My Bloodmobile (1990 Thomas) came originally equipped with two (2) 20Kw diesel generators and is wired throughout with florescent lighting (see photo).
The bus has four (4) roof-mounted AC units. (Two have been removed but are being replaced as part of my purchase.)
I THINK I'm in pretty good shape with the existing breaker panel. Do you folks agree?
The man I bought my bus from is removing one of the generators for his own use. My understanding is that the bus came with two to provide redundancy for field operations.
1) I HATE florescent lighting. I work Part-Time at IKEA right now and can purchase some LED lighting (and other things) with very favorable terms.
a) What tips and suggestions do you folks have about removing the florescent lights? Are the old lights worth anything to anybody?
b) How best to incorporate existing IKEA lighting products? Should I buy ceiling fixtures like this one:
or concentrate more on strip lights like those found here:
or use some of each? I'll admit a fondness for lamps and indirect lighting. Does anyone have experience using these products in a Skoolie build?
2) What, practically speaking, can a 20Kw diesel generator power? How much fuel does this thing use, and how much will it cost me to use it?
3) What's the best approach for adding & incorporating some solar components to this rig for off-grid/boondock usage? I'd hate to have to listen to a generator all of the time and I'm not crazy about spending $ on fuel.
4) Any particular caveats/warnings I should know about up front?
Thanks for any feedback, ideas, and advice you might have!