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Old 04-29-2016, 01:52 PM   #131
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I totally agree. The less tech I can have on boards the better. GPS...yep, maybe a sat TV and ham radio just for fun. But otherwise...not. Anything I can make mechanical as opposed to electronic, I am doing. The only other thing I'll need to survive a big EMP burst is my aluminum foil hat (which I always keep handy anyway...damned aliens).

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Old 04-29-2016, 02:20 PM   #132
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What Caddykid said^ A lot of what's available is off-the-shelf home automation stuff. Believe it or not, I haven't even bothered to think about a CarPC for the bus. Its my refuge away from all that stuff. I guess when we go full-time, I'll do something - nav, cams, and security; but it won't be nearly as extensive as my demo car( it has over a mile of additional wiring, 30+ sensors, 20+ added relays, 4 relay controllers, 18 USB accessories, etc, etc, etc).


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WOW! That's a lot of stuff to troubleshoot if you have a problem.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:08 PM   #133
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THis thread has been so informative! I thought you were like 25 or something. IDK why.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:55 PM   #134
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The only other thing I'll need to survive a big EMP burst is my aluminum foil hat (which I always keep handy anyway...damned aliens).
I shall see your hat sir and raise you a suit...
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:58 PM   #135
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hmmm i never thought about it but as long as my bus was running it would survive an EMP.. at least now... until I do something crazy like install an allison 1000 transmission..

thats when I finally get it... more rust found, therefore more time till i get it.. any rust being found by the crew is getting fixed.. thats just how I roll.

as for a CarPC.. I used to build them until I found the android double-din infotainment systems.. granted I cannot do as much but they do alot... my HA custom GUI software runs, all my music stuff... Airplay works, torque with an OBD2 dongle for engine parameters, USB port can tether a hotspot, or go WiFi to the internet... GPS is any of your favorite android GPS apps.. i use copilot. they have Bluetooth built in, dash cam and rear cam capabilities, can even work the steering wheel controls in a car.. afer I found those I quit building car PC's.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:10 PM   #136
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as for a CarPC.. I used to build them until I found the android double-din infotainment systems.
Exactly. Not worth the effort anymore.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:03 PM   #137
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a lot of the plug N play technologies out there for home can be integrated to a bus..

for instance, if you have a modern bus you likely have an OBD2 capable connector.. using the Cheap "Torque" app and a dongle plugged in now you have the ability to see MANY engine parameters.. no real tech savvyness needed except to load the data points file... which is easy..

Internet connectivity... Mobile hotspots such as verizon and AT&T.. (yeah you pay data).. then you can install plug N play home stuff such as Phillips hue lights (remote controllable, color changing LED house lights).. the app runs on that same android tablet or ipad.. (switch screens fro mthe engine app).. or use your cell phone on wifi...)

want zoned integrated sound? apple airport express's (especially the older ones).. each had an audio out jack.. plug them into your speakers.. they connect to wi-fi.. easy to configure with apple's airport utility..).. use your ipad or iphone and play a song.. simply select from a list which one you want to send the audio stream to and bam! zoned remote control music...

this is all stuff that is pretty easy to get going.. no code to write, no circuits to build, etc...

you can even outfit many camper A/C units with a remote controllable home thermostat similar to Nest, venstar, honeywell, etc(if you have the right units)..

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I don't think buses have OBD. Something similar, I'm sure but this has come up before.
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:50 AM   #138
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I don't think buses have OBD. Something similar, I'm sure but this has come up before.

it all depends on the bus or truck.. some of the busses that run with engines and drivetrains similar to their "light truck counterparts" do have standard OBD2 connectors and protocols.. others like you say are proprietary..

and of course mechanicals like ours have none of that...

Commercial vehicles werent required by law to have standardized OBD2 connectors, however many of them follow the same protocol because it was already developed and in use.. OBD2 was full in use by the 96 model year for consumer vehicles..

the connector itself in a bus may be different but the data coming out is often compatible and by building a simple adapter , this data can still be retrieved by OBD2 scan tools..

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I am working for one of the big corporate cell phone companies in retail sales. I am spending all this money on my skoolie so my girlfriend, dog, and I can retire for a few years while we are young and travel the country enjoying a more simple way of life for a bit. She is an organic farmer and doesn't make much but according to my calculations in a year and a half we should be able to live and travel for 5 years give or take traveling with the occasional temp job for a month or 2 and random odd jobs. We plan on taking full advantage of any programs that allow us to work for food/bus parking.
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