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 61 
 on: July 29, 2016, 01:25:51 PM 
Started by ScharpeStGuy - Last post by DoubleEagle
Looks like this bus is a dead end unless the price is sweet! For someone who has a spare 6V92 laying around, and the skills to switch it, it might be an opportunity, but only at the right price.

 62 
 on: July 29, 2016, 01:00:13 PM 
Started by ScharpeStGuy - Last post by luvrbus
The nitrite levels deplete when you are getting antifreeze in the oil that is a sure sign it has problems.
In fairness to the seller I don't he knew about the problems most selling a bus would have covered it up with fresh oil and antifreeze JMO   

 63 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:59:41 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Jon
I am sympathetic to that need, but with the current inverter technology and the fact the new inverters can also perform an auto-start function for the generator, which depending on the battery bank size can run only as necessary, often an hour or so to fully charge the batteries while allowing the people using the coach to not have to sacrifice any comfort.

When i "dry camp" I turn the generator on right away and turn it off for quiet hour or when I am ready to hit the road. At the rate I am going I project I will wear it out in about 50 years.

 64 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:51:10 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by DoubleEagle
Well, it sure looks like an overworked converter family having a grand vacation in paradise!

 65 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:44:48 PM 
Started by ScharpeStGuy - Last post by DoubleEagle
Got to feel bad for the owner, he has no mechanical experience and he relied on converters and mechanics to do everything for him, and they happily took his money. After the bus apparently overheated, someone replaced both radiators, but did not follow up with further checks to see if the engine was damaged by overheating (my guess). The oil & coolant tests now show that there is definite coolant in the oil, and that the nitrite levels are bad in the coolant, indicating it has not been changed or had additives replenished. He reportedly spent an average of $5000 a year on maintenance, did he get his money's worth?

 66 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:29:26 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Gary Hatt - Publisher BCM
Jon,

I think the intent of the thread is a well known debate to purchase a small genset to only charge up the batteries, not to run the frig or A/C units or the H2O heater.  Many people carry a second smaller genset around and Honda is the most common one out there because of its low db level.

I have thought of doing this several times myself for the same reason, but I am now leaning towards solar panels because I primary camp where the sunshine's and like a very quiet camping experience.

I have been known to carry a small drum set to put out on my picnic table to keep other RV's from camping too close to me.  That is how quiet I like it. I can't play them but bought them at a garage sale really cheap and they tend to keep the area clear around my bus.

Gary

 67 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:20:32 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Jon
Please don't take this the wrong way, but if we wanted to rough it or sacrifice comfort we would go undersize on everything. But we don't.

The object of a bus, apart from the safety aspect is to be able to have a second home on wheels with all of the comforts of home. We want to be cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and have as many creature comforts as we can fit. And to keep them working requires energy, lots of it.

Our generator is 20KW and because of its size we can run our 4 AC units, run the refrigerator, keep our water hot, have plenty of lights, charge our batteries and cook steaks on the electric grille. All at once and for as long as we have fuel, which we burn at a little less than 1/2 gallon per hour.

1100 watts is not enough.

If your object is to use as little energy, especially fossil fuels, as possible you would not drive a bus, none of which are fuel efficient.

 68 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:09:52 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Lin
We have and use a Honda 1000.  In the AM, if we are dry camping, I will run the large generator to heat the water, etc.  But running a 7.5ks generator just to charge the batteries seemed ridiculous, so we got the Honda.  It works fine through a 12v smart charger.  I once tred it through the inverter/charger and even though the charger was only doing a float charge, it tripped the Honda's breaker.  I had asked on this forum for some explanation.  There was something I do not remember about the electronics involved.  In short, it may or may not work through your inverter/charger.  Maybe you could try it with someone else's generator first to see.

The gas tank limitation is not a big deal.  There are kits available to even connect the little generator to an outboard motor tank, which means it will really run quite a long time between fill-ups.  I would note one thing though.  While the 1000 is useful, I have thought that a 2000w would be better since there is more range of what it will do, it not that much heavier, and does not use significantly more fuel. It could even possibly run one AC.

Also, 24v multistage chargers are very commonly used for electric wheelchairs.  You may be able to find good deals on them on Craigslist and Ebay.  That is what we use for our coach batteries.

 69 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:01:09 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by luvrbus
Robyn and Subaru are the same engine Onan uses the Subaru/Robyn engines in their  gasoline and propane powered generators up to the 4000 kw  

 70 
 on: July 29, 2016, 12:00:08 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Tikvah
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The 1100 will have a Honda or Subaru engine we have 1 they are quite and 2 gals of gas will run it for 10 hrs
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Yup, it's a Subaru

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