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 on: February 17, 2018, 07:10:38 PM 
Started by sledhead - Last post by Geoff
I looked at the specs on the HF inverter generators.  The 3500 watt one weighs 100 lbs, the 2k 57lbs. and will only run 5.5 hours on a tank @ 50% load.  I would be running a 40 amp 3 stage charger.

I think I'll just program the Trace inverter/charger I have to auto-start the diesel genset at low DC voltage.  Easier than messing with an inverter charger.

 42 
 on: February 17, 2018, 06:57:53 PM 
Started by sledhead - Last post by richard5933
Can you use a auto start on those tiny generators it would be a PITA to get out of bed to start 1 every 3 hours to charge the batteries,of course if you left it running all night that would not be a problem
I've seen a few videos online where people have converted the little gennies to remote start. Involves adding a choke pull-off, but seems to work okay. Worth looking into if you need it.

How large of a charger are you planning to use on the generator?

 43 
 on: February 17, 2018, 06:37:11 PM 
Started by sledhead - Last post by luvrbus
Can you use a auto start on those tiny generators it would be a PITA to get out of bed to start 1 every 3 hours to charge the batteries,of course if you left it running all night that would not be a problem

 44 
 on: February 17, 2018, 06:31:45 PM 
Started by sledhead - Last post by belfert
The Webasto DBW 2010 repair manuals says 60 watts for the unit and either 25 or 30 watts depending on the model of pump.  You should easily be able to use a 2,000 watt generator.

 45 
 on: February 17, 2018, 06:27:19 PM 
Started by Dlsnow - Last post by luvrbus
If you are exaggerating about RTS buses, they still make them.  NYC is the biggest customer.  Look at this:
http://www.millenniumtransit.com


Geoff the plant in New Mexico has been closed for several years now,that NJT contract was cancelled for non delivery,  Millennium is gone as far I know.I purchased some items at their sale at the site in the Roswell air park.Maybe they will try again with the economy better now     

 46 
 on: February 17, 2018, 06:02:37 PM 
Started by Gary Hatt - Publisher BCM - Last post by bronson
I teach diesel mechanics at a vocational school. We have 2 trucks with budds  and every year I get a few with the left handed nuts. I do cover it in class but until they see it and do it generally they don't pay attention. There are 22-25 in each class. One student couldn't get wheels off and came to me for help. They were the left hand nuts, I pick up the 1 inch impact he is using and flip the direction switch without him seeing. I take a lug nut off and hand gun back to him flipping switch back each time. Each time he can't do it and hands it to me and I can. He's getting more mad and frustrated as we go. At one point a guidance counselor walks by and I say even Mr. Anderson can probably do it. I hand him the impact flipping the switch and he gets one loose . This kid is pissed now and I finally had to let him know what he was going on. I may have pushed him a little to far but I guarantee he'll never forget. We torque everything possible and I do my best to make them follow proper procedures but with 20+ students per class I can't be everywhere. Nuts do end up backwards valve stems not accessible and I'll tell them something's not right and make them allsit and figure it out. Another time a student was torquing u bolts and couldn't get the 3/4 wrench to click. I told him to man up and he'd get it. Finally I walked over to check t.and he has torque wrench assembled wrong and it will never click.

 47 
 on: February 17, 2018, 05:49:29 PM 
Started by sledhead - Last post by Geoff
Does anyone know off the top of their head how many watts it takes to run a Webasto DBW 2010 with it's water pump?  That is the only reason I might want a small gasoline inverter generator instead of running my 8kW diesel genset.  The Webasto will run my four golf cart batteries down in 4-5 hours when I'm trying to sleep!  So will I need a 2,000 watt or a 3500 watt generator?

 48 
 on: February 17, 2018, 04:58:08 PM 
Started by Dlsnow - Last post by chessie4905
I have no idea how many they dismantled. They also did new looks, and other brands of city busses. They had huge piles of fiberglass, rubber, wood, aluminum, glass etc. They ran the bodies through a huge grinder after removing drivelines. They sold takeoff parts for several years.

 49 
 on: February 17, 2018, 04:30:24 PM 
Started by Dlsnow - Last post by Geoff
I think Nimco dismantled about 19,000 of them in New Jersey. I observed their process a few years back. Interesting how the body was ground up and separated into different material piles.


If you are exaggerating about RTS buses, they still make them.  NYC is the biggest customer.  Look at this:
http://www.millenniumtransit.com

 50 
 on: February 17, 2018, 04:22:36 PM 
Started by dj - Last post by dtcerrato
We not only maintained our original OTR heating and ducting, we installed a dual heat Excalibur LPG furnace on that same ducting system. It has two settings & automatic. When the thermostat senses more than 4 degrees lower room temp it goes to hi mode at 38,000 BTU otherwise it's on low @ 25,000 BTU and the fan speed follows it. Using the original ducting takes awhile longer to get the bus warmed throughout with even all around heating including some defroster blow on the side windows but after cycling off, it takes a lot longer for the temps to drop as the heat is deep under the house conversion. We love it and exceeded our expectations.Post war engineering was the best ever. IMHO.

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