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 51 
 on: February 11, 2016, 01:58:39 PM 
Started by viking1 - Last post by krank
I have one ... soprano!

 52 
 on: February 11, 2016, 01:31:37 PM 
Started by dgorila1 - Last post by krank
I had a few visits from the engineers from MCI when they were bringing in the tag axle coach. At the time they were playing with self steer tag axles. Cornering stability and toe out on turn induced tire wear was priority I was told. I was to go down to the plant in Pembina ND but was denied entry in the US. They claimed I would or would have received some financial benefit from the trip. Never did try to go back just "for a visit".

 53 
 on: February 11, 2016, 01:20:19 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by solardude
Well, I can guess as to why some battery manufactures will waver on the "equalizing" of batteries.

Most all modern batteries AGM, Gel, Lithium are at an "stressed" condition when fully charged. However to get full rated Ah out of any battery, it will need to be "fully" charged. Fully charged is to say that each cell is at max voltage as designed. With that said most all high-end battery chargers made to charge modern batteries will equalize batteries depending on SOC when charging begins, then once specific conditions are met the charger will discharge to a "storage" voltage. This reduces the stress on each cell. This is important to make batteries last the rated life.

There is no harm in not equalizing a battery, you just will not get the rated Ah's out.

As for having 8kw in inverters as some will suggest, I will inject some science and math, and reference the NEC code.

If I remember correctly, even 4/0 wire would not be large enough wire to sustain much over 4kw for any extended time , especially at 12Vdc, not even at 24Vdc, maybe 36Vdc or 48Vdc. So If you are running more than 4kw, extended, (just guessing here) I would guess your wiring is undersized.

Solardude

 54 
 on: February 11, 2016, 12:24:46 PM 
Started by oltrunt - Last post by wg4t50
I tried the M&G unit, however it would not fit my 04 F150 without massive inner fender cutting.  So I went with the Air Force 1 unit, smooth, have over 50,000 miles with it without any issues.
Dave M

 55 
 on: February 11, 2016, 12:20:14 PM 
Started by oltrunt - Last post by Lin
We have been using a Brake Buddy.  It was cheap on Craigslist.  The downside is, of course, the small nuisances of installing, removing, and storage.  On the bright side, it can work with any vehicle.  I am really not terribly concerned with how well it works since I think the bus has ample braking for itself and the toad.  I have it to make sure I am legal.

 56 
 on: February 11, 2016, 12:16:38 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by luvrbus
LOL I don't know if its right or wrong either Boomer I see they say if not properly charged it voids the warranty so I will follow his instructions.I am not sure about 15.5V for 8 hrs that has to be for a dead battery you would think

 57 
 on: February 11, 2016, 12:04:11 PM 
Started by dgorila1 - Last post by Boomer
The 40' two axle coaches, ie MCI A2 and Eagle Suburban were not good sellers because they were often overloaded.  A bus conversion would be even more weight than a seated coach.  Best to stick with the tag.

 58 
 on: February 11, 2016, 12:00:28 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by Boomer
Right or wrong, I have never equalized my AGM 8D's in the ten years that I have been running them.  Only once in the ten years have they ever been below 50% and that is when some dumb *?@# unplugged the bus at Paradise Coach and they got down to 38% before I came back Monday and noticed it.

 59 
 on: February 11, 2016, 11:53:29 AM 
Started by dgorila1 - Last post by bigred
I have seen a few Eagles with the bogey's removed .They were all the ones with the bogey's in front of the drive axle ,but have never seen a Prevost or an MCI with them removed.

 60 
 on: February 11, 2016, 11:42:29 AM 
Started by dgorila1 - Last post by Stormcloud
I would definitely keep the tag.

I inadvertently did not refill the tag bags with air on one trip, and the coach steered like crap. When I checked the bags ( and aired them both up ), much improved.

Don't try to re-invent the wheel. The tag is there for a number of good reasons.


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