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Old 08-24-2017, 09:07 PM   #11
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Guestimating Power system alone aprox $2800
Im sure I am overlooking some smalls, and didnt list LED lights, Fridge, AC unit, Water Heater, Furnace, etc.
Hope this gets you some insight and places to search.
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GREAT info- many thanks. It sure adds-up quick. When I tell people I am turning a bus into an RV, they figure few thousand should cover it.

Go build a kitchen or a bathroom for a few grand.
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Hello everyone! I can't seem to find a good diagram on the web illustrating what it is that I hope to achieve.
From your description, my electrical design may give you some ideas. Take a look at the diagram here:
Electrical System Design - JdFinley.com
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:41 PM   #13
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JD, thats one serious system there. Appreciate the link. Yes I am that "One Guy" that enjoys that type of thing. Just a bit too big for my needs (and wallet lol). I wanted to keep it as simple and inexpensive as possible while still giving me the ability to function to my needs. If I ever build a cabin off grid that would be closer to your system. Any chance you have an aprox cost of all that? I know those lithium batteries are not cheap!? I saw you also have washing machine and much more load usage than I will ever be able to cram into a shuttle or short bus. Impressive as he!! tho.
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JD, thats one serious system there. Appreciate the link. Yes I am that "One Guy" that enjoys that type of thing. Just a bit too big for my needs (and wallet lol). I wanted to keep it as simple and inexpensive as possible while still giving me the ability to function to my needs. If I ever build a cabin off grid that would be closer to your system. Any chance you have an aprox cost of all that? I know those lithium batteries are not cheap!? I saw you also have washing machine and much more load usage than I will ever be able to cram into a shuttle or short bus. Impressive as he!! tho.
Thanks! No, Lithium isn't cheap, yet... I do have the cost but I am hesitant to share as people tend to lock in on the number rather than the details behind the number - and scaling that number to match their needs/system. With that said.... I keep track of every penny I spend and categorize it all. That number for the 'Electrical' category is sitting at about $15k. That includes every little connector, length of wire, switch, etc. Of course, the larger/more powerful the 'system', the more expensive the parts....

In this case, I was trying to share how to use two transfer switches to allow shore or generator power as well as shore/generator OR inverter power. Hopefully that came thru in the diagram in the referenced link.
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Your description and diagram where awesome. Yes, a perfect example and explanation of using multiple xfer switches. I meant no disrespect. Great setup. Just too much for my humble needs....I did very much enjoy the read and pics.
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Sorry about that Doug - sounds like I may have come across the wrong way. No disrespect perceived in your message and certainly none intended from my end either.

I sometimes provide way to much info expecting that the intended recipient will spot the one tiny little thing I was thinking about... I'm working on doing better with that.
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There are a few ways to skin this cat. I'm not sure I like transfer switches. I think I would rather buy a big high quality inverter and power all of my AC load off of the battery and just set up the battery to charge from solar (charge controller), shore, generator or altrenator (for emergencies).

No transferring should keep my electronics happy and going big on the inverter means it will rarely if ever be running maxed out.

I have been looking at YouTube reviews and AIMS is not highly regarded. Spend 2-3x and you get higher ratings and better reputation. That seems like money well spent to me but there are a few ways to skin that cat.
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