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Old 10-06-2011, 10:58 PM   #11
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Re: 1996 Ford 7.3L gas E350 Eldorado - Aerotech

Thanks for the quick replies I guess what I need to know is what kind of cord? ends on cord? or sockets for the main in and kind of main breaker, any kind? (30 amp) do I need for the AC power setup.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:35 PM   #12
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Re: 1996 Ford 7.3L gas E350 Eldorado - Aerotech

On a conventional skoolie the AC power is often an extension cord out the window, one side plugged into the campground recepticle, the other plugged into your stuff. On the campground power pedistal there's a regular plug-in also.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:02 AM   #13
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go to your nearest camper supply and get a 30 amp cord, 25' or 50'
its all you will need for most campgrounds
you might need an adapter for a 50 amp service sometimes
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:34 AM   #14
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nice bus i wish my bus was a dually
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Re: 1996 Ford 7.3L gas E350 Eldorado - Aerotech

according to page 2 of the manual it handles a 30 amp imput breaker so 30 amp service cord is what you go with. 30 amp is 110v and you can get those adapters for the end of the cable to plug into a house type cord. do not get a 50amp 4 prong plug, your system is not made for 240volt.

so you get the cord, wire it in. your :MAIN: breaker will be the 30amp breaker. then from there max of 20amp breakers for microwave, plugs, etc etc up to 5 circuits. with a 30 amp service you can have electric heat and water heater and a microwave but only run ONE at a time...


for the DC part it shows 11 circuits available to run all your 12v stuff. 2 of the 11 circuits can handle a 30 amp fuse, the rest are 20 amp max.


all in all not a bad unit for 30amp service!
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:13 AM   #16
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perfect thank you for the info I phoned up to my local RV shop and they have a 25 footer for about $55.00 I will pick it up next time I'm in the city about 30 miles from here
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:25 AM   #17
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Sorry have not worked on the bus lately, have been battling asthma from a cold I got from taking a school bus full kids on a sports trip!
things are lookin up though and hope to get back at it this weekend...
just a few questions though about water tanks has anybody had any experience mounting one one the Eldorado Aerotech? and where / how did you do it. Also if anyone has any ideas about a moveable bed I would like to use the integrated mounting rails in the bus to make a queen size platform bed that when not hauling our scooters inside the back of the bus the bed could be moved into the cargo area to give more space. Below is a pic of my plan
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Re: 1996 Ford 7.3L gas E350 Eldorado - Aerotech

Hey Ptooti --- you might look into a "jacknife" bed that folds into a sofa when not in use. With any Shorty you have to try and think "multifunction, collapsible, hide-a-way" or you run out of space really fast. Just a thought.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:25 AM   #19
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Hey Ptooti --- you might look into a "jacknife" bed that folds into a sofa when not in use. With any Shorty you have to try and think "multifunction, collapsible, hide-a-way" or you run out of space really fast. Just a thought.
thank you for your ideas but Yes unfortunately I have had no luck sleeping on futons, hideabeds, and van seats won't do it for me, If I want to be able to walk the next day.
I'am opting for making a Queen mattress out of memory foam chopped down to 72 inches in length and about 9 to 12 inches thick then will put that into a futon cover. With the 72 inch queen I will have 4'8" left at the back of the bus for the cargo area that should be good for our little scooters, then when the scooters are off-loaded I could move the bed back there or use it where it is. And a table bed is out of the question only in rare emergency I just never liked getting up from the table to make the bed and vise-verse. So its back to figuring out a rail/sliding lock system for this movable bed. I was thinking of using the existing q-straint wheelchair tie-downs for securing the bed frame when in motion.
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Water tanks? Hmmm...
Have you thought of using heavy wall PVC pipe? 6 to 8 to 12 in diameter?
Find where you want to put a water tank measure put heavy pipe caps on and drill and cement fitting to the pipe for your hookups?
I thought of this AFTER I bought almost a thousand dollars worth of RV fresh, gray and black water tanks for my bus.
Hey that's a great idea! I have already purchased my water tank for $80.00 off ebay not very big about 8"x16"X40" I was thinking of building into a box inside. The box Will be 18"X70" and 10 inches high in one end will be the water tank & pump then have the rest divided off for my power converter and cable storage. on top of this box I will mount my Wicker (light weight) dresser and portable air cond unit. Now you have given me an idea I'am considering extending the bumper out a bit just enough for a step I could attach the grey water pipe system under there and it could be the width of the bus.
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