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Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 04-17-2018, 03:01 PM
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Posted By Shortbusted
To clarify, this wasn't really a "how much...

To clarify, this wasn't really a "how much battery power do I need?" post so much as a a "is there a big downside to connecting my leisure batteries to my secondary start battery that I haven't...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 04-17-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By Shortbusted
We do a little weekending, but mainly big family...

We do a little weekending, but mainly big family outings are what we have planned. Last year was two weeks in Quebec and this summer the plan is a round trip from Quebec to Vancouver.

We'll...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 04-17-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By Shortbusted
That sounds like a good idea! I know it's all...

That sounds like a good idea! I know it's all fairly ball-parky but it would be nice to have a number or two to anchor the guesswork!

Bear in mind that this isn't *truly* a bus. It's a Chevy 3500...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 04-16-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By Shortbusted
Thanks for the expansion. I've seen the...

Thanks for the expansion. I've seen the battery-to-battery 3-stage chargers and I haven't ruled them out. That part will depend on how this year's budget shakes out! My primary question was whether...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 04-16-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 749
Posted By Shortbusted
We kept 2 rows of seats (four benches in total)....

We kept 2 rows of seats (four benches in total). We bought factory seatbelts from Girardin. Converting a bus to sleep and drive five is a bit different than sleeping and driving 2!
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 04-16-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By Shortbusted
Connect my leisure batteries to my second starter battery?

Hello Skoolie-folk! I'm hoping someone here will be able to help with a fairly n00bie electrical question.

I've got a 6.6 L diesel GMC shortbus. It has an 145 amp alternator charging two starter...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 04-16-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 749
Posted By Shortbusted
Hello J-F! We're based in the Eastern...

Hello J-F!

We're based in the Eastern Townships and have a GMC shortbus from Girardin. The rules in Quebec are indeed very strict. We've registered our bus as a heavy personal-use vehicle (no...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-30-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
Evidently! Easy fix, in the end. I was a bit...

Evidently! Easy fix, in the end. I was a bit surprised that nobody picked up on 12V=dead earlier in this thread, to be honest. An easy thing to gloss over, likely.
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-27-2017, 08:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
Soooooo, it turns out that my bus' battery should...

Soooooo, it turns out that my bus' battery should have read 14V when it was full, not 12V. All the weird beeping and flickering apparently had nothing to do with my electrical surgeries and...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-22-2017, 10:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
Thanks for the additional replies, amigos. ...

Thanks for the additional replies, amigos.

re: removing the stop sign carefully, if at all... that particular ship has sailed, at least for me. Let this be a warning to all those who come after.
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Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-22-2017, 07:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
This sounds like good advice! I hadn't heard any...

This sounds like good advice! I hadn't heard any horror stories before starting. At the bus dealer they made it sound like no big deal to strip off the stop sign.

I'm not quite sure where my main...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-22-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
I found my trickle charger, so now both batteries...

I found my trickle charger, so now both batteries read 12 V the whole time.

The way the electrical system flickers makes me think there's a poor contact *somewhere* but I can't figure out where it...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-22-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
Here's an update: hoping to eliminate some...

Here's an update: hoping to eliminate some variables I've rewired both the stop sign and the fisheye mirror defrosting lines. The bus is still behaving as though it's infested with electrical...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-22-2017, 01:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
Thanks for the advice, cowlitzcoach. I went...

Thanks for the advice, cowlitzcoach.

I went back and double-checked the back door, and it seems fine. Don't have a roof hatch. As for the switches for the stop sign, etc. I'm not too sure which...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-22-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,062
Posted By Shortbusted
Bus won't start after snipping stop sign

Greetings. New to buses, new to diesels, new to chopping into vehicular DC! After searching here and on the google I've found myself stuck on what to try next, as my 2007 GMC short bus won't start...
Forum: New Member Intros - Say Hello! 07-22-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 575
Posted By Shortbusted
New family of five from Quebec, Canada

Hello! We've been lurking here as we planned our project over the past 6 months and we've just driven home a 2007 Diesel GMC Short Bus and we're ready to get started We're based in Quebec, Canada...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 07-20-2017, 08:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,601
Posted By Shortbusted
Thanks for all the additional replies, folks. ...

Thanks for all the additional replies, folks.

The "good for your side blind spots" angle doesn't seem to apply much to my bus. My side-view mirrors are "stacked" in that there is a top and a...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 07-19-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,601
Posted By Shortbusted
Thanks for the responses, guys! I'm leaning...

Thanks for the responses, guys! I'm leaning towards getting rid of them and being diligent about checking the front before peeling out. I'll keep them around in case I miss them.
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 07-19-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,601
Posted By Shortbusted
New Skoolie Owners -- Fisheye Mirrors Question?

Hello! We've been lurking here as we planned our project over the past 6 months and we've just driven home a 2007 Diesel GMC Short Bus and we're ready to get started :D We're based in Quebec, Canada...
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