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 41 
 on: March 25, 2017, 05:59:13 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by luvrbus
The 900x20 was a common tire on some school buses and are almost incidental in size as the 900x20, here they were a wheel with a lock ring and diffidently tubeless ,I have those on a fire truck also.The schools here changed to 11x22.5 because of the difference in availability and price fwiw    

 42 
 on: March 25, 2017, 05:57:43 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by Zephod
Things left to do...

Jack the front end to check the kingpins
Add more cable fasteners to the underbody cabling.
Feed the cable from the solar charge controller through the floor to feed the spare cable in my cable cluster under the bus.
Replace the broken reversing horn.
Go through the control panel and replace the glass fuses I installed with automotive fuses and put fuses on my latest circuits.
Lower the brake pedal in order to make the brake operable without becoming a contortionist.
Replace the missing 4 half inch bolts that somebody took off the rear bumper.
Move the 5ah battery from atop a paint can st the back of the bus into an ammo can at the front of the bus.
Replace the missing wiper motor and make the new wiper pivot fit and add a new wiper switch.

Only about 5 months work there!

Once that's all done I'll apply to retitle as a motorhome.

I have to be speedy with the underbus stuff as the hornets want to build their nest again!


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 43 
 on: March 25, 2017, 05:57:02 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by Zephod
Things left to do...

Jack the front end to check the kingpins
Add more cable fasteners to the underbody cabling.
Feed the cable from the solar charge controller through the floor to feed the spare cable in my cable cluster under the bus.
Replace the broken reversing horn.
Go through the control panel and replace the glass fuses I installed with automotive fuses and put fuses on my latest circuits.
Lower the brake pedal in order to make the brake operable without becoming a contortionist.
Replace the missing 4 half inch bolts that somebody took off the rear bumper.
Move the 5ah battery from atop a paint can st the back of the bus into an ammo can at the front of the bus.
Replace the missing wiper motor and make the new wiper pivot fit and add a new wiper switch.

Only about 5 months work there!

Once that's all done I'll apply to retitle as a motorhome.

I have to be speedy with the underbus stuff as the hornets want to build their nest again!


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 44 
 on: March 25, 2017, 05:31:15 PM 
Started by kyle4501 - Last post by kyle4501
The new starter works very well. with the batteries closer to the starter & 4/0 marine battery cable - you don't hear the starter.  Cool
New throttle control works perfectly.  Grin
New oil pressure sending unit seems to working.

All that the cruise needs is the speed sensor installed & a road trip to calibrate . . . .

So happy the worst of this project is over - now to clean it up for the rally.

 45 
 on: March 25, 2017, 05:00:59 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by opus
How about an Igloo type drinking water cooler?  

Thats what I have.

 46 
 on: March 25, 2017, 04:47:12 PM 
Started by Billysurf - Last post by uncle ned


Dave   I tow a 5 speed ranger.  Ford say it is not tow able because it does not get oil to the 5th speed gears. It now has 250,000 miles and been towed for the last 5 years.

I think I do not drive enough miles each day to bother it. and it gets moved most times we stop if not more than to back up.

uncle ned

 47 
 on: March 25, 2017, 03:55:23 PM 
Started by MaybeABus - Last post by MaybeABus
Thanks so much everyone for the good information.

As to the concerns regarding liability and legality, we do move heavy machinery all the time in our business. Knock on wood we have yet to experience a calamity significant enough to test our insurance and so on. This is the primary reason I see this as a corporate investment. Easier to explain using a company vehicle for personal uses vs. explaining why I am carrying a heavy load with a private coach. But I agree, this will all need further investigation.

As to the towing capacity, I have the horse in front of the cart right now, but think I may want to do it the other way. I spoke to the chief engineer on the project and his gut feeling is by replacing steel covers and non structural steel elements of the chassis we can shave 12-1500 pounds off the piece of equipment we will be dragging around. By rearranging the "support bits" we can save another 500# easily. Dump the Forester as the tow vehicle and get something small, like 2500# we shed another 1500-200# maybe. That would get us well south of 15K and maybe even more in the 10k range. So if the cart gets lighter I have a much wider selection of horses to choose from theoretically.


 48 
 on: March 25, 2017, 03:17:36 PM 
Started by HudsonMarine - Last post by Dave5Cs
They are generally there to cover the joint between top and bottom sidings.

 49 
 on: March 25, 2017, 02:48:46 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by dbldragon
 Dry camping is fine but you can still have running water with a 12 v pump. a small on demand hot water tank would be more efficient than a pot on the stove .IMO.  We are set up just 12 v and propane . The ac 110 is only used when the dog is left alone in the bus , other wise we open all the windows.
 First year we used the bus we left home with no provision to hook up to 110 . had a campground say that all big spots came with 110 included so i plugged in my toothbrush and took a pic of my 110 .
  Chuck

 50 
 on: March 25, 2017, 02:41:30 PM 
Started by MaybeABus - Last post by Jon
If I had $200K to play with, I'd look for a Blue Bird, Newell or professionally converted MCI (don't like Prevost and all the snootiness associated with them). Keep no longer than 40ft-if you go over 40ft, many states restrict you to truck routes only and you most likely will have to get a non commercial class B license to drive it. At least in California, your class C license (normal car license) allows you to drive up to a 40ft 3axle house car AND tow up to a 10,000lb trailer.
Converting you own will make it your own-but it is a very large undertaking. Many good used on the market. Good Luck, TomC

I'm so stuck up I won't talk to myself.

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