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  Another Ambo build
Posted by: Optimistic Paranoid - 02-21-2018, 06:01 AM - Forum: Bucky's Ambulance Section - No Replies


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  1st impressions Ryobi 900w/700w propane generator $299
Posted by: TedOnWalkabout - 02-20-2018, 06:47 PM - Forum: Generators - Replies (2)

    I posted this on the Dark Side's forum in response to a thread on this generator.

"Hubby picked up the generator from Home Despot .  I read the instructions, screwed on a 1# cylinder of propane. Then I poured in the supplied bottle of oil.  Pushed the prime button for two seconds and then pulled the starter cord.  I fully expected to have ask Hubby to start it as I NEVER have been able to start any outboard engine or lawnmower on my own (you chicks out there need to know this).  Third pull and it started right up. Yay!  I then plugged in Hubby's CTEK MUS 25000 (25amp) battery charger to his first two of four 6v (225 ah) AGM batteries that have had 3 months since a full charge. The engine chugged slightly when the charger first went on and then ran smoothly. 

I didn't feel like babysitting the generator to protect it from theft. So I opened the van windows and put the generator inside the sliding door.  It sounds like the van is on a low idle. Of course I guess I should make the California warning not to be inside the van while the generator is running for any one who doesn't know about carbon monoxide.

I wanted to get my initial test done before sunset, so I charged the first set of batteries for 75 minutes.  I then did the second set for another 75 minutes.  When I took the cylinder off, it felt more than 1/2 full.  I didn't do any precise measurements because all I want is to be able use a battery charger to give my batteries a couple of hours of bulk charge. This will do the job. Solar will finish the rest.  Someone else can do the numbers.

So my impression? Lightweight, cute, and quiet enough. The ability to use a 1# cylinder is nice, but I will be using a 20# tank.  Something very important is that I can start the thing without asking for help from someone else.  Many of you may laugh at that, but it's a big problem for some of us weaklings.  I also like that I don't have to run the tank empty or store it with gasoline in it.  The photo shows my husband's hand for perspective.

I think I'll keep it."

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  grey water disposal
Posted by: RepublicOfTXPatriot - 02-20-2018, 06:24 PM - Forum: Other Systems - Replies (9)

Has anyone come up with stealth ways to drain or discharge grey water while say driving? When way out in the middle of nowhere or late at night on deserted roads highways I think maybe a way to let some out on the fly would come in handy. I would probably pull over to the shoulder as far as I could get towards the grass at night and be able to open valve to discharge from inside. Let it take a leak. Crap...No I gotta go "take a leak".

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Posted by: GypsyDogs - 02-20-2018, 11:49 AM - Forum: YARC - Replies (1)

HAD to share this one.... not often they actually make me laugh for reals..


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  Visual of batterycide
Posted by: TedOnWalkabout - 02-20-2018, 11:00 AM - Forum: Solar - Replies (7)


Okay, so I'm a bad girl today.  But I'll rationalize it by saying that I'm just trying to be helpful.  

 I look at my battery monitor this morning on my tablet. Well, two monitors showed up on my Bluetooth, so someone in the vicinity has another Victron battery monitor. Just out of sheer nosiness, I put in the default PIN for the monitor and sure enough, the owner of the other monitor had not reset the default PIN.

If you look at the readings, you can see the condition of their battery bank.  And, if you look at the top of one of the photos, you can see that I renamed their monitor.  I will be good and not change the setting for their low voltage/SOC alarms. Maybe they will secure their monitor.  Just goes to show that you can have a great monitor, but if you don't use the info...

I get my jollies pretty cheap, no?

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  van conversion
Posted by: Optimistic Paranoid - 02-20-2018, 10:01 AM - Forum: Passenger - No Replies

Young Brit engineer converted a van cheaply for 9 month trip here in US.  Nice ideas.  Nice folding bed.


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  Murphy Bed
Posted by: Optimistic Paranoid - 02-20-2018, 09:37 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (1)

This is shown in a regular RV, but I could see how it might be adaptable to a high top van . . .


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  All American Roads
Posted by: Optimistic Paranoid - 02-20-2018, 09:25 AM - Forum: Places to See - No Replies

Five best All American Roads to travel . . .


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  Mini Van Ideas
Posted by: Optimistic Paranoid - 02-20-2018, 09:17 AM - Forum: Passenger - Replies (4)

Online article showing 5 min van conversions.


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  some ideas
Posted by: Optimistic Paranoid - 02-20-2018, 06:09 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (1)

Here's an indirect link to a 20 minute Youtube video by a guy who travels full time in an SUV to make a living as a landscape photographer.  A very minimalist approach, some interesting ideas.


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