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Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 08-12-2016, 10:50 AM
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Posted By Viva
Interesting! I've spent quite a bit of time on...

Interesting! I've spent quite a bit of time on the Blue Sea site, but have never noticed that page (maybe because on a boat I'd just use copper). So as long as the steel frame is 20 times larger...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 08-11-2016, 11:54 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 87,553
Posted By Viva
When I first got my SMB, chassis grounds were a...

When I first got my SMB, chassis grounds were a completely new concept for me, coming from boating, where there is no "chassis" to use (everything just has a same-sized positive and negative wire...
Forum: Projects, Modifications and Known Issues 08-11-2016, 01:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,803
Posted By Viva
What I find maddening about the Fantastic vents,...

What I find maddening about the Fantastic vents, is that you can't get all the features you want in one fan model. For example, the design with the new switch (has 13 speeds) allows for a very low...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 08-07-2016, 12:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 987
Posted By Viva
Thanks for the reply.

Thanks for the reply.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 08-06-2016, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 987
Posted By Viva
Now that's some great info. Glad crisis was...

Now that's some great info. Glad crisis was averted - and so was removing the one-piece dashboard! (Wonder when that came in? Sometime between 1998 and 2002, obviously.)

I have a question...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 08-06-2016, 02:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 987
Posted By Viva
When I got my 1998 E-350 the dash lights didn't...

When I got my 1998 E-350 the dash lights didn't work. I didn't know why, and am not the best at troubleshooting chassis electrical, so I took a guess that the moving part (dimmer) would be the most...
Forum: Engines and Drivetrain 08-02-2016, 07:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,267
Posted By Viva
Mine also looks pretty much like Redoval's. 1998...

Mine also looks pretty much like Redoval's. 1998 Chassis, V10. Mine is a Tru-Cool OC-47391 40,000 GVW. It's shifted over to the passenger side like his is. On mine one of the stock brackets was...
Forum: Campfire 08-01-2016, 10:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,547
Posted By Viva
Mrs. LenS is a dedicated sewer, and I have seen...

Mrs. LenS is a dedicated sewer, and I have seen many photos of her sewing while they are on the road camping in their van (her husband is member LenS here).

I do some occasional "practical sewing"...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 08-01-2016, 05:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,958
Posted By Viva
I like the light too. I purposely replaced the...

I like the light too. I purposely replaced the smoke colored dome that came with the vent with the clear "double" dome. I like it pretty much all the time, but especially for those times when I'm...
Forum: Projects, Modifications and Known Issues 07-27-2016, 08:36 PM
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Views: 420,791
Posted By Viva
I have Lifeline batteries as well. I found that...

I have Lifeline batteries as well. I found that most "canned" AGM settings (at least on the half dozen controllers and chargers I'm familiar with) don't have the correct voltages for Lifelines. ...
Forum: Projects, Modifications and Known Issues 07-24-2016, 03:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,803
Posted By Viva
You seem to have missed the step of "glob piles...

You seem to have missed the step of "glob piles of silicone on so that any future work requires using a blowtorch to get the residue off and make it so anything will ever adhere again."

:b1:
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 07-24-2016, 03:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,827
Posted By Viva
I have a fully plumbed (black tank) toilet on my...

I have a fully plumbed (black tank) toilet on my current van, and a porta potti on the boat. I think both work well. Since I have a grey tank on the van, I'm at dump stations anyway, so it's no...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 07-23-2016, 09:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,827
Posted By Viva
No, I don't add anything to minimize odors coming...

No, I don't add anything to minimize odors coming from the sink plumbing and grey tank. In both my SMB and my current van they are plumbed just like a house would be, with a P or S trap. The trap...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 07-22-2016, 11:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,827
Posted By Viva
I wish I could do that. But the grey water tank...

I wish I could do that. But the grey water tank on both my SMB and my current van are black ABS-like plastic. No way to see through. I wash dishes in my sink, so the grey water is not really...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 07-22-2016, 02:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,827
Posted By Viva
In my previous SMB, I just "gauged" the opaque...

In my previous SMB, I just "gauged" the opaque grey water tank off of the freshwater tank, which of course I could just look at. But... I did have a few "oops" moments, and/or times I curtailed...
Forum: Appliances and Interior 07-21-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,278
Posted By Viva
I thought one of the plusses to Thinsulate was...

I thought one of the plusses to Thinsulate was that it doesn't absorb water? Not that I'm planning to have standing water anywhere to BE soaked up, but just curious. Sounds like you have good...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 07-20-2016, 11:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,884
Posted By Viva
I have a couple of Victrons (older BMV 600 on...

I have a couple of Victrons (older BMV 600 on boat; BMV 700 in van), and also run a Smart Gauge (which Greg mentioned above). I like them both because I like data and like to see just what's...
Forum: Online, Craigslist, eBay and Local Ads 07-18-2016, 10:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Viva
Actually there is a perfectly logical reason for...

Actually there is a perfectly logical reason for the low price: It has no interior!
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 12-17-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 885
Posted By Viva
Mostly to echo what's already been said. ...

Mostly to echo what's already been said.

1) Ideally any bank of batteries (i.e. house bank) should be the same type, size, and age. Life isn't always ideal, but given the cost of batteries, and...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 12-14-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,626
Posted By Viva
Thanks for the info. I'm nowhere near Tennessee...

Thanks for the info. I'm nowhere near Tennessee right now, but if I ever am I'll PM you! Seems I always have a list of things I'd like to do "if I knew of a good fabricator."

I used to do a lot...
Forum: Appliances and Interior 12-14-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,667
Posted By Viva
I just thought I'd put a bit more info here. If...

I just thought I'd put a bit more info here. If it doesn't end up helping you, maybe it will help someone searching. At any rate, as already mentioned, the thermocouple (presuming it has one) could...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics 12-14-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,078
Posted By Viva
I have two of the "lightweight" panels (as they...

I have two of the "lightweight" panels (as they call them now, since it turns out bending them doesn't work that well). I went in with eyes wide open as I had read the findings by AM Solar about the...
Forum: Appliances and Interior 12-13-2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,667
Posted By Viva
That does sound like a thermocouple issue. I...

That does sound like a thermocouple issue. I don't think all RV stoves have a thermocouple, but maybe yours does. How it works is that the flame heats up the thermocouple, and then it stays open...
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 12-13-2015, 10:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,626
Posted By Viva
That looks great! And super functional. Who is...

That looks great! And super functional. Who is your fabricator - that looks like nice work.
Forum: Homemade SMB - Ground Up Builds 12-12-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,563
Posted By Viva
Wow, now I like it even more. You could live in...

Wow, now I like it even more. You could live in that overcab space where the Kleenex box is, for Pete's sake! If my SMB had been a high top I'd still be tooling around in it. Maybe one will find...
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