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I realize the community forums aren't very active and a several Rialta folks are moving on to other living arrangements, but surely someone will find this helpful. On the topic of summer heat, I realize I could’ve relocated to another climate, but I love the community in Austin and decided to put my time, money, and energy into improving my living space over relocation costs plus building a new community elsewhere. Big ups out to Dave R. for proving the possibilities of solar-powered air-conditioning, out to J. Donna for all the enthusiasm, help, friendship, free tow, and new tires, and of course out to Tynan for sharing all kinds of fantastic hacks and leading us to RV life. Tynan, I don’t know where I’d be without a marine fridge, great find!
Full build album below; descriptions written under most pictures, and continue scrolling to the bottom for the most recent updates: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100818256773744.3282966.8329234&type=1&l=e9664bbfe7
Yes, the new array reliably runs both runs the 5kbtu air conditioner and charges my batteries simultaneously from 10AM-5PM. I only having 4 golf cart batteries, so I usually shut off the A.C. after 5pm because my panels are permanently mounted flat (not tiltable towards a sunset) and I simply don't have the battery capacity to run it at night. Yamaha's 1000W ultra quiet generator runs up to 9-10 hours per gallon, so that's a likely upgrade I'll add in the old generator compartment to run it at night, though I really wish it had an electric start so it can be programmed to come on only when needed (anyone know of a similar 1000W high-efficiency, ultra-quiet, electric-start model or a hack to modify the Yamaha?). The four SunPower 435W panels are 20% efficient and outperformed my expectations (in clear direct sunlight, two panels can often put out over 600W and I’ve seen them peak over 700W!) causing me to add an additional MidNite Classic 150 charge controller (which do need networked to each other btw, otherwise they get confused when trying to change charge stages). Though the controller is $620, it was still more cost efficient for me over wiring the bank to 24V, then adding a big (big to start generator occasionally, otherwise 12V loads are relatively small) 24V-12V step-down converter, 2kW 24V pure sine inverter, and a 120VAC->24VDC charger for emergencies. Keeping the bank at 12V allows me to still use the van's alternator to charge the bank in an emergency, which I've had to do once when it was left in a shop unexposed to sun for a week for maintenance and I forgot to turn off the marine fridge, otherwise the solenoid is always disconnected. I found the new panels for $300 each a couple hours away on Craigslist and knew this was my best shot at an air-conditioned summer. Austin, Texas has had a abnormally mild & rainy summer so far, so it hasn't been tested in 100F heat yet; I really need to add a heavy insulation blanket between the van & coach, as well as insulating the bubble skylight. I did already add insulation to most of the non-moving upper sections of the cabin windows plus the entire rear window; naturally it's coldest on the bed. Currently in the central desk/kitchen area, it’s really never cold, just cool enough to not drown in sweat, and I do run two directional fans inside 24/7 (not the roof vent fan while A.C. is on obviously). Sealing up door gaskets and vents could help too. I’ll also note that the microwave and stock electric water heater are used regularly too, but never all at the same time (I have a Prowatt 2000 inverter wired into the breaker panel). Not pictured in the photo album is the hole cut in shelf where the intake ducting is ported into the air conditioner's enclosure.
The 2016 Presidential race has plenty of candidates. The front runner is Hillary Clinton, and for a while it seemed like no one was going to challenge her for the Democrat nomination. She now has some competition, and I wondered what Tynan's readers think of our choices.
My personal favorite candidates are the following:
1. Rand Paul (Republican): Liberty, less government, End the wars, End being the policeman of the world, balanced budget, pay down debt
-I also like Dr. Ben Carson.
2. Jim Webb (Democrat): Get us out of Middle East wars, balance budget, intelligent decision maker that doesn't cow-tow to Lobbyist and political friends.
Hey all! so I'm starting to plan out how my RV interior layout will be on my 97 rialta (twin beds). Because I am looking at living in it full time in August of next year, I decided to change anything that I need to in order to minimize compromise from a small apartment. Some things I really wanted are a full size couch where I can fit 3 people comfortably, a full size desk with minimal compromises compared to a desk found in a regular home and lastly a full size queen bed, roughly 60" by 78". Of course, the Rialta doesn't have enough space for half of those things so I am hoping to take advantage of my mechanical engineering degree and design transformational furniture that does all those 3 things. Also I am hoping most things are spring aided so transforming the bed to desk or couch takes minimal effort.
here it is in queen size bed configuration - the inside width of the rialta is about 82.5" the CAD model I have right now only uses a 78" foam mattress allosing for a bit over 2" on each side for all the arms/mechanisms. the bed would actually be raised to about where the back counter is (next to the window) so the space under it can fit your legs when you are in desk mode. I was thinking about convenience of making the bed/keeping order and I think all my sheets and blankets will have strong neodymium magnets sown into them to get them to stick to the sides when it is made or stick to a different surface during transition.
so in this picture the front side of the bed, roughly 20" can be easily lifted up with the aid of some springs on the arms.
The front part of the bed tilts to that position and is stopped by either something in the back of the RV or something mounted on the frame. next there is a mechanism to release the front portion of the top mattress allowing it to swivel somewhere in the rear portion like so.
Looks pretty cool! It's too big for what I'm looking for, but I love the look of the wood paneling. Great for road trips though!
Here's his floorplan:
Let's get personal... I'm curious what everyone's expectations are, surrounding their waste systems, how much odor it gives off, etc.
My general usage would probably be considered light: I'm in the office everyday, during the day + usually don't spend the bulk of weekend time in the RV. So I don't accumulate much.
However, it seems like time, not quantity, is the biggest factor, when it comes to odors. Any amount of waste - from only 2 or 3 #1s all the way to a half-full tank of everything - seems to become noticeable (even if just slightly) after a week or two.
Also, whenever I drive, the black tank has to be empty. My experience is that any amount of waste - again, even only 2 or 3 #1s - will create noticeable odors whenever you drive for more than 20-30 minutes and they'll find their way up to the driver's area.
Finally, I've been A/B testing using a tank deodorant. I think I read HandyBob say that he doesn't use any tank deodorant because, in his opinion, needing to use a deodorant means the seals on your waste system aren't sufficiently keeping odors out + that's what you need to fix.
SHORT VERSION: Here is a link to my saved search on eBay that shows cheap Rolexes that are probably worth buying. Read on to see why.
A month ago or so I wrote a post called, No One Cares if you Buy a Rolex. If you didn't read it and don't feel like doing any link-clicking, the gist of it was that when I was younger I bought a Rolex, assuming that people would be really impressed, but in the end no one noticed or cared. You can't buy your way into being interesting.
Ironically, in writing that post, I remembered how much I loved my Rolex, despite the fact that no one else cared about it. At the same time, I had stopped really using the advanced features of the Suunto GPS watch that I had, and was thinking about getting some different watch.
Maybe I ought to get a Rolex, I thought...
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It's been annoying and I'd prefer not to unsubscribe, even though the community section isn't very active these days. Can a delay be set up so that emails notifications of new community posts won't be sent for half a day, enough time for mods to delete the posts before notifications are sent?
there is india. In india that has many people traveling from train. And many trains arrive for that passenger around 60 year. But one thing remains same that disgusting our government policy for everything like 60 year old. There in trains has 80% people travel in general class, and 20% travel in reserve class. So according to them there should be general class should be larger than reserve. BUT you are shock that in india there is only 4 general class every train. All the class have the capacity of 24 class 20 reserve class and 4 general class. Then in train average
I'll be in San Francisco the last week of May, and I was thinking it would be cool to meet some like-minded people that read Tynan's blog.
I was thinking about meeting up at the Yerba Buena Gardens location of Samovar on Wednesday, May 27th from 6-8pm.
If you guys have any other suggestions, feel free to met me know.