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  1. TDG
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    TDG New EF Member

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    I’m hoping to get a bit of insight for a business I’m starting up.

    I’m converting a double decker bus (Volvo B7TL) into a shop. I’m interested in how much power I would need to light and heat the thing, and the best way of getting an external power supply.

    The bus was powered by two twelve volt batteries, but my intention is to set up an external supply. We will need to power:

    - Inbuilt lighting (standard fitting)

    - Already fitted CCTV

    - Already fitted bus heating

    - Electronic devices (lap-top, IZettle electronic till, 32 inch TV screen, 3-4 small electric devices, e.g - cameras, battery charges for IPhones’ and camera batteries)

    I want to know if a domestic feed will be enough to power it all, and a rough idea of what the wattage would be? And how / how easy it would be to wire it all together? The bus will be static and based in central London.

    It would also be great to know the best sustainable way of doing this, how many solar panels would I need.

    Thanks,

    TDG
     
  2. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    what's the heating system? on my converted bus it was diesel powered.
     
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  3. DPG
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    DPG Respected Member

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    Converted-bus friends
     
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  4. DPG
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    Love how Tel replies as if it's a normal thing to have a converted bus :)
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    lived on mine for 6 months. it was a 1971 Daimler Fleetline ex.London d/decker.
     
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  6. DPG
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    All bus journeys feel like 6 months long.
     
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  7. Pete999
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    Pete999 Forum Mentor

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    Someone nick the wheels did they?
     
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  8. Stevesja
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    Stevesja New EF Member

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    Have a look in section 717 of BS7671 for mobile and transportable units.

    Most units like this will have a 'ceeform' inlet at either 16A or 32A.
    Take note about chassis bonding and cable type for the install (usually flex) bootlaces ferulls on the cable ends help.

    Generator or mains to power the unit.
    If you have a street pillar supply for the unit make sure the earting is not TNC-S (PME) as its prohibited for use (apart from a few circumstances where a competent person is present)

    Although not strictly 'entertainment' BS7909 is best practice with it being a temporary supply. Also in a inner city location you need to look at other electrical environments around it.

    Diesel heaters are good and will considerably lower your max demand.
     
  9. littlespark
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    littlespark Electrician's Arms

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    Tel used to live on a bus! That explains a lot.

    "I hate you, Butler"
     
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  10. Baddegg
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    Baddegg Still simmering Ken, not boiled yet buddy x Electrician's Arms

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    Tel, you are now officially a hero of mine!
     
  11. PEG
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    PEG Respected Member

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    Go on,Tel,explain how you got bus-jacked,by a goofy crooner and his crying walking sleeping talking living doll.....;)
     

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