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 11 
 on: Today at 09:58:16 AM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by TomC
Took me 6 years to do my bus conversion. Only had help during one summer to do two person jobs-like hanging interior plywood walls and ceilings, and the aluminum panels on the outside to cover up the windows not being used. Good Luck, TomC

 12 
 on: Today at 09:55:55 AM 
Started by Chris & Beverly - Last post by TomC
Wow, Zephod! Then on the other spectrum is what I did. Rebuilt engine, transmission, everything in the engine compartment and turbocharged the engine with 130 gal fuel, added Jake Brakes. 10kw Diesel generator powering 3 roof top air conditioning (I live in California). 130gal water, 85 gal gray, 45 gal black, 2-8D deep cycle, 2-31 starting, 2500 watt inverter, washer/dryer, 9cu/ft 120v/12v refrigerator, 120v/12v 2.1cu/ft chest freezer, microwave, 3 burner propane stove, 40,000btu propane furnace, etc.
Built on a 1977 AMGeneral transit bus 10240B high floor. It has 22" under floor space.
If you want cheap-look for a Gillig Phantom 40ft x 102" high floor transit with Detroit Series 50 engine. 6'10" headroom, straight sided walls, huge windows, air ride, etc. Good Luck, TomC

 13 
 on: Today at 09:38:21 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by DoubleEagle
  They only work well with auto transmissions,,not worth a darn with manuals..>>>Dan

That might depend on the setup. I've had one on a 05 Eagle with 4 speed Spicer since 1996, and it has worked well.

 14 
 on: Today at 09:33:09 AM 
Started by daddysgirl - Last post by ol713
Dave: Is that in addition to the tire monitors?
Merle, is that size interchangeable with the old 12R-22.5? Even though it will be a while before I buy new tires, I"m doing research now so I can add the appropriate amount to the "tire fund"...it's a sub-line to the "safety systems" line Smiley I might end up taking the first "new" new trip in a bus with only a subfloor, but it will sure as hell be safe...and clean. Even if I have to redesign the entire drivetrain. Well, not myself...I'll leave any desired upgrades to the engineers.

      Yes  - - - -  it is interchangeable.  To cut costs, I put used on the rear and new on the front.
      On used tires, just check date codes.
                                              Merle.    (MC-7)
      Correction;  tire size=315 80x 22.5

 15 
 on: Today at 09:14:35 AM 
Started by Chris & Beverly - Last post by Zephod
I guess I'll add a little more.  I am an engine/truck/bus guy.  As I said, I would never buy anyones conversion, knowing not what they did, how they did it, how it will catch fire or develop leaks, on and on.  I didnt buy a Prevost/Eagle/MCI, etc.  I ended up buying a 1995 Blue Bird school bus, ripped the seats out and went from there.  Granted, BIG difference than what most these guys are running around in, big!  On the other hand, everything in my bus is generic, parts are easy to find and repairs dont require a specialist and they mainly are inexpensive.  School buses are stout and if you find the right one, you can get a good highway runner.  I am into my bus for less than most of you are into your car.

With that  being said, there are sacrifices to be made, A/C, interior height should you need it.  With that known, you can build it exactly how you want and spend as much as you want.

Just another way to skin a cat.
All my interior is hand built woodwork. 90% of my parts come from Lowes/ace/Home Depot/Harbor Freight/Walmart.

No AC. Just don't see the point to be honest.
No house battery. Just don't see the point.
Cooking is done on a portable camp stove
Refrigeration - a large cooler powered by ice
Lighting - D cell powered led lanterns
Shower - pump powered by d cells
Water heating - on the camp stove
Waste water disposal - gravity fed into waste barrels underneath the bus
Turd disposal - a composting toilet unit I built.
Urine disposal - wide mouthed orange juice jar from Walmart.
Fresh water carried onboard in 5 gallon jerry cans.
Ventilation - solar powered.
Phone charging - power takeoff from ventilation unit.
120v AC plugin available - powers 3 sockets in the kitchen are allowing a mini fridge and two other appliances. 3 spare breakers available.


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 16 
 on: Today at 09:03:46 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by buswarrior
If the throttle linkages are stiff and heavy...

It's your coach, get under there are get it lubed up, freed up, swap in springs that match the job.

The last commercial operator didn't care about the driver's leg. With hired help, it's easier, cheaper and quicker to slap heavier springs in, than to lube the linkage.

Get that pedal lightened up!!!

happy coaching!
buswarrior

 17 
 on: Today at 08:59:45 AM 
Started by Scott & Heather - Last post by Lin
We have Centrmatics on all four wheels.  I believe that I noticed the difference when they were installed.  It's nice that even if you need to change a failed tire, you remain perfectly balanced.  They can be expensive, but we were able to find them on Ebay or Craigslist very reasonably.  Whatever you want eventually turns up on one of those sites.

 18 
 on: Today at 08:52:24 AM 
Started by daddysgirl - Last post by buswarrior
Watch the Michelin videos, again and again. A front tire blow out is only as exciting as YOU make it.

Note that the demonstrations show, in essence, just carry on for the moment.

Don't change anything that gives the advantage to the blown tire.

Deny that first instinct to lift throttle, deny that second instinct to mash on the brakes.

Ignore all the noise, shrieking passengers, and whatnot. Succumbing to fear is what makes things worse.

Yes, you will be scared, explosive noise and associated banging from tire debris whacking into the wheel well.
Thoughts like: "OH $hit, what'$ thi$ going to co$t?" do not help...

Yes, the coach will want to pull towards the blown tire, MORE SO, if you act wrong.

Get your thoughts collected, then gently change the coach's state from go to slow.

There is no hurry to get off the road, just ease the speed down, bang bang whack grind...

Choose a nice place to stop and roll it in gently.

Then you may change yer drawers?

Watch the videos a number of times, and think about the test driver... There's no difference between him and you, except he has had the FUN of doing a few times!!!

Say after me: "I will not panic while driving the coach, mentally prepared, no matter what noises or bangs or screaming, I keep the coach in a steady state, evaluate, then make gentle changes, I will only make things worse by panicking, I will only make things worse..."

happy coaching!
buswarrior


 19 
 on: Today at 08:48:19 AM 
Started by aaronjweiss - Last post by Lin
I do not know of specific shops in San Diego, but truck shops should be able to take care of you on brakes. You may even be able to get them checked at a truckstop along the way.

 20 
 on: Today at 08:45:49 AM 
Started by aaronjweiss - Last post by daddysgirl
I agree with the overheat...and the seals, possibly.
In my experience (because some jackass failed to listen and check the rear seals, the front breaks had 1/8" cracks and were doing all the stopping for 44,000 lbs) heat and tires are not a good mix.

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