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How do we get electricity into bus??? Brenda Barrett 4-23-03  
We have a 1979 Int-H Bus that we are converting to an RV. We don't know the first thing on getting electricity in it. How do we do it? Any suggestions are sooo appreciated! :) You can email us at or leave message on here. Thanks so much!
Re: How do we get electricity into bus??? Georgia Southern 4-23-03  
I have a 1982 school bus. I ran conduit under the bus then placed house electrical outlets on the walls of the bus. Running plastic conduit allows the insulated wire without rubbing raw and shorting out on the metal surfaces. I used a dry like plug that is meant for campgrounds and rolled it up under the bus. I chose not to use a breaker box because I knew the campground had there own.
For electrical outlets while the bus is running I have a generator but I also bought some 225W 12V electrical inverters from autozone for like fifty dollars. One of those will run a radio and a TV at the same time. But in order to run a hair dryer I have to use the generator.
Re: How do we get electricity into bus??? Dwayne 4-23-03  
You did not specify what voltage you want. If you want to run 12v lights you must have at least one battery to start the bus and then you need a house battery to supply power to the living area. the two batterys should be separated by either an mechanical switch or a electronic isolator. If you desire to dry camp for many days and need 12v lights for an extended time you may consider using multiple batterys such as 6v golf car batteries or one or two "8D" batterys. You would take 2 6volt batteries wired in series to make 12 volts. If one would want 120 household current you could buy a generator for about $2500 (onan quiet Generac noisy) purchase a power inverter to convert 12v dc to 120v ac. these can be bought for as little as $50(250watt) to $600(2000watt). This would let you watch tv or brew a pot of coffe withought running a generator. But dont plan on running air cond or heavy loads for too long as that will discharge the batteries too fast. If you are building this thing from scratch you may want to buy a combo inverter/charger and have a nice battery bank from 4 to 6 batteries. That way you may watch tv listen to radio and run lights and heater for days without recharge. Also consider flouresent lighting. That will reduce your battery draw alot. You could leave lights on for days. Or you could do it like all the big RV makers do and install ONE crappy battery that wont run a heater for one night. I am on my second RV. I have installed 6v golf car batteries on both. I just installed a 2000 watt inverter on my motorhome and am very happy NOT to run the generator at 6am to make a pot of coffee. My wife hates to piss off the neighbor campers. Keep 12v battery cables as short as possible and route cables so they will not rub on frame work and short out to cause fires. Installing fuses or breakers on larger cabeling is always a good idea but not commonly found. Good luck
Re: How do we get electricity into bus??? Anna 7-9-03  
Electricity ? how about a generator?
how many vatts do u need? and for what?
u can calculate it,and get the amps, as u will find out how much electicity u will need.. u can get generator that can support that
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