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 on: July 04, 2015, 04:32:27 AM 
Started by RickB - Last post by Jon
Except for being able to hold speed going up a hill better, the problem isn't more power. It is the morons who really are out to get you.

My wife long held the opinion the problem with other drivers was because of the bus. So I started pointing out that they drive exactly the same around us even when we are in our cars. If the bus had 1000 horsepower it wouldn't do any good once we got behind a slower truck, and it sure as hell isn't going to get me down the hill on the other side of the mountain any faster.

If other drivers get you upset as much as they apparently do the best recommendation I could make is to sell the bus. Take public transportation and try not to look out the windshield because no matter what vehicle you are in they drive the same way.

 on: July 03, 2015, 10:17:09 PM 
Started by HighTechRedneck - Last post by pvcces
Cat and Dallas, you have my prayers. These things can be awful rough

Tom Caffrey

 on: July 03, 2015, 08:15:45 PM 
Started by HighTechRedneck - Last post by Sealark
Our prayers are with both Dallas and Cat.

 on: July 03, 2015, 08:12:06 PM 
Started by eagle19952 - Last post by Gordie Allen
Google Maps (GM) and Earth (GE) will show you elevation graph for your entire route. I discovered that you can plan a route in GM, alter route any way you want by dragging a dot on route to where you want to go and then save as a GE file. Then open GE and open the file. In GE, place you cursor on your route and right click. Click on "show elevation profile". At the top of the profile you'll see the maximum uphill grad and max. downhill grade. If you move the cursor along the graph it displays the altitude and grade for any point on your route. You can zoom in on any part of your route, drag the cursor along the profile graph and a red arrow will appear on your route displaying the grade and altitude. I was able to find a route to get to Gardiner, MT (Yellowstone) without taking a long,steep climb, staying under 3% grade the whole way. GE gives you more detail, but your site is easier to use. Thanks!

 on: July 03, 2015, 08:04:17 PM 
Started by Darkspeed - Last post by Darkspeed
Nice looking bus!


 on: July 03, 2015, 07:48:36 PM 
Started by RickB - Last post by belfert
This is why I stay on the interstates crossing the Rockies.  At least interstates have a second lane for the faster vehicles.  I might have more power than Rick, but I still can't keep up with the cars.  It isn't that unusual to drop to 40 MPH on some of the grades while the cars are still whipping by at 20 MPH or more faster.

 on: July 03, 2015, 07:47:02 PM 
Started by Darkspeed - Last post by Darkspeed
Todd, Will this have 2 steps in the floor when done?  Nice work you are doing.  Tom

Thank you Tom!
Yes two steps and there is now a dropped isle between the driver and passenger that is level with the rest of the 8" dropped floor.
There is now a step up at the rear of the bus where the suspension boxes begin but the step up is the edge of where the bed box begins so you really wont notice it when it is done.
I laid down some test sheets of plywood and it is amazing how much bigger it feels with the added headroom.
Now you are looking directly out the windows rather than looking down to look out,  feels more like home.
The subframe goes all the way foreword and out of the front of the bus and terminates in a mounting plate for a hydraulic winch.
The subframe also gives me a tie point for some additional driver / passenger protection that will be concealed in the dash - I want it to be able to take a hit and have everyone walk away.
I dont think an OEM 4106 driver side impact would be very survivable, when i took the dash out the only reinforcement was the addition of a 1/4" aluminum panel and the only real resistance to a drivers side crumple would be the plywood floor.. scary to think about..

 on: July 03, 2015, 06:54:57 PM 
Started by Darkspeed - Last post by Tom Y
Todd, Will this have 2 steps in the floor when done?  Nice work you are doing.  Tom

 on: July 03, 2015, 06:47:08 PM 
Started by pennuja - Last post by pennuja
We moved again yesterday, now we are setup at South Park BMX track in Pittsburgh,PA. We are here for the Stars and Stripes Nationals, our 9 year old daughter is racing this weekend.

I already miss the nice state park, we are sitting on top of a hill in a muddy field, the only good part is that it was only $45 for four days of camping here. I was very worried about pulling in here but it was all uphill so getting out should not be too horrible... I hope. I ran out to Lowes to get some 2x8's to put under the wheels so I should not be stuck in any holes when I go to leave. It is really raining tonight and supposed to rain some more tomorrow, hopefully it will dry out Sunday.

 on: July 03, 2015, 06:44:11 PM 
Started by B_K - Last post by CrabbyMilton
That's right. They don't build skoolies in factories, they plant the seeds and the grow them. The factory only adds the powertrain and electrical components.

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