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 on: February 10, 2016, 05:32:14 PM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Seangie
Dave -

We are using the Trimark  060-1650 as well.  No issues in a year. We had to have the door rebuilt around it.  We chose that model because it was widely available and had seen it on 2 other buses.

Its a little different than what you have. 

I think your problem is more in the door though.  Ours has no pressure on the plunger or latch.  The biggest issue we have is the heating and shrinking of the metal in the heat/cold causing it to stick sometimes.


 on: February 10, 2016, 05:27:07 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by jackhanow
I listed my mc5 and they raised the price more than double what I listed and wonder why no one is calling on it. I just want to sell it. I don't even need the money, mostly think it's got a lot of life left and don't just want it to go to scrap.

 on: February 10, 2016, 05:24:16 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by Scott Bennett
Shanksy, hoping to see you guys in April Smiley so, $300 times 8 batteries $2400 and they last 5 years? I'm thinking $2400 every 5 years....I could just run off my generator and call it a day. Forget the batts. Yikes.

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 on: February 10, 2016, 05:16:57 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by jackhanow
Looks like a narrow rim to me as well

 on: February 10, 2016, 05:14:50 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Seangie
Scott -

With the recent trend of small houses and the American dollar climbing against the rest of the world the RV industry has really started to see a comeback.

I think its a good time to sell a bus if you got it.  Heck, I should list my bus at 100k just to see if someone calls...


 on: February 10, 2016, 05:07:09 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Seangie
Prevost weighs more.  HAHAHA.


 on: February 10, 2016, 05:04:13 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by Seangie

Go with 6 or 8 of the L16s.  They will last you a while.  8 of them will get you over 1200 amp hours at 12v. You can live like a king for 2 days in the desert.  If you go with the lead acid they are 300$ a piece.  That's about 2 bucks per amp hour.  

Just drove past your house in AZ today.   Waved out the window as we passed.  Not sure if you saw us or not...we were moving pretty fast at 75 Smiley


 on: February 10, 2016, 05:03:59 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Lee Bradley
Narrow rims?

 on: February 10, 2016, 04:14:07 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by solardude
Hi Cliff,

As I'm sure you already know that this is a very tough question to answer, if even possible. I get this question ALL the time when installing solar. There are some reasonably constant variables, but most are hard to predict on-going.
The fridge for example is fairly constant, depending on ambient air temp and fridge type, some are more insulated than others. Here is a link to a worksheet http://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-information/start-here/offgrid-calculator#applianceTable Its not perfect by any measure but it is a good way to visualize the loads. I would agree you could probably make due with 4kw inverter, depending on surge capacity. Inverters are kinda like generators, they are more efficient depending on load. With that said 6 Lifeline 8D @ 210Ah  = 630Ah @ 24Vdc Depending on how long you want your batteries to last you choose how far to discharge them. Off-grid solar for example for longevity I would say discharge to 70% and the batteries will last many years if taken care of (up to 15 years). However, MOST people will destroy batteries much sooner as the care and feeding become tiresome. With that said, figuring that if you get 5yrs out of a set, you will be lucky as inverters are severe duty for batteries. Especially in an RV situation. I have a similar size battery bank, I plan to use 60% discharge, but will probably go to 50% as I'm realistic about what to expect for battery life. In other words don't choose 70% (30% Discharged) because the batteries probably will not last beyond 5yrs anyway, so you might as well get good use of them. OK, so back to the numbers. 630Ah/ 50% = 315Ah (7560w) to work with. That will certainly power a fridge for two days, throw in the microwave now and again along with some instant hot water... Speculating here, but I think you should be good, as long as there are not too many constant draws. Make sure to put a balancer between the two 12V banks, you will get uneven banks when discharging down to 50% and when heavy loads are used.


 on: February 10, 2016, 04:13:10 PM 
Started by viking1 - Last post by Scott Bennett
I have no words for that photo....no words at all.

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