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Old 02-19-2024, 08:46 PM   #1
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Cerberus- The build thread

Cerberus:The build thread
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I bought a 1997 International 3800, short bus (25) with a 444E v8 diesel engine. The bus was partially converted and had good components (Victron) but not arranged the way we want it.
This last weekend we cleaned the bus out and were ready to start our conversion.
This is our first post and eventually I add to this thread as we go.

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Old 02-19-2024, 11:20 PM   #2
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Include pics, and ask away for any help you need. Always good to see another 3 Box Bus on the thread.
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Old 04-16-2024, 06:10 PM   #3
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Well, I had a week off and got a lot done. I have finished the bed platform and Im nearly done with the electrical system (all components mounted but not yet wired).
Ive done something unusual with the electrical. The entire system is on an under drawer slider and pulls out from the side of the bus. Id love to hear folks think about it. The system uses a Victron 3K inverter/charger, 600 amp/hours battery bank, and 800 watts solar.
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Old 04-16-2024, 08:24 PM   #4
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Well, I had a week off and got a lot done. I have finished the bed platform and Im nearly done with the electrical system (all components mounted but not yet wired).
Ive done something unusual with the electrical. The entire system is on an under drawer slider and pulls out from the side of the bus. Id love to hear folks think about it. The system uses a Victron 3K inverter/charger, 600 amp/hours battery bank, and 800 watts solar.

I would be leery of overheating in warmer areas, but other than that it looks pretty slick.

I'd just make sure that you can push some air with those fans, and I'd probably also try to rig up some kind of beeper if they fail.
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Old 04-16-2024, 08:47 PM   #5
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Cool idea with the electrical. I'd be concerned with the wiring lengths needed to make it slide all the way out to service. I see you have the flexible channel on the back side which is a good addition to help keep everything clean and protected. In my bus I've got my batteries on a slide but there are only two cables that are quick disconnect, have lots of length, and are flexible to allow the movement I need. I'll be interested to see if your idea works out well; I hope it does.

I cant tell exactly where your breaker panels are located, but it looks like Blue Sea system? Should make for a nice clean install and easy to work on in the future if needed. Keep it up!
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Old 04-17-2024, 10:36 AM   #6
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