Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-09-2009, 02:50 PM   #51
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 362
Send a message via AIM to baadpuppy Send a message via MSN to baadpuppy Send a message via Yahoo to baadpuppy
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Quote:
Originally Posted by ezbme
I wish I had a large sweetgum tree to park under!
no, you don't. NEVER wish for a sweetgum tree!

These things produce about a million spiky balls every year. I might be on the low side with that number.

The gumballs as they are called like to put holes in the bottoms of bare feet. Underneath of shoes, they like to roll like ball bearings, even on grass. When wet they are at least as slick as wet grass. They're the perfect size to block up the pool vacuum. They make insanely loud noises when they land on the roof. They like to get embedded in the ground when vehicles drive over them, and then pop up randomly to attack some poor unsuspecting pedestrian.

If it weren't for the shade this old tree provides, we woulda cut it down ages ago. If anyone knows a way to neuter it other than chopping it down, we're all ears.

Our plan is to take the tree down and plant some better fast growing shade trees near where it is, so that the pool will still have enough shade, but not have gumballs clogging up the plumbing.

Each spring we use a yard sweeper and leaf blower and rakes to get as many up as we can, put them in a pile, and burn them. About 20% of them retain structure even after hours of burning. Then we let the embers cool and bag them up and dispose of them elsewhere. The pile from this spring hasn't been burned yet.

Anyway, I'm still making progress in between A/C breaks.

jim
baadpuppy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2009, 03:06 PM   #52
Bus Nut
 
ezbme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Datil, New Mexico
Posts: 642
Year: 1989
Coachwork: Thomas Transit Liner
Chassis: Freightliner
Engine: CAT 3208 Turbo
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Wow...I guess I must admit I have never seen a sweetgum tree but will take your advice... I guess I should'a written, I wish there was a nice big Live Oak tree to park under! My poor bus is in the sun all day & if I don't get up at 5am (sometimes it happens) I may as well work in the dark cause it is too friggen hot these days! I kinda remember you mentioning having the lay under the bus fighting of the balls of torture!

Can you neuter a tree?? I will have the ask my biologist wife....
ezbme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2009, 03:20 PM   #53
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 40
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Quote:
Originally Posted by baadpuppy
NEVER wish for a sweetgum tree!
If anyone knows a way to neuter it other than chopping it down, we're all ears.
jim
Here ya go: http://www.treehelp.com/ItemDesc.asp?IC=LG-4100 Some years ago, I worked for a tree-poisoning company, and we discussed using this stuff on sweetgums. Unfortunately, I quit before I ever learned how well it worked. It appears that timing is critical, and it's already too late to use it this year, but it might be worth a shot next year.
zamfir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2009, 03:28 PM   #54
Bus Nut
 
TygerCub's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 784
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Genesis
Engine: Detroit
Rated Cap: 14
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Hey Badpuppy... Don't sweat the lack of work. Everything I've been doing is the easy stuff... tearing up and throwing out. The only reason I could get anything done is because I get there as early in the morning as I can, only work an hour or three at most, and I don't have a way to go into the A/C to take breaks! Of course, I feel like I've been hit by a Mac truck the next day.

Hang in there buddy! Cooler weather is on the way! If I can get BOB running again and have a spare weekend, I'd be happy to come up, say HI and work with you one Saturday. Maybe in late September or early October? Or with the way the weather's staying so blasted warm late in the year, maybe even in November?

And I completely agree with your gumball assessment. Those things are insidious! But they are great climbing trees. And an armfull of those things are excellent misiles to throw at neighborhood pests (little boys, rival girls, noisy dogs, birds in the garden, etc...) !
TygerCub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2009, 04:10 PM   #55
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 362
Send a message via AIM to baadpuppy Send a message via MSN to baadpuppy Send a message via Yahoo to baadpuppy
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Quote:
Originally Posted by TygerCub
Hey Badpuppy... Don't sweat the lack of work. Everything I've been doing is the easy stuff... tearing up and throwing out. The only reason I could get anything done is because I get there as early in the morning as I can, only work an hour or three at most, and I don't have a way to go into the A/C to take breaks! Of course, I feel like I've been hit by a Mac truck the next day.

Hang in there buddy! Cooler weather is on the way! If I can get BOB running again and have a spare weekend, I'd be happy to come up, say HI and work with you one Saturday. Maybe in late September or early October? Or with the way the weather's staying so blasted warm late in the year, maybe even in November?

And I completely agree with your gumball assessment. Those things are insidious! But they are great climbing trees. And an armfull of those things are excellent misiles to throw at neighborhood pests (little boys, rival girls, noisy dogs, birds in the garden, etc...) !
Believe it or not, 2 years ago when I was working on the RV, I was out in a t-shirt working on it in November and even on Christmas day. If only I had started with a bus instead of a junker RV... Come to think of it, it was 2 years ago this month that I bought that old RV, so I guess by that scale, I've made a lot of progress. I now have 2 busses and only 3/4ths of an RV.

One nice thing about a bus, you can toss things out the windows. Of course, you then have to walk around and pick them up, but it does save a lot of running back and forth.

I don't see a problem with you coming over to work. I'll make room under the sweetgum tree for BOB, and make sure there's a good extension cord available. Between all the air compressors and other power tools, we should be able to accomplish a lot.

Whenever I get ready for my roof raise, I have a friend from GA planning to come up and help out. I expect it'll be a fun weekend when that happens. I really can't wait.

At some point I really have to take unleashed to a mechanic, or have one come to it. I suspect the engine isn't working optimally, and want to have that checked. It could just be that my expectations aren't working properly.

I'd also love to find someone that could convert my rear end into a 2 speed model. I think that'd really help the old girl out. The rear end housing is an Eaton, and has a plate where a 2 speed shifter would go so I think it would just be a matter of finding the right gear set for it. Of course, first I'd need to know the current gearing.

I'd also like to have a diesel person educate me on just how this engine works and what I need to keep an eye on. Hopefully if I find a good mechanic that'll help. I can identify most of the parts, but I really don't know much beyond that. There's something I believe is a fuel/water separator with 2 petcock valves on it, that I don't know what to do with. It appears to have a lot of a clear liquid within it. I don't want to screw anything up, so I've avoided just turning things or tweaking things without knowing what I'm doing. The last thing I want is a 10.4 liter paperweight. lol

I'm still making some progress today, tossing things out of the bus. I have to figure out how I'm going to clean up my tools. A crescent wrench, socket set, a few screwdrivers, and misc other tools. Basically, metal stuff that shouldn't get wet. I'm thinking of laying them out on the garage apron and pressure washing them, then dousing them liberally with WD40 to displace the water, then putting them away properly. However, I'm not sure if that's the best idea. The tools have a lot of bird poop and sevin dust caked on them.

Ah well, enough rambling for now.

jim
baadpuppy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2009, 04:26 PM   #56
Bus Nut
 
ezbme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Datil, New Mexico
Posts: 642
Year: 1989
Coachwork: Thomas Transit Liner
Chassis: Freightliner
Engine: CAT 3208 Turbo
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Can't nueter a tree...but could maybe genetically engineer one to not seed. There is actually a beautiful sweetgum on my neighbors property and yes, wifey says "ouch" on bare feet!
ezbme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2009, 08:56 PM   #57
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 362
Send a message via AIM to baadpuppy Send a message via MSN to baadpuppy Send a message via Yahoo to baadpuppy
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Another day of cleanup progress. Yay!

In spite of the heat and humidity, I did manage to make some progress today. Eventually the heat faded a bit, then the mosquitos woke up hungry. Later this evening it cooled off enough to get up most of what was tossed out of the bus today.

I got all the tools together, put into the toolbox, ready to be cleaned up. I still haven't figured out what approach to take to get all the caked on bird poop and sevin dust off the tools without making them rusty, but I'm sure I'll figure something out.

Now that there's nothing of value to get ruined by rain, I decided to leave the windows open and let the bus air out and stay cooler.

I had 3 RV seats I had tried to mount in a jury rigged fashion last summer that needed to go. The fabric and padding is rotten and disgusting. The mechanisms are in bad shape. Rather than try to recover them, I'm just going to toss it all.

The wood I had used to build their bases also went out the side door.

I have some heavy gauge metal strapping that is often used to anchor mobile homes that I decided to hang on to. Combined with good brackets, it can make great tank mounting straps. I still have the slotted bolts and nuts for tightening them as well.

There's still some misc trash in the bus, as well as a lot of junk wiring. I'm probably going to throw out most of the wiring (speaker wiring) and save the good stuff.

I still need to scoop out the nest from the back window, and remove the cover over that area.

The exterior trim for the bus as well as all the original lights got moved over to The Stowaway.

There's a pile of junk that needs to be taken to the dump, including the RV seats.

It doesn't sound like much, and really, it isn't much. However, considering the heat and humidity, I'm pleased with the progress. Almost ready for washing.

Pictures:








jim
baadpuppy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2009, 09:45 PM   #58
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 362
Send a message via AIM to baadpuppy Send a message via MSN to baadpuppy Send a message via Yahoo to baadpuppy
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

I've had lots of questions about my plans, and finally sat down and did a very very rough "before" and "after" hand sketch of what I'm planning.

Before:


After:


Very very rough. Also, not yet set in stone (steel?). I didn't draw any windows in "after" because I'm just not sure where they will go yet. Scale is all screwed up. But, the basic concepts are there.

Oh, that funky stairstep in the bottom left corner is the engine space.

jim
baadpuppy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 04:30 AM   #59
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: California, Just NorthEast of San Fransisco
Posts: 539
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Here is a grouping of plans that I have made, you might find them interesting. The site is free to use, you just have to sigh up so you can save your plans.

http://www.floorplanner.com//project...st_pass=yvhpnx

Fare warning, almost nothing in my plans are accurate or overly to scale. If its square, its probably 26inchs, and the bed is sized as a full sized twin.
Sojakai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2009, 07:56 AM   #60
Bus Nut
 
ezbme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Datil, New Mexico
Posts: 642
Year: 1989
Coachwork: Thomas Transit Liner
Chassis: Freightliner
Engine: CAT 3208 Turbo
Re: baadpuppy's bus... unleashed

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sojakai
Here is a grouping of plans that I have made, you might find them interesting. The site is free to use, you just have to sigh up so you can save your plans.

http://www.floorplanner.com//project...st_pass=yvhpnx

Fare warning, almost nothing in my plans are accurate or overly to scale. If its square, its probably 26inchs, and the bed is sized as a full sized twin.
Great link & thanks!

Jonathan
ezbme 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


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:22 PM.


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