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Old 04-20-2015, 01:44 PM   #31
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I am a little confused (and I may of added to that )

I designed our bus to hook up to either campgrounds or Mobile home/Trailer parks easily

I just screw a hose to the bus and have an 85lb reducer valve, this feeds faucets/toilet and hot water heater just like your home (cold coming in splits to sink/hot water heater/toilet and bath tub) (hot water splits and goes to sink and tub)

all drains feed into a "main drain", this main drain is used as my "emergency holding tank"

I leave the toilet bowl/tank full of clean water after we unhook, this is one emergency flush on the road (about 1 gallon) and if things are bad we can add water to the tank from the 5 gallon water jug we carry

since everything drains into the 8 ft of 4 inch pvc, I have a basic RV gate valve installed as the last pc of the puzzle (if it dripples I don't know about it)

When we get to camp spot we hook up hose to sewer and open the valve just like any other rv

I have pictures in build thread (they are old ones right now)

here are a couple that show some of the old plumbing



toilet drops into tube on right-side and goes across bus at an angle and then sink and such drop in on the left side

my next part will have the toilet drop into the left-side, go across to the right side, pickup the tub water and go back to the left-side to pickup sink and then dump valve...that sounds confusing
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:56 PM   #32
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Bansil, have you been talking to Escher again? Your plumbing reminds me of some of his work. Jack
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:29 PM   #33
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Bansil, have you been talking to Escher again? Your plumbing reminds me of some of his work. Jack
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I needed that bit of knowledge
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:10 PM   #34
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Has anyone tried using only solar? Like the kind of solar heating one would use a black hose on top of the bus for coiled up in a circle? I would only need hot water for showers and dishes so am thinking I won't need much. Not totally opposed to propane, I just want to boondock more than hook up or worry about filling a couple of tanks. All great info from everyone! thanks!
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Has anyone tried using only solar? Like the kind of solar heating one would use a black hose on top of the bus for coiled up in a circle? I would only need hot water for showers and dishes so am thinking I won't need much. Not totally opposed to propane, I just want to boondock more than hook up or worry about filling a couple of tanks. All great info from everyone! thanks!
I have seen many low buck solar water heaters work great.

Most make a shallow glass fronted cabinet to place the black copper pipe inside. This keeps the wind from cooling the heat lines.

I have been showering using a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. I painted the bucket black, and place it in a scrap car where I live. End of the day I have to cool it down a bit to keep from getting burned.

As long as it's a sunny day, I have hot water.

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The bucket is an important comment. To go "only solar" you need heat storage. The usual trick is a bucket or barrel of some kind. Around here people have ghetto pools and ponds where they want a quick rinse-off and they use a 50-100' length of black hose coiled on a roof somewhere. Anything that stores a lot of water will do the trick. Just be careful - it'll be SCALDING hot on a summer day. You need to be able to mix it with cold water...

Also, you need a steam vent or it'll blow open.
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Remember to only use non transparent hose/tube, friend didn't listen to warnings and "thought" clear would work better (roll eyes)
The mold/algea and critters grew in his hoses due to the sun nourishing all things growable
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Solar water is on my list of things to do. Probably will be awhile before I get to it, but not off my radar. Buddy of mine has a RAGBRAI bus and have been using it for years. He just has a 4 inch black pvc pipe on both sides of the bus roof top. You can see it in this pic.

Untitled by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

It's just under the deck, but still works great in summer. There is one on each side of the bus. Some day I think I will use do a similar setup but with either a 6 or 8 inch sewer main pipe (cheaper then water main, but still sealed) in a horseshoe on the roof.
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I have a 20 gallon electric water heater and couldn't be happier. Before I leave home I have it plugged in and warmed up. Once its warmed up, it takes very little electricity to keep warm. My family of 4 can all take normal length showers in a nights time, if we are hooked up to "city" water. I would like the solar water for the extra water capacity.
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I have seen many low buck solar water heaters work great.

Most make a shallow glass fronted cabinet to place the black copper pipe inside. This keeps the wind from cooling the heat lines.

I have been showering using a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. I painted the bucket black, and place it in a scrap car where I live. End of the day I have to cool it down a bit to keep from getting burned.

As long as it's a sunny day, I have hot water.

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I have seen a few solar water heaters with the glass and they used black rubber hose or the copper pipe painted black. I also saw a solar water heater kit that works with a normal RV water heater (6-10 gallon propane or electric) and you just will switch over to the RV one if you are out of solar water. I am definitely looking at this glass case option. WE will only need it for showers honestly..but I do want to be able to plug in somewhere and just get it when I want it lol. Maybe I will find a 6-10 gallon propane/electric one and add the solar as my main option. Either I am learning a lot from all of your feedback! Thanks!
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