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Old 04-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #341
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:18 PM   #342
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Hey Roach. You said"(I) added 200 amp fuses to both ends of the cable between the starting and house banks". Do you mean that you added one each to both the start and house system or one at each end of the start and house systems? Total two or total four? Jack
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Hey Roach. You said"(I) added 200 amp fuses to both ends of the cable between the starting and house banks". Do you mean that you added one each to both the start and house system or one at each end of the start and house systems? Total two or total four? Jack
I ran a 2/0 cable between the starting and house banks so I can charge the house bank with the alternator or jump the starting bank if needed. That cable runs through a tight spot and even though I've added quite a bit of protection to the cable it could chafe in time and I'd imagine having both banks shorting through that cable might make for a very interesting afternoon. With that in mind I added a 200A fuse on each end of that connecting cable (two fuses).
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You do have some kind of disconnect between the two batteries, right? I see a disconnect switch in your cost breakdown, but don't remember if you showed earlier where it was wired. I don't remember if you showed an off/on or an off/1/2/both switch.

Without a switch, relay or isolator, a permanent connection between the two banks will run down your starting battery along with your coach battery when parked.
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You do have some kind of disconnect between the two batteries, right? I see a disconnect switch in your cost breakdown, but don't remember if you showed earlier where it was wired. I don't remember if you showed an off/on or an off/1/2/both switch.

Without a switch, relay or isolator, a permanent connection between the two banks will run down your starting battery along with your coach battery when parked.
The disconnect switch (a simple on/off switch) is between the two banks and is normally off - I nearly always charge the house batteries with the three stage converter/charger rather than with the alternator.
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I really like Bansil's turtle motif on La Tortuga and over the winter thought about doing something like it on our bus. We briefly thought about getting some little roach stickers but while they are available online it seemed like we were taking the "roach" thing a step too far and were going from kitschy to creepy.

Since we have two cats we decided to go with cat prints instead.



The new starting batteries have been a good improvement. When cold starting with the old batteries I'd see voltage briefly dropping down to 11 volts while the glow plugs were active and peak charging volts just above 15 volts. The new set stays above 12 volts when starting and peak charging volts top out at 14.8 volts. Life is good.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:47 PM   #347
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Loving the kitty prints.

My girl friend and I sleep with her 11 year old kitty. Nothing but love for kitty's.

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We had an "all brake line" couple of weeks with our three vehicles. First, I get a call from the wife telling me the brake pedal is real mushy on her Buick. I drove over and sure enough, one of the front brake lines was rusted through. We had it towed and $1300 later she's got new brake lines. A week later we took Roachie out to top off the diesel tank and as we pulled out of the gas station the blasted brake pedal goes from high and firm to soft and mushy. A quick look confirmed that one of the rear brake lines was rusted through. That one cost us $650 for three new lines and two hoses. Then, to top it all off, a few days later I was replacing the rear shocks on my van and cracked ANOTHER BLASTED BRAKE LINE! That one cost $400 for two rear brake lines and two wheel cylinders.

I've been driving for 40 years now and have never had a brake line leak (and I tend to drive my cars until the wheels fall off). To have three leaks in three vehicles in three weeks is just too freaky. On the other hand, I figure I've just run through my lifetime quota of brake failures.
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Ouch! Are buying lines from the dealer-and having them install them? Thats crazy expensive. A 5 ft section of 3/16" line from the parts store is under $10 -a cheapo flairing tool maybe $35 + cutter $20. Just like all the new stuff you learn from building an interior, its just another skill to aquire.
If MI. is like Ct., they now squirt some form of brine on the roads before a snowstorm-rather than salt after it starts. And the amount of under vehicle rot has drastically increased.
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Bad stuff happens in three's.

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