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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #450 on: September 07, 2012, 02:46:04 PM »
What kind of charge controller did you go with?

Nothing fancy
Xantrex C40

It will do till I can find one better that is rated for so few watts. You have any suggestions?
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #451 on: September 07, 2012, 03:22:25 PM »
Nah, I'm in the market myself for one.  I just bought three 275w panels this summer and have yet to put them up because I haven't saved enough pennies for the charge controller or battery bank I want.  So, I'm just gathering all the information I can along the way.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #452 on: September 07, 2012, 10:07:21 PM »
Scored a NIB Sony rear view camera from a Best Buy that is closing in the area for 18 bucks. And it is the nice made in Japan one not the crappy made in China. Regular price of 129. It is just the camera but i can wire it into the TV and it will make an awesome camera to see who is outside the van body. Woot.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #453 on: September 07, 2012, 10:55:22 PM »
Dang! What a deal!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #454 on: September 08, 2012, 12:16:27 AM »
You have a kick-arse vehicle!!  I was looking online and can't find anywhere that sells one.  Do you know anywhere that has these?
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #455 on: September 08, 2012, 04:28:54 PM »
You have a kick-arse vehicle!!  I was looking online and can't find anywhere that sells one.  Do you know anywhere that has these?
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The fellow I got mine from gets some in from time to time. If you are really serious I could check to see if he has any at the moment.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #456 on: September 08, 2012, 10:17:19 PM »
The fellow I got mine from gets some in from time to time. If you are really serious I could check to see if he has any at the moment.

I am very interested, please PM me if you get any info.  Thanks!

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #457 on: October 08, 2012, 12:45:26 PM »
recent pic of the front.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #458 on: October 08, 2012, 01:01:03 PM »
Good looking photo - however; something about it makes your real truck look like a high end scale model truck.

Good work as always, esp the led headlights.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #459 on: October 08, 2012, 01:52:52 PM »
that looks like a model...


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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #460 on: October 08, 2012, 02:09:15 PM »
that looks like a model...
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #461 on: October 08, 2012, 03:09:10 PM »
I was having a bit of fun playing with some of the filters on my Iphone
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #462 on: October 20, 2012, 01:53:15 PM »
Did you ever install battery powered smoke and CO2 alarms for the interior ??

Not seeing them in the interior pictures.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #463 on: October 20, 2012, 02:33:01 PM »
Did you ever install battery powered smoke and CO2 alarms for the interior ??

Not seeing them in the interior pictures.

not yet.

Smoke should be easy since it is so small of a space. CO is the one I am more concerned about.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #464 on: October 21, 2012, 01:12:00 AM »
I am very interested, please PM me if you get any info.  Thanks!

Griz,

It looks like you're in the Spokane area.  I don't know where cmxterra's supplier is, but I would doubt that you'd want to drive an M109 from the Minnesota area to Washington.

Have you tried? http://www.idahomotorpool.com/

They may not have one in, but they get them pretty frequently, and Fruitland is considerably closer.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #465 on: October 25, 2012, 06:03:10 PM »
Is there any chance that this thing can drink veggie oil to help offset the fuel cost?
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #466 on: October 25, 2012, 06:36:46 PM »
Veggie oil, used motor oil, jet fuel. That's the beauty of this particular vehicle.

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #467 on: October 25, 2012, 09:18:29 PM »
Veggie oil, used motor oil, jet fuel. That's the beauty of this particular vehicle.

 + Transmission fluid, kerosene, hydraulic fluid... yes it like just about anything.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #468 on: November 02, 2012, 10:02:28 PM »
Updates on the solar/ battery/ inverter

The truck was sitting for about a month with the fridge running 24/7 to test out the system.

Seems I ran into a little snag. The truck where it is parked, I discovered, is partially shaded by some evergreens. Oops

When I went to work on the truck some the battery bank was down to about 40%.  Took three days (two partly cloudy and one cloudy) to get the battery bank back up to 100%

So even with the crappy angle of the sun (we are at the 45th parallel) the system was able to catch back up rather quick. I'm sure it would have been quicker had the panels been pointed more toward the sun rather than just flat on the roof.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #469 on: November 03, 2012, 10:48:34 AM »
Good to hear it's working even under less than idea climatic conditions.
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« Reply #470 on: November 03, 2012, 08:02:35 PM »
Griz,

It looks like you're in the Spokane area.  I don't know where cmxterra's supplier is, but I would doubt that you'd want to drive an M109 from the Minnesota area to Washington.

Have you tried? http://www.idahomotorpool.com/

They may not have one in, but they get them pretty frequently, and Fruitland is considerably closer.

I can get it hauled for less than a grand, probably closer to $500 if time is not an issue. I have moved vehicles from Wasington to MN for as low as $200, and frm AZ to MN for $300 and back for the same.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #471 on: November 09, 2012, 06:47:19 PM »
Updates on the solar/ battery/ inverter

The truck was sitting for about a month with the fridge running 24/7 to test out the system.

Seems I ran into a little snag. The truck where it is parked, I discovered, is partially shaded by some evergreens. Oops

When I went to work on the truck some the battery bank was down to about 40%.  Took three days (two partly cloudy and one cloudy) to get the battery bank back up to 100%

So even with the crappy angle of the sun (we are at the 45th parallel) the system was able to catch back up rather quick. I'm sure it would have been quicker had the panels been pointed more toward the sun rather than just flat on the roof.
I wonder if you could implement a system which would allow you to tilt the panels.  I'm picturing a collapsible frame upon which the panels are mounted.  This frame could be tilted in either direction.  Titling it, of course, could advertise your panels on the top and you may not want to risk it for fear of theft or vandalism.  But it might be a nice feature should you find yourself in remote areas.  Don't mind my armchair, hindsight contributions.  I like your BOV.  Job Well Done.
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« Reply #472 on: November 11, 2012, 05:21:12 PM »
Got some speakers mounted inside now


Better close up of the inverter I am using


What the charge controller looks like at the float charge setting


Moved the shelf with the 2m/440cm radio and entertainment radio. Also hard mounted the boom box portion to the shelf using some bar stock aluminium.


Close up of the ham radio (I have a single 15w 12v solar panel keeping the batteries for this radio charged)


Close up of the power panel and the controls it has on it.


I am still having intermittent issues with the van heater. I am thinking it might be the fuel pick up. Gonna have to do more testing.. Blaaaa
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« Reply #473 on: November 11, 2012, 11:34:23 PM »
This is the coolest doghouse I have ever seen.  You need a custom license plate that says "doghouse".  You won't mind getting in trouble with the boss once in awhile.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #474 on: November 12, 2012, 12:28:54 AM »
Awesome job. Are you going to put a winch on it?

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« Reply #475 on: November 12, 2012, 08:10:32 AM »
Awesome job. Are you going to put a winch on it?

its on the list as funds permit.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #476 on: November 13, 2012, 02:41:11 AM »
I really gotta stop coming here, always leave so jealous lol!

Looking good though, glad we're getting picture updates again :)

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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #477 on: November 15, 2012, 05:31:03 PM »
could it be an amperage problem pertaining to the heater? what's the specs on it? is it tripping a C.B.?
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #478 on: November 15, 2012, 06:20:20 PM »
could it be an amperage problem pertaining to the heater? what's the specs on it? is it tripping a C.B.?

The fan is still spinning. It is acting like it is losing fuel supply.
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Re: M109A3 - My soon to be new and improved BOV
« Reply #479 on: November 26, 2012, 10:05:25 AM »


any guesses?
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