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« on: June 12, 2013, 07:35:38 AM »

Dear Friends:

We aren't on the road yet, but soon!

I would like to learn from you experienced busnuts what would you consider to be the minimum in PARTS you take on the road with you for bus maintenance and repair? I started a separate thread for minimum TOOLS you carry on the road.

In our case here in Mexico, we can very easily find ourselves literally 150 miles from the nearest parts place.

I am considering for starters oil, air, fuel filters, belts and hoses.

I hope to become brilliant from this thread! :-)

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2013, 08:01:52 AM »


 Hi;
    In addition to what you mentioned, I carry one
    fuel injector and one governor for the air
    compressor.  I also carry a jack and tools to
    change a tire.  (in the middle of now where.

                             Good luck,   Merle.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2013, 08:32:10 AM »

I have an 18 gallon Rubbermaid tub of spares.  I have fuel filters, oil, tranny fluid, antifreeze, a few pieces of hose, hose clamps, spare headlight bulbs, belts, and probably a few other things.  I had Dexron for the power steering, but the bottle sprang a leak.  
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2013, 09:08:23 AM »

Two of the items that bring me the most peace of mind are a credit card and my PC with access to this website.  LOL.
     No, seriously, this board has been a lifesaver to so many stranded and broken down Bus Nuts that I wouldn't leave home without access.
Your usual assortment of filters and spares is a must, too. Along with a spare tire and a run-up block.
Mike in GA
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2013, 09:08:28 AM »

All the stuff mentioned so far. Enough air fittings and air line to fix a major leak. Brake diaphrams.  Some extra relays, switches, breakers, and fuses.  At least one magnetic switch.  Fluids for every system.  A roll of #10 wire, a box kit of electric connectors, a roll of good electrical tape, zip ties in all sizes, plumbers tape, a selection of bolts and nuts, soap bottle, knock loose, WD40, and grease.

A house system water pump, fittings to fix water leaks, and two 5 gallon gas cans.  

We spend a lot of time in the middle of nowhere also.

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2013, 09:43:25 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 10:26:00 AM »

I forgot I also carry wires, a full set of terminals and butt connecters, fuses, a spare house water pump, and some parts for the house electrical system.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2013, 10:45:05 AM »

Clifford's phone number on speed dial!

 Grin

Seriously.......We carry extra belts, even worn out ones that are not broken in half. Spare filters, lots of rags, overalls, something smooth to crawl on when "Down Under", extra oils, fuel can of diesel, various nuts and bots, assortment of wire and connectors....The list is never complete, always adding to it. Just devote a place to put it all. We have 1 1/2 bays of tools and parts, but we also live in ours full time.  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2013, 11:08:10 AM »

Aside from the usual old belt, light bulbs, spare air regulator the only part I carry is a starter motor.  Why - because the bus came with a spare starter motor and I just left it in the bay and never thought about it.  Then, when my starter motor failed I had one!  Kismet.  24V starter motors are not in every truck stop shop.

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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 11:31:50 AM »

The ones that get towed to my place parts and tools are not much good to the owner lol,I never found a need for lots of tools and parts preventive maintenance is all one needs you never see a charter bus with $10,000 worth of parts and tools running down the road   

I still laugh when you see a Prevost or other bus owners with the $20,000 worth of Snap/On boxes and tools in a shop having a 5 dollar relay changed to me it is funny

 I can't help but laugh when a owner shows me all his bright and shinny Snap/On box and tools taking up 1 side of a bay and has no idea how to use any of the tools except a screw driver and a pair of pliers but he will display his tools

 My friend Doyle has a nice set of Snap/On still banded together but he is getting a lesson on what they are for now and doing a good job at it as I watch  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2013, 12:12:49 PM »

We are still converting and putting together our repair supplies.

Coachnet is a must since neither one of us wants to change a tire on this beastie. I don't think I have the strenght to change one of these huge tires and it would probably give David another heart attack.  So what we would carry would be along the lines of light bulbs, filters, belts and fluids. Basic maintenance stuff. Basic maintenance would pull from our stock and be replaced as used. Allows us the luxury to replace without paying higher "interstate" or "middle of nowhere" prices.

Plumbing: PEX straight connections, rings, short lengths of PEX, crimping tool (we have it, might as well keep it),  PVC glue, couplers, short length of PVC pipe for repairs, hose clamps of varying sizes, EU6000 (use to seal holes in stinky sewer hose until we buy a replacement), extra sewer hose, extra section of waterhose and repair fittings (we cut a long water hose into shorter sections, winterized the common length and can add another hose to extend for the rare times we need longer hose), 12vdc water pump

Electrical: electrical tape, crimp on electrical fittings, electrical wiring, duplex recepticles, wirenuts, 12vdc fuses, panel box breakers, extra light bulbs for interior lights.

LP Gas: gas fittings, gas pipe tape, flexible hoses

Misc: spray can of Rustoleum LeakSeal (it works for us), a good sticky duct tape, metal duct tape, Henry's 212 Clear Elastometric caulk (can be used on a wet roof), basic metric/SAE socket & wrenches (Jeep uses some metric), hammer, cordless circular saw, cordless screw driver/drill, flashlight, routerand other miscellaneous woodworking/carpentry tools left over from conversion and previous profession.

We have very little "RV" stuff in our conversion. Our parts came from big box hardware/lumber stores. Even our water filter housing accepts several different brands and levels of filtration. We can buy a filter from ACE, Home Depot, Lowes or Walmart, and have. Our plan was to be able to repair most anything in our "house" pretty much anyplace we travel. The extras we carry are to replace/repair on the holiday weekend or late at night when things tend to break.

Just to clarify...
We live in our Residential Vehicle 24/7/365-366. Because we treat our bus as a house on wheels, I have been informed several times on RV forums that we are not "real fulltime RVers". So our RV is a Residential Vehicle and we live everyday in our RV.
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2013, 12:54:56 PM »

air hose that connects to tank under driver that will reach to all wheels, tire chuck and an ACCURATE tire pressure gage.I think an ir gun would be useful now that they are so cheap.
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2013, 01:25:47 PM »

Small tool box 8" x 8" x 12" with filter wrench ,hammer ,vise grips and small tools.
 1 gal. of trans oil , 50/50 mix anti freeze ,2 fuel filters prim, sec.   2 gal of 40 w oil .

Other then that visa ,road service, cel phone , lap top ,cel internet stick .

oh ya my truck                                   dave
             
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2013, 01:47:36 PM »



Clifford   Tell Doyle that i took sam back down to Genes rally at Wade . He looked and looked for Coffee but had no luck. He is heart broken.
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2013, 06:43:29 PM »

Clifford - When are you ever gonna finish w/ Doyle's Bus - Ain't seen hide nor hair of him since he went out west many a year ago - tell him 'n coffee we said hi - FWIW
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2013, 06:59:30 PM »

You never finish with Doyle lol have faith Niles him and Coffee are headed East soon as we get his engine overhauled he just got back from Mexico of all places

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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2013, 06:49:58 AM »

Don't let him near the wire cutters Clifford.
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2013, 07:43:01 AM »

I made that mistake once Bob lol
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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2013, 08:02:25 AM »


I can't help but laugh when a owner shows me all his bright and shinny Snap/On box and tools taking up 1 side of a bay and has no idea how to use any of the tools except a screw driver and a pair of pliers but he will display his tools




Say ..... I kinda resemble that remark!



Just the necessities.  Little of this and a little of that.  Gives you something to do until the wrecker shows up.

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« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2013, 08:21:16 AM »

Clifford, what coach are you overhauling the engine in for Doyle.
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« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2013, 08:29:03 AM »

 Don,, its another one of those rusty old birdies.>>>Dan
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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2013, 08:45:16 AM »

His 05 with a 8v71 the thing was in a mess for engine with 50,000 miles since a rebuild it wasn't Doyle's fault just bad workmanship on the previous engine builders part

like the grinding of the rocker arms the injector rockers would just barley catch the edge then would wear the plungers out on the injectors not even close to the center

It looked like someone thought you could adjust the valve clearance with the bridges all the valve guides and valves had to be replaced and I have no idea what they used to install the injector tubes with it was nasty what ever they used  

 Esco was the only piston liner kits I could buy with 1,2,03 sizes all the rest are std or 10 over and I needed 7 number 1's and 1 number 2 got all the parts going to start back with Monday

 BTW I sent you some mail that came here Don  
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2013, 06:14:10 PM »

I haven't used mine as an rv enough yet to comment on house stuff yet. For the bus side, I carry fluids, a 5 gal jug of water, a basic set of wrenches & sockets up to 1 1/2", a spool of 10ga wire, a 10 dollar set of electrical connectors, a 20 ton jack and a stack of 4×4's. I have AAA rv for tires. I carry one piece of radiator hose in each size and an assortment of hose clamps. I don't carry belts or hoses otherwise,  if they sre suspect I just change them. I think a spare governor for the air compressor and some dot hose and a few spare fittings would be a good idea.

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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2013, 06:17:34 PM »

Oh, and a multimeter and an electrical schematic and the shop manual for my engine, and I just picked up the special tool for rinning the overhead. Also I looked back and realized I mixed my parts and tools together,  for that I'm sorry.

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« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2013, 05:43:21 AM »

Cliffords #,worked good since june 15 2010, 21,228 miles....looks like tomarrows are anniversy.... Lol
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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2013, 06:20:01 AM »

Warranty period is over now Matt lol one shut down air cylinder in 3 years not bad
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2013, 06:31:18 AM »

Clifford, maybe you should give me extended warrenty for are annaversry...lol
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2013, 10:26:56 AM »

I have a good spare radiator<it takes up a lot of room<but It would save me a lot of money if I needed it!
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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2013, 11:17:21 AM »

Johnjem wins the grand prize carrying a radiator no way can anyone top that  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2013, 12:04:50 PM »


I'll top that...I'll just tow my other 4905 behind for spare parts. Kiss
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« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2013, 02:18:08 PM »

I have a good spare radiator<it takes up a lot of room<but It would save me a lot of money if I needed it!
we paid right at $900 to have our radiator on our skoolie pulled and all the rocks, gravel, sand & a couple pounds of soldier removed, cleaned, crack repaired, reinstalled and fluids plus radiator cap replaced. This was near Longview Tx... East Texas Radiator. Only real repair, other than a single flat tire on the towed jeep. Not bad for a 1700+ mile trip in temps over 100F.
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« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2013, 03:30:09 AM »

we paid right at $900 to have our radiator on our skoolie pulled and all the rocks, gravel, sand & a couple pounds of soldier removed, cleaned, crack repaired, reinstalled and fluids plus radiator cap replaced.
Among the preventive maintenance things we did on ours was put in a brand new radiator core. The old one was quite rotten, after 31 years of heavy use. Total cost parts and labor: Less than $750 U. S. labor here is a lot lower than in the U. S.
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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2013, 09:30:58 AM »

I carry a full set of tools including 3 air assisted hydraulic jacks, 1" drive air wrench 1400 lbs torque. One 5 gallon bucket of 40 w diesel motor oil, 12 and 14 gauge wire, crimpers and terminals etc.. air governor. Full set of bus manuals and I'm trying to find an left handed air compressor as a spare. Also carry an assortment of brass fittings and valves. Full set of filters minus the air filter. Nylon air DOT hose, 3/8, 1/2, 1/4".....
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« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2013, 09:42:26 AM »

Among the preventive maintenance things we did on ours was put in a brand new radiator core. The old one was quite rotten, after 31 years of heavy use. Total cost parts and labor: Less than $750 U. S. labor here is a lot lower than in the U. S.

You got by cheap.  I installed a new radiator core in my bus and just the core alone with labor to move the old tanks to the new core was almost $1800 in 2007.  I did all the labor to remove and install my radiator myself with a friend.

It was worth it to install a new radiator as my bus was overheating on almost every grade.  Now my bus runs at the same temp all day long.  My radiator may be bigger than yours thus making it more expensive, but I still think you got a heck of a deal.
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Clifford   Tell Doyle that i took sam back down to Genes rally at Wade . He looked and looked for Coffee but had no luck. He is heart broken.
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I haven't told Coffee there are other rallies, or she would just get in the car and drive herself.



Clifford - When are you ever gonna finish w/ Doyle's Bus - Ain't seen hide nor hair of him since he went out west many a year ago - tell him 'n coffee we said hi - FWIW


She's trying to oversee all the work and hurry it up as best she can.




Don't let him near the wire cutters Clifford.


Bob, we got down to Mexico and she loved the view.  Hadda murder at the marina in San Carlos the week we were there.  I tried to get jumbo shrimp to bring back to Clifford's.... but no one could cook 'em like you did!

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« Reply #35 on: July 02, 2013, 03:04:55 PM »

Spare parts we carry in out 47 Clipper:  water pump, fuel pump, fan blade, starter, distributor, ignition parts, full gasket set, axle shaft, alternator, belts, hoses, push rods, filters, fluids. went over 4000 miles last July. only thing I needed was the starter. it crapped out on the 2nd to the last day.
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« Reply #36 on: July 07, 2013, 07:33:01 AM »

Well its not a part for the bus but i do carry a couple of different hand saws. Have used them twice now, (July 20th 2012 and again last nite), to cut up trees that have fallen on the bus and the jeep......No damage either time luckily.
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