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Old 07-22-2009, 08:52 AM   #51
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Well I am trying to decide what I am going to do with the main door as I cannot get it to shut without a 6 pack of bungie cords! I am considering using angle iron to connect the 2 doors together as one to make it more of a traditional door but the way they are hinged it might just be a pain in the *ss to do... I really do not want to put in an RV door unless I have to as I like the factory doors on the bus. I guess I just have to start to tear it apart & see what it looks like & whethe I can do this or not... Has anyone else combined the 2 doors as one & added a locking latch mechanism before?? I would love to hear how you did it!

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You have a good looking bus

You might want to fill in that bi-fold with a body panel and install an RV door back a ways, not too big a deal and you gain a passenger seat!

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Old 07-22-2009, 10:34 AM   #52
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Well I am trying to decide what I am going to do with the main door as I cannot get it to shut without a 6 pack of bungie cords! I am considering using angle iron to connect the 2 doors together as one to make it more of a traditional door but the way they are hinged it might just be a pain in the *ss to do... I really do not want to put in an RV door unless I have to as I like the factory doors on the bus. I guess I just have to start to tear it apart & see what it looks like & whethe I can do this or not... Has anyone else combined the 2 doors as one & added a locking latch mechanism before?? I would love to hear how you did it!

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You have a good looking bus

You might want to fill in that bi-fold with a body panel and install an RV door back a ways, not too big a deal and you gain a passenger seat!

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Thanks Den! It would look so much better with the door moved back with the body skinned & I considered this but it will have to wait till after we move to NM... Till then we got a gate closer that we are modifying to clasp the door shut & it will hold a padlock which is my mail concern - sercurity!
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:35 AM   #53
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:34 AM   #54
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You might want to use a couple of eye-bolts and some as I did. VERY secure! No bungee cords needed either!
I saw that but that setup wont lock the door will it??
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:08 PM   #55
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It will on the inside if you use 4 eyebolts (1 on each door and one on either side of the frame). If your doors open out, you would need a couple of eyebolts outside. Drill a hole in each end of the rebar and put a padlock through each hole. Not the prettiest setup in the world but it does work. Most thieves are lazy anyway.... if you were trying to steal, would you rather have to deal with a solid iron bar or one of those flimsy RV door locks?? I would guess most thieves would just pass the iron bar by...??
True, true... I have to take another look at your setup...
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:31 PM   #56
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Ok, I tried to start up Buster today & it cranked & cranked for a little while (has done this before after sitting a while) & I noticed the batteries starting to slow the starter. So I went & grabbed the battery charger (trickle) & opened the battery door to smoke... The wires are obviously hot & I am sure continuous cranking would heat up the wires, but smoke? The smoke dissapated & nothing was on fire BUT that shouldn't happen correct?
I did notice that there is a litte corrosion on one of the batteries that I will clean off... Any input??

The bus was just serviced & it concerns me about the hard starting unless my batteries just aren't putting out enough power... There are 3 batteries on the tray.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:49 AM   #57
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What size batteries are you using? My CAT has two 8D's. And when I bought it, one was trash and the other was not very good. We put a fully charged regular battery jumpered to the one working battery and a jumped a battery off a running truck to the bus system and it would not start it. I guess what I am trying to say is, these engines take a ton of cranking amps. So if you even have one that is going bad, you will probably have problems.

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What size batteries are you using? My CAT has two 8D's. And when I bought it, one was trash and the other was not very good. We put a fully charged regular battery jumpered to the one working battery and a jumped a battery off a running truck to the bus system and it would not start it. I guess what I am trying to say is, these engines take a ton of cranking amps. So if you even have one that is going bad, you will probably have problems.

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Hey Chad, I am not sure what batteries I have as there are no markings at all (of course). See photos & let me know if you or anyone else can verify anything... They are just a hair low on water so I am picking up some distilled water tonight & will try an overnight trickle on them to see if there is any way of saving them. I want to take the bus out for a drive to charge the batteries up as it has been sitting since I brought it home & I only started it occasionally which may have contributed to the low charge I am now experiencing. What price did you get on your 8D batteries & where do I find them? Also, that little metal box with the red button (says 105 I believe) what is it?

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Old 07-24-2009, 12:51 AM   #59
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Hey Chad, I am not sure what batteries I have as there are no markings at all (of course). See photos & let me know if you or anyone else can verify anything... They are just a hair low on water so I am picking up some distilled water tonight & will try an overnight trickle on them to see if there is any way of saving them. I want to take the bus out for a drive to charge the batteries up as it has been sitting since I brought it home & I only started it occasionally which may have contributed to the low charge I am now experiencing. What price did you get on your 8D batteries & where do I find them? Also, that little metal box with the red button (says 105 I believe) what is it?

Jonathan
Jonathan,
It would appear that you have three "31 Series" commercial truck batteries in your battery bay. And, even though it doesn't look like you have a LOT of corrosion, there is enough to possibly cause the problems you are experiencing. Keep in mind that in an electrical circuit on an auto or bus, you are only dealing with 12-14 VDC maximum. And when starting, a diesel engine starter can draw 800-900 amps or more of current under cold starting or other heavy load conditions. By Ohm's law, if you have even one (1) ohm of resistance, 12 volts will only produce 12 amps of current in that circuit. So, I can't stress it enough, clean all connections thoroughly. This includes battery posts, connectors on battery posts, connections to starter, and especially chassis and engine ground straps. Incidentally, the box with the red "105" button is either an inline fuse or breaker for the battery curcuit. At least that is what it does on my bus, and the inline location on your's would indicate a similar function. If that is the function, there will also be connections inside the box. Give everything a good cleaning and spray afterward with WD-40 or coat with ordinary grease to avoid further corrosion or oxidation. Tighten all connections properly, then try to recharge batteries and see what happens. With any luck, you may find you don't need new batteries after all.
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Thanks all for the helpful input from everyone. I am learning everyday!

I will take your advice Lee & clean everything today & put a charger on the batteries & see what comes of it... I understand when hooking up a charger or jumping these batteries it doesn't matter which one I connect to correct? Thanks again, I hope they still work as I really don't want to outlay a couple-few hundred bucks for new batteries!

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