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Old 11-22-2017, 08:10 AM   #261
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Just binged Ian's vlog from start to finish! What a journey! Encouraging and scary both! I am behind schedule for a summer 2018 trip that I have planned with my family. What words of wisdom and encouragement would you give towards still doing a good job, not taking forever, and not getting discouraged with the size of the challenge?


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So I have been out if town and away from the bus, but have been able to devote some time to planning. This may be hard to decode and I certainly didn't use any common conventions and symbols, but if any of it makes sense to anybody I'm interested in feedback.


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Planning on installing a 2500W AIMS inverter/charger. Trying to decide if it's worse to have the inverter in the bedroom or to run a cable about 15 feet to another part of the bus. It seems like I would have to go with a massive cable to support the amperage at 12 V. I'm not really crazy about the idea of sleeping in the same room as a big inverter though. Am I just being paranoid? What have you guys done?


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Old 11-24-2017, 03:41 PM   #264
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Planning on installing a 2500W AIMS inverter/charger. Trying to decide if it's worse to have the inverter in the bedroom or to run a cable about 15 feet to another part of the bus. It seems like I would have to go with a massive cable to support the amperage at 12 V. I'm not really crazy about the idea of sleeping in the same room as a big inverter though. Am I just being paranoid? What have you guys done?


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Get it as close to the house batteries as you can. Run the 110V as far as you like.
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I haven't been on here in a while. I love the colors and the progress!
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Planning on installing a 2500W AIMS inverter/charger. Trying to decide if it's worse to have the inverter in the bedroom or to run a cable about 15 feet to another part of the bus. It seems like I would have to go with a massive cable to support the amperage at 12 V. I'm not really crazy about the idea of sleeping in the same room as a big inverter though. Am I just being paranoid? What have you guys done?


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Been sleeping over a 2000W for years; folks did it before me. *Shrug* we're putting ours below the bed in the new bus.

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Get it as close to the house batteries as you can. Run the 110V as far as you like.


That's the conclusion I am coming to. Wiring is just too fat and expensive @ 12V as distance increases.


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Thanks! I feel like I'm not getting anything done...but I am, it is just slower than I want.


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Yeah, when I think about it I will generally not be running the inverter while sleeping. Generator or shore power will be the main night time strategy.


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Yeah, when I think about it I will generally not be running the inverter while sleeping. Generator or shore power will be the main night time strategy.


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What would it matter if you were running the inverter?

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The one item that runs 24/7 is the fridge.

It is worth having a small, dedicated inverter just for the fridge. It won't be too expensive for a 3-400W Sine Wave inverter, and the cable demand to locate it close to the fridge will be modest too. It might even let you go one size down on your main inverter (the ones that cost the real money).
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The one item that runs 24/7 is the fridge.



It is worth having a small, dedicated inverter just for the fridge. It won't be too expensive for a 3-400W Sine Wave inverter, and the cable demand to locate it close to the fridge will be modest too. It might even let you go one size down on your main inverter (the ones that cost the real money).


That's interesting. Basically make any 120v fridge 12v capable by adding a dedicated inverter. The Aims is a charger too so when there is mains power the 12v side automatically is powered/charged as well.


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Purged my air tanks and green oil sprayed out. Normal? Do I need to top it off to replace what sprayed out? Seemed to be no water...


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Old 11-27-2017, 09:55 AM   #274
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Purged my air tanks and green oil sprayed out. Normal? Do I need to top it off to replace what sprayed out? Seemed to be no water...


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That's water from the ambient air that was compressed and introduced into the rest of the air system, only to settle in the air tank. The reason it's green is due to the copper components in the air system.

An air system is designed to never have ANY liquid in it.

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That's water from the ambient air that was compressed and introduced into the rest of the air system, only to settle in the air tank. The reason it's green is due to the copper components in the air system.

An air system is designed to never have ANY liquid in it.

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Wow! Thanks! I figured it was lubricant for the compressor like the Ester oil in an AC system. It sure seemed like oil. Is there any way of could be?


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That's air compressor mayonnaise, and it's wonderful!
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That's air compressor mayonnaise, and it's wonderful!


It didn't seem emulsified, just like oil. Should I be concerned?


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Making a little progress. Took forever to rip these 2x4s to create a framing lip for the foam to fill in against. Probably would have been easier with a table saw but a circular saw had to do. Still not completely finished bit one step closer.


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