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Old 09-26-2020, 06:05 PM   #81
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I am sorry, but did you mention a way to find these roof water reservoirs? I like the idea. I am totally not a speed demon anyway. I love the idea of using it for hot water and that it looks gravity fed. An added foot pump at point of use would be a lovely way to control the flow without requiring an electric pump...any info would be appreciated!
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Old 09-26-2020, 06:15 PM   #82
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I just googled them..I've seen 4in black ABS plastic pipe used, but it really isn't good for drinking water. I actually got some old (but not free) pool solar water heaters as someone suggested, but also not the right material for drinking water, so a water-water heat exchanger will be needed, which complicates things, but not too much. As I said later, gravity will be ok for a faucet, but not for a shower, so I'm going to need to add pressure to the water source. My plan right now is to use an air compressor. I found a couple other videos on people doing this also.
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Old 09-26-2020, 06:47 PM   #83
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I am very impressed with your determination to actively upcycle insulation from fridges. With this , YOU are part of the solution and only in this current time where the $$/Hour labor waste problem has not gotten the full financial attention it deserves.


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Old 10-08-2020, 09:36 PM   #84
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Still not any real progress on the Nautibus, as usual I have another project getting in the way, and tomorrow literally will be in the way, have a new drivetrain a dodge 5.9, guess what its going in??

But did gather a few more free things.
After looking for weeks, I now have three glass tops from ovens, and a nice stainless fridge, but the biggest score was an industrial stainless prep counter/freezer,
so now it is looking like my countertop will be stainless.
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Old 10-09-2020, 04:55 PM   #85
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New Project..

Yep, got this 1974, needs a new engine. Almost free. ;)
In great shape considering, but like all of this kind has roof leaks.
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Old 10-28-2020, 11:30 PM   #86
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No progress on the Nautibus itself, just doing the fridge project.
But I did sell the white french door fridge for $250, so I'm back to almost free on this project. And picked up yet a third microwave, or actually fourth, as I already have one I modified for lower power for the boat..this one was stainless over-the-range, which i've been looking for. I have a white over-the-range, but i'm going stainless.
I have an inverter microwave I actually bought for $25 that is stainless, but its not otr.
Really want the fan function of the otr units, its quite useful in an enclosed space like a trailer. This free one needs the door switch fixed, no problem.

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Old 10-28-2020, 11:39 PM   #87
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Good score. i am a fan of stainless.
Are you venting the otr to the outside?
We used a stainless range hood and retrofitted with two telecom 48 volt box fans. The 48 vdc fans run nice and quiet on 24 volt. We vent to the outside. I put an led light strip in the range hood but because of the resistor current limiting this is power hungry.

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Old 10-28-2020, 11:56 PM   #88
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Yeah going to vent it out the back wall. My layout now is the back wall has the stove and cooktop and above the microwave like a house does and it will vent out the back. The back wall will actually hinge open, so when that happens, it just vents outside without going through the wall. The stove is not a working stove, just going to use the oven door and reduce its depth to the same as the microwave. I will not be putting any holes in the roof, so there will be no roof fan, hoping the otr fan will do the trick instead. The microwave fans are not what I'd call quiet.
Good idea to replace the lights with leds, doing the same with the fridge lights, appliances use pretty high wattage incandescent lights.
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Old 11-03-2020, 08:30 PM   #89
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Another free item..
1992 Ford E350 cargo van. Was used to haul produce, so its got rooftop a/c and all spray foamed in the back to keep the content cold.
Has a bad transmission, needs tires, and in the condition you might expect from a work van. I have a good transmission for it.

Just what I need, another project vehicle.

I also bought a 86 Ford F250 4x4 with a 6.9 Diesel for $500, but the van was free so a better fit for the Nautibus.
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Another free item..
1992 Ford E350 cargo van. Was used to haul produce, so its got rooftop a/c and all spray foamed in the back to keep the content cold.
Has a bad transmission, needs tires, and in the condition you might expect from a work van. I have a good transmission for it.

Just what I need, another project vehicle.

I also bought a 86 Ford F250 4x4 with a 6.9 Diesel for $500, but the van was free so a better fit for the Nautibus.
I remember another member here looking to do a 4x4 conversion on their Ford cutaway shorty. They might be interested in this.
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Old 11-04-2020, 11:44 AM   #91
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Just not sure what to do with both frankly. I could swap the diesel 4x4 into the van to make it a so-called adventure overland camper van. These seem to sell for big money right now...like this one asking $60k ?!
https://sacramento.craigslist.org/ct...209708729.html
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Old 12-17-2020, 05:28 PM   #92
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Almost free propane tank, dressed it up a bit.
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