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    Another fix I did was the vent for the chest fridge, I tried to find a grille to cover it but because the opening is higher than wide I couldn't find one that looked good.

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    So instead of a grille I carpeted the wood and insulation, the boss said it looks OK that's good enough for me.
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    Damn Dennis, getting everything to fit and function is a blivet.

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=blivet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    I spotted this bad boy today, only 30k!
    What year was that Chitty?
    Maybe I should have held on to the 1969 similar bus /camper that put me back 12K DM.

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    Dennis you need a charge controller i think - i'm no expert though

    https://www.mastervolt.com/products/alternators-charge-regulators/

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Dennis you need a charge controller i think - i'm no expert though

    https://www.mastervolt.com/products/alternators-charge-regulators/
    Thanks NPT,
    I read the specs on it, and it may work but I don't want to spend close to 300 to find out, I think what I've wired up now should work but I'll have to have someone monitor the wires while I'm driving to make sure they don't get too hot, the other option would be to increase my wire gauge to prevent the wires from heating up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Damn Dennis, getting everything to fit and function is a blivet.

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    Hi Norton, you got that right but I like a challenge, as long as I can find a solution, sometimes it can get to be a real head scratcher

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    I finally remember to take those pictures of the awning out.

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    Don't know if it would really need outer supports but I feel safer with them there just in case the wind would come up.

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    The pole is emt conduit cut to length and a 10 lb weights that were collecting dust re-purposed, I put a 1/2" bolt through the weight bolted it tight and drilled a hole in it so I could pin the conduit to it. Easy to assemble and disassemble.

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    The top is locked to the channel with a toilet tee bolt threaded into a dowel driven and epoxied into the conduit, the round piece is a piece of plywood with a furniture nut in it that tightens the tee bolt to the channel.

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    Closeup of the upper part that locks into the channel.

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    Finding a place to store the poles took a little thinking, what I did was cut and mount a piece of pvc conduit through the wall of the coat closet, that makes it easy to slide them in and keep them in place.
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    The one pole on the left is a couple inches shorter than the right, idea was that water would go to that corner, but it didn't seem to do that, with the rain we had this last weekend out, water ran off along the whole end.

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    Update, charging from van alternator is working, the wires get warm but not hot. The big relay on the left handles the charging current, the left charge controller only operates the relay coil, I do need to manually start the relay with the small micro switch which is located between relay and charge controller, when battery is fully charged everything shuts off. By charging from the alternator it is very fast, I only drove about 30 - 45 minutes from the time I started charging until we got home, it wasn't completely charged so I started battery charger and within a hour it had shut off, battery fully charged. With out using the alternator before it would take up to 12 hour to charge with 8 amp charger.


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    If you look at the above photo you can also see that I got rid of the cheap ebay ground strip and installed a good ground strip that I salvaged out of an old electrical box.

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    Added a shelf under the bed for bag chairs and Thai front door mat and whatever else I can fit, cleans up some floor space for bigger things.

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    Fixed problem with cabinet door opening every time we closed sliding door, the 2 magnetic latches weren't strong enough to hold it shut.

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    It's a (push to latch) latch

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    Latch in open position.

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    Latch in locked position.
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    Fixed another problem, whenever it rained water would drip on the counter and floor if we opened the sliding door. This is the material I used, E600 adhesive and 3/4" clear plastic wall corner protector.

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    The E6000 take 72 hours to cure so I had to tape it to keep it in place.

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    Finished product, hard to see what I did.

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    Promaster RV Build-pm-183-jpgI left a 3/16" gap to catch any rain water.
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    The of the things I still needed to do was find a spare tire, none provided when I bought the van. I'd been searching for a rim for some time now, nothing local, online price was $85, I recently found one on line for $65 including shipping so I jumped on it.

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    Went to a friends house who has a manual tire changer and mounted it, he also has a bubble balancer so got it balanced also.

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    Found a tire at a local auto wrecking yard for $25, has a few very small weather checks but for a spare it will do fine.

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    Tire mounted and balanced ready to be mounted under van.

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    Mechanism and tools required to lower and raise tire under rear of van.

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    Tire raised and secured under van.
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    A little update on the van, installed switch to select either 12 vdc or 120 vac for chest fridge

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    Before

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    After, it was the only place I could think of which kept the wiring to a minimum, not to hard to access when the fridge is partially out.

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    The reason I hooked up the 12 vdc to the fridge was the couple times we were out and didn't have an AC hookup we had the fridge running

    with the inverter, but with both inverter and the fridge running it took too much of a drain on the battery, battery only lasted one day.

    Now that I changed it we can get up to 3 days on the battery. I also installed a DC to DC charge controller for charging from the van alternator

    without it installed the lithium battery would take whatever the alternator could put out, and what I had read on this was it would be very hard

    on the alternator eventually shortening the life of it, with the controller it limits the charging to 20 amps, before I installed the controller the 10 gage

    wire to the alternator would get hot you could hold it but just barely, that should have handled 30 amps easily without getting warm.

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    With this installed I only need to turn the inverter on occasionally when we want to cook or use some 120 vac device.
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    I'm presently working on a step for the sliding door so should have that finished tomorrow with a little luck, before I just had a wooden step stool

    that we used, daughters teased me about it so it was time to get something built that looked better.

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    Got the step finished, took an extra day for painting.

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    Less then $10 plus some labor did most myself only had to take it to my friends shop and put up on the hoist to fit the back supports,

    if anyones interested on what the underside supports look like I can take some more pictures.

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    This is the previous step we used, I'll keep it to use when we're parked at home.

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