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Old 03-16-2017, 04:17 AM   #11
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My bus has a diesel Mitsubishi L3e that operated the R12 A/C, and very bulky ductwork inside the bus, with 12 extremely loud fans.

I was given a 25k Generac whole house generator with engine problems, so I pulled the generator head with hopes of eventually Franken-Morphing the Diesel engine to run the generator.

Until that time, I'll simply use window a/c units as I'm stationary 95% of the time. I can't justify sinking money into it yet, just for road A/C... But, storing the components is costing me zero dollars at this point. I'd rather sink the money into roof a/c units or mini-splits.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:34 AM   #12
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convert the R12 A/C to a replacement drop in or simply change the TxV and run it on R134A.. remount the evaporators and re-duct.. and then you have nice A/C when driving rather than sweating..

I agree that the coach units installed by factory often are ugly and in the way... but they can easily be moved or modified without issue as long as you duct them somewhere , have a condensate pan, and reconnect the lines and charge correctly.. its not a great idea to mount coach A/C units lower than the condensor though.. you'll trap all the oil and ruin the system..
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:20 AM   #13
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I would keep it!!.. you now have A/C for when you are parked.. thats usually the Biggest user of electricity when boondocking there is...

slap a 200 amp alternator or 2 on it ( if it doesnt already have one), an inverter or 2 and now you have 110 volt AC power from it.. ill bet that engine can easilt run your air-conditioning and at least 1000-1500 watts of power.. I doubt you'll need more than that?

I know others will tell you to rip it out and put up solar or some other fancy stuff.. and get rid of the A/C.. (this crowd seems anti A/C).. but id keep it, modify it and use it, its already there.. you dont have to buy or retrofit anything to use it..
its something i could only wish I had in my bus..
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:21 AM   #14
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My bus has a second engine, its a 3 cylinder diesel generator plumbed into the bus fuel tank. the generator puts out 12kw and runs the roof top A/Cs and the rest of my electrical.

personally i think its a huge advantage to your build. but i have seen another bus owner in the same situation sell their generator to pay for part of their conversion.

it just depends on what your ultimate goal with the bus is. mine included a generator, some others do not.
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:30 PM   #15
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Im so glad i have you guys to lean on. I have collected all the ballots and i Have voted on KEEPING the PONY motor. I truly appreciate the feedback all have given. Now to get the dang thing started and running. Looks like i will need to set points for it. At one time it appeared that the PONY motor could be started from the cock pit. I m going to need to chase down all the firing and see what signals what. Super pumped about this bus as its from the year i graduated highschool 1988.

I have lots of crazy plans, seats i pulled out last week, soon to get the floor ready.

In advice on adding a deck to the top of the bus,,,, with a spiral stair case leading up from the back of the bus on a deck?

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Old 03-21-2017, 09:04 PM   #16
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I have the second motor for sale. I took it out of my project.. I would love to sell it.. I dont want it to go to waste.. Just sit there and ruin. Please let me know if you know of anyone interested.. Thanks
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:13 PM   #17
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I have the second motor for sale. I took it out of my project.. I would love to sell it.. I dont want it to go to waste.. Just sit there and ruin. Please let me know if you know of anyone interested.. Thanks
I am interested. Where are you located?
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Old 03-22-2017, 07:43 PM   #18
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I am in NW GA.. Outside Chatt, TN
Send EMAIL.. I will contact you if you send number
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:52 PM   #19
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I don't have your email address. I did send a PM though. Hopefully that works.
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