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Old 05-21-2013, 11:11 AM   #111
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Not sure what that means, if you are saying they used an impact wrench that would be really unusual. If that is all is, you should be able to do it yourself with a six point socket and a long breaker bar. It should "crack" loose and them come out easily. If it comes out hard all the way, they may have cross threaded it. There are some ways to deal with that. It's been a long time since I have done anything like that, They used to make oversized drain plugs that would cut their own threads. There is also a robber drain plug that works kind of like a thermos stopper.

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Old 05-21-2013, 12:27 PM   #112
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You might also use a hammer and cold chisel or flat screwdriver to gently tap the plug all around its perimeter on the flats to break the hold. I've found this helps a lot. But then, yes after the tapping, use an extension bar. Speaking of impact wrenches, I've also found those helpful in removing stubborn bolts. Over-tightening an oil drain plug should be a punishable crime!
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:21 PM   #113
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2014 Update. Time has come to say goodbye to skoolie living. Selling Fran.
Building a home out of a bus and drivin' around the Northwest has been interesting and not something we'll forget. We've learned a lot from the experience. The time to settle down is approaching, gears are shifting. We'll be selling Fran this year and taking one last road trip around the NW and SW of the USA via truck+travel trailer before settling down on the homestead. So this thread is now, well, complete.
Maybe one day, once the kids are all out on their own I'll get a shorty and build a nifty, cozy just for two skoolie for weekend trips. Until then, thank you to everyone for the great tips, advice and inspiration!

*wave* And have a great new year!
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #114
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #115
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2014 Update. Time has come to say goodbye to skoolie living. Selling Fran.
Building a home out of a bus and drivin' around the Northwest has been interesting and not something we'll forget. We've learned a lot from the experience. The time to settle down is approaching, gears are shifting. We'll be selling Fran this year and taking one last road trip around the NW and SW of the USA via truck+travel trailer before settling down on the homestead. So this thread is now, well, complete.
Maybe one day, once the kids are all out on their own I'll get a shorty and build a nifty, cozy just for two skoolie for weekend trips. Until then, thank you to everyone for the great tips, advice and inspiration!

*wave* And have a great new year!
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:12 PM   #116
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Here we still are, driving and living in Fran. Life makes some weird turns at times. Heart attack in 2014 has kept us in the bus for now because I used our savings to pay off medical bills. Can't stand having bills.
Now that's done we are heading out to Idaho to see about settling down for a few years and retiring Fran.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:09 PM   #117
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He also showed us what was wrong with the heat guage (coolant temp) and what to do to replace it ourselves (no fee charged for instruction and testing YaY).
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I know this is kind of old but I have the same problem. All gauges work except coolent temp. Gauge.
Did you fix the gauge or did you replace it with an aftermarket one?
What was wrong with it ?
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:48 PM   #118
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I didn't read all messages in this thread yet but hope to follow you on what you did to recover from a lack of response on the temp gauge.
Bizarre! I fought with mine for half the day today!
My coolant temp gauge is the only one that does not work.
I don't know if it is my sending unit or the wire to it.
I used a homemade test light and got power at the gauge. There are 3 connections on the back of the gauge. I understand one is power, one goes to the sender/sensor. Is the third contact ground?
I am cracking up at the fact that three of us are dealing with this!
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:14 PM   #119
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We replaced it ourselves again with a new one and still no luck on getting it to work. Wish we know what is up but don't. Electrical search would cost more than we're willing to put out for something that "may not turn up" as one mechanic said. Risky to go without, yes. We use old style techniques, like slow climbs, no more than 1500 without a 20min rest. We watch the other guages, watch how hot rad and hoses get. Five years and never had it overheat so far. Yearly oil changes, filters, lubes, etc. We don't drive in hot temps either. 80 F plus we never do longer than an hour and only IF we must. Only time our alarm goes off (temp guage doesn't work but alarm does) is if we climb elevation too fast. Even at 30f outside, we go 1500 feet and take a picnic break.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:34 AM   #120
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Update. We no longer own this bus, but will try to respond to questions. Can't guarantee the timeliness of a response.
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