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Old 03-18-2018, 08:49 AM   #11
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free labor and my knowledge of solar and electric systems. 30 years of being a contractor and 20 years of solar. my home receives no electric from the grid and neither will my bus.
Can I attend your seminar also? I'm only about two hours away, and would love to see an electric/solar install in person before I start planning my own.
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:23 PM   #12
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ya we can all meet up at his place. i got him looking local for panels to save the shipping cost.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:47 PM   #13
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That would work well for me!
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Old 03-22-2018, 12:30 PM   #14
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Welcome Henry,

Where are you located? If you fill out your profile folks it makes it easier for us to give relavent answers.

To get started with your electrical education I would suggest that you take a look at https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com as well as reading through the build threads and electrical section Electrical, Charging and Solar - School Bus Conversion Resources

That should help you get a better handle on what you want /need.
Does anyone know how to get a hold of handy bob, I just read his whole blog and I think this can help us a lot when we start our conversion project hopefully by the summer. We absolutely have no idea idea on electrical but have the ability to do everything else plumbing, construction wise. I am an IT professional with networking backgrounds so I can understand electrical a little bit and have wired things around the house and added new circuits etc.
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:19 PM   #15
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have wired things around the house and added new circuits etc.
Keep digging through threads on Skoolie.net, youtube videos, and other Skoolie or Vandwelling blogs. I have about the same experience level that you do, and I've managed to install electrical throughout the bus. Batteries, Inverter/Charger, AC/DC Distribution Panel, AC Outlets and Lights.

Haven't done the solar yet, but I'm fairly confident I can tackle that as well.

Once you wrap your head around the project it should click.
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Old 03-29-2018, 02:01 PM   #16
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I live in New Jersey and I will appreciate anybody willing to help.
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:23 PM   #17
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What we need here is a series of skoolie weekends around the country where we do more than just meet up, eat, and drink beer. Tin Can Tourists are a good template; they have regional meetups where all kinds of hour long chalk talks are given on various topics.
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:52 PM   #18
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Does anyone know how to get a hold of handy bob, I just read his whole blog and I think this can help us a lot when we start our conversion project hopefully by the summer. We absolutely have no idea idea on electrical but have the ability to do everything else plumbing, construction wise. I am an IT professional with networking backgrounds so I can understand electrical a little bit and have wired things around the house and added new circuits etc.
Handy Bob wants to be left alone. From what he told me he's reluctant to allow strangers on his property anymore. I can get you in touch if you are planning to pay him for consulting but I'd bet it's not cheap. Realistically, all the info you need is on his website and on various threads here at Skoolie.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:08 PM   #19
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What we need here is a series of skoolie weekends around the country where we do more than just meet up, eat, and drink beer. Tin Can Tourists are a good template; they have regional meetups where all kinds of hour long chalk talks are given on various topics.
Great idea.

Knowledge, food and beer.

I am happy to host.
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