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Our bus, WildThingTheBus on Instagram
A 2005 Thomas Saf-t-liner
with a Cat C7 and Allison auto trans 250k miles. Purchased in August 2020 from LasVegasBusSales and Alex whom I highly recommend.
https://www.lasvegasbussales.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHFO2Jc0hTc&list=LL&index=67&t=6s
Water tank is in. We chose a 46 gallon fresh water tank from ClassACustoms. Tank is strapped down and has 2x2's around to prevent movement. Located...
Insulated my batteries before winter. ***Update 24 Nov - Falcon pad failed to warm batteries at 4 deg C, resulting in BMS shutting it all down at 3...
Bus co-pilot seat is installed. I bolted it down to a old door we got from a orphanage built in the early 1900's. Then bolted the door down to the...
Updated the front bus heater.  Heater [5kva] is now covered by a solid core door, vented at the side. We will be placing cushions on top and back.
Front door lock. Its solid and secure, but I'm not happy with the design.  It looks unfinished. Need to stare at this a bit longer.
Rebuilt the front wheel cover using old reclaimed solid Oak wood from door jambs. The coat/boot closet and kitchen will be on top.
Breaker box redux. Panel is grounded and bonded to neutral. A/C breaker panel with 2 20a gfci/afci breakers. Right breaker for right side of bus,...
Strapped down the solar box to the bus ribs using two wall anchor screws with hooks and a tie down strap. I'll be building walls around the box.
One of the outlets. Conduit is 3/4 inch copper pipe. 20a outlet. I wanted to show the metallic parts of the electrical system. So outlets are exposed.
CAT C7 ACERT 7.2 L motor. https://www.skoolielivin.com/cat-c7-engine-profile/
Another view of the CAT. All belts and pulleys were replaced.
Solar BMS from Electrocacus.com We use 2 Dssr20s and 4 305 watt panels, 2 each in parallel. 8S 200wh batteries. 
 
So battery voltage 24v x [9.45A...
4 305w 60 cell Saraphim panels from SunTan solar. https://store.santansolar.com/product/seraphim-305w/ 
With shipping from PHX to ORD they were $720.
Moved the bus to a new spot. Deck, panels and internet antenna are shown.  We have more than enough power to work out of the bus now. At present were...
Added the InstiConnect Dual Sim internet system to the bus. I added a 100gb Att and Verizon card. So far its been working better than expected. I can...
This is a temporary mock-up. The exterior of that same DC fan with bug screen. Made it look like a boat porthole. The window can close shut...
Protopye of a automotive 10" DC fan, 900 fcm fan. Chinese thermister starts the fan at 80deg, speed is further regulated by the lower power dial. I...
Flip up table. This was a easy build from old public library tables. I used 2 door hinges underneath.
I will finish this later, just showing the 2x6 boards which hold the deck. This turned out to be a great simple design for mounting the deck and...
Bus deck showing the 60 cell panels at 1200 watts. 
 
Solar BMS from Electrocacus.com We use 2 Dssr20s and 4 305 watt panels, 2 each in parallel. 8S...
Standing on the new bus deck, which use reclaimed 2x12x8 boards.
As the panels get hot, insulation under the panels prevents the bus roof from heating up. It may also assist in ceiling insulation. Deck will start...
Backside of 305 watt panels. Panels bolt down for now, later I will add a quick-release.
Tiltable panels using discarded garage door hinges.
Painting the roof rack. This is the mount point for the solar panels and deck.Were almost at the 1 year mark when we started this project.
 

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