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Old 07-22-2018, 08:10 PM   #1
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I can't fund doing this right now, but I really wish I could. It is such a great idea. So here in south Florida we have been stuck in a hurricane battered area more than once. over a week at a time without power. And it gets miserable in the South Florida heat and humidity. Whenever a storm is coming we all make a rush for fuel and to fuel up our generators and then until the power comes back on every handful of hours we must go re fuel the generator(s).

At the height of the last storm Irma's aftermath my whole immediate family, Me, the wife, and all 3 kids had to retreat to our minivan. The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander. We slept good and chilled in the dual a/c of that van. And it brought such relief to us in the midst of our suffering. No matter how cramped we all were in there it was the best sleep any of us got during the whole ordeal. Right inside this minivan:









My idea involves a big vehicle with a large interior space, Like a Suburban, or an Avalanche with a topper on the back. I want to take one of these large vehicles, swap the a/c compressor with an automotive electric a/c compressor, like out of a tesla or Nissan leaf or equiv. and install a honda inverter generator and have it drink fuel right out of the vehicles gas tank. And plumb its exhaust into the vehicles exhaust. These honda inverter generators are ultra reliable, ultra quiet, very small, and ultra efficient. They can run for 8 hours on under 1 gallon of gas. With access to a 25 or 30 gallon tank from the onset of a disaster this can be an immediate and persistant home base. And power can come from an inverter or running the less efficient engine if the generator fails. Of course I would add a second or maybe even a third battery to the mix and solar panels mounted to the roof rack. Oh I want to build a proper survival truck.
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I put in a 22 KW whole house generator a few years ago. It runs everything just like the normal power does. It seems it would be a lot more comfortable than a minivan. They can run on gas, natural gas, propane or whatever you want. It may not be the most economical answer but it sure beats being without power to cook, keep food froze/cold or whatever.

BTW, they make proper survival trucks. I believe they're called motorhomes. Just kidding. If you want a survival truck then have fun. I'm getting too old to "camp out". I went on a camping rip with the BOY Scouts and when I woke up in the morning I couldn't feed myself and I had things hurting that I'd forgotten that I had.
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A Motor home will be worthless in a storm like Irma Last Year.
Blow Right Over in High Winds.


New Suburbans are $80K +.
They are nice.
Old Suburbans here with factory SBC are getting rare.
Big Block 454 & 496 8.1 are hard to find. 3/4 ton models.
4x4 is what you want.
6500 lbs and ultra long wheel base & Widetrack Front & Rears.


Those New Crossovers are worthless.


Shit hits the fan you have to be able to run over anything & everything to keep going.


I had a company / FEMA call me recent.
Job offer in Florida.
Generator Mechanic for Emergency Hurricane Season.
Found my Resume on Indeed, or Monster, or another I posted on.
I have worked on Large industrial Diesel Generator Sets in the past.
I worked for Midwewst Fuel injection.
Worldwide known. In Florida too.
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Power for A/C has to come from somewhere.
I worked on FEMA Vehicles during the Bam Years in Hickville.
They all had 3 alternators.
TRIPOWER LAYOUT.
Usually all 3 on top.


DR144 GM Alternator is Good.


CS144 Is the Best I think.
I built one for myself back in March. 1-wire conversion.
They put out up to 100 amps at 600 rpms crank speed with 3:1 Pulley Ratio.
2,000 crank rpms there is 160 amps with stock stator.
Custom stators up to 600 amps.
600 for stereo comp vehicles.
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496 BBC AFR290 on Grumpys.


A Little Pontiac V8 Know how by Me.
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Brian, I was making a joke. I'm sure Wiz got it. Did you see the little laughing smiley behind the word "motorhome"? I really don't care that you worked on Generators. You've worked on everything. What does a Pontiac dyno chart have to do with the topic of this thread? Did you feel the need to get your name out here.

You're not all that.
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Brian, I was making a joke. I'm sure Wiz got it. Did you see the little laughing smiley behind the word "motorhome"? I really don't care that you worked on Generators. You've worked on everything. What does a Pontiac dyno chart have to do with the topic of this thread? Did you feel the need to get your name out here.

You're not all that.
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As much as you are Gunny.
Put your Reading glasses on.
It's a Big Block Chevy 496 stroker.

Pontiac stroker be a 480 ci.

Wiz is still terrified by Irma.
Peak Florida Hurricane starts in August.

He knows a Pro Tour Corvette or GTO is worthless for his family then.

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I was in Naples when Irma was bearing down...I took my rented survival Impala and drove to NY. Came back 3 weeks later and wasn't even bothered by the two stints without power, 1st was 5 days and then after being on for a few days it went back out for another 6 or 7 days. It was on long enough for me to run the AC to get the humidity out of the house all from the comfort of my sirvival NY home.
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Ain't THAT the mofo truth
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Get a 3500 Dodge dually with the legendary Cummins and put a flush mount topper. My 3500 weighs 4 tons factory and with my Accel Supertuner will shit n git!
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I don't get to own a home in my life. It is expensive to live here in South Florida and despite a cool job, I work for people and have a homebound wife and 3 kids. So getting to attach a generator to the house and bury a tank in the earth is out for me. The generator I have in the backyard now will power the home but it is kinda big and noisy and will drink gas. When we camped out in the van overnight we used a bunch of gas.


My idea is not just for a vehicle to go and stay in but a place to mount a generator. And a fuel tank to attach the generator to so I do not have to add fuel every 4 hours. And so I do not have to worry about where to store my generator. And yes, it needs to be able to power up the truck without the engine, too. But after a storm when we lost power I would just run an extension cord out to my truck. The generator I am looking at specifically for this effort is 1 or maybe 2 or these: https://www.amazon.com/Honda-2200-Wa.../dp/B079YF1HF6

They are made so they can be daisy chained together so if all you need is 2200watts you run 1 and if you wanna fire up a household a/c system and a fridge then you'd run both. But when you ran just one, you would burn .94 gallon in 8 hours of running. And it would be power for a home wherever I parked my truck. And it is small enough that it could be hidden in the body of a truck so that it is never even thought about or in the way until needed.

But to not have to worry about where to keep this huge generator and to not have to keep gas cans for it or propane bottles would just be cool. And this would be near silent. The generator I currently have kicks out a lot of juice and has a battery and electric start but man it is LOUD.
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Nice set up Wiz.I had a Pontiac Trans Sport for years,I miss that Van. Last BIG blow we had here was Sandy. Im sure it wont be the last.
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I don't get to own a home in my life. It is expensive to live here in South Florida and despite a cool job, I work for people and have a homebound wife and 3 kids. So getting to attach a generator to the house and bury a tank in the earth is out for me. The generator I have in the backyard now will power the home but it is kinda big and noisy and will drink gas. When we camped out in the van overnight we used a bunch of gas.


My idea is not just for a vehicle to go and stay in but a place to mount a generator. And a fuel tank to attach the generator to so I do not have to add fuel every 4 hours. And so I do not have to worry about where to store my generator. And yes, it needs to be able to power up the truck without the engine, too. But after a storm when we lost power I would just run an extension cord out to my truck. The generator I am looking at specifically for this effort is 1 or maybe 2 or these: https://www.amazon.com/Honda-2200-Wa.../dp/B079YF1HF6

They are made so they can be daisy chained together so if all you need is 2200watts you run 1 and if you wanna fire up a household a/c system and a fridge then you'd run both. But when you ran just one, you would burn .94 gallon in 8 hours of running. And it would be power for a home wherever I parked my truck. And it is small enough that it could be hidden in the body of a truck so that it is never even thought about or in the way until needed.

But to not have to worry about where to keep this huge generator and to not have to keep gas cans for it or propane bottles would just be cool. And this would be near silent. The generator I currently have kicks out a lot of juice and has a battery and electric start but man it is LOUD.
Your likely will never be able to retire.
All will go to rent and cost of living likely will go up.

I get paid another $10-12 an hour driving 70 miles to Chicago daily South Side.
Cost of living in the sticks not too bad.

Up North 1 hour of you in South Florida is A Pontiac Guy I know.
Cost of living is less.

Rented for years.
Never get the money back.

Diesel engines are more fuel efficient because they have a much higher thermal dynamic efficiency than gas engines.
Loaded gas engine working VS Diesel loaded.
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Your likely will never be able to retire.

This is no news. Everybody that knows me has heard me say I plan on working at least a half shift on my last day of life. When you pan out and look at the world and where I am in life ya I'm behind. But if you know what I came out of. I mean, It is nothing short of a miracle that I made it here.
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