Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-10-2007, 01:15 PM   #31
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 31
Re: 48 State Bus

Just to give an update: We have taken out the bathroom and knocked down the wall between it and the main room to have more space for the 8 people during the day/driving.
I traded the normal fridge in it for a smaller one that can be placed where the bathroom used to be, and we also got another free mini fridge to place near the front. (maybe we can run the smallest while running and only run the larger when stopped?)
we also have the sleeping arangements settled as we have had another futon sleeper/couch donated so we will sleep 4 in front 4 in back.
one problem we are running into is the cooling and we have some a/c ideas but the girls are forming a union to protest our no a/c while running idea.... so if anyone has experience with an a/c that can run while we run please let us know.
jtcu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2007, 02:22 AM   #32
Bus Geek
 
lapeer20m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: near flint michigan
Posts: 2,653
Re: 48 State Bus

i live in michigan, and a/c isn't really a necessity here but i've been thinking about taking on an ac project just for fun.

i don't see why you couldn't take an AC unit from a larger vehicle, say a chevy suburban, or a ford ambulance and adapt it to a skoolie.

i don't know much about a/c systems, but you can buy the r134a ac kit from autozone for about 35 bucks, uncluding the refrigerant and the connecter, guage, ect...

i think the system is basically just 1 radiator that gets hot, the a/c compressor, and 1 radiator that gets cold. I don't see any reason that you can't install the compressor on your skoolie, run the lines (which are most likely NPT thread, otherwise i'm sure you can get flair fittings that convert to npt) mount the hot radiator (condensor?) in a place where it gets plenty of air flow ie: in front of your skoolies radiator. then mount the cold radiator (evaporator?) anywhere in the bus that you see fit. You'll need a 12 volt electric fan to move hot air in the bus through the frigid radiator creating cold conditioned air. Might as well use the ac box and fan out of the donor vehicle as i am quite certian you will produce a lot of condensation that needs to be drained to the outside.......

anybody ever try this?

it seems to me the biggest obsticle is finding a suitable means of driving the compressor as most all light duty vehicles since about 1990 have serpenteen belts and your skoolie most likely uses v-belts. If finding a suitable pulley is the most difficult part of the job, i guess it doesn't sound too bad.
__________________
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)
lapeer20m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2007, 04:02 PM   #33
trx
Skoolie
 
trx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Elk River, MN
Posts: 105
Year: 1988
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: Chevy C-60
Engine: 8.2L Turbo Detroit Diesel
Rated Cap: 77
Send a message via ICQ to trx
Re: 48 State Bus

Here's how you have A/C while driving:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages ... geId=3.2.1

Even has me tempted because I don't really like driving on a hot summer day and it's noisy with all the windows open. I have a roof top A/C unit (not on the bus) but that draws way too much power to run off an inverter/alternator. Right now that is setup to cool my 900 sq. ft. shop (although I never use it).

Chad
trx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 04:27 PM   #34
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 31
Re: 48 State Bus

Well, I have found a floor unit that puts out quite a bit of air, the only problem is the reliability of the alternater running it.

With 8 people aboard I doubt the girls will be willing to sacrifice their a/c.
jtcu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 04:36 PM   #35
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 31
Re: 48 State Bus

I've also run into another problem, the taillights do not work.... I have checked all of the fuses and the bulbs as well, I have been told that it is probably the wiring and that it possibly has just rusted out... any other possible answers?

the brake lights work, just the running lights do not.
jtcu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 09:01 PM   #36
Bus Geek
 
the_experience03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Saint James, MN
Posts: 2,669
Send a message via MSN to the_experience03 Send a message via Yahoo to the_experience03
Re: 48 State Bus

My beds are all wood and rock solid. I choose it because it was easy to work with in the time frame we had available and because steel is so ridiculously priced right now. I'm not sure if you are planning on putting in any walls, but my beds are quasi-integral with the walls so everything shores everything else up. Like I said...rock solid. I hear where you're coming from on the size thing though and if you can get a deal steel beds wouldn't be a bad plan, especially with the amount of time you have left to fabricate everything.
__________________
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3024/...09f20d39_m.jpg
Skooling it...one state at a time...
the_experience03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2007, 01:00 AM   #37
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 31
Re: 48 State Bus

Well, I think we have the bed situation figured out for the most part, there is a 8 foot section that is walled off from the rest. I will take some new pictures very soon so that you can see all that I'm talking about, but we have 2 futon-beds along the side of the bus that provide sleeping space for 4 people and I think we are going to set up 3 folding cots in the back to make up for 3 more.... we only have 5 financially committed right now but 4 more want to go.... so depending on how many man up we might be good on the sleeping arangements. The only problem now is going to be the taillights and the a/c. There is a slight air leak into the fuel lines, but me and my uncle are going to fix all of the engine problems come fall (hopefully).
jtcu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2007, 08:58 AM   #38
Bus Geek
 
lapeer20m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: near flint michigan
Posts: 2,653
Re: 48 State Bus

NONE of the running lights work, or just the ones in the back?

None is actually an easier fix

i have seen at least one bus that had a switch on the switch panel that controlled the marker lights...it was completely separate from the headlight switch.

If none of them work, chances are pretty good that if you connect a 12 volt + wire through a switch (and a fuse obviously) to the wire that goes to any one of your marker lights they will all light up. In my bus, there is an overhead compartment above the drivers head. Inside this compartment i can actually see the front three marker lights (or at least the screws that are holding them in place) from the inside of the bus There is usually only one wire that connects to the marker lights, just splice into this wire....the lights are grounded directly to the bus body.





The yellow wire is connected to the running lights. If you poke arond through the insulation you can see the screws that hold the marker light on the bus.

__________________
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes (who will watch the watchmen?)
lapeer20m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2007, 01:02 PM   #39
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 238
Re: 48 State Bus

I'm one of those with a seperate switch for the running lights...in fact I have far too many switches *S* but that gives me something to play with going down the road right?
Demonknight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2007, 03:58 PM   #40
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 31
Re: 48 State Bus

Well, thankfully the running lights work now.... I haven't done anything to them so I hope it isn't just a loose ground or something. I looked at all of the switches and there is none for the lights other than the strobe on top. Everything is coming along nicely and we just got a dry erase board piece big enough to cover the top section and hopefully we will be getting that tire replaced soon, so if anyone knows a good place to get a bus tire please let me know.
jtcu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Title as RV in NJ or PA State bluebird flatnose Titles, Insurance, Registration and Money Matters 1 11-28-2010 08:38 PM
State Farm Iceman_biker Titles, Insurance, Registration and Money Matters 2 09-19-2010 08:35 PM
Buying a bus out of state Seeria Conversion General Discussions 3 03-02-2010 10:59 AM
so I was asking State Farm... nearhomeless Titles, Insurance, Registration and Money Matters 2 07-02-2009 10:37 AM
AZ State inspection Wildcatbus Titles, Insurance, Registration and Money Matters 6 10-16-2008 03:12 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.