You should add a bike valve to it. Just drill a hole on the end of your PVC
cap. Cut a 1/2 in ring around the valve of an old bike tube, then inert it
into the hole you made in the PVC from the inside. Use caulking or rubber
cement to secure it. Then as you add pressure to the pipe, using a bike
pump it will tighten the seal. Now you can add high pressure to your hot
thats fucking great.. i just need to find a way to mount the thing since i
have no roof racks on the sprinter van.. havent seen any either.. anyway
ill figure it out. does the water get stinky or do you put a cup of bleach
in there like they do in rv tanks?
You have so many great idea’s. I hope you don’t mind if I use some of
them.Your van is outstanding from the simple seating to the Solar
Shower.You look like every other contractor I have ever seen.Parked outside
a Home Depot or Wally World nobody could be any the wiser.Thank you again
and please keep the video’s coming.Genius!!!
Sail boat them would be cool everything stowed away. I have a friend with a
old van that’s set up for camping surf shack theme inside but stealth
outside. He too went to the Keys that inspired his van.
A normal water heater thermostat will turn on ABOVE the setpoint about +5F
to +10F and off below the setpoint about the same, so you really do go to
130F quite often (several times a day, killing everything) if you have it
set to 125F and most manufactures have it set to 120F – SO HOW ABOUT THAT?
You don’t hear about water heater bacteria problems much, it’s mostly
outside things like big industrial water cooled air conditioning units so
please do your research before freaking out.
I doubt it, but maybe you have tons of hours to waste. I have already done
the shopping. In my article in your forum, I even give a link to a recent
purchase, best price I could find. I get the feeling you’ve skimmed that
article and not taken time to digest it. I’m doing my second setup now in a
63 Airstream. The product above is weird and not explained at all. Possible
to get 12v direct heating elements out of Europe, but not sure of threads
and not complete kits with thermostat.
Genius idea! I didn’t know you could do that and that is a really nice way
to do it. I guess that the 220 element dont care what kind of voltage it
uses or if its AC or DC current. I really want to try this. Lowes in my
area has one of those 30 gallon for 236. dollars.
Can you explain something? Is your controller stepping up the voltage? Or,
are you telling us the higher wattage element is 300 watts when driven at
your lower DC voltage? Your controller, is it somehow deciding only to warm
the tank after your battery bank is full? Or, is your controller reading a
temperature and controlling DC power to the heating element?
It’s like a light bulb on a dimmer, if you turn it down to where it only
uses 300W, the light bulb will still dissipate the 300W (in heat and
light). The water heater element is a simple resistor, you push 300W into
it and 300W goes directly into the water. The voltage in this case is
around 65V to 70V from the “48V” panels and also pulses at high frequency
so it’s more like AC. There are no batteries involved, uses the stock
thermostat. See the FAQ at the TechLuck.com page for a lot more info.
Thanks! It might be a clean way of doing this for a RV with just one 24V
panel on the roof and a 12V element for a small tank, I have tested that
and it works perfectly. You would still be totally mobile and it would work
in the cold winter too! PV panels like the cold. No worries about leaks or
freezing either. And you could put a switch on it for when you don’t need
hot water as much as electric for other things so it could be dual purpose.