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Old 03-15-2018, 10:01 AM   #1
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Question I need to install electrical, and I know nothing lol

I recently bought a shuttle bus to turn into a mobile home. I have it mostly the way I want it now, the only exception being the electrical system.

Currently the battery, being a battery meant for a running bus, can run for only about an hour with basic things like lights on before it gets too low to start the bus. I would love to either install a separate electrical system that uses a rechargeable battery that can plug in or use solar power, or upgrade the existing battery to do that instead.

So far every technician I have called has been unable to help me, so I thought I would just do it myself. Only problem is I don't know the first thing about bus batteries, or how to install a solar panel. So I'm here to either learn how to do it myself or where to find a professional to do it for me.

Maybe someone can point me in the right direction? Cost is of no consequence.

Thank you!
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:51 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:05 PM   #3
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You shouldn't be using the same battery for the engine/running lights/vehicle stuff as you are using for amenities like heat and light inside while you're parked. Don't think about just buying the bus a beefier battery; that just delays the problem without solving it.

Lots and lots of info here about what kind of batteries, how many, charge from motor/alternator/solar/house current, etc. Read up and welcome to the circus!
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:18 AM   #4
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I can't figure out how to update that information in my profile, but I am located in Northern Virginia, but am happy to drive anywhere in the country to get what I need.

Dan Fox sounds right when he says it should have his own system instead of using the engine battery, I have gotten better at navigating the site and thanks to Steve's post I have a lot more information about designing and installing an electrical system.

Thank you for the pointers guys!

My final question is does anyone know someone who can do this stuff for me who already knows their way around it?

Thanks again!
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Old 03-16-2018, 07:47 AM   #5
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:23 AM   #6
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I'm about five hours away from Wytheville, VA. I can make a weekend trip down there though without problems. What are you offering?
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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.
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I'm about an hour away in Annapolis, but he's smarter. Go with him if you can. I'm an educated DIYer.
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I recently bought a shuttle bus to turn into a mobile home. I have it mostly the way I want it now, the only exception being the electrical system.

Currently the battery, being a battery meant for a running bus, can run for only about an hour with basic things like lights on before it gets too low to start the bus. I would love to either install a separate electrical system that uses a rechargeable battery that can plug in or use solar power, or upgrade the existing battery to do that instead.

So far every technician I have called has been unable to help me, so I thought I would just do it myself. Only problem is I don't know the first thing about bus batteries, or how to install a solar panel. So I'm here to either learn how to do it myself or where to find a professional to do it for me.

Maybe someone can point me in the right direction? Cost is of no consequence.

Thank you!
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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.
Free labour?! I'd fly you across the country with an offer like that!
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