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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2007, 02:20:58 PM »

Roilyn, I am so sorry to hear about Chief.   That really hurts, especially to have it happen while on the road.  I hope you are able to get back on the road soon and continue your trip.  I was going to call you and extend my sympathy over the phone but I realized that the number is your husbands cell phone so I figured he is probably pretty tied up for the moment.  If you have a phone you can call me if you are bored and would like to chat.  Eight four three four nine six eight two two five.

Where are you headed after you get up and running again?  It would be nice if you guys could come to TN and stop here at our rally and let some of these busnuts see what they can do to help you feel more comfortable finishing your trip.

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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2007, 02:25:53 PM »

Sorry to hear about Chief.  Just letting you know that all of us are reading of your plight and praying for you.  I'm sure everything will work out ok.
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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2007, 02:40:52 PM »

For what it's worth, I live in Wilkes-Barre, PA (in the northeastern part).  If there is anything I can do, please let me know. 

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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2007, 03:05:24 PM »

I just called Phil. I live about an hour away. (No bus, but I love them anyway!) He sounded okay, except he quoted car rental at $80.00/day. Angry He couldn't take my number at the time, But I'm looking into car rental rates that are lower near Somerset Greensburg/New Stanton PA). Enterprise is usually pretty good. FWIW: They are about 2 hours from Pittsburgh and 3 hours from Washington, DC-Baltimore. They are in an interesting part of PA if anyone is interested: there is some French and Indian War history...Just a thought or a hint for anyone wishing to get out of town and perhaps visit.... Smiley

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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2007, 03:37:49 PM »

I just called Phil. I live about an hour away. (No bus, but I love them anyway!) He sounded okay, except he quoted car rental at $80.00/day. Angry He couldn't take my number at the time, But I'm looking into car rental rates that are lower near Somerset Greensburg/New Stanton PA). Enterprise is usually pretty good. FWIW: They are about 2 hours from Pittsburgh and 3 hours from Washington, DC-Baltimore. They are in an interesting part of PA if anyone is interested: there is some French and Indian War history...Just a thought or a hint for anyone wishing to get out of town and perhaps visit.... Smiley

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Hey Doug, Welcome to the board! I bet you are one of the lurkers who never had a good reason to join before. We are so glad to welcome you and sincerely appreciate the help you are offering one of our members. And keep posting, please!
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2007, 03:55:07 PM »

Hi Doug,

Welcome, from a fellow Brethren MM...

Like Richard said, thanks for the help you offered.

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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2007, 03:55:27 PM »

Sitting here, reading this and wondering what Jackie and I would do if their shoes were on our feet.  Thanks guys, and gals, for keeping their spirits up.  It will all work out in the end...the only solace in a predicament like this is the knowledge that time doesn't stand still...and each moment, although it's full of heartache or
seeming desolation, passes and ahead lies the answers.

Most important, Roilyn, stay safe out there...keep the door closed and don't let anyone in that you don't know. While there are some great people who might offer assistance there are also cretins whose motives aren't the best. 

Most important, stay safe and things will work out for you.  There are a bunch of good BusNuts watching the Board and any who can respond...will.

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« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2007, 04:43:04 PM »

Jimmy & Roilyn,

Sorry to hear of your troubles and sadness.

Hopefully the coach is just in need of a minor fix and you will back on the road soon.

PADoug,

Seems as if theres always somebody nearby when someone has a problem, Thanks for being there for these folks.

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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2007, 04:47:28 PM »

Hi Doug,

Welcome, from a fellow Brethren MM...

Like Richard said, thanks for the help you offered.

Nick Badame
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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2007, 07:01:14 PM »

Very sorry to hear about the loss of your pet and breakdown! 
Was wondering if Good Sam's service would tow your bus to the next truck stop?  Assuming that the truck stop would allow the bus to be dropped off at their location, it would be much more safe than sitting beside the interstate. 
Any word on the cause of the breakdown? 
Did Jimmy check the engine oil after the engine shutdown?  If it had no oil, you probably have a broken external line or fitting, if it's overfull of oil and fuel mixed??  Could be fuel pump seal, injector, jumpers broken or loose.  If your engine is a DDEC controlled engine, it would shut down before low oil pressure caused a problem. 
If it is DDEC, is the engine indicating a code?  Check engine light goes out after 3 seconds? 
This is a situation where a little personal local assistance would be invaluable.
Sorry I cannot do much to help, but, if you have an MC9, 96A3, or 102, with a 6V92, I'm available anytime to discuss your breakdown if you wish a 2nd opinion (or 3rd? ).   I have parts manuals and service manuals for 6V92s.  Be happy to check anything for you. 
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Hope things get better really fast for ya'll!
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« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2007, 07:52:44 PM »

Very sorry to hear about the loss of your pet and breakdown! 
Was wondering if Good Sam's service would tow your bus to the next truck stop?  Assuming that the truck stop would allow the bus to be dropped off at their location, it would be much more safe than sitting beside the interstate. 
Any word on the cause of the breakdown? 
Did Jimmy check the engine oil after the engine shutdown?  If it had no oil, you probably have a broken external line or fitting, if it's overfull of oil and fuel mixed??  Could be fuel pump seal, injector, jumpers broken or loose.  If your engine is a DDEC controlled engine, it would shut down before low oil pressure caused a problem. 
If it is DDEC, is the engine indicating a code?  Check engine light goes out after 3 seconds? 
This is a situation where a little personal local assistance would be invaluable.
Sorry I cannot do much to help, but, if you have an MC9, 96A3, or 102, with a 6V92, I'm available anytime to discuss your breakdown if you wish a 2nd opinion (or 3rd? ).   I have parts manuals and service manuals for 6V92s.  Be happy to check anything for you. 
704 650 0235.
Hope things get better really fast for ya'll!
Regards, JR





 


Hi JR,

If I remember correctly, Jimmy has a 6V92 DDEC

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« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2007, 08:51:18 PM »

Hi Doug,

Thanks for jumping in w/the offer to help - and welcome to the board!  I can tell you fit right in here.   Grin

Amen to "staying safe".  It is definitely a scary feeling to be roadside while vehicles are flying by at 70+ mph.  It's a feeling I know I will never forget.  JR has some really good troubleshooting ideas to look at to get a better feel for the situation as to what is going on.  Especially if you are still near the bus & it is not locked up in the shop. 

Jimmy, Roilyn,

I am praying for you guys - please continue to let us know how things are going & if you need any kind of assist.

Kind Regards, Phil

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« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2007, 09:57:42 PM »

     Thanks folks. It's too late to leave them my number now(12:30AM). But I'll check with the board, and yes, I'll update my profile a bit more.

     Nick and Richard, nice to meet you. Obviously I love the East. I've already mentioned in the chatroom to Dallas and Frank that I don't REALLY wanna turn wrenches. Actually, I've grown to appreciate the historic buses, kind of like old cars. I don't think an old 1930 type 250 model 377 would make a good conversion.  Huh (We can start a new thread on where I found a pic of that one, maybe tomorrow.) Maybe it has something to do with sitting in the front seat of the bus all the time when growing up. And no, I wasn't some sort of Hellione that got me "forced" up there. It wasn't a "short bus" either.  Cheesy

     My hats are to you guys for saving these beautiful beasts and allowing them to live retirement with some dignity. You obviously have my prayers too. Anything I can do to help...

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« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2007, 05:06:05 AM »

Jimmy and Roilyn,

So sorry for the loss of your beloved pet and for your unfortunate experience on the road.  I hope someone is getting you off the side of the road by now.

I'm probably the least qualified to comment here except to offer a comment.  I just signed up for Good Sam in anticipation of buying a conversion.  I asked lots of specific questions re. services available considering size, weight, and so on.  I remember specifically their rep's responses.  I was told that if you are on the side of the road like you are, they will immediately tow you to the nearest SAFE facility such as a campground or garage.  If repair facilities are not available there, they will then tow you AGAIN to a QUALIFIED facility.  Has that been the experience of others on the board?

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« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2007, 01:50:51 PM »

Hi Guys,

Thank you so much for all your help, thoughts and prayers.  We are off the side of the road and into a pretty bad hotel room, but we will be in a better place tomorrow, so we will be fine.  Sorry for not getting you an update last night, it was crazy.  I will share a part of it...

...When we finally found a place to stay last night  I (Jimmy) thought I was sweating really badly on my left side, which was pretty weird but it had been a weird few days so it was par for the course.  When I took my shirt off there was blood everywhere.  Pretty scary.  Turns out I had some how riped off a skin tag and man that thing bled like CRAZY.  Took over 30 minutes to finally get the bleeding to stop.  Crazy.  Anyway we are finally ok and we are resting with our dog Dixie and enjoying the beautiful day in PA.

When we hear what the verdict on the engine is on Tuesday I will post it here.  Until then, thanks for all your help.  My wife Roilyn really appreciated your encouragement and advise while I was gone, so thanks for that.

Jimmy and Roilyn
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