I just got the deal of a lifetime. A friend owns a wrecking service and tows cars for the city. Well he has a short bus, international, that he got from the county. He lets the local FD come and practice extractions, so it has a good portion of its body destroyed by jaws of life, etc. BUT the engine and transmission are still in her. I had a WWII Dodge truck winch, and he collects military trucks too. So I traded him the winch for a 1993 T444E with an Allison 6speed OD transmission!
My bus isn't really going to be going anywhere for awhile, but when she does next, she will go with much better MPG and power! It won't be a priority to install the engine and transmission, it was just one of those deals I shouldn't pass up. Especially since I get diesel free or at rock bottom pricing.
One of the things I took when the landlord booted us, was my nice $35 hunter digital programmable thermostat. I have been using the suburban one that came out of the S&S motorhome I got the furnaces from. The heater would kick on, run till it was way hot, then kick off, then kick on again, etc. On a 40 degree night it probably ran every 20-40 min. Last night it was 42 outside. Heater ran twice, the whole night, and kept it over 57 (night time setting), mostly in the low 60's. VERY HAPPY. This means much less propane is being burned, and my furnace isn't going to be worn out after one winter. I can't recommend it enough if you have your heat this way and you have and old crappy thermostat. I will probably save the cost of the digital one in a month at this rate. Very easy to do, you hook one wire to RH and the other to W. It runs on two AA batteries that I put in it when I first installed it in the house, 3 years ago. Best part is I can set 3 different temps in a day. So right before we get into bed it warms up the room (that's usually when we shower too, nice to have it warm then!) and right before we wake up it warms up too. Then about when we normally go to bed it drops to 57, since we are snuggled in and under the blankets.
When I get around to installing cooling I will try to use the same one for that as well, and get another one just like it for the front. My plan is to sperate the bus into two zones, one being the bedroom and bathroom with its own A/C and furnace, and then the rest of the bus with another. That way we can alternate which system is running hard, if we are sleeping or out front sitting or cooking. Should help conserve energy.
I forgot to mention that besides me and my wife, there are 3 dogs, a cat, a ferret, and our pet pig Tinkerbell living with us. I will take pictures of them and post. We had to make Tinkerbell a special ramp for her to get in and out, she can't climb the steep, shallow bus steps.
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