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Old 07-25-2017, 01:45 PM   #341
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I use car stereo fuses for anything pulling big amps. Like this:

https://www.renogy.com/renogy-20a-30...se-set-w-fuse/

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Old 07-25-2017, 02:17 PM   #342
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I use car stereo fuses for anything pulling big amps. Like this:

https://www.renogy.com/renogy-20a-30...se-set-w-fuse/
I've got one of those running the power amps

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That's very weird about the size difference in the metal. Very strange.

I'm glad you found this before anything melted. You didn't notice a smell, I guess?
Nope...no smell or anything.......It's inside a cabinet....
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Bluesea fuse block: 100A per block, 30A per circuit , Can be used for 24-hour circuits. That said 300 watts would be more like 25 amps, 300 /12. Take into account length of circuit, connections and you could be very close to the limit of that circuit , and cheap fuses are just that.

what size wire do have supplying the water heater?

I would take 300 watts and apply low operating voltage of 10.5, 300/10.5 =
28.5 amps. I think minimally you are looking around a 35 amp fuse, which would put you outside of a ATO fuse.

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Bluesea fuse block: 100A per block, 30A per circuit , Can be used for 24-hour circuits. That said 300 watts would be more like 25 amps, 300 /12. Take into account length of circuit, connections and you could be very close to the limit of that circuit , and cheap fuses are just that.

what size wire do have supplying the water heater?

I would take 300 watts and apply low operating voltage of 10.5, 300/10.5 =
28.5 amps. I think minimally you are looking around a 35 amp fuse, which would put you outside of a ATO fuse.

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Yes, on paper the 300W should be 25A......it actually pulls around 18A according to the LinkPro.....

I've got 8 ga wire running from the house batteries to the water heater, both + and -....likely around 20 feet round trip.
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:12 PM   #345
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Went riding at Kennedy Meadows over the weekend .......snapped a couple of pics of canopies fully deployed.

The side door setup is a Kelty medium sunshade found on Craigslist and the rear is a Kelty Carport bought from another member here.

The rear canopy + rear doors open=shower naked behind the van without issue.....



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Old 08-24-2020, 08:52 PM   #346
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Here is a picture of the water tank filler and the rear shower setup.

As already mentioned a few times I just have hot water on-board (set at a comfy temp for showering). If I leave the water heater off, then I have cold water

The water tank filler is simply a washing machine hose connected to the fresh water tank with a valve. I have a quick disconnect thingy on the filler hose because we are set up with these around the house.

The shower is a pet shower sprayer, works great.



These stow in the rear storage area of the van where the water heater is, I just open the rear door and pull them out...
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Went riding at Kennedy Meadows over the weekend .......snapped a couple of pics of canopies fully deployed.

The side door setup is a Kelty medium sunshade found on Craigslist and the rear is a Kelty Carport bought from another member here.

The rear canopy + rear doors open=shower naked behind the van without issue.....



Holy moly! Just finally made it through the whole thread. I had no idea how much more work is ahead of me beyond getting the pop top on!
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Old 08-17-2021, 07:01 AM   #347
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Since I don't have a van to play with yet.......

I removed the 1/8" plywood headliner and re-attached the canvas to the top using thin (5mm) plywood strips ripped from a 4'x4' sheet from Lowes.

This will allow much easier access to the underside of the top for wiring mods, leak repair, etc without having the canvas falling down.

I used the removed headliner panels as a pattern for the screw holes in the strips. The strips are in the same holes as the headliner around the perimeter of the roof.


Using the headliner panel as a template








strips screwed in holding up the canvas




This is what the underside of the top looks like......reflectix removed





My plans for further top mods are (in no particular order):

Install Yakima tracks

Install a solar panel; poke a hole in top and add connector

Fabricate new headliner panels and cover with padded headliner material

Replace fluorescent fixtures with LED fixtures

Replace edge trim on top (already ordered replacement trim and roof tape from SMB)

Replace high mounted stop lamp (ordered new one from SMB)...the old one is serviceable but a new one was $12....

Sleeve crossbars with cro-mo tubing and rework pivots with shoulder screws, etc.

add additional reflectix under top

prime and paint top van color (need a van first!)

What width did you cut the strips to and would you consider going to 1/4Ē thick or more?
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What width did you cut the strips to and would you consider going to 1/4” thick or more?

They are roughly the same width as the SMB strips that hold the canvas to the van roof; about 2". You could use 1/4" material but I'm not sure what you'd gain other than some weight.

This modification does several things....it hides all of the screw heads around the perimeter of the headliner, and makes it much easier to run wires etc above the headliner without the canvas falling around your ankles. The finished headliner is held up by the two upholstered blocks that secure the crossbars to the roof.
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Ooooo right. Sorry Iím trying to finally get my top on this month and was making a to do list. I remembered your strips but had forgotten that you did not screw the ceiling panels into it.

I think Iím going to use some pvc board strips to prevent any rotting.

Thanks for the quick response.

I also love your nice headliner but out current plan is to just reuse the ceiling panels but put some cool wallpaper over them.

We will re-cover the blocks though.
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If you are interested in auto headliner, you can get it at yourautotrim.com


..or if you are in So Cal A1 foam and fabrics in Santa Ana sells it as well....and the spray adhesive.
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