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Old 07-19-2015, 02:53 PM   #21
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Beyns, we think alike! My plans are very similar to yours. Thought about using Army stretchers for the kids' bunks. Would love to see pics of your setup... Put some kids on the bunks so we can see how much headroom there is.

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Old 07-19-2015, 02:56 PM   #22
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here's what ya need!

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Old 08-06-2015, 12:22 AM   #23
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triple bunks

OK, I made a set of 5' long bunks along one side, for the smaller kids, and a set of 6' long bunks along the other side, for the taller ones. There's only like 25" between the bunks, but all the kids were able to get in and out without trouble. I fit in the bottom and middle, but was a bit too old/fat/lazy/grumpy/hot/tired/bored to attempt the top one. I'm 6'2" and about 250lbs. I will take a photo for you when I get a chance.

Also slapped a strip of LED lights down the middle of the ceiling, wired into the dome lights. Works a treat, and provides plenty of low-draw light for our needs. Just need to replace the dome light bulbs with LED ones now.

Have decided to go with a mini-fridge and a portable AirCon that will run off a generator that is outside, on a metal rear luggage deck. Advice for welding a deck/steps/generator rack/barbecue on the back? Advice on whether to get a 2000 or 3000 or 4000 Generator?

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Old 08-06-2015, 03:31 AM   #24
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You need to figure out your start up wattage. When you use a jenny... never start everything at once. First the ac...then plug in the fridge...anyways add up all your watts and thats the generator you need. Say the ac needs 2500 watts to start and then settles down to 1000...next you fire up your fridge and it needs 1800 watts to start up...so 1000 plus 1800 is 2800 watts...but after your fridge settles down it runs on say 600 watts....then the total load will be 1600 watts. However if you start the ac and the fridge both at once...the gen gets slammed with a demand for 4300 watts on a combined start up....which can fry things if it isnt a 5000 watt generator. These values are only examples...you have to look at your ac and fridge manuals to get the proper numbers!!!
PS...you have tons of room between the frame and the side of the bus...you can put things like belly boxes, extra fuel tanks, grey and black water tanks...maybe even a generator if you exhaust it out from underneath the bus...Im cutting my sides out for belly boxes.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:47 AM   #25
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what happens when the little kids get taller? are you going to have to turn the 5 foot bunks to 6 foot bunk? lol
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:16 PM   #26
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I'm hoping that by the time the little ones grow, the big ones will have moved on...
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:17 PM   #27
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You need to figure out your start up wattage. When you use a jenny... never start everything at once. First the ac...then plug in the fridge...anyways add up all your watts and thats the generator you need. Say the ac needs 2500 watts to start and then settles down to 1000...next you fire up your fridge and it needs 1800 watts to start up...so 1000 plus 1800 is 2800 watts...but after your fridge settles down it runs on say 600 watts....then the total load will be 1600 watts. However if you start the ac and the fridge both at once...the gen gets slammed with a demand for 4300 watts on a combined start up....which can fry things if it isnt a 5000 watt generator. These values are only examples...you have to look at your ac and fridge manuals to get the proper numbers!!!
PS...you have tons of room between the frame and the side of the bus...you can put things like belly boxes, extra fuel tanks, grey and black water tanks...maybe even a generator if you exhaust it out from underneath the bus...Im cutting my sides out for belly boxes.
Thanks, rock. Does a Genny in the belly get dirty?
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:38 PM   #28
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We need pics, or none of this happened.

Without pics, I don't even bother reading the thread.

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Old 08-11-2015, 11:28 PM   #29
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Thanks, rock. Does a Genny in the belly get dirty?
Not if it's in it's own box!!
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Setting a genset on bumper or deck is pretty easy. If you go the belly box route, it is critical that the exhaust is sealed and routed in such a way as not to kill you in your sleep...and...the box itself needs sufficient airflow for cooling. That typically means building in a fan or two that runs anytime the gen motor does. Not a big deal, but not to be forgotten either.

As noted above, the gen, like your battery bank, should be sized according to your anticipated load. There are several online RV electrical load calculators that are very handy for putting numbers to various appliances & such.

Best of luck and post some pix.
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