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 21 
 on: July 25, 2017, 07:58:20 PM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by neoneddy
These are the ones I have.

https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/rv/deep-cycle/6/sligc115    Ask for the 10% off  online discount in-store, they'll give it to you plus some because  they get the money vs it going to corporate. Worked for me anyway.  I even said these are for a new application where there is no core to possibly exchange, they waived the core charge on 4 batteries, saved me $100 right there.

A generator topping them off each day would probably do it, but in my humble opinion, the future is clearly PV in some form or another.  Even if you only run 200 - 400 watts to start, that  will keep everything charged when not in use (not sure if you're a full timer or not).

http://www.aimscorp.net/Power-Inverter-Charger/   I run one of these for now... they have an auto gen start when voltage gets low.  Eventually I'll go Victron, but I ain't made of money quite yet.

 22 
 on: July 25, 2017, 07:45:46 PM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by windtrader
No plans to make the bus look like it is full of panels up top. Researching if a couple might help keep the house battery bank topped off during the day. Main thing now is to finish the math if the new bank of 4 6v 230Ah golf batteries connected in series is a solid base of energy storage.

If I'm reading correcting one just takes the stated full storage and can divide using DOD to compute the usable energy. For example, the 24v 230Ah battery bank has max energy storage of 24X230=5,520 Wh. At 50% DOD the available energy is 2,760 Wh. Based on our usage profile, this should work fine to get through a day of electrical consumption.

Main pending decision is correctly sizing and selecting the right golf batteries.

Who knows - if the new battery bank does a good job and a short generator session gets them topped of each day, I may skip the solar. Always better to plan for future upgrades early rather than later.

Don

 23 
 on: July 25, 2017, 07:15:00 PM 
Started by j.m.jackson - Last post by Utahclaimjumper
 Time to break out the manual.>>>D The lug nuts should be 450 to 500 pounds foot, thats why you had trouble doing them by hand.

 24 
 on: July 25, 2017, 07:11:51 PM 
Started by biff - Last post by Utahclaimjumper
What type bus do you have in mind??<<<Dan

 25 
 on: July 25, 2017, 06:39:03 PM 
Started by biff - Last post by biff
Hi all. dose anyone know of a good place that can do front end alignments on buses and motorhomes.in the Nashville tn. area.

 26 
 on: July 25, 2017, 06:24:36 PM 
Started by j.m.jackson - Last post by j.m.jackson
Both. Mostly done with sides front and rear, just the roof is left to paint. Need to get up there, scrub it down, and roll on some antique white up there.

But the wheels make it still look rough, so time to paint them up. Old scratched and scuffed silver on the front, road grime black and rust on the back under the skirts.

Also a good time to look at the brakes and other things underneath while it's blocked up. I'll post pictures of the blocking tomorrow, got the drivers front wheel off.

What are the recommendations on torquing the lug nuts? These were on ridiculous tight, had to use the 62:1 reduction tool to break them loose. Was sopping wet all over just getting the drivers front off. Of course I had to saw up a 10ft 6x6 to make the cribbing too.

Also, how much slack should be in the brakes? What's the adjustment procedure that you'd use?

 27 
 on: July 25, 2017, 06:10:11 PM 
Started by Scott & Heather - Last post by kyle4501
a few is 2 or 3... not 16 or 20.......

It sounded like you were going to snip enough off of a 4/0 to make it a 3/0 at the end so it would fit into a 3/0 connector. . . .

 28 
 on: July 25, 2017, 06:08:13 PM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by Geoff
I'm sorry to interject a note of reality but ............

Solar is a lifestyle choice, not a power source.  If you are willing to drastically alter your lifestyle you MAY be able to put sufficient solar panels on your coach to live off them but I stress the word "MAY".  If you are just wanting to keep the batteries topped off while the coach is unused then no worries, solar will work. 

If you are serious about solar then its all about the watts.  Figure out your power usage.  There's no magic.  800 or 1000 watts of solar on a coach is huge but that's the kind of numbers you will need and in my never to be humble opinion you'll still need a generator.  There's no point obsessing about battery capacity if you don't have enough watts coming out of the panels to recharge the batteries.  And you've only got about 6 hours of truly useful solar input each day.

Been there done that.  Solar can drastically reduce your generator run time and keep your batteries floated but most people can't live without a generator.


Listen to Bob- do you want a bus to travel in or a freak show with a dozen solar panels?  I have traveled a lot and I can't recall a bus or RV with solar panels on the road. That is crap for traveling.

--Geoff

 29 
 on: July 25, 2017, 06:00:18 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by Geoff
Do you have a brake booster?  It is a big contraction between the firewall and the master brake clyinder.  If you do, that may be the problem.

--Geoff

 30 
 on: July 25, 2017, 05:51:47 PM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by windtrader
If the stated capacity in Wh uses a SOC of 1.75v then how does one estimate the partial DOD capacity. Like how much Kw is available at 30%, 40%, 50% DOD?

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