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Author Topic: Heading out tonight finally!  (Read 2652 times)
belfert
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« on: September 25, 2007, 10:12:45 AM »

I am finally ready to go on my 4,000 mile trip leaving this evening.  I think the bus will perform just fine.

The only bad part is we are about two weeks behind and didn't test the plumbing until today due to no power for pumps.  It leaks liike a sieve all over the place.  I used pex pipe with Oetiker clamps and copper fittings.  Oetiker clamps were used on my travel trailer, but they used a little bit softer PEX pipe and plastic fittings.  I am going to go to Menards and get a bunch of the pushlock fittings to make repairs in the field.
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007, 10:18:04 AM »

Hey Brian,
I hope you have a great time!  Try not to blow yourself up while you're out there!  :-)
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007, 11:34:26 AM »

Good luck on your maiden trip ...  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007, 11:35:32 AM »

If you have leaks you can just call it a fire supression system! LOL! Seriously glad to see you are making the trip despite a few drips! Have fun and enjoy the journey! Grin  BK  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007, 11:43:14 AM »

Good luck.  I hope you are glad you hung in there, its a long term hobby, and it sounds like you are getting that beast under control finally.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2007, 12:27:32 PM »

Good luck on your adventure, hopefully, we'll be able to do that too at some point.  Keep us posted on what's going on and take lots of pics. 
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belfert
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2007, 01:58:11 PM »

I already got the plumbing partially fixed.  The copper manifolds didn't get soldered 100% so I am going to make new ones of CPVC once we get on site.  I hope I can get the plumbing 100% the day we arrive. 

The other plumbing problem is the shower head was not secured down and the bouncing cracked the side panel of the shower.  I secured it and duct taped the cracks in the panel for now.  Will have to replace the panel with FRP or something.
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2007, 03:04:10 PM »

Where are you headed, Brian? I just posted about the guy who bought my bus heading East on I-40. Maybe you'll see him along the way?
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belfert
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2007, 03:08:45 PM »

We're headed from Minnesota to Reno, NV via I80 mostly.
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2007, 03:28:57 PM »

Brian, have a fun and safe trip, and enjoy driving that big bus. I hope you have good weather and a lot of memories when you get home.

Lets be careful out there
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2007, 05:03:49 PM »

Brian Denver had first snow yesterday so stay lower altitude and should be good going and enjoy.

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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2007, 05:07:23 PM »


We're headed from Minnesota to Reno, NV via I80 mostly.


Brian -

If you get some time in Reno, you might like to try a "Root Beer Float" in the Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill Casino.  Tastes just like the real thing, but has NO root beer in it!

Just don't drive anywhere after you've had one (or a couple. . .)   Grin

In the meantime, enjoy your journey!

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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2007, 05:55:57 PM »

Brian, if at all possible, use crimp rings on hot water lines near the hot water heater.  Those push-on, twist-on, etc, don't like hot water.  Brass fittings with crimp rings will hold permanently.
I had one leak (at hot water heater) where we used non-crimp fittings.   The crimped fittings can be cut off with a pair of side cutter pliers.   Pex is great stuff.
Good luck with your trip!  Sounds like a good time happening!  Smiley
Best, JR

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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2007, 08:15:48 AM »

We have now been on the road for over 12 hours with issues with the bus except a bad bulb or something in the dash.  Easily fixable when we stop next.  My GPS speedometer doesn't work and neither does my rear camera.  The monitor for the camera gets no signal and the GPS won't lock onto satellites for some reason.  A few calls to make today.

We aren't actually going quite to Reno.  No casinos on this trip unless we maybe stop in Wendover, NV for a quick casino buffet.
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2007, 08:35:12 AM »

Sounds like a great time is being had..I'm jealous !
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