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 on: Today at 04:57:27 PM 
Started by mike802 - Last post by HB of CJ
Heater installation safety concerns if any?  Is your selected propane space heater ducted?  What I mean; is there a way to install the thing so it is not directly underneath a bunk?  Kinda thinking having a very hot heat source directly under somebody sleeping.

Sometimes practical engineering hits the wall of reality.  My old Crown Supercoach had only a few safe places to mount hot potentially dangerous stuff and none of them were ideal.  But...the old girl only got to the final design stage.  HB of CJ (old coot)

Also I was consumed with the notion of having the Bus Conversion balance out nearly exactly front to back and side to side.  This also entered into stuffs location.  Anyhow many factors are always butting heads trying to do it correctly....or safely. 

 on: Today at 04:46:38 PM 
Started by Ace - Last post by Ace
Still no luck on title! Go figure! Been looking at another newer truck with similar lay out but I find out today that it's been sitting two years and won't start!
Anyone familiar with
n14 cummins with auto shift?

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 on: Today at 03:56:54 PM 
Started by Purplewillie - Last post by Gary W
Hi Mark

I will say Hi to all your friends there, Dave and Heather will be there Pat and Niki can't make it but they are hosting the spring rally near Hope in May.


 on: Today at 03:30:01 PM 
Started by Gary Hatt - Publisher BCM - Last post by Gary Hatt - Publisher BCM
“Dozier Discoveries” won the RVillage.com New Member drawing last month after joining RVillage.com and our group “Bus Conversion Magazine Fan Club”.

They own a 1989 MCI which they are in the process of converting to an RV and their Current Mission is “To Discover North America”. They are still working, in their 40’s, and still working on their conversion and have 12 children so they may need some advice on building bunks for their bus.  They belong to a lot of other groups on RVillage.com apparently so they can learn as much as possible about traveling in a bus.  Please help me in welcoming them to our group.

Bruce Fay is a frequent contributor to BCM over the past few months and he has a great explanation of what RVillage.com is also about and has also included the simple instructions to join RVillage.com on his web page http://www.omnibus-mi.us/rvtravel/resources/rvillage/.

After joining RVillage.com, be sure to join our group.  You will also be able to see where all the other 10,000 (new milestone just announced) RVers and Bus Nuts who are members of RVillage.com are located in a snapshot in time, just by clicking on a map of the U.S. on the RVillage.com site.  With over 10,000 new members in less than six months, if you are not a member, you are missing out on a lot of interesting information.

Everyone that joins our group in RVillage will be included in a monthly drawing of new members who join each month, to win a free one-year Online subscription to Bus Conversion Magazine, a $25 value. Your subscription will start as soon as you notify us after you receive an email that identifies you as the winner.

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Since last month, we added to our Grand Finale year end drawing, our Bus I.D. Poster and a choice of any PDF version of any Book listed in our store on our website.  You could be the winner of one of these prizes at the end of the year just by signing up to become a member of RVillage.com and joining our group Bus Conversion Magazine Fan Club.  If you are already a subscriber, and you win a subscription, we will extend your subscription by the duration of the prize you won.

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 on: Today at 03:20:19 PM 
Started by Purplewillie - Last post by Purplewillie
Your Am General 8v71T, does it sit at 15  degrees or 35 degrees like my 4905?

 on: Today at 03:17:15 PM 
Started by loveshack - Last post by loveshack
If I were to use 3 k yes I agree. I just got a good price on it . The only power that will be going through it is a refrig that most of the time is only at a couple hundred watts even start up is only around 1 k and that is at start up. I don't know very many peeps using  3 k unless you were using ac I guess . This is for keeping beer and food cold . Nothing but fridg and 2 lights tied in.

 on: Today at 03:09:18 PM 
Started by loveshack - Last post by Iceni John
As Tom said, you'll need (a lot) more batteries to power a 3kW inverter!   3kW at a nominal 12V is a whopping 250A  -  that's almost at starter motor current levels!   The generally-accepted wisdom on the Northern Arizona Wind & Sun solar forum is that drawing more than about 100A from 12V batteries will run you into Mr.Peukert and his limitations on battery currents, unless you have a battery bank a lot larger than your two Group 31s.

To put this into perspective, I have 2kW of solar panels that will charge eight golfcart and/or L16 batteries through two Morningstar TS-MPPT-60 charge controllers.   Even with a minimum of 900Ah from eight GC-2s (or more if I use L16s), I don't plan on having a TSW inverter larger than 1500W for general AC loads.   I will also use 4/0 cables from each bank of four batteries to their isolator and from the two isolators to the main DC load center  -  for a 3kW inverter running off 12V I would suggest paired 4/0 cables to minimize voltage loss.

Back to the original question.   Assuming your inverter is about 90% efficient, you could be dissipating up to 300W of heat from it at full load!   That needs some serious thought about airflow and heatsink orientation.   For that much potential heat production I would mount the inverter on perforated 1/4" aluminum sheet  -  definitely no wood anywhere near it!


 on: Today at 03:05:12 PM 
Started by loveshack - Last post by eagle19952
so really you have something like this ?

 on: Today at 02:43:15 PM 
Started by Purplewillie - Last post by Stormcloud
We would love to go again, but that's a long way from here.

We will see some of that group in Arizona this winter; please pass along
our greetings from Mark and Donna from Manitoba.

 on: Today at 02:32:20 PM 
Started by loveshack - Last post by loveshack
Yes thanx guys it is radius rod found it in my manual . Looks like bolt has been broke for yrs and po prob jus kept an eye on the other bolt . Well now I know my next project haha thanks again

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