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 on: Today at 07:34:23 AM 
Started by Scott & Heather - Last post by bevans6
I would be more inclined to use start batteries as a combined temporary house/start bank.  Without that big inverter the deep cycle loads on the batteries will be very small, and start batteries can handle that just fine.  Start batteries are optimized for quick delivery and acceptance of power during and after starting, will handle the small house loads fine, and you can add deep cycle batteries when and if you decide to.


 on: Today at 07:28:41 AM 
Started by oldmansax - Last post by longjohn
Tom it sounds like you where at Tall Pines?  

 on: Today at 07:24:43 AM 
Started by Scott & Heather - Last post by Jon
What Richard said. Owning a bus and doing it right means you have to spend a dollar or two.

 on: Today at 06:43:48 AM 
Started by Scott & Heather - Last post by luvrbus
3 group 31's are for a 12 v system wired in parallel  for a 24v system you use 2 or 4 (12v) batteries wired in series  

 on: Today at 06:28:24 AM 
Started by Scott & Heather - Last post by richard5933
I'd be one of those who would urge you to separate the start & house batteries.

If you have room for 4 batteries, couldn't you use two for house and two for start? For so many reasons your proposal seems fraught with potential for problems, and the main one I'd always fear is being left with batteries too weak to turn the engine and start. All it would take is accidentally walking away or falling asleep with power on to something and coming back to a bad situation.


 on: Today at 06:21:05 AM 
Started by Scott & Heather - Last post by Scott & Heather
I have read a lot of posts about batteries here, thank you so much to all of you who have posted over the years. I am learning. I have found that it is very difficult to find 8DAGM batteries locally, and they are very expensive to ship. Would I be wise to use 4 group 31 batteries as my start/house battery bank? It won't be the end of my battery bank it is just the beginning. And for now they will only be used as start batteries until I actually get an inverter. I have read the arguments against using deep cycle batteries a start batteries, but I am confident that there is enough cold cranking apps for this to work. Plus I will be adding more batteries to the max very soon. I also know that it's not conventional to use your start batteries as house batteries in a combined battery bank, but once again I am taking a slightly different road as I have done many times with this bus and it has worked for me. Well I want to know is if for group 31's will do the trick? I have read several times were people used three group 31's? I'm not 100% sure why they would use that configuration?

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 on: Today at 04:42:49 AM 
Started by Dave5Cs - Last post by Dave5Cs
Made it over the Tehachapi Mountains Sunday Night after driving 7 hours and stopping once to eat in the Bus at a rest stop. Stopped for the night and took a dip in the pool for an hour before eating some roll-ups with roast beef and turkey wrapped in a roman leaf with roasted caulifolower, broccoli and carrots on the side, the wife made, at our usual stop Sierra Trails RV park 22.00 a night with "Passport America" Normal price is 45.00. It is at 58 and Highway 14. Becuase of the hot temps we are running about 190 up hills and 170 on the flats but it is 102 to 106 outside in AZ too.

After the light show I went out and changed the Stemco plug and window in the right side front axle because when I pulled the plug to put some hub oil in of course the Plastic window shattered. I always keep a few kits with me. Got that done and refilled aired up and proceeded down 58 to 40 at Barstow to Needles to CA95 Parker where we found the Parker VFW and pulled in. Paid the Bartender 10.00 and we got spot number 1. Backed in very hot 104 and tired 625 miles today. Nothing fancy, a gravel spot, clean and quite.
This morning heading for Quartszite CA95 to fuel up (6.7 MTG with genny running an both air blasting) and dump, then onto to 10 with the wife at the wheel. I can kick back, yes.

 on: Today at 04:27:03 AM 
Started by Dwayne Johnston - Last post by chessie4905
4104's have room for maxi brakes. Definitely worth the upgrade and not too expensive. Jake brakes are very nice to have on your coach as brakes are on the small side. I would have installed them on my 4104 if I hadn't moved to a 4905.

 on: Today at 04:16:59 AM 
Started by MagnoliaBus - Last post by scanzel
I just made a round trip to Ohio USA 530 miles each way through NY/PA on I81,I80,I77 etc and they have some steep grades and temp rarely went past 175 outside temp was mid 80's. With my spicer standard I was in high gear at 55 to 65 mph going up and coming down the grades.

 on: Today at 04:15:18 AM 
Started by bevans6 - Last post by bevans6
I didn't ceramic coat it due to cost and time, and since it was (in 2011 when I was doing it) still subject to later modification, kind of a prototype that I ended up modifying slightly and keeping.  When the shiny picture was taken I still didn't know for sure that it would actually fit.  Also, in my mind two stroke diesel exhaust is pretty cool, rarely gets over 700 - 800 degrees, so I didn't bother.

I didn't add expansion joints, but I did add slip joints to do the same thing - allow for expansion and contraction along the tubes.  That worked out fine, no cracks.

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