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Author Topic: How Many Electric Motors?  (Read 747 times)
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« on: September 16, 2012, 12:26:50 PM »

If you want to have a bit of fun, count up how many electric motors are carried on your bus.  Some are: 2 motors in each roof top A/C (fan and compressor), starter motors, Fantastic Fan roof vents, water pumps, small motors driving your sound system, cooling fan in the inverter, compressor for refrigerator, cooling fans, hair dryer, mixer, blender, microwave motors, hand drill, etc. I came up with 42 electric motors on my bus!  See how many you have! Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 07:34:16 AM »

I came up with 39.
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 09:59:25 AM »

At least 57 "built in," and that does not include any appliances or electronics not permanently attached (blender, Blu-Ray player, inkjet printer, file server, etc.) or power tools.  It does include the air compressor, which is not bolted down but is really part of the coach.

Lots of things have fans in them that are easy to overlook.  For example, my inverter and refrigerator both have flushing fans.  I may be undercounting, since there are things I've never taken apart.  For instance, I counted two for my microwave/range hood -- one for the microwave stirrer and turntable, and one for the range hood blower.  But for all I know, there are three or four motors in that appliance.

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 11:32:44 AM »

At least 57 "built in," (snip) 

       Let's see ....

(2)  Defroster fans
(1)  Inverter
(1)  Fridge
(1)  Water pump
(1)  Starter
(1)  Bathroom Exhaust
(1)  Toilet Macerator
(1)  Microwave "turntable"

      That's 9 - will be 11 when I convert to electric wipers this autumn.   

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 12:18:17 PM »

Twelve so far, and that's without any of the interior yet built:
1  -  starter
1  -  HF bilge pump
1  -  Facet/Purolator priming pump
1  -  Kysor/Bergstrom coolant pump
4  -  Bergstrom heaters
2  -  Bergstrom defroster fans
2  -  SHURflo water pumps

Maybe another dozen when the interior's done  -  I plan on reducing house electrical loads as much as possible.

John
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 12:43:44 PM »

A Quick count I came up with 52, I am not sure how many motors in the elec. mirrors? My keurig coffee maker has a prime pump, "ha" now thats one you may have missed!

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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 01:15:23 PM »

Now for the scary part (financially), count the number of wheels you own!
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2012, 04:16:24 PM »

It is truly astonishing how many electric motors there are inside the cabin of a modern luxury car. I've got cupboards full of clever little mechanisms which I've stripped out of cars I've owned which I've scrapped. When you take one apart you realise that lots of things have motors in that you never knew were motorised - like the motors in the headlights that adjust them to keep them level when you put a load in the back of the car. And the fact that the gear lever isn't actually attached to the gearbox - instead it operates switches, which operates motors which move the gear linkage.

One of the most interesting devices things I found was in a Cadillac I owned. I've stripped electric seats out of Range Rovers, Lexus's and Beemers, and typically they might have six motors in each seat to move the various things around. But in the Caddy the seats just had a single motor and a really clever electromagnetic clutch mechanism which switched the motor between controlling three different functions. No idea why they did it like that, but it was a neat system.

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