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« on: June 17, 2012, 02:35:31 PM »

Some hillbilly rewired the bus panel trying to work the flasher lights as something else? Well apparently one of the relays was always on and since our ownership I've kept engine batteries connected the entire panel and drivers area has burned up INcluding my new seat and air mount Sad all the wiring and dash components are gone we are just happy are dogs where with us at the time.. I have 1/2 a steering wheel it was at least contained to the front corner as the remaining area is metal till the front bench seat we built. 99% of our stuff is good just smelly. Local scrap yard says going by the empty weight should be around 2200 for it -tires .  Will be listing conversion parts in the forum later today. Found a travco motorhome we are going to buy in a pinch unless someone has a better idea?



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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012, 03:15:29 PM »

Eric, so so sorry to hear this. You have contagious enthusiasm...keep it alive. Please get another bus...we need positive peeps like you around this club...and young ones too :-) You can't get a hold of an MCI chassis or another skoolie chassis?
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012, 03:28:16 PM »

I try to be positive our 1st bus mice ate the main harness so that was ruff but repairable...this just sucks we are sleeping in at as we've already parted with our apt. Our house lights and such operate yet although I've isolated it to the rear that is our bedroom area. we've got a little time But I intend on leaving for BK rally and NOT returning to Ohio till springing would just not spend the winter in a damaged immobile bus not to mention the main water feed for aux heat was at the bottom box so all those lines busted and the bus smells of coolant and electrical burn/charred seat.



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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012, 03:31:40 PM »

Super stink...this is a major bummer....hunting on craigslist for you guys...even a shell right now would be a great start versus your current situation...
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012, 04:06:28 PM »

Ekhedge, so sorry, tough luck, none of my business, but did you see the $1000 wanderlodge in portland, or. On the board? Lvmci...
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012, 04:06:45 PM »

Keep em coming lol gotta do something!motherwise back to the s&S we go, yuck I got coachman on my hands...


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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 07:00:15 PM »

another one eric...

http://annarbor.craigslist.org/rvs/3080598414.html
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2012, 07:03:24 PM »

not helpful...but bizzare... Undecided

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/cto/3043471568.html
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2012, 08:47:07 AM »

Wasn't somebody trying to sell a shell on here in the last week or so?
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2012, 09:46:17 AM »

Eric,

So sorry to here of your loss. I know that can be a big set back.

Not getting nosy but trying to help out:

1. What kind of money are you lookin to spend on a new unit?
2. What brand?
3. How far are you willing to drive to look at a new unit?
4. What area of the country are you in?

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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2012, 10:09:13 AM »

Found this bus for $4500.00. Looks to be an older conversion.

http://albanyga.craigslist.org/rvs/3080897984.html
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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2012, 10:36:37 AM »

Eric,

Keep busing.  Unfortunatley too late, but there was a very nice 1999 Orion V at the e-place about a week ago.  Owner was ASKING about $8,000 but was smart enough to post a video of it heading down Intestate 95 at about 70 mph.  So, they are out there!

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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2012, 09:30:32 AM »

Tough break.  But it sounds like you are looking forward already.  If that Eagle is not rusty, that might really be a great deal.
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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2012, 12:13:39 PM »

Ditto that ^    Check out that eagle!!!


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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2012, 10:31:54 PM »

*update*

The wife found a amtram genesis the successor to our bus at a local yard.. She bought the whole drivers area seat and electrical panel with 6ft of the main harness for $200.... Hi ho hi ho it's back to work I go .. ..... So how do I get rid of the burn smell?


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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2012, 01:20:46 AM »

i think it depends upon the type of materials that were burned.
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« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2012, 07:33:27 AM »

Depends on the type of materials the smoke is absorbed into. Discard anything that is less effort to replace than to clean, or is beyond saving. Launder what can be laundered...especially things like curtains, furniture throws, bedspreads, throw rugs, etc. Clean every surface that can be cleaned, including windows, ceilings, inside cabinets, even if they look clean to the eye. Your choice of cleaners or ammonia on tough materials, vinegar where you need something mild. Shampoo carpets and fabric furniture if possible, or sprinkle baking soda over them and vacuum it up the next day and repeat as required. Setting out small bowls of vinegar near problem items/areas will also help pull odors out of things.
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2012, 08:07:06 AM »

There are companies that specialize in smoke odor removal, but that might be beyond your budget.  I believe some rental places rent ozone generators to remove odors.

I had a welding fire that burned up my air ride seat and seat belt about four years ago.  Luckily I had no smoke odor issues and we barely got the fire out before it burned up the whole bus.  It still cost me $750 to replace all the burned up items.
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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2012, 08:16:26 AM »

I had a house fire a few years ago. They brought in some ozone generators to combat the smoke smell while we stayed in a hotel. Helped a lot. The key was removing the burned material ASAP to prevent it from stinking up the place further. Spraying a clear lacquer on the burned material might help hold down the smell until you can replace it.

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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2012, 08:35:20 AM »

*update*

The wife found a amtram genesis the successor to our bus at a local yard.. She bought the whole drivers area seat and electrical panel with 6ft of the main harness for $200.... Hi ho hi ho it's back to work I go .. ..... So how do I get rid of the burn smell?


Have fun !

Eric

So you are ready to saver her?  Hey, that's great news!  Keep your windows open as much as you can stand to keep fresh air circulating.
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« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2012, 08:42:10 AM »

ditto that ^  Definitely look at an Ozonator. Shock the bus with it closed up for 5 hours. Don't go in there until after you unplug it and it has set for an hour (use an extension cord to the outside of the bus) or rent one that has a timer. Open bus up after the unit has shut off and let it vent for an hour before going back in. Amazing stuff...police use them to clean up crime scenes, hotels use them when someone smokes in a room that was non-smoking...amazing little machines...just don't be in there when it's running and get one that can truly "SHOCK" the bus..not one of those dinky alpine units that are supposed to run while you are in the room...they don't produce enough ozone the shock...and honestly, they are dangerous to use while in the same room...
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« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2012, 09:15:56 AM »

No personal experience but I understand that you can rent an ozone generator that will eliminate smoke odors.
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« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2012, 10:50:58 AM »

Well I'm working on it today and YUCK! I'll look into the ozone deal, thanks guys!


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« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2012, 12:00:36 PM »

You're already on the ozone thing so I'll just echo the chorus there.  We had a trailer burn several years ago.  Unfortunately we got the fire out about 5 minutes before it would have been a write off so we eventually got it back.  And I've been through a couple of building fires.  All the "pros" (and I use that word loosely) do is seal over the burned areas, treat the enclosure with ozone, repaint or refinish and give it back to you.  Depending on their care and attention you may smell more or less smoke for years to come.  And for sure if you open up a sealed off space you will smell smoke years after the event.  The only watch out I can think of is that you'll very quickly get used to the smell so you will need to have some honest friends who can tell you if it is really gone or not.
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« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2012, 02:22:34 PM »

Well it's isolated to the front area as the only room done is our bedroom the rest is just steel tent lol we had put vinyl on the dash and it kinda "cooked so when I turned on the vent the smell was terrible... I'm going to pull all the heater cores out of the dash (3!) and spray em with a/c no smell...


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« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2012, 05:53:28 PM »

Eric,

I love your can do attitude with this bus.  Amazing with all the challenges that you still keep at it.

Praying for you that all goes well.   Keep us updated.   Would love to see her someday.

-Sean
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« Reply #26 on: June 21, 2012, 08:31:44 AM »

I'm with Sean on this one ^  Love your attitude...SO SO wish we were there...we'd help!! We'll be in Ohio starting August 25th...so maybe we can get together sometime late summer into fall....
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