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Old 07-15-2017, 02:38 PM   #1
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Should I plug in to shore power if I can?

Hey everyone,

My girlfriend and I bought our 1993 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner two days ago and we're wondering if using the back plug to plug in the bus to shore power is similar to what you would see on an RV already?

I'm assuming this would keep the batteries from going dead as we plan to work on it in its current location.

Also the back engine area has an On/Off Switch for the Ignition as well as the battery, when parked longer term should those be switched to the Off position?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, tips and tricks are what we're after here. Glad to see that there's a full community doing this together!
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:33 PM   #2
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Sight unseen I would expect that a power port near a big diesel engine is a block heater and not something you'd find useful.
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:33 PM   #3
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if thats a school bus and not converted yet. the plug in is likely just a block heater to start the engine when its cold.

unless some customization has been done, you do not have 120v distribution system. yet.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:54 PM   #4
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Thanks a ton!

Thanks so much everyone, I'm such a noob I just saw a place to plug in and thought, maybe that's how that works. I appreciated all the help! I love the bus and I love it here! <3
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