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 on: Today at 09:29:16 AM 
Started by Gary LaBombard - Last post by buswarrior
The much bigger issue here is unprotected/poorly installed cabling through ragged metal holes in the framing.

The way many busnuts do not understand, or choose to ignore, neutral-ground bonding, if the right wire is cut through to contact the frame, the coach goes live, and nothing trips...

And electrocutes the co-pilot as she grabs the door from outside one rainy day...

Doubt you will find neutral-ground done correctly, if the PO couldn't install a cable properly...

Good for you, dig into it and make it right!

An idea, thinking out of the box... if the pulling fails, which I fear it will, you could run new cables up on the roof (suitable conduit blah blah blah)  and drop them through to the inside somewhere convenient, if you don't want to carve into the ceiling... somewhat guerilla tactic, but could be done perfectly safely and in a timely fashion.

happy coaching!

 on: Today at 09:13:34 AM 
Started by steve.barnett71 - Last post by buswarrior
Get under the driver's area with your grease gun.

The MCI have linkages from the pedal to the valve, which is mounted further back. each link needs lube.

Confirm the structural integrity of all mounting points, corrosion can lead to flexing, which is bad for getting the intended motion out of the other end of the linkage...

Do the accelerator linkages too, working all the way to the tunnel, and down through the floor at the other end of the tunnel. The hardest one to reach will be the one that the "hired help" didn't bother with during its commercial days...

happy coaching!

 on: Today at 08:34:57 AM 
Started by steve.barnett71 - Last post by bobofthenorth
How much force should it take to move the brake pedal?

Very little. Less than the pedal force in your daily driver.  You're just moving a treadle that actuates an air valve so I'd look at the pivot point on the treadle first.

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 on: Today at 08:05:27 AM 
Started by Twowheelsteve - Last post by Oonrahnjay

Welcome aboard. I am SO glad that you found us BEFORE buying a bus. Any bus. ... John 

     Yeah, John is right (IMO) but I think you've done about the best thing an old bus buyer can do -- you've already developed a sense for seeing dishonesty.  There's a lot of it out there and it's a situation where people can use dishonesty to their benefit (that's taking your $$$$).  It you decide you want a bus, get the technical facts for that kind of bus, get a good idea of the exact condition of that bus, and keep your honesty eye open.

 on: Today at 07:48:23 AM 
Started by lostagain - Last post by John316

PS; did you ever get your 5th wheel?

Not yet. I'm too busy to travel right now.

Floyd. I always get all the popcorn. Early bird gets the worm.....and second mouse gets the cheese Grin Cheesy Grin

 on: Today at 06:58:36 AM 
Started by Gary LaBombard - Last post by luvrbus
Dometic says 12 gauge wire minimum for a run of up to 24 ft,roof tops will draw 15 to 18 amps here on 1 of our mild summer days of 117*,all the roof top manufactures amp draw are based on 85* both Coleman and Dometic have told me that

 on: Today at 05:13:38 AM 
Started by Gary LaBombard - Last post by Jon
Pulling the correct gauge wire and having the correct breaker is a wise choice.

Even if the AC draws 13 amps, that does not reflect the initial surge which is well over 25 amps. But if you are on poor quality shore power your 13 amps at 120Volts is going to be higher as voltage drops.

 on: Today at 05:12:55 AM 
Started by steve.barnett71 - Last post by steve.barnett71
This may be a dumb question but I will ask anyway.

The brakes on my MC9 work well and the bus stops fine.  I am just surprised at the amount of effort it takes to push the brake pedal.  This is my first experience with air brakes so I am not sure what to expect.    How much force should it take to move the brake pedal?

 on: Today at 04:53:09 AM 
Started by Nel - Last post by Nel
Yes , It's all worth it once you take it out on it's maiden voyage, my wife and I slept in it at the campsite for the first time and looked at each other like " did we actually do this? " not to mention all the attention it gets on the road and parked where ever you go.When we got to the camp site not a whole lot of people stopped to ask questions but there where a hell of a lot of pictures being taken as they walked by, even the camp managers took pictures for their website
  So yes keep working on your buses and don't get discouraged .If I had to say one thing is these buses were built like tanks so yes pay attention to the important mechanical s , but don't focus on things you think will keep you from taking it out because they are old, the engineers that built these things made them to last . Having a road side service will help in a little piece of mind too.
Ryan, keep plugging away and Walter , yes it's a blast to drive. Nelson

 on: Today at 04:51:58 AM 
Started by Gary LaBombard - Last post by Gary LaBombard
Really a lot of great suggestions here which I appreciate.  I want to think the 14ga will work but in my mine I will never stop worrying, that is one of my down falls.  Look, how many guys DOUBLE Frame their bus like I did for instance?

I am sure the wire is run every which way and not in a straight line, Each 13,500 btu coleman Air Conditioner is about 15-20 ft. from the control panel.  They each have heaters in them which I would never use anyhow.  I am especially worried as the one hole I do see the wire pass through has burred and ragged edges that the PO just put extra tape on to protect them.  I have not physically tried to pull any on the wires yet, was too pissed to think straight yesterday.  Today a different day.  Hopefully I can feel the wire start to pull through after disconnecting and then pull a fish tape through as I do to pull the new #12ga wire through. 

I will probably take a day or so to do other projects before starting to pull on the wires but  am not very optimistic at all. This has been quite a journey that is quickly now getting very very old just like me. 

Thanks again for the suggestions, I will keep you posted on my final find and results.  I just do not believe I would ever be comfortable thinking about the 14 ga wire though.  I am a pissar.

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