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 21 
 on: February 26, 2017, 01:28:06 PM 
Started by kyle4501 - Last post by kyle4501
Nothing like that in the engine compartment.
I'll have to look under the dash.

Is there a system without a control module?

 22 
 on: February 26, 2017, 12:58:22 PM 
Started by kyle4501 - Last post by eagle19952
look like this?


 23 
 on: February 26, 2017, 12:36:12 PM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by eagle19952
If you want a good coach you should buy a Prevost.  They,re a lot better than the MCIís and Eagles.  Grin Grin   That statement should get similar results to throwing rocks at a waspís nest.  Grin Grin
 No seriously, it looks like you have been doing some research.  Keep it up and soon you will know want you want better than we do.    The best advise I can give you is when you go look at a coach, you will be so excited about actually owning your own that you have a tendency to turn a blind eye to potential serious problems.   Donít do that.   Take time to think things over and remember thereís always another one out there.   When I was looking I almost bought a couple of real Junkers thinking ďI can fix thatĒ.   Iím sure glad now that I passed them up and ended up with the one I have.   Good luck

I'm pretty sure that the only bad year for a Prevost was 1985. Beyond that, I have no further input.  Smiley  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

 24 
 on: February 26, 2017, 12:12:17 PM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by windtrader
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almost 700 grand ea
That sounds kind of expensive, way beyond my budget.

 25 
 on: February 26, 2017, 12:12:01 PM 
Started by hanks69chevy - Last post by belfert
thats the trouble. The aura gen company went out of business a few years ago. I was hoping there was still someone who know how to install and work on them. I had it installed and working while I was in neutral. When I put in gear it went in to default. I was told it wasn't spinning fast enough. Changed the pulleys for more speed. Can't get to work again.

Strange that they still seem to have a working website.  (Well, not working today, but Google's cache is from Friday so it was working then.)  These were used in ambulances so I would try an ambulance service company to see if they can help.

 26 
 on: February 26, 2017, 12:03:34 PM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by luvrbus
I have friend in Phoenix that just bought 2 model E MCI's with all the bells and whistles he paid almost 700 grand ea and told me he could have bought the H-45 for 25k less but didn't want to deal with Volvo D13 engine so they are close in price

 27 
 on: February 26, 2017, 11:47:47 AM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by windtrader
I love this place. You are so generous with your knowledge and happy to share.

@sixtyseven - Being here in NorCal, there are plenty of coaches nearby to go see. Fortunately, I'm in no rush so hoping to not do something impulsive on such a risky venture with so many ways to cause financial ruin. Having read enough really sad stories of broken motors alone, this alone keeps me focused on short listing potentials with plenty of documented history AND a professional bus mechanic survey. I find the busses that are commercial and still in service the best bets for having documentation and history including CHP and DOT inspections. Once a bus goes private all bets are off. Still need to be very careful since there is likely a reason a commercial bus is being removed from the fleet. Ideally a series of previous oil analysis reports would be available; haven't asked that as yet.

@Zephod - Glad to hear from you. My planned use demands the coach be reliable as can be. Planning length journeys far from home base, so really need to minimize trip halting mechanical problems while on the road. Unless I am misreading the current market, 15-20k is the lower end for solid and documented Series 60 powered bus.

@Robert - Will do. My research to date indicates Prevost are more expensive and beyond my budget. They do beam luxury rolling down the road; however,  my criteria prioritize more mundane, utilitarian, and sadly practical qualities.

@lostagain - The current challenge is finding already converted D3 coaches. Increasing budget would find Series 60 or similar powered conversions but private ones are rare and factory conversions are very expensive. Will keep an eye out for them, just feel odds are not good. What is the market range for this kind of rig?

@SCott&Heather - OMG! Another non-conformist. I never use what others have as a criteria for what I want. I'm not looking for attention either but just want things that work for me. More about me. I am a die hard DIYer and have lots of experience and tools to bring to a bus conversion. I'll sub out what makes sense but I have no hesitation to take on something new either, expanding my DIY skills too.

Another key factor leading me toward a personal conversion is I really don't like the vast number of factory RV styles and features. Just seems like most are targeted to a market segment with very different tastes than us. What I envision is something I have never seen in pictures, although I am sure there are those with quite atypical layouts and styling. Additionally, being a minimalist I feel costs will remain on the lower end of the range. Shoot, truth be told, I can see taking a first road trip with a bed, a refrig, table for preparing and cooking with a camp stove , a couple of comfy chairs, and a card table to eat on. Really. Let the design evolve organically and speak to our true use and needs.

Lastly, I'd like to exploit the newest battery, inverter, lighting, and solar technologies to power the house power systems. Can't wait to take on challenge of designing the most efficient system. When one thinks about powering a car with batteries, it doesn't seem so far fetched to run a RV house system for a few days off the grid. Just think, no generator. I do think one can get a wrecked Leaf or other e-car and harvest the battery, transformer,  and AC power charging system for less than a new 7500 Onan. Who does that?

@luvrbus - Will look at Eagle. For some reason avoided them in my research for some reason. I agree MCI is pervasive and that is why I want one as that means qualified service and parts (new and used) are available in the most places. I'm really concerned about finding a qualified 2-stroke bus mechanic if an unplanned break down. Not sure if I agree MCI and Prevost are similar in price.

 28 
 on: February 26, 2017, 11:36:33 AM 
Started by kyle4501 - Last post by kyle4501
All of the wires should be color coded and, or numbered.   Shut off your main battery switch and reattach each wire to the correct corresponding wire, then everything should be back to normal.

After 30 years, who knows what idiots have done in the past - I have already found wires that have been spliced with no regard to colors.
Also, when the fan ate the wiring, it pulled some out of the wire loom - so that is not an option.  

THANKS Luvrbus,
Is this it --  http://www.rossairworks.com/images/stories/pdf/ts-guide-medallion-905.pdf  


BTW, Any suggestions where I might find the module ?

 29 
 on: February 26, 2017, 11:29:22 AM 
Started by grantgoold - Last post by Jim Eh.
Before working on a pressurized system (always assume the gun is loaded) dawn some safety glasses.

If you use the one these guys are telling you to use then you will automatically know when your system is full as the dryer will purge signaling the system is full.

 30 
 on: February 26, 2017, 08:32:31 AM 
Started by windtrader - Last post by luvrbus
I would go as far to say the Prevost which is a good coach with a way over the top engineered air system is the best bus,no bus should have that many Norgren Valves.
I had one that used 5 Norgren valves just to close the friggn door.
The Eagle is by far the easiest and simple designed bus ever made and probably the best bus ever made but rust was the problem IMO.
Eagle had IFS( independent front suspension) since 1958 took the other Prevost till 1996 to try and developed one that gave the owners fits, I owned 1.The MCI is the work horse of the American highways though they have that market by huge numbers it has to be reason and the price is almost the same for a Prevost or a MCI  

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