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 on: August 29, 2015, 11:14:36 PM 
Started by AndyyCoulic - Last post by Iceni John
Why can't you charge your house batteries from 2.6kW of solar?   That's more PV power than any RV or bus conversion I know of  -  I thought my 2kW was a lot!   How many aH of batteries do you have?   What depth of discharge do they normally get down to?   Do you not get enough useful insolation where you are?

If you convert DC to AC merely to produce more DC, that's inefficient.   There are 12V-to-24V converters, but they may be equally inefficient.   I also don't know if any 12V inverter will work straight off an alternator  -  some inverters' high voltage disconnects may be too low for a typical alternator?  

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 on: August 29, 2015, 11:11:20 PM 
Started by andyps - Last post by pvcces
That sounds like a deal!

Tom Caffrey

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 on: August 29, 2015, 10:18:29 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Iceni John
I hear plenty of horror stories about the unreliability of new school buses' electronics.   Like so many vehicles these days they have CANBUS, great when it works but a nightmare to troubleshoot when the electrons don't want to cooperate.   Maybe because school buses these days are built as cheaply as possible, the electronics are the first to suffer?   Some school districts in CA are still running old Crowns, older than mine, because they are more dependable and economical than their newer buses.

I'm not impressed with the flimsy plastic dash panels and instrument clusters of new International/Amtran and Thomas school buses.   I guess this doesn't matter if they're designed for only a fifteen year lifespan and a few hundred thousand miles.

Get a Crown or Gillig  -  handbuilt, tough, simple, reliable, good to drive, what's not to like?   (Just kidding!)

John   

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 on: August 29, 2015, 09:12:40 PM 
Started by AndyyCoulic - Last post by AndyyCoulic
So ive been racking my brain for the past couple months, trying to figure out a way to charge my 24v house battery bank without changing my 12v 300amp generator. Since i'm running next to no load on the bus with the otr ac gone i was debating on swapping the gen to a 24v and adding a 12v belt driven alternator.

An idea i came up with today. Was what if i ran a 12v power inverter from my bus 12v with a power isolator. (Inverter would only work when bus was running to prevent battery drain) Say a 2000 watt inverter to put 120v into a magnum inverter charger to charge my 24v house battery bank.
I know its not a 300amp charge. But between my 2.6kw solar rig and that 100 amp charge. I should be able to run my minisplit a/c plus everything else over the road with no worries.

Thoughts?!


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 on: August 29, 2015, 09:04:14 PM 
Started by andyps - Last post by andyps
I have the service manuals for the 4106 from busfixx.com
I can share the link if youd like. 150mb download / 1175 pages!


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PMed you!

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 on: August 29, 2015, 08:58:40 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by luvrbus
I don't think there is any way to do a 118 degree modified split on the Drill Doctor it will do a split bit but no way can I make it do the modified split bit it screws up my modified split bits

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 on: August 29, 2015, 08:56:49 PM 
Started by Darkspeed - Last post by belfert
I wish I had the kind of money it would cost to have these guys rebuild a bus for me.

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 on: August 29, 2015, 08:52:58 PM 
Started by andyps - Last post by AndyyCoulic
I have the service manuals for the 4106 from busfixx.com
I can share the link if youd like. 150mb download / 1175 pages!


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 on: August 29, 2015, 08:52:54 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
I'm not really into skoolies, but I can't help but wonder if these new school buses will make pretty decent looking conversions sometime down the road when they are selling for $5000?



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 on: August 29, 2015, 08:37:54 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
Buses fared better. Obviously there are accidents that would destroy a bus or rv or anything for that matter. Kinetic energy can be destructive. But I'll take my chances in a bus thank you :-)


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