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 11 
 on: Today at 01:35:18 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by luvrbus
The excess smoke law still applies to exempt RV's in CA I don't care what state you are from.I saw a old GM being snap tested for smoke last week it had Iowa plates lol it was a smoker.

I know this guy that sell generators CA is after him for the emission on his units they were not the current tier rating for the state

 CA just needs electric cars,trucks,and buses anything else they make it almost impossible to meet their laws and requirements   

 12 
 on: Today at 01:19:14 PM 
Started by siberyd - Last post by siberyd
The newest bus on the list is:

4104-5050 a conversion, unknown owner and location.

Siberyd

 13 
 on: Today at 01:01:21 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by boxcarOkie
Yes, this is true, not on an RV.  But things do have a profound tendency to change in our world, so it pays one to check.  Which is NOT always a good fix either.  I had a printed out sheet of the parking instructions in a suburb of Houston Proper where our kids currently live. 

The print out said "RV parking on city streets is restricted to 48 hours" someone didn't like it, called the cops.  At that time, I had documented proof that I had only been in town 16 hours (fuel receipt Flyin Hooker, dated/time stamped) and I handed it to the cop.

After I showed it to "Barney" his reply was .... I don't care, move it or I will have it towed.  Soooooooooooooooo it will work for you or against you. 

Pays to check.

Thank you for your reply.

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 14 
 on: Today at 12:45:36 PM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by Dreamscape
CARB rules do not affect RV's, only commercial stuff. That's the last word I got, so no worries. When I lived there it was never a problem with my old dinosaur!  Wink

 15 
 on: Today at 12:39:17 PM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Scott Bennett
That's so true. On ours you can see the places where rust occurs. I don't think everyone realizes this cause not all have stripped their coach down to the frame, but we have. And I can tell you, even though theirs a ton of stainless and aluminum, there's a ton of mild steel in these MCI's too. And if they are rusted in certain areas it can be major drama. We had to cut out a lot of rusted beams above the windshield the rear cap and floor and weld in new steel. The steel we welded in is much thicker than the mild steel skeleton of the coach. Also, aluminum corrodes too and given enough time, it will corrode to the point it's just as destructive as rust on steel. And if the aluminum is touching steel, some sort of electrolysis occurs and it corrodes too. So yeah,  I absolutely know where to look. One question though, photos I've seen of the newer EL3 and J4500 coaches indicate that framework above the belt line is stainless now. Is this true?


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 16 
 on: Today at 11:01:11 AM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by boxcarOkie
TomC would probably be your best source on this as he lives in California and sells heavy truck that are affected by CARB rules.

I have at this time received a few emails on it, for some reason a few folks are kind of afraid of posting something here at the Old Shark Tank.  Looks like I can take my no good, oil leaking worn out, oil drippin mosquito killing Detroit out there and will not have to worry about it.

It pays to check now days, in this environmentally conscious society we have progressed to.

Thanks for your input Belfert ...

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 17 
 on: Today at 10:52:40 AM 
Started by Alan N - Last post by HB of CJ
FWIW, we found that the extra 6 inches, (or less ... net) interior width was more than off set by the pucker factor of the "much wider" wider Bus Conversion on narrow streets and dumb on coming traffic.  Just a thought.  HB

Yep ... a 35 foot MCI would make a much better Bus Conversion candidate.  Easier to convert and much more storage space.  The Crown Supercoach is the much better chassis and road warrior,  but quite hard to convert.  Just me here.

 18 
 on: Today at 10:14:39 AM 
Started by Tikvah - Last post by Jon
Jon,

Dave has drum brakes on his bus. Even with proper maintenance, they are VERY easy to let the smoke out of. We always wanted disc brakes on our bus. That would have been awesome.

With standard drum brakes, it is tough to stop on a 6% grade. That's why slow is the key. I agree with you, Dave. I like interstates. I will go out of my way to stay on interstates, if needed.

John,

I have been on almost every interstate in the country, and my previous coach as well as my first coach had drum brakes. I have been on I-26 a lot because I live in Knoxville. My last coach weighed 46,000 and we have always towed our 6700 pound Hummer so I know a little about managing energy going down a hill.

I still maintain that the brakes are not only fine for the job, but on a 6% grade from 55 MPH you can stop a coach. But for normal descents as I stated above don't pump the brakes and give up air pressure. And keep your target speed in mind, and when you reach it apply firm braking until you are about 10 MPH below target, release the brakes to allow them to cool and be ready for the next brake application when needed. The key is the target speed and letting that speed be the max speed for the gear you are in.

If I choose 55 as a target, I need to be in 4th because its top speed is 55. That way I am getting the maximum benefit from my selected gear and I am not abusing my brakes.

And do not ever be intimidated by other drivers. Screw them. If you let them push you then you have only your brakes to separate you from a very nasty crash. Choose your speed and let everyone else go around you if they do not like it.

 19 
 on: Today at 09:11:32 AM 
Started by boxcarOkie - Last post by belfert
TomC would probably be your best source on this as he lives in California and sells heavy truck that are affected by CARB rules.

 20 
 on: Today at 08:40:06 AM 
Started by RJ - Last post by Oonrahnjay
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 I guess what I'm looking for is one two-inlet valve (one from radiator coolant and one from gennie coolant) with one outlet (to water heater loop) and one one-inlet valve (from water heater loop) with two outlets. 

    Does it really matter?   If you have a common "Port A" and the valve switches between open from "Port A" to "Port 1" to open from "Port A" to "Port 2", does it matter which is inlet and outlet?  This kind of valve should shift two ways and do what I want to do, right?
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3-way ball valves are just a ball with a 90 degree elbow in place of a straight through port in the ball.  They are commonly used in ag sprayer applications.  I can see no reason why flow direction would matter.  There used to be 2 different control head circuits.  Externally the heads looked identical but internally they were different.  One of them required a constant supply voltage and used a pilot signal to determine which direction it was oriented.  The other required the switch to reverse the voltage to the control head. 

     Thanks, Bob.  That was what I was thinking. 

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