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Old 06-02-2019, 02:02 PM   #1
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New Skoolie trying electrical

I知 a new Skoolie here and about to begin rewriting my project Bus... I知 pretty clueless on most of how DC intertwines with AC... And how the batteries and generator co-ordinate with each other and how it should all be wired to get the most efficiency possible. I would also like to include solar in my bus at some point but not real soon.. any help or advice or input at all would be greatly appreciated
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:13 PM   #2
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Looks like you've got a few AC circuits already established?

Not sure what you're looking to do to it, but the Shore and Gen controls are for 120VAC only, and not DC from what I can see? Your onboard generator might have DC capability, but hard to tell without add'l. pics...

The control box looks like its got some age on it, but what really matters is that it works and has the upgradeable ability to add solar.
I'm learning myself and will follow your project if you continue posting on here.
Good luck...
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:26 PM   #3
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I dont know much, but I'm confident that lesson one is:
AC & DC should not 'intertwine!'
Electricity is kinda clique-y, that way...
Speaking of which, I like the Cap'n America back plate for that one clicky!
I subscribed to this thread, too. What I know would fit into a thimble, with plenty of room left for a head...
Looks like a good start, tho I defer to thems in the know if your AC breaker panel is wired correctly.
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:54 PM   #4
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Yeah all the AC was ran by the previous owner with outlets and air conditioning.. I知 just gonna go with what they left and do very little moving around of AC. I have a bunch of DC workings loose near the breaker box im not sure what they are or where they should go.
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:23 PM   #5
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That generator should have enough muscle to power about anything you might have onboard with 120v. draw, with some to spare.

Looks like someone's been monkeying with the start switch, and the battery is missing. If it was mine, I'd try to restore all of the missing switch(es) and get all of the outlets on the gen. tested and functioning before doing any interior rewiring.

There is a 12VDC outlet on it if it's still functional?

Is there a secondary 12v. battery inside the bus, or is the wiring in pic2 located in the generator area?
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Old 06-02-2019, 08:15 PM   #6
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A good place to start on all this is here:
No Shock Zone: Part 1: Introduction - RV Travel.

If you find the article interesting it would be worth your while to order Mike Sokol's book--about 10 bucks I think. I read someone else's copy so I'm not sure. There are other books by other authors as well. Probably the most important thing about this type book is that it will help you ask the right questions.
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