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Old 01-12-2018, 10:38 AM   #1
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Location: Kingston, WA
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New Skoolie from the Pacific Northwest

I'm newly retired last june and what else could I do but start a skoolie project, right?

I have a 1995 thomas Saf-T-Liner that I'm converting. I've got some work done (gutting and removing one of the roof vents) but I have some significant plans for this project, including:

Solar power:
- 22 100 Watt solar panels on the roof
- 4 200 AmpHour batteries
- 3KW Inverter
- Vacuum tube Solar hot water heater
- dual exchanger hot water tank (hot water will be heated by solar, engine and at last resort, electricity (when there's capacity)
- Diverting/Composting toilet with external cleaning access
- Mini-split heat pump

I've got some of the parts and have been working on the architecture and plans.. I'll be posting a new thread in the projects section..

I've got a rather full wood working and metal working shop that includes table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, metal band saw, 54" metal shear, 52" metal brake, plasma cutter, tag, stick and mig welder, lathe, small mill and small CNC mill.

This will be fun and I'm really looking forward to the result.


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Old 01-12-2018, 11:16 AM   #2
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Howdy Marcel...and Welcome! --- Sounds like you have a plan and all the right tools to whip this out. Gonna be fun to watch. Just post lots of pix. We LOVE pix.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:17 AM   #3
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Welcome Marcel,

Where are you located? We have seen a number of new faces here in the PNW lately.

That is a very ambitious solar installation. We look forward to seeing your progress. Pictures are always good ��

Take care.

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Old 01-12-2018, 11:59 AM   #4
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Yeah, welcome. It's not that often that someone comes here with a complete plan like you've got.

It's also good to see more NW builds going on.
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