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Old 06-17-2019, 01:04 PM   #1
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New Skoolie - Need Electrical Advice

Hello - I'm going to look at a bus tonight, I think it's very likely I will purchase. I've been watching videos for the last two weeks and am really excited about getting started.

I don't have alot of experience in electrical, aside from wiring some outlets and switches. However, I do understand electrical concepts and what the various components do. I'm interested in learning, and also want to do as much of this conversion myself....to get some personal satisfaction out of it.

Id like to have shore power, generator power, solar power, and alternator charging. Is there a thread that someone can link me to that might contain an easy diagram and parts list?

The thought is I'd wire it up myself, then get inspected by an electrician before I go live. Let me know your thoughts!
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:16 PM   #2
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I found this to be the Solar for Dummies site I fall back on for solar diagrams and parts lists.

https://www.explorist.life/solarwiringdiagrams/#
Your AC system will be a separate system tied in.
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:57 PM   #3
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AC is very dangerous when done wrong, I'd strongly recommend you hire someone to do it correctly, a bus is all metal, one screw up and you can easily turn the whole thing into a killer....
Not trying to be rude or mean at all, just some friendly advice.
If you won't go that route then spend a month studying the issue before starting.
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:16 PM   #4
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Well, in all fairness, the OP did say,
"The thought is I'd wire it up myself, then get inspected by an electrician before I go live."
Then again, it doesn't look like the cat's been back for a month now...
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:23 PM   #5
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I've seen far too many insane electrical jobs done by so called licensed pros, I can't help but caution a noob that doesn't have any knowledge in the matter.
I wouldn't suggest someone learn on a metal structure at all.
I understand he said inspection but some people just say that stuff to make others happy and don't do it.
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Nope, I'm picking up what you're laying down. Provided a competent person does provide a safety inspection, it is the more cost-effective way to go.
I have a buddy who insisted on clearing my install before taking it hot, and you'd best believe I will avail myself of his knowledge!
Don't be wanting a conversion that makes my slow-poke Skoolie into a killing machine...
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Thought that would make a dandy security system with the body hot.... That would teach people not to trespass and mess with things that doesn't belong to them.
I'm all about cost effective, I'm in the middle of building mine out, good thing I had 2 class A RVs I just cut up, lots of things I didn't have to buy like copper, though I did get some 4ga wire (4-4-4-6) to connect it up because I wanted 75amp service to it.
Yes I know parks only give 50 at best, but I'm not in a park anymore, THANK GOD.
I feel sorry for people that have to buy everything that gets blame costly..... I do everything myself, electrical, carpentry, and auto. I couldn't afford to live if I didn't.
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Thought that would make a dandy security system with the body hot.... That would teach people not to trespass and mess with things that doesn't belong to them.
Good thing you didn't say that out loud...
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Rocco,

Dont worry bout the help part. Lots of bus guru's on here just waiting for you to post something for us to work on.
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Ok guys, I'm also looking to install electrical service in my bus. I ultimately want to have power to appliances with a) the engine off and no shore power b) shore power and c) power to appliances with the bus driving.

I am still doing my research and have a neighbor that is an electrician but is there a bullet list of parts I can start collecting in preparation? I'm thinking a few deep cycle batteries, an inverter, a battery charger? What say you?
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