It sounds like you have some great ideas about what you will or may do with the bus. It'll be fun to see the progression.
Originally Posted by CannMan
[...] What I want to avoid when I do get on the road is alienating other campers with the obnoxious noise of a generator or a table saw. I may need to limit their use to when I'm alone or certain hours - perhaps install some soundproofing. I'm still thinkin' on those things yet.
As for charging the batts, the primary would be from the engine alternator. I'm looking at solar as a possibility or perhaps using one of the auto alternators I have here mounted to a removable mast and install a prop on it for a wind-powered battery charger. I actually have a couple original Corvair generators, too. I'll have to see what the spec's on those are.
That's the problem with generators: typically they're unbearably loud, or unbearably expensive.
Personally I think it would be kind of fun to see a guy with his mobile wood shop in a camp ground, but then again I appreciate my neighbor's wood working hobby even when I hear his table saw running at midnight. To me it's the sound of industry and creativity; hearing the neighbor's TV/movie/stereo in the same way drove me to move out of my last house!
If you're planning to move around often, charging from the alternator may work out. If you'd be parked in one site for a while, though, probably not so good. Also keep in mind run-of-the-mill auto alternators are intended for low duty cycle operation -- they'll run heavy for 10 minutes or whatever to recharge a the starting battery, but it might bring on early death if the alternator is asked to spend long periods of time charging a well-depleted house battery bank.