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  1. HazeltheMooseWagon

    Split-Phase 120/240V and High Output Alternator

    Here are two more designs that would work for my application. I actually like the dual alternator version (V6) best for fast charging, good packaging, redundancy, and easier on alternators. The 48V version is the least cost-effective way to go about it, mainly due to the need of a 48V bank of...
  2. HazeltheMooseWagon

    Split-Phase 120/240V and High Output Alternator

    Here's another layout that would serve my needs. It's less expensive and less complicated. It doesn't provide as many watts of output from the inverters, but it would put less strain on the (bigger) alternator.
  3. HazeltheMooseWagon

    Split-Phase 120/240V and High Output Alternator

    Thanks Alloy, I appreciate the suggestions. I like the thought of charging the LFP batteries directly, but I haven't seen a good way to do so without risking damage to the alternator from load dumping. I have been thinking about a hybrid battery setup, connecting flooded lead acid to the LFP...
  4. HazeltheMooseWagon

    Split-Phase 120/240V and High Output Alternator

    Good eye, I had confused that voltage with another unit I was looking at. However, if I’m going to need two inverters anyway for enough capacity, I might as well configure them for split phase in case I need it later. The only difference in wiring the above mini-split is that it will not need a...
  5. HazeltheMooseWagon

    Split-Phase 120/240V and High Output Alternator

    Do the windows close? - Yes Heat will come from bus engine and diesel heaters. Personal experience with RV usage in hot climates, solidifies in my mind that I will need at least two head units. I don’t want two outdoor units for packaging reasons. Even the smallest dual zone units are...
  6. HazeltheMooseWagon

    Split-Phase 120/240V and High Output Alternator

    Are you saying there will be electrical efficiency loss or financial loss? The purpose of the 6000w inverter is to pass through the Multiplus inverters. They would be able to tap the house bank to provide PowerAssist and 4800 additional watts of continuous output until the batteries were...
  7. HazeltheMooseWagon

    Split-Phase 120/240V and High Output Alternator

    Hello folks, I have been planning the electrical system for my rugged adventure bus and would like some feedback on my design. This is a simple diagram and does not include all of the wiring, fuses, switches, etc. that is will need but serves as a preliminary planning tool. Link to my build...
  8. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    That’s a good looking truck! My planned bus suspension is the same as your plan, 4-link parallel front plus panhard bar and semi-triangulated rear. I plan on having my rear lower links parallel-ish and the rear upper bars triangulated but running from the top of the diff towards the rear of the...
  9. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    Thanks for the feedback VANMAN, your truck sounds really nice. That axle is probably what I will try to use if I ever do a 4x4 conversion. Buses aren't the most comfortable vehicles to start with and that's why I'm planning on investing a good portion of time and money on making it ride...
  10. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    The bus has air brakes and a hydraulic gear pump driven off the back of the air compressor. The shocks are not powered and they are in a closed-loop system. I don’t have plans for a 4x4 system anytime soon.
  11. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    Do you have any specific feedback about the suspension design I have posed? Have you ever attempted a project like this? Have you ever researched Toyota's KDSS system, the new JLTV suspension system, or Citroen's similar design from the 1960's? I'm not offended by your comment because I...
  12. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    I haven't moved the front axle yet. I'm considering whether that is the next logical step in testing larger tires or whether I should move straight onto building a 4-link with panhard bar. I want to get the final ride height set (probably 10" higher than it currently is) sooner than later so I...
  13. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    The hand operated valve would only be used to force side to side leaning and would get its hydraulic flow from a hydraulic pump in the steering's open loop system. The tops of the driver's side cylinders are connected to the bottoms of the passenger's side cylinders and vice-versa which...
  14. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    Well, it's been a while and I have a few updates to the bus build. Windows have all been sealed well, holes have been welded in the floor, and window screens have been fabricated. That means we're waterproof, mosquito proof, and somewhat air tight(ish). We've been going on short adventures...
  15. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    The bus had minimal rust when I got it, and most of the floor rust was where the heaters were installed. I have been cutting out and replacing parts that were badly pitted. The edges of the rear wheel wells were pretty rusty as well. I’ll be undercoating and applying POR15 after the welding is...
  16. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    Thanks for the response, Baipin. That’s what I like about this forum vs Instagram or other social platforms, people actually leave useful, thoughtful comments out of genuine interest. As for blanking more windows, I’m well settled on the quantity and type of windows I have. As you may recall...
  17. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    I’ve been working on windows lately for the bus, trying to improve them as much as possible. It started out as an “11 window” bus, but after blanking 4 of them I ended up with 18 to disassemble, clean, modify, tint, seal, and re-install. It was amazing to see all of the dirt that came from...
  18. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    Awesome! Lucky you! Pictures of everything related to the front axle would be helpful (hood open for best lighting). There are many shots from a distance of 4x4 med-duty front axles on the web, but few detailed shots that are helpful for planning. Below are eight areas I’m most interested in: •...
  19. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    My frame already has most of the holes needed to slide the front axle forward 4-3/4”. I think I could re-index the pitman arm a couple splines to make up for the move and add a hydraulic cylinder to the tie rod to relieve any added stresses to the steering box. There’s currently about 2”...
  20. HazeltheMooseWagon

    International 3800 adventure bus build

    A driven front axle would provide an instant 8” lift if nothing else changed at the front of my bus. I would like keep the lift as low as possible, but it may be difficult to keep it between 4-6” of lift. I wasn’t worried about 12”+ lift to clear a centered front diff initially, but I think...
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