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Old 12-22-2018, 06:28 AM   #101
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What did I miss? Approved by whom? Why do you need approval?
Oh Bob! You are not familiar with government regulation of solar energy are you?!?

In the USA one must obtain permission from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy for every place you plan to harvest solar energy. Additionally, the rules of each state vary but generally you must obtain a permit from each states Department of Revenue for consuming their resources. The fee's vary but generally aren't too steep. However; it often takes six months or more to obtain the necessary permits. That's why those of us with solar tend to move very slowly.

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Old 12-22-2018, 08:43 AM   #102
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Right on JD, not to forget about the fines of the local authorities if you park right under a street light and suck the energy out of the light bulb. Oh well, you pay one way or the other. There is no free lunch.



The shortest day of the year has passed. Yesterday was not great weather here in State College but still managed to change most of the self tapping galvanized metal screws for stainless steel button heads. Form tapped the threads in the hope that the threads would be slightly stronger. Used blue loctite to secure them. Will see how it holds up in the long run.


Today I hope that I can get the awning up. The " fabric" is in poor shape and ripped but if it is functional then that is good enough for now.



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Old 12-23-2018, 10:33 PM   #103
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Today we played with the awning. This one came from a junk winnebago and is 19ft long. I like this length because it matches up to structural parts to mount the attachment points to. Small modifications had to be made to make it work. I wanted the roll high along the bus so I needed to extend the stops on the arms.



Made an extra hold down strap in the middle to secure the awning .
Without a ladder I have to climb on the roof to undo it ..



You have to swing the mirror out of the way to allow the arm to pass.





Will see if we can some better fabric during the trip.


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Old 12-25-2018, 06:20 PM   #104
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Merry Christmas everyone.


Early in the morning had some nice time with the kids and dog under the tree.



After that Smita and the kids made ginger bread cookies and houses.
I had a list of stuff to do in the Dory.





5 cookies,.. one for Rosie our dog. Very jammy



Finalized the upper storage and made storage boxes out of milk crates.


Finished Led lights and wiring. Ran an 120 VAC to an GFCI outlet in the back of the bus.



Covered some of the ceiling insulation with Cedar tongue and groove.


Designed and made an engine mounting plate for the Ac compressor.


Smita started loading Dory with the first necessities.


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Old 12-25-2018, 08:44 PM   #105
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:58 AM   #106
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Oh Bob! You are not familiar with government regulation of solar energy are you?!?

In the USA one must obtain permission from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy for every place you plan to harvest solar energy. Additionally, the rules of each state vary but generally you must obtain a permit from each states Department of Revenue for consuming their resources. The fee's vary but generally aren't too steep. However; it often takes six months or more to obtain the necessary permits. That's why those of us with solar tend to move very slowly.

You've got to be shitting me. No, I've not ever heard of that. If you plan on plugging your solar house into the grid I could see it needing inspected so you don't blow something up. If you plan on plugging your bus in, I could see it needing inspecting regardless of solar or not.

I do not see why I would need to talk to ANYONE at the federal level much less USDA. I'm not growing anything.

It was only a 50W panel that I bought off of the internet (Amazon I think) but no, I have not heard of having to do any such thing. Damn panel wouldn't even keep the batteries charged. Maybe I'll hook it up to the new batteries come spring time.

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Right on JD, not to forget about the fines of the local authorities if you park right under a street light and suck the energy out of the light bulb. Oh well, you pay one way or the other. There is no free lunch.
If it's legal to park on the street (not in front of a hydrant or anything else) then it's legal to park under a light. The county can piss off.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:07 AM   #107
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You've got to be shitting me.
Indeed, they are.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:00 AM   #108
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Indeed, they are.
Sounds like some **** that CA, NY, MD, etc. would try to pull.
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Not really all that far into fantasy-land.


There are still a number of states where it is illegal to capture rainwater on your own property and have hefty fines for anyone caught "stealing rain".
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:38 AM   #110
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Not really all that far into fantasy-land.


There are still a number of states where it is illegal to capture rainwater on your own property and have hefty fines for anyone caught "stealing rain".
CA is one of those. Pretty much anyone that is desert. I doubt you could put a dent in where the water table is but it makes sense on paper at least.


I give the gf grief all the time about her "illegal" water in PA just to get a rise out of her. PA isn't' one of the rain water states but still.
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