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Old 03-09-2018, 07:28 AM   #11
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Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
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Year: 1997
Coachwork: Startrans
Chassis: Ford e-350 single wheel
Engine: 5.4 litre
Rated Cap: 12
That Goshen looks nice. Beware of the shuttle buses that are built with a corrugated card board like material sandwiched between the fiberglass panels. My startrans is built with 1" steel tubing with fiberglass panels, good design and quality materials. I also have the 5.4l v8 and it gets the job done, even towing a 20 foot trailer. I camp in my shuttle and love it. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 03-09-2018, 02:33 PM   #12
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That Goshen looks nice. Beware of the shuttle buses that are built with a corrugated card board like material sandwiched between the fiberglass panels. My startrans is built with 1" steel tubing with fiberglass panels, good design and quality materials. I also have the 5.4l v8 and it gets the job done, even towing a 20 foot trailer. I camp in my shuttle and love it. Good luck and keep us posted.
Ahh okay, so I guess thats why some of them catch flack which is totally understandable...I wouldnt want that cardboard crap either. Thanks for the explanation.
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:00 AM   #13
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Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: White, Georgia
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Year: 2012
Coachwork: Goshen
Chassis: E450
Engine: V10
Rated Cap: 1 1/2 ton
Question Battery isolation?

I have a Ford E-450 Goshen with a handicap lift. I'm trying to confirm it does in fact have battery isolation from the main battery. I wonder the current rating, too. The battery isolator I bought says 700 amps. It's pretty chunky.
I did buy two different devices to help with converting it to a motor home, a battery isolator and a 110 vac automatic switch.
It seems likely there already is an isolator, which would be wonderful if true.
The other quest is to add a much larger battery compartment. I've seen doors for compartments but wish there were water tight boxes, too. The current aux battery is much smaller than I expected.
Ironic I have a box and pan brake and likely could build one if I had time to. I weld but somehow don't have sheet metal welding skills; if it's much thinner than 1/8" I usually don't weld it, I just create lots of holes. Even worse, I have oxy-acetylene and a wire welder. My biggest inhibitor is not having a foot shear. Some day ... some day.
The Goshen is a practice run for my Freightliner bus conversion, coming later. I'm trying out both shuttle and bus conversions eventually. Both have handicap lifts, BTW. The Freightliner is good in the underneath compartment area, it has several.
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