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Old 04-29-2013, 12:43 PM   #421
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Rudy, I've been actively using WVO as fuel in my Mercedes for several years. I have my processing operation all worked out and operational and a steady supply of free oil. I have so much oil that I've been selling off the extra I can't use or store. My current bounty may change at any time, but for now it's all gravy, man.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:25 PM   #422
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Rudy, I've been actively using WVO as fuel in my Mercedes for several years. I have my processing operation all worked out and operational and a steady supply of free oil. I have so much oil that I've been selling off the extra I can't use or store. My current bounty may change at any time, but for now it's all gravy, man.
That is good news. I figured that you might have the system down.

So, does your Mercedes exhaust smell like french fries?
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #423
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So, does your Mercedes exhaust smell like french fries?
It smells like burnt vegetable oil. My oil comes from a Chinese restaurant, but I don't smell the Chinese food. I will say it's a much more pleasant smell than petroleum diesel exhaust.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:47 PM   #424
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The only downside I can see to running WVO or old tranny fluid like I've heard of others doing is getting a heafty fine from the DOT for not paying road tax
I heard that on the cummins diesel forum if memory serves me right...
That varies from state to state. Last time I investigated, Texas does not tax WVO.
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

I know my bus isn't as big (14k gross shortie) but I did a long road trip with 14 cubies in the back (apx 500 lbs) along with the all the other race support stuff i have in the back. With the stock (in the back) fuel tank full (55 gallons), you could definitly feel the "tail wagging the dog." While towing a 2000 lb trailer, you can't even feel it back there. YMMV-but that seems like alot of movable liquid ballast.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:54 PM   #426
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I know my bus isn't as big (14k gross shortie) but I did a long road trip with 14 cubies in the back (apx 500 lbs) along with the all the other race support stuff i have in the back. With the stock (in the back) fuel tank full (55 gallons), you could definitly feel the "tail wagging the dog." While towing a 2000 lb trailer, you can't even feel it back there. YMMV-but that seems like alot of movable liquid ballast.
sdwarf36, you just gave me an idea. If I were to tow a trailer for extra WVO storage capacity, I could really extend my WVO-powered driving range. Of course, I'd have to tow a trailer, which I'd rather avoid, but never the less, even a small trailer could haul probably 300 gallons of WVO in addition to my 120 gallon WVO supply tank, and potentially 60 more gallons of extra storage in plastic barrels. That would fuel a round trip from my house to any point in the United States! How awesome would that be?!
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:43 AM   #427
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Each year on my birthday, I like to take a couple days to do the one thing I can't do in my day to day life: Be by myself for more than a couple hours. This year I decided to go out to Buescher State Park in Smithville Texas, which is about 50 miles from my house. It's a lovely place with a nice lake, hiking trails, and cool old stone buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps after the depression in the 1930's. Nearby Bastrop State Park has more of the same type of environment and buildings, but was ravaged by a wildfire a couple years ago. Here, I'm on my way out there:



Here is a view of the fire damage in Bastrop. I just drove through since I hadn't seen the place since the fire. It was really sad. They saved the buildings, and the underbrush is starting to fill in, but it is still a forest of dead, blackened pine trees:



I continued on to smithville and arrive at my camp site:





A cold front came through that night, and it got down into the low 50's or maybe upper 40's in the early morning hours. With my two small space heaters set to low, the bus was 80 degrees at the ceiling level, but more chilly down around the floor. Wished I had some wool socks or fluffy slippers or something. Decided that from now on, a pair of thick wool socks will permanently live in the bus. Here I have all my curtains and shades closed, including the shower curtain I have in the front, hanging from magnetic hooks. I plan to buy a different shower curtain that matches the colors of my bus interior at some point, but for now, this one serves the purpose:



This is what greeted me in the morning:



And there was an unoccupied cabin next to me with a porch overlooking the lake, so I had a great place to hang out and enjoy my morning coffee:



Part of my reason for the trip was to see how well the bus would support me if I were to just head out without a lot of preparation, and subsist mainly on what is permanently in the bus. Sort of simulating a "bug-out situation". Basically, I was very comfortable. If I had my whole family though, I would wish I had more blankets/sleeping bags, more water, and a better first aid kit.

But my main purpose for the trip was just to have a weekend to myself, in a beautiful natural area, with all the comforts of home; and I had a great time.
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Each year on my birthday, I like to take a couple days to do the one thing I can't do in my day to day life: Be by myself for more that a couple hours.

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Part of my reason for the trip was to see how well the bus would support me if I were to just head out without a lot of preparation, and subsist mainly on what is permanently in the bus. Sort of simulating a "bug-out situation". Basically, I was very comfortable. If I had my whole family though, I would wish I had more blankets/sleeping bags, more water, and a better first aid kit.

But my main purpose for the trip was just to have a weekend to myself, in a beautiful natural area, with all the comforts of home; and I had a great time.
Other than full-timing in a motorhome, I can't think of a better reason to own one than to be able to just leave home anytime and spend a few days or weeks away. Looks like a good mini-vacation.
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Hey Dan - any chance you might share that WVO process that you've already got all worked out? ;)
Honestly, to explain that would take time and a lot of pictures, etc., and I'd just be reinventing a wheel that already exists online. I recommend you go to websites where people are specifically discussing that topic. You will get better information there than I would end up producing here. There are several sites, just do a google search and I'm sure you will find them.
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Did I ever show y'all a decent pic of the engine hutch I built? Here it is:



I put some half inch rigid insulation on the inside to attempt to deflect the heat and sound of the engine. Since I originally installed it, I decided to cut it down in size so that it didn't interfere with my knee and the gas pedal, which had become somewhat annoying. I still feel like I should put a bit of foam padding on the corner because I do occasionally bump it with a knee or shin on my way in or out of the driver's seat.

I installed a little cup/phone/knick-knack holder for the driver, and you can see the little shelves for other random things. I eventually plan to convert my existing door into a single hinge door and thus eliminate the opener bar. This will create opportunities to put other things in that area. I will eventually add a gauge cluster somewhere, and perhaps a gps or something like that. Or maybe a pivoting holder for an ipad/tablet thingy or something like that. Ooooh, that would be slick. Maybe for my next birthday.

But more immediately, I want to cover up the fuse panel and enclose the glove box. I think that will be a quickie project: just build a frame out of 2x2 pine, add a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" pine as a door, a couple hinges and some sort of latch, stain and poly... Done. I love projects like that. Low stress. Fun.
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