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Old 05-18-2019, 03:49 PM   #11
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Solar *#@!??? AKA teaching old dogs new tricks

The solar stuff we have to figure out... Yikes!
We're determined to get this thing running!
We want to be able to run:
- small fridge (would like a7cuft but will settle for a 4cuft :/)
- small AC unit & hubby's CPap @night
-outlets for charging
- a couple different kitchen appliances (not all at the same time of course)

We'd like to run on demand site hookup power for AC & fridge

We're thinking of using a small HF solar setup dedicated to just the outlets we have (2) 100w HF panels & 2 sets of the HF inverter & such that comes in the box with the panels - we had bought 2 sets for a different project - we also have 4 of the small medical "scooter" batteries & 2 of the HF batteries.

We will then use the big setup (see pics) that came with the bus for the fridge & AC. It came with 4 Monster deep cycle batteries (couldn't read any info directly on the batteries & I couldn't lift them) & a 2000w inverter with a pure sine remote module (?!?) & a 30A MPPT charge controller (WT!? Is that?) plus all the wiring *red=hot* that's the limit of my knowledge.

We're ordering 1kw in flexible panels for this big setup & I'm not sure what we'll do with the (2)100w rigid panels that came with the bus *probably save for another project.

All batteries will be stored in pull out drawers mounted under the bus @working level (no bending & crawling around for us LOL)
This will be an ongoing project & I'll try my best to log everything.
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:00 PM   #12
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Flooring! My favorite thing in this build!

This flooring was found at a local hardware /farm store - 12'W - 10 mil *I think* padded - textured like real wood & only $10 RF!! WHAAAA?! $78!
I only needed about 50ft2 so I bought 7RF so I'd have enough to run it with the 'boards' going front to back so the bus will look bigger. Doing that math in the middle of the store was downright embarrassing LOL it was one of those days.
I honestly think this will be my fav part of Tulip!
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:15 PM   #13
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Shower *eventually* & toilet

Met a lovely couple who were offering a NIB tub enclosure for $75 ($300 @big box)

Hubby also is going back to get 2 go carts & dirt bike *50-75cc* I think... Gotta love finding new Projects within projects lol

We changed plans today & decided to put the bathroom behind the pilot seat to give the rest of the bus a more "open" feel (its going to be an interesting project so keep an eye on this one LOL)

The stairwell wall will have a steel handrail for the stairs - cup holders on top & shelving on the other side since this will be where the co-pilot will sit.
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:03 PM   #14
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I was looking at that wall paneling yesterday, I don't believe it is flooring material.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:14 PM   #15
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I was looking at that wall paneling yesterday, I don't believe it is flooring material.
The stuff last owner installed is peel & stick crap & he lined up all the tiles instead of staggering them UGHHH & I thought it was ugly anyways - the stuff I got can be installed over vinyl but I think we're gonna take the crappy stuff up - with the hot sun today a couple pieces came up really easy
The vinyl/linoleum we got is Waterproof & scratch resistant plus it's prettier.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:23 PM   #16
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The stuff last owner installed is peel & stick crap & he lined up all the tiles instead of staggering them UGHHH & I thought it was ugly anyways - the stuff I got can be installed over vinyl but I think we're gonna take the crappy stuff up - with the hot sun today a couple pieces came up really easy
The vinyl/linoleum we got is Waterproof & scratch resistant plus it's prettier.
So that's a linoleum product, I thought it was the wood panels I was looking at, looks the same. Carry on.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:25 PM   #17
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The stuff last owner installed is peel & stick crap & he lined up all the tiles instead of staggering them UGHHH & I thought it was ugly anyways - the stuff I got can be installed over vinyl but I think we're gonna take the crappy stuff up - with the hot sun today a couple pieces came up really easy
The vinyl/linoleum we got is Waterproof & scratch resistant plus it's prettier.


after 3 experiences of laminate flooring getting wet in my house, ( and having to replace it ), and with full expectations of the floors in my schoolie getting wet during winter adventures, I'm going with sheet vinyl on the floors - bend it up 2 or 3 inches along the sides and have a water proof floor
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:06 PM   #18
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after 3 experiences of laminate flooring getting wet in my house, ( and having to replace it ), and with full expectations of the floors in my schoolie getting wet during winter adventures, I'm going with sheet vinyl on the floors - bend it up 2 or 3 inches along the sides and have a water proof floor
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Doggy day spa? Canine cabana? Canis Interruptis?
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:57 AM   #19
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I was amazed at the quality of the vinyl we happened upon lol it does look exactly like the T&G planks. We're even going to use the scraps above the back door as a background for a couple of shelves up by the flashers.
We're going to make the entire floor & "baseboards" waterproof - all wiring & outlets will be waist/Countertop level (ADA) - I'd literally like to make the entire bus a wet room LOL I know it's not completely possible but we'll get a close as possible.
I remember making my dad's pickup into a drivable hot tub back in the day... Tulip would make a great lap pool... Full size buses would be Olympic size...
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