CONVERSION SPARE PARTS TO CARRY AT ALL TIMES
It was brought to my attention just a few days ago by a busnut friend that attended the “Bussin 2007” Rally at Arcadia that he had problems after leaving arcadia on his way home with his Eagle. He reached out and asked for assistance to help him from others still at Arcadia and they came, trouble shot his bus and got him running again with no more problems. What it turned out to be was dirty (Fuel Filters)!! I do not know the entire story; I hope our bus nut friend will fill in the holes here on his situation so we all may have this information as well for our future travels to all be successful trips.
Spring time is coming fast, thank God, and many of us getting antsy about wanting to get our rigs ready to roll, there is no better time to sit back and get a list ready for our travels. This post will be on Spare parts only, others will follow so that we can have as much information available before we travel as we can, so please put on our caps and submit all that you can think of to add to this list I am starting from my in-experience so I too will be better prepared.
I have no idea why I am doing this but here I go again. I was hoping that you experienced conversion travelers can help me here again put together a list of spare parts you believe all bus converters should have on hand and the quantity of such. Perhaps a few words as why and then I can condense this all into one document and have it put in to our “Help” section with others we have recently submitted for newbies and anyone wishing to traveling with a little more ease as they will be better prepared with just a few important spare parts they will perhaps need on the road, this information we are submitting now in this thread should be considered as a guide for all to consider having on board at all times.
I will start this list with what I can think of but I am not versed enough as a converter with a lot of longevity in traveling with our rig so now I depend upon you to help me out gathering all this information. All suggestions are appreciated from your experiences. Try to assume we are all doing a cross country trip in August from NY to CA.
BUS CONVERSION SPARE PARTS LIST
(1) Fuels filters quantity of two and always change them both when you suspect the filters are showing signs of clogging.
(2) DD Oil filter, in case your original mounted to the engine should leak from gasket failure on the road.
(3) New “V” belts for your generator & a fuel filter and Oil filter for generator as well as enough oil for a generator oil change if ever needed.
(4) New “V” belts for replacement of your radiator cooling fan if you have one, and any place a “V” belt is used on your bus engine. One of every kind of V belt used on our conversion should be carried at all times while we think of it.
(5) Engine air compressor and new gaskets for remountng, if this is affordable to consider, there is nothing worse than not having a compressor on the road go bad on a Saturday afternoon and all the shops are closed. I am not sure of the cost of this, but well worth thinking of having aboard and ready to change out if needed in an emergency in these old girls. My personal plan is to install a 110 volt air compressor that can be fed from my generator or shore power use in the front spare tire compartment and run my air line to the back to the dryer and tap in here with a shut off valve and check valve inline to prevent feed back into the engine compressor if the compressor should fail. This is only a back up and a quicker way to get my air system fully charged without using the DD to run to charge up the system. This is only a suggestion on my part, this is part of my plan only. This can be sued as an emergency on the road should your air DD engine air compressor fail on your trip for some reason. With a secondary air supply you are good to go and continue your trip without interruption. With your spare Air line and fittings you may be able to re-route the leak in your air line until a permanent repair can be made at your final destination.
(6) About 15’ length of new rubber air hose or plastic tubing, what ever it is that you used on your air system and perhaps a variety of a few new air fittings if needed to by- pass a section in the airline for an emergency because of a hole etc. in air line or a hole in the air tank etc
(7) Spare bulbs for your tail & marker lights and at least one new head light for an emergency in case you hit a DEER in your travels or something similar.
Various automotive fuses for your electrical system for 12 volt and 110 volt system for spares if they are the disposable kind that you have. Bring one spare circuit breaker for each size you use in your 110 volt power control panel and also a spare in line fuse for your battery systems.
(9) A 50 ft. X #12 ga. stranded roll of white and brown wire or black wire for an emergency repair of your electrical system. You should also have a few spare crimping fittings for emergency electrical connections if needed and a good crimping plier. Perhaps consider having two rolls also of the #14 X 50ft. wire if you do not like working with the #12 wire but be sure you use the same or bigger gage size new wire to replace or repair a faulty one if needed.
(10) A 5 gallon Jerry can of diesel fuel just in case that fuel gage does not work. A suggestion is to always jot down on paper what our mileage was when you filled up last and knowing your fuel mileage try to never let your tanks get lower than ½ empty before refueling using your written down mileage as a travel distance gage for your fuel use. Secure this extra fuel I a safe area from batteries and electrical components but be sure the can is sealed and securely mounted in it’s own storage area. Use an anti-gel additive to your fuel on fuel fill ups. NOTE: When I removed my fuel tanks on my Eagle, the bottom of both of my fuel tanks had abut ¾” of sludge on the bottom built up over the years, the fuel was funky smelling like oil Fuel / coolant mix or something, certainly not like good diesel fuel. When I say sludge, I mean sludge over 30 years old I am sure.
(11) A 5 gallon can of radiator coolant mix or 5 1 gallon containers with this coolant for diesel engines if needed should your level of engine or radiator coolant go down from evaporation, leaks etc.
(12) A spare tire, this is a controversy with many, some want the spare tire room for other things and choose not carry a spare and depend upon road service to bring them a new tire and change it out, some of us want the security of having one on board at all times and be independent upon of the outrageous prices for a new tire while on the road. Also if you are in a desolate area without any phone service, in the desert etc. and no spare!! Not me, but again what do I know, I haven’t even become a bus driver yet but I am just getting prepared for when I do.
(13) At lease 3-5 gallons of spare DD oil in case we use more than we think, be sure to use the grade recommended by DD for your engine, most will be straight 40 wt. oil but check your manuals and be sure you have a new change of oil in your bus and a new oil filter before starting out your new year of traveling.
This is only a beginning of what I am sure will be a very thorough Spare Parts list we can put together for us all to think about and gather now before we forget and start loading up for a trip and be under-prepared for an emergency. Any suggestions you may have will surely be appreciated and will be added to this list and perhaps be submitted into the help section with the moderators approval.
Thanks ahead of time,