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Old 04-04-2021, 04:18 PM   #41
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please let us know.
the name of the battery manufacturer says USA but the first part does not?
and if they are here then it is new technology with sourced products from there.

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Old 04-04-2021, 05:59 PM   #42
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Installed the tablet mount on the wall between the kitchen and bed area. Lots of painting this holiday weekend.
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Old 04-04-2021, 06:07 PM   #43
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please let us know.
the name of the battery manufacturer says USA but the first part does not?
and if they are here then it is new technology with sourced products from there.
I think it is a US seller, but product is made in China. It looks very similar to the Ampere Time 200Ah battery. I can live with no low temperature protection in the BMS, but I am really hoping it uses quality LiFePO4 cells (Ampere uses LiSHEN I think). I may end up tearing it apart to check.
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Old 04-11-2021, 02:34 PM   #44
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Ran two capacity tests on the battery and capacity appears to be as advertised (-200 Ah). Still need to check if it has low temperature disconnect, but seems like a good deal for $799.
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Old 04-11-2021, 02:47 PM   #45
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Installed fridge, built enclosure around fridge and water heater. Installed curtain rods and curtains with leather straps to hold them back when not covering the windows. My plan is to put a hinged top on the fridge that can double as a table.
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:10 PM   #46
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Added a cover to fridge and water heater that is on hinges and doubles as a small table.
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Old 04-17-2021, 05:46 PM   #47
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I bought a jump seat from a F350 and swivel mount for my co-pilot seat. Of course the swivel bracket didnít fit the seat so I had to fabricate a bracket. Still need to mount through the floor, but happy with how it came out.
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Old 04-17-2021, 05:53 PM   #48
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Nice work. I was wondering if we should change our plans, and place the Copilot seat same as you did.


Thank you for sharing.
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Old 04-21-2021, 12:27 PM   #49
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I have a 2014 e350 that we just bought in January! I'm really excited about it
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:02 AM   #50
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Nice work. I was wondering if we should change our plans, and place the Copilot seat same as you did.


Thank you for sharing.
Thanks Sander! It was fairly easy to mount through the floor as well. Makes things a little crowded up front since the airhead composting toilet will be placed in the free space next to the refrigerator cabinet (see picture).
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:04 AM   #51
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I have a 2014 e350 that we just bought in January! I'm really excited about it
Jealous that you are in AZ and likely don't need to worry about rust.
How is your build going?
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:20 AM   #52
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Very very slow. We just got the wheelchair lift out, I had to have the mechanics do it because I did not have the mechanic know how to override the Interlock system. And they left the wheelchair in there as I requested but then hydraulic fluid spilled all of the floor so I'm still trying to get all of that cleaned up. Plus they did a s***** job instead of taking the cable out they just cut it so I'm going to have to deal with that cable sticking up through the floor. But we're going camping in 2 weeks to see how it's working out. How are you dealing with insurance? Do you have your rig classified as an RV or a truck bus thing
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Old 04-22-2021, 01:53 PM   #53
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Very very slow. We just got the wheelchair lift out, I had to have the mechanics do it because I did not have the mechanic know how to override the Interlock system. And they left the wheelchair in there as I requested but then hydraulic fluid spilled all of the floor so I'm still trying to get all of that cleaned up. Plus they did a s***** job instead of taking the cable out they just cut it so I'm going to have to deal with that cable sticking up through the floor.
Sorry to hear about the issue getting the lift removed. Me and a couple of buddies were able to get mine out of the bus then I was able to sell it on Facebook Marketplace. When you say cables through the floor do you mean the positive and ground cables that originally connected to the lift to power it? I kept these through the floor as well and integrated them into my electrical panel for a couple of reasons.

1. If for some reason my LiFePO4 house battery is drained or fails I could connect the Aux battery and starting battery for emergency power.
2. If my Aux battery and starting are dead I could change the profile of my charge controller to charge these batteries (obviously a jump pack would be easier)

I've attached a crude diagram of my electrical system and some pictures to show where the positive for the starting and aux battery comes into the electrical system

I'm curious if others have done something similar.
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Old 04-22-2021, 01:57 PM   #54
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Yes those are the electricity cables I'm speaking of they powered the lift. For now we are not going to be putting in any additional power in the camper we are just going to use a few extension cords to the campgrounds electricity. We may do a complete below in the future but right now we are just doing a rudimentary camper until I can figure out how to get it insured other than as a van. I had to go through a commercial insurance policy to get it insured fortunately I had my business I was able to do that with.
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Old 04-22-2021, 02:55 PM   #55
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I had to go through a commercial insurance policy to get it insured fortunately I had my business I was able to do that with.
Interesting. I don't have mine registered as an RV. I have a CT combination plate and it is insured as a van.
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:57 PM   #56
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lipos are comming down in price check will prowse on you tube he tests solar parts batteries and rarely get free from mfg he buys much of what he tests and tell any free hes going to give honest review and he has trashed some products
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Old 04-26-2021, 04:58 PM   #57
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lipos are comming down in price check will prowse on you tube he tests solar parts batteries and rarely get free from mfg he buys much of what he tests and tell any free hes going to give honest review and he has trashed some products
Thanks! I referenced Will's youtube channel and website quite a bit to build my electrical system. I was hoping to get my hands on a ~200 Ah SOK battery, but they sell out so quick. I'm hoping the ZOOGAMO battery uses the same cells as the Ampere Time Will reviewed. The ZOOGAMO also claims low temperature protection, but I have not tested that yet.
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Old 04-26-2021, 05:59 PM   #58
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We were looking into some alternate options for window coverings and came across these type of films for windows.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm not sure if it will hold up to the vibration / temperature swings in the bus. If it doesn't, it was only ~$10. picture from the outside looking in isn't great. Will need to get another one at night with the inside lights on.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:29 PM   #59
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Very nice shades.
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Old 04-26-2021, 07:56 PM   #60
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Very nice shades.
Thanks Sander. They have a ton of other patterns and textures on Amazon. Here is a picture of the window at night with lights inside the bus on. Certainly gives that frosted glass effect.
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