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Old 10-19-2017, 10:53 AM   #21
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Chassis: All American RE (A3RE)
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LOTS of batteries...... And efficient A/C in a well insulated bus.

I have seen two installations that used reconfigured battery banks from Chevy Volt cars and high seer mini splits.

Google "Solar air conditioning"

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Old 10-19-2017, 03:03 PM   #22
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Not bus related but does have some good info: Mini Split update for Offgrid — northernarizona-windandsun
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Old 01-08-2018, 12:13 PM   #23
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Chassis: IHC
Engine: DT466e
Floorplan Finalized Finally

Completely different from what I had first imagined, but isn't that always the case? Two things really drove this layout- utilizing the handicapped door as an entry for a "garage", and a dry toilet that employs a collection unit in the basement. Everything else kind of fell into place from there.

The overall concept is trying to make the space feel large with as few partitions as possible. Even for the bath in the back: I'd like to use electronically-frosting
glass activated when the bathroom door is closed.

The wardrobe will be under the bed, with the bed high enough to hang shirts underneath. The L-couch will be reconfigurable into a dining booth, or a guest bed, and there will be an L-counter in the kitchen in the opposed corner.

Next task is to layout all the plumbing and electric, including battery and water tank placement. In addition I'm working on the plans for my roof raise. More on that soon...
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:22 AM   #24
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UPDATE TIME!

Ok, 6 months isn't exactly soon, but the roof is sky high and I'm happy and what else really matters?

About 3 weeks ago I finally chopped and raised my roof 18". Since then I've been inundated by rain. Shoulda built an arc, not a bus. This took a lot of research, planning, and material sourcing. Who knew 1 3/8" steel square tube was so hard to find?? I had to pay $5/ft (incl freight) to get mine. I actually believe this will be stronger than the "hat channel method", which is important for me because I still want a roof deck.

Method: Remove windows, rear doors, and rear exterior panels. Liberate front cap. Weld on 4x threaded supports. Drill OEM hat channel for plug welds, and then cut hat channel. Pray. Lift front - back - front - back ..etc about 4" at a time with a floor jack and a 4x4 timber until desired height is reached. Use big f'in hammer and c-clamps to coerce 1 3/8" square tube into its new home in hat channel. Weld.

Bonus: time lapse!

Next up: window framing
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