make a quick trip to Cincinnati and back. about 750 miles. About 50 miles downtown driving. 50-55 mph at night and 55-60 daytime
Average 14.5MPG
Anybody know if a 3.55 is available for these rear axles? Assume it is dana 70.
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:44 PM   #88
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It has been a while, busy, busy. The solar rack is almost completed . I used stainless M8 thru bolts. On the inside I mounted little pieces of angle iron to hang future cabinets off. On the outside I use stainless eye nuts to hang random camping stuff.

Found a nice sun awning at a the local junkyard. It need some serious mods to fit but I think it will work.

The I started on the first little cargo door that accesses under the rear bed. I will put a picture up tomorrow.

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Old 11-17-2016, 07:27 PM   #89
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Elf Bus e350 Corbeil awning

So I found this 15 ft awning at the local scrapyard. Surprisingly the fabric is good and it has a flexible Stainless cover that winds around and protects the fabric when the awning is rolled up.


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture14653.html

I wanted to mount it as high as possible to clear the entry doors. Decided to mount it against the solar racking that I put up. I imagine it has the advantage that heat under the awning can escape under the solar panels and so the roof should stay a little cooler. Needed to get pretty creative with the rear awning arm that has to follow the curve of the roof.
The front one is even in front of the front door post. The top mirror bracket tube was in the way so i moved it 2" towards the driver side.

Some of the previous pictures have disappeared out of the posts? The thumbnails are in the album even the links. do not understand??

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Old 11-18-2016, 04:07 PM   #90
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Great score on the awning...and I really like the roll up cover. Any idea what brand it is?
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