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Old 07-21-2015, 10:51 PM   #11
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Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Vermont
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Year: 1996
Coachwork: Turtle Top
Chassis: E-Super Duty
Engine: Ford 7.3 Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 13-passenger
I wrote an email to the VT DMV asking what the requirements would be to get my conversion registered as a motorhome. Here's the response I got today:

"Mr. Root
Thank you for your inquiry. 32 VSA 8902 (11) defines a “motor Home” as:

A new or used pleasure car designed to provide temporary living quarters, built into as an integral part of, or permanently attached to, a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis or van. The vehicle must contain at least four of the following facilities: cooking, refrigeration or ice box, self-contained toilet, heating and/or air conditioning, a portable water supply system including a sink and faucet, separate 110-125 volt electrical power supply, and/or an LP gas supply

In order to convert the bus into a motor home you must have at least four of the facilities listed in the definition. If you do that the bus will be able to be registered as a motorhome. I hope this helps."



Being that this list does not include a bed, I think I need to re-prioritize. Also, you may have guessed that this is very much a "grow as you go" operation, so I'll be putting together systems in as minimal a fashion as I think I can get away with, just to get the rig registered. The bus already has heat and A/C; a big cooler should be adequate for an ice-box; I'll need to buy an inverter/charger once I get my batteries in order to fulfill the 110-125V requirement (or maybe I'll just borrow someone else's to pass inspection); and my sawdust toilet system should be enough to finish off the fourth requirement. Maybe I'll hook a camp stove up to the empty LP can I got with the bus, just for good measure.

After all that I'll get back to this bed contraption.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:15 PM   #12
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I just brought home two of these babies. M12V150FT GNB; 150 Amp Hours per battery; designed for backup power in remote telecom/utility stations. I got them for free through my summer job, so I'll be able to test the waters of the 12V world. They're pretty old, but they were extremely well kept, so I should be able to get some years out of them.

The next hurdle in terms of power will be buying the right Magnum inverter/charger, then buying the trimetric battery system (charge controller and battery monitor). It won't be cheap, but I figure since I've done so well in terms of expense thus far, I can afford to do this right.
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:45 PM   #13
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Year: 1996
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Chassis: E-Super Duty
Engine: Ford 7.3 Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 13-passenger
Quick question about plugging into shore power. I had planned on running my shore power line directly to my inverter/charger, but I've hit a snag.

I bought a Magnum 1212 (1200 Watt Inverter, 70 AMP Charger).

My question is: when I'm hooked up to shore power, will I still be limited by the size of my inverter (on the 120VAC side), or will I then be limited by the capacity of my shore power line (say, 30AMP)?

I did a little research on these Magnum 1212 units, and the only info I found pertaining to my question was this quote: "The standard 7 amp transfer relay will pass AC power through the inverter when using shore or generator power."

This leads me to believe that I will be limited to 1200 watts by my inverter, but I wanted to double check.
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