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 on: Today at 08:51:43 AM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by RJ
I remember the factory sales guy stating such at a school bus drivers meeting in Bakersfield CA around 1970 or so. 

HB -

That would have been Jack Parsons, Crown salesman extraordinaire!

Interesting story: Jack bought my Fresno house for cash in 2010, after selling his place in SoCA.  He & his chiropractor daughter lived in it until he passed away in early 2013, she sold the place and bought a condo.

Before he moved in, we had a couple of really long conversations about the bus industry, Crown vs Gillig, and other war stories.  Fascinating guy!

FWIW & HTH. . .


 on: Today at 08:32:43 AM 
Started by belfert - Last post by wg4t50
My setup using 4 Gel 8D batteries, Xantrax 2500 watt pure sine wave inverter that includes a 4 step 100 amp smart charger that limits max voltage tp 14.2 volts, all being fed by the auto start box that starts genset when the nattery voltage drops to 12.2 volts, runs for 3.5 hours, about 1.25 gal diesel fuel.
That charge lasts about 24 hrs in normal mode or 36 hrs in econo mode.
All time & voltage settings are adjustable.
Dave M

 on: Today at 08:17:03 AM 
Started by Emcemv - Last post by seaton@mta
Found this on Youtube..


 on: Today at 07:57:25 AM 
Started by Bill 340 - Last post by Bill 340
 Yes its that time of year again to start proceeding forward with the rally registration for Arcadia 2015, Folks this will be the 15th year for this great event, Started from a conversation between Jack Conrad and Ace Rossi about  maybe a get together around new years,  It then proceeded to  be arranged by Jack as he had contacts with facilities,  NOW 15 years later is is still going strong we went fro 28 buses and mud holes to average 115 buses with wide full hook ups  Indoor  entertainment and great food,Alltho the  rally grounds and food ect changed over the years, The  attendees remain the same, maybe not in name but certainly in spirit.  Hope to see many of you again this year and as always  Bus Conversion magazine is one of our Great sponsors,  Surf on over and visit arcadiarally.com.  Bill and Brenda  Phelan   your 2015  Host.

 on: Today at 07:44:37 AM 
Started by lou432 - Last post by Bill 340
If you have a problem in Fl Call John Silver  at Central Florida Bus in lakeland Fl, 863 665 8155.. You could probably work out a storage with him,  Really good people to deal with, He works on several of the coaches represented on this site,  Also Visit arcadiarally.com  it is the link for the bus rally spoken of in earlier post, yes it's still going on , you would learn a lot there and we have a LOT of old busparts and JUNK at the daily flea market there also. 

 on: Today at 06:40:17 AM 
Started by Emcemv - Last post by Jeremy
     I'm not sure exactly where Rochester MN is, but if I were in western NC or VA and I saw a bunch of buses sitting around like that, I'd wonder if they were used by a "white water" outing company.  Here they load buses (mostly schoolies) with people and tubes/kayaks/rafts/canoes and take them up-river and then the buses meet the people at the takeout place downriver and shuttle them back to the company office and parking lot.
     Not cheap to buy bus tickets but it's a really convenient way to do it.

I went on a hot air balloon flight once where they did that - the bus trip was only at the end, but on the plus side we also got an off-road trip by Land Rover from the landing site to where the bus was waiting. I spoke to the bus driver and it was a fun day out for him, chasing after the balloon and wondering where it was going to end-up.


 on: Today at 06:25:48 AM 
Started by belfert - Last post by luvrbus
I see those mounted 30 ft from the batteries in some buses on the inside of the bus to protect the unit from the heat then the remote may be on the opposite end of the bus they don't really care as long as it can read the 11.5 low voltage and that is adjustable

 on: Today at 06:20:39 AM 
Started by belfert - Last post by belfert
My thought is to tap into the line going to my water pump since it goes right past where I will install the auto start.  If voltage drop is an issue I can just adjust the voltage at which the generator starts.  All of my wire is packed away right now so I can't run a new line to the batteries.

 on: Today at 06:08:58 AM 
Started by belfert - Last post by bevans6
The issue is voltage drop, so if there is nothing but the module on the wires that you use there should be no problem.  The module will probably not draw any current to speak of, so there should be no voltage drop and it should get a true reading. 


 on: Today at 05:46:22 AM 
Started by belfert - Last post by belfert
I am installing a Magnum auto start.  Do I need to measure the voltage right at the batteries?  It will be much easier for me to mount the auto star module  at the same place as the control panel for the generator which is about 15 feet from the batteries.

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