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Old 04-12-2019, 08:27 PM   #901 (permalink)
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Wanna see some shit?! Three days of plywood down in the bus and the packrats come rolling in. I wasn't aware that they ate the prairie prickly pear, so now I have chunks of that all over to watch out for. Weld cherries and feces lol.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:33 PM   #902 (permalink)
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Probably something for many to shake their head at, but this feels like a bit of a milestone. I'd have to go back through my thread to figure out at what time I conceived the PVC conduit and unistrut idea because it feels like something so simple has taken me forever to accomplish. The logistics of organizing the workload an hour from home and then relocating twice since the purchase of our bus was much easier said than done.

Anyway, I have two struts tacked in. Had to break the tacks and shift one after testing the ability to remove the AC conduit and finding I didn't leave quite enough room to do so. I should be able to move down the line tomorrow and have all the lower struts tacked in. My pops arrives tomorrow eve. He and I are going to knock a few tasks off my list while I have extra hands.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:18 AM   #903 (permalink)
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Wanna see some shit?! Three days of plywood down in the bus and the packrats come rolling in. I wasn't aware that they ate the prairie prickly pear, so now I have chunks of that all over to watch out for. Weld cherries and feces lol.
I leave the hoods up on anything that isn't driven everyday after finding a pack rats nest on top of my MH engine that is full of Cholla needles, them thing will go right through a welders glove!
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Old 04-13-2019, 03:26 PM   #904 (permalink)
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I leave the hoods up on anything that isn't driven everyday after finding a pack rats nest on top of my MH engine that is full of Cholla needles, them thing will go right through a welders glove!
Thinking about a bag of rubber snakes. Neighbor is giving away a cat that's pissing of everything. Maybe he'll shack up next to the bus if I build a warm shelter.
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Wasn't going to bother drawing the smaller DC components, but it's great to have them in the file for brainstorming and fitment checking. The bus bar and main DC load center are in the general vicinity of where I plan to mount them. Battery bank +'s directly to the C11000 bus, 2/0 pair headed to the Blue Sea 3116 breaker box to supply a 250 amp remote trip Midnite Solar breaker for each inverter, and hopefully a ganged DC breaker to match the 4/0 I plan to run up to the upstairs DC load center where all the smaller loads will distribute. Since there are six positions in the BS breaker box, I think I'll run a couple smaller breakers dedicated to the tool bay to keep the heavier gauge cables to a minimum in each conduit.

The cables between the battery banks and bus bar would be around 5' and there would be around another 3' total between the bus and each inverter. That's longer than I want to run. There's not much I can do to shorten the run, but I'll mess around with and think of something.
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I can hook you up with the Axletech fixed 4 piston hydraulic caliper setup, but cost is going to be a lot higher than people using dodge ram calipers.
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Wasn't going to bother drawing the smaller DC components, but it's great to have them in the file for brainstorming and fitment checking. The bus bar and main DC load center are in the general vicinity of where I plan to mount them. Battery bank +'s directly to the C11000 bus, 2/0 pair headed to the Blue Sea 3116 breaker box to supply a 250 amp remote trip Midnite Solar breaker for each inverter, and hopefully a ganged DC breaker to match the 4/0 I plan to run up to the upstairs DC load center where all the smaller loads will distribute. Since there are six positions in the BS breaker box, I think I'll run a couple smaller breakers dedicated to the tool bay to keep the heavier gauge cables to a minimum in each conduit.

The cables between the battery banks and bus bar would be around 5' and there would be around another 3' total between the bus and each inverter. That's longer than I want to run. There's not much I can do to shorten the run, but I'll mess around with and think of something.
I apologize, I couldn't find where you talked about the inverter. Are you running the inverter on 48v or 24v?
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:17 PM   #908 (permalink)
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I apologize, I couldn't find where you talked about the inverter. Are you running the inverter on 48v or 24v?
24 volts. It's the Schneider Conext SW4024. 4,000 watt, 24 volt.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:38 AM   #909 (permalink)
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Grabbed $65 worth of hardware yesterday to throw some wheels on the welding table so I could roll it beside the bus. Got three out of four wheels pretty darn straight for eyeballing it. Two benefits; wind block from the strong storms out of the west and my welder leads reach out the bus so I'm not dragging it and the bottle in and out so frequently.

Spent much of Sunday dressing and welding battery track rails until the wind picked up pace and began blowing my gas away. My dad was cutting extremities off while I prepped and welded. This stuff goes so much faster when I have a second person to form an assembly line. We would be at again right now if it weren't for a strong wind out of the south. Go figure.

For the complete battery tracks, I need all the rails from for more cars. U Pull & Pay has five. Half price day on the 27th of this month that I will be taking advantage of.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:12 PM   #910 (permalink)
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Ground down the ridge holding the AC junction boxes from sneaking past the unistruts. Tacked a few more struts in today and tacking the last four tomorrow. Also cleaned out the bearing pockets on the condenser fan motor so I could measure for bearings. Nachi wins. Welded up more battery rails, too. Busy busy while the weather gets better. We will be mocking up all conduits for final fitment tomorrow. I think I will begin measuring to build my own toolboxes for the tool bay. $2,600 in a pair of Joboxes will set progress back.
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One of the first RV truck builds I read from Australia the guy ran an I beam down the center and and his welder off of it
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:58 PM   #912 (permalink)
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One of the first RV truck builds I read from Australia the guy ran an I beam down the center and and his welder off of it
So want to do the same. I've been shuffling so much stuff around in our bus that I don't think I'll mess with setting that up. Not too much more before the floor sheets can start laying down.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:03 AM   #913 (permalink)
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So want to do the same. I've been shuffling so much stuff around in our bus that I don't think I'll mess with setting that up. Not too much more before the floor sheets can start laying down.
That will be a huge milestone, you won't know how to act with a solid floor to walk on!
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That will be a huge milestone, you won't know how to act with a solid floor to walk on!
No kidding. I'm ready for it.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:57 PM   #915 (permalink)
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Too busy for pictures today. All main unistruts are tacked in, three main struts along with inverted struts for the power steering conduits are burned in. Amazingly, I was able to point my mig torch just right for each section to weld. There are a lot of tight spots to reach. Grabbing more shielding gas in the morning.

I didn't think about it until tonight, but I need to grab some DOM for the 1-1/4" PVC to pass through at the rear bulkhead. 2" .120 or .134 wall is just right. If I acquire the DOM, I can pick out the O-rings at Whisler while I'm in town.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:33 PM   #916 (permalink)
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Welds are still hot. Just now finished burning in every strut. Time to mock up the power steering conduits to figure out fittings and such.
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Mocked up the upper conduits. Came up with a nifty routing method. Tomorrow's duties.
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Started the morning with organizing and cleaning up the bus shelving. Shuffled more stuff from the storage container to the bus and found more parts to put assemblies together. It's looking like one beefy workshop.

Set up the power steering conduit elbows to mark the DOM locations. Center punched the corner and cut the 2" holes with ease. The 45 degree elbows you see are at the edge of the front of the floor within the cold air return. This worked out incredibly with for the whole conduit bunch.

Got the DOM welded in pretty easily aside from the wire having to stick out over an inch to reach a tight spot which made some cold, lumpy welds. Kinda matches a bunch of the factory welds.

We spent a good half hour scraping and vacuuming much of the junk buildup in the front pit over top of the steer axle. Man, what a grimy mess. Almost got all the expanding foam chiseled out, too.
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Further down the line, we heated and bent the PVC to jump it over the DC flex conduit to take some stress off. Worked out excellent. Everything fits like a glllluuuve. Made our way to the back. Marked the locations for the rear DOM pieces and cut the holes. The DOM is in place and ready for welding.

My dad has been taking care of a few small odds and ends that I've been needing to take care of as I explained my to do list to get done as well as handing me tools while I'm crammed in tight spots with no reach. I cannot Express my gratitude enough about having a helping hand for a week. So much was accomplished. We're also getting daily temps around 70 now for most of the day which keeps a body moving.

Visiting Missouri family next week. I have some ideas on wheel tubs I want to discuss here during that time. A lightbulb went off in my head yesterday. Maybe I can start drawing the plans to share.
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Why are you using DOM instead of just regular pipe? There should be little or no stress and you are not supporting a a load with it.
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If I understand what he's doing, I think he's using the DOM for the consistent inner diameter so he can seal the DOM to the other conduit with O-rings. I think that is what he's doing, to be perfectly honest, I only understand about half the shit in this thread and even the things I understand, I have to ask myself why it's needed.
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If I understand what he's doing, I think he's using the DOM for the consistent inner diameter so he can seal the DOM to the other conduit with O-rings. I think that is what he's doing, to be perfectly honest, I only understand about half the shit in this thread and even the things I understand, I have to ask myself why it's needed.
Well I'm glad I'm not the only one sitting here scratching my balding head wondering what is going on! I have worked industrial construction jobs that weren't as tightly engineered as this build !!
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My wife and I got a good laugh at your responses. Elwenil nailed it. The DOM isn't for the strength. Seamless and diameter accuracy for o-ring sealing. I'm closing up every air leak.
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Didn't take measurements or bring the laptop with me. What I have in mind for the wheel tubs is to build them like a drawer. Nothing special for tracks. Probably just some tubing sized for high strength telescopic action. I got to thinking that slide-out wheel tubs would be perfect for easy access to those areas underneath the floor and double as a quick shelter if I want one while wrenching at the wheels for storm protection or shade. Of course, I need to think of a substantial locking/latching mechanism that wouldn't let go while running down the highway and also too much work for the average Joe to break into.

Originally, I thought I would build the tubs from plates that could be unbolted for access. One-piece drawers would be far better. Making them leak-proof might be the hardest.
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My wife and I got a good laugh at your responses. Elwenil nailed it. The DOM isn't for the strength. Seamless and diameter accuracy for o-ring sealing. I'm closing up every air leak.
Glad I was able to bring a little humor into your day
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