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  Topic: Adding DC to DC Renogy Charger w/ GW Aux Battery Kit
shorepig

Replies: 7
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:35 am   Subject: Re: Adding DC to DC Renogy Charger w/ GW Aux Battery Kit
Hi guys,

I'm considering the Renogy DC to DC w/mppt too. ?I'm only going to run 200 watts max of solar. and 150 ah of lithium. I also run a pretty power hungry car audio system which I'll likely on ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:37 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Thanks guys! Did what Sodo recommended and worked like a charm. Hard to believe the Bentley manual method didnít work. Iíve cycled my cooling system, van wirks, gauge works, no leaks, only issue is th ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:50 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Hi guys I'm having problems with the coolant filling procedure. I'm following the Bentley manual. The only thing I did differently is I filled the coolant container on flat ground first because I need ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:21 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Thanks for everyone's help. Mission accomplished. Pipes are in, and I didn't have to drop the tank right down. Just lowered the back end about 4", and avoided removing any fuel lines. Tomorrow I' ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:02 am   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Shoot! I just realized I could have unscrewed that metal bracket that was holding the coolant pipes to the frame. The screws to take it off were hiding under the heater hoses. Ugh.
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:53 am   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Thanks for the tips guys!

Questions:

1- Does anyone recall in what order they installed the 4 new SS pipe sections? I'm thinking fronts first (up and over fuel tank), then rears, then attach 2 ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:22 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
old pipes are out...in pieces. Yep, it's a dirty job indeed. I was only able to lower the rear of the fuel tank about an inch. Any idea what may be catching? I've undone the 2 bolts at the front of ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:59 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Not sure if heater hoses ever have been replaced. The fuel tank was replaced a month ago...and now it leaks majorly when I fill up. Mechanic will be addressing this when I get my van in Monday. I have ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:30 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Do you guys think I'm nuts for trying to do this on a driveway or would you gladly pay $400 labour plus $250 tow fee to have it done?
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:21 am   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Well,

For those asking how I got my coolant less van out......I drove my van 100' to the top of a very long gravel descent, shut it off and rolled about 10 kms downhill to where I was met by a tow ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:51 am   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
I did the same thing as Jake de Villiers and it lasted 10 years and its still holding, but this new break is is just down the line from that repair! Go figure!
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:47 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
Series of events:

1) van idled for 15 mins, no hot air blowing out of front heater, blipped gas, hot air came out
2) drove for about an hour, no issues
3) van was idling,I was outside van and hea ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:53 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
And also, thank you for your concern. Much appreciated.

In terms of preparedness, I spend a lot of time in the backcountry and I like to think I'm well prepared. I carry an Inreach, food for a few ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:32 pm   Subject: Re: Van went kaboom!
I'm alive! I didn't freeze! I still hate mice! I made it out, and my van is in my driveway.

Here's how things went down:

After another calming beer and a distracting movie, it was just the tick ...
  Topic: Van went kaboom!
shorepig

Replies: 122
Views: 4818

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:06 pm   Subject: Van went kaboom!
So here I sit, in the backcountry of B.C., Way up a logging road, in -5 degree weather, a beer in hand, diesel heater pumping away, camping for the night in a pool of coolant.

Hereís what happened ...
  Topic: The official Chinese Diesel Heater thread (Webasto Knockoff)
shorepig

Replies: 1073
Views: 99702

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:34 pm   Subject: Re: The official Chinese Diesel Heater thread (Webasto Knockoff)
unless you like the smell of diesel, {l do, but wife doesn't} i wouldn't consider mounting the fuel tank inside the van, one mild spill, and your van will smell of diesel forever.

the tank that com ...
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
shorepig

Replies: 535
Views: 23072

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:23 pm   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
dobryan,

Excellent points! I guess I was looking for the easy way out with an all in one system. Truth is I find all this aux power configuration very confusing. I'll keep reading, learning, readin ...
  Topic: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
shorepig

Replies: 535
Views: 23072

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:09 am   Subject: Re: LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread
Currently designing an aux power system for my westy. 100 watt solar, 200 ah lithium.

Is anyone using the REDARC Manager 30? Itís a dc to dc charger, a mppt solar charger and an ac to dc charger a ...
  Topic: The official Chinese Diesel Heater thread (Webasto Knockoff)
shorepig

Replies: 1073
Views: 99702

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:00 am   Subject: Re: The official Chinese Diesel Heater thread (Webasto Knockoff)
Fuel tank locations

I did the fridge delete kit (from Gowesty) and Iím thinking about mounting my diesel tank in there, and running a fuel filler hose from the tank to the old fridge flu vent locat ...
  Topic: New engine, tapping sound, crankshaft endplay
shorepig

Replies: 11
Views: 252

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:35 am   Subject: Re: New engine, tapping sound, crankshaft endplay
Thanks for the advice guys. Given my lack of experience it seems the best solution is to get it to another good mechanic (or 2) with a good reputation for a diagnosis. Then, give my current guy the o ...
 
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