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Old 11-28-2007, 09:49 AM   #21
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Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV

yes, the bus will have 2 alternators. I've wanted to do that on a bus for a while now, just never spent the money. I repaired/replaced the alternator on the last bus at least 3 times. I like the idea of having some redundancy. It's a lot cheaper if you can plan to change the alternator rather than being broke down along side the road, then you're at the mercy of the repair guy.

I have always been kind of opposed to running an ac unit off of an alternator....but that's before the 24 volt idea came along.

The bus already has a newer pair of 8D starting batteries that run off the stock 12 volt alternator.

the new 24 volt 165 amp alternator was $165, but that may have been a special price just for me.....alternator guy seems to appreciate my projects.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:34 PM   #22
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i hear you about redundancy. A backup alternator woulda been nice when mine died in the middle of no where last summer in new mexico. then the cheap pos that i had installed in dumas, tx died the next day in kansas. don't buy rebuilt alts from oreilly's.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:36 PM   #23
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Man that inverter is pretty cool, where'd you steal that from?
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:55 PM   #24
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Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV

now I have to ask: How easy is it to install a second alternator? How do you go about it, lets say on a 8.3lt cummins rear engine.
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:03 PM   #25
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Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV

So you're going to run a roof AC off the alternator? I'm curious how that is going to turn out. I will definitely need to run my roof A/C while going down the road here in Oklahoma in the summer in a black bus.

Anyways, my next bus will be a TC2000 with the 5.9L engine. I think I'd prefer the 5.9 over the DT466 just for the fuel economy! Both seem to be pretty reliable from what I've read. The DT466 might make more power, but I don't think it gets very good economy.
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:14 PM   #26
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Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV

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now I have to ask: How easy is it to install a second alternator? How do you go about it, lets say on a 8.3lt cummins rear engine.
1. Find suitable spot so that the v-belts line up with existing v-belts.
2. Bend, cut, and weld some steel to make a bracket
3. Mount up alternator and run wiring
4. Buy longer v-belts

Yeah...sounds simple, right? It really isn't that bad to mount a new or different accessory where it doesn't belong. At the same time I gladly paid $30 for a premade bracket to mount a Toyota power steering pump on a 350 Chevy.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:48 PM   #27
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yup, it should be that easy to install the 2nd alternator. It's a "1 wire alternator" so the only thing you need to hook up is the power wire. Some alternators require more wires.

The DD in this bus has 2 or 3 spare pulleys running off of the crank.

I think it would be difficult to reliably run an a/c unit with a 12 volt alternator. I don't know the difficulty in finding 24 volt inverters....unless you have a friend named phill who seems to be able to find anything and everything.

Got all moved into the new "shop" today. It's actually a warehouse that some guy has for his business. He just agreed to have me move in and take up space for a price. Heat.....heat comes from giant indoor propane burners, i'm not sure why he doesn't use the furnace that's in the building. We put a smaller propane burning contraption in the bus to save on propane today....but he said he'll buy all the propane, he wants to keep his paint and other supplies above freezing. The place isn't really insulated either....but i'm really excited to have an indoor heated place to work on the bus.





The new jacuzzi is significantly smaller than in previous buses but will work really well with the floorplan we hammered out today.

The jacuzzi is gonna be nearly mid-ship.



you can see the jacuzzi inside the door here...



Gonna have a pair of seats (they're gonna be recovered with thick foam padding, and fuzzy fabric) on either side in front of the jacuzzi



Behind the jacuzzi in the back of the bus is going to be a glass floor....well, i gotta ask the guy at the glass shop what is the better material for walking on: glass, plexi, or lexan. I want it frosted and we'll put cool led's under it. Around the glass floor is gonna be a giant custom built couch that wrap's around on three sides with a "fire pole" in the middle. I'll draw out a floor plan eventually and try to post.

This is our plan today....it might change tomorrow lol
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:35 PM   #28
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You create some mad ideas. I love watching them turn out.
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How did you get the Jacuzzi in this time? Did it fit through the side door?
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How did you get the Jacuzzi in this time? Did it fit through the side door?
MAGIC!

No, this jacuzzi fit through the side door....which is a huge bonus!

Waterproof/resistant seats are practical, but they don't' look cool.
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