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Old 08-10-2012, 08:32 AM   #161
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Now is the time to label all those wires...........
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Most of them got terminated yesterday and I *did* remember what went where, but just. It's time to take time and label the lot while I still can.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:02 AM   #162
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I'm sure you already know but it is real important to get those lug nuts back on as tight as they were when you took them off or they will quickly work loose. I'll bet you can find a truck tire shop to hammer them tight for you at no charge.

You sure are making great progress. I probably missed it but what are your plans for the 2 side doors?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:52 PM   #163
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I probably missed it but what are your plans for the 2 side doors?
The current plan is to bolt them closed and seal them up with caulk. At present they're pretty rattley and leaky. I'm also considering just pulling them off and sealing the opening with exterior plywood covered with a sheet of FRP. That will be the last section to be finished so I've got time to let the plan percolate.

I'm going to check those lug nuts right now.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:46 PM   #164
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Got the wiring all documented and buttoned up then set the coach batteries in place and plugged into shore power. Then I slowly....one circuit at a time... tested all the circuits. No fires, no tripped breakers and the batteries are charging nicely. Life is good.

The Trimetric battery monitor is also hooked up and works real well now that I (ahem) read the instructions again and got it hooked up properly. I originally had two of the leads hooked up wrong and the monitor was giving me some very weird readings. I mounted it above the driver's seat which makes it visible from almost anwhere in the bus. It can monitor two battery banks (voltage only on one bank) and also shows how many amps are being drawn and the state of charge. Tomorrow I'll get the starting batteries hooked up to it and I'll be able to monitor both battery banks as I drive. So far I'm very happy with it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:32 PM   #165
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The propane alarm is hooked up and tested. Man, that thing could wake the dead!



I got a decent battery vent from Dyers RV that handled the "through the wall" part of the venting but I still needed something to attach to my battery box that would hook up to the vent and let me get the lid off the battery box easily. I finally cut down a sink trap and epoxied it into the battery box lid. To disconnect the vent I just unscrew the trap nut. As you can see, the wiring has been tidied up a bit.



Starting on the kitchen counter this weekend. I'll have to fit the sink, range, furnace and water heater into a 5' 10" counter and still have a decent amount of storage space.
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Glad to see the tags on the wires! I'm going to do the same---HONEST---REALLY----
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Glad to see the tags on the wires! I'm going to do the same---HONEST---REALLY----
As the Great God Nike sayeth, "Just Do It"!

I planned my DC wiring with white ground wires and different colored power leads. Even got to re-use some of the wiring I pulled out of the beast when I stripped it out. When I drew up my breaker panel legend I listed all the circuits and the color of the power leads but the battery monitor, water heater and furnace all use white leads for non-ground wiring and those needed to be tagged. Thinking I should take another look at it and tag anything that's not totally obvious. Sure as hell I'll be scratching my head when I try to troubleshoot some goofy problem down the road.
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TAGS ...............Way to go!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS...
You'll be glad you did.
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Good wire tagging material...

Use one of those labelmaker machines like the "P"touch or the Dymo letra tag.

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Dymo Letra tag

Both these machines make flexible plastic labels that last a very long time. I put one on the food cart (using "standard" label tape) and it has been exposed to the weather for 3 years. NOW I do need to replace it but 3 years of being exposed to sun, rain and it still is readable. This particular label also got wiped several times a day with a mild bleach solution.

If you decide to get one of these (or any other brand) label machine, check the prices andavailability of replacement labels not just the original machine price. I bought my Dymo Label Manager 210D from Wal-Mart several years back. Shortly after I bought it, Wal-Mart stopped stocking the label tape. I now have to buy it online or at Office Depot ($23 to $27 per 23' tape cassette). With shipping getting so high & Amazon charging taxes now, it's getting to the point where it will be cheaper for me to buy a new label machine with a more popular tape. I have found these smooth super flexible labels to be VERY handy. I labeled my computer cables and connections with it. No more masking tape labels falling off or becoming unreadable. I go label mad with the things. Great for labeling the electric panel box or labeling the water filter with the brand & model # plus a few model #s of the filters we typically use because we only change filters twice a year... I can't remember the brands we can use so I write it down.... someplace. I also used the Black-on-White tape to label the shift positions on the bus' backlit automatic shifter. Works nicely. We don't normally drive at night, but you can see the diffused light and it makes the black letters stand out.
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One of those would be sweet. I've used masking tape to label stuff and before long the tape is all dried out and falling off.
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