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Old 10-07-2004, 04:41 PM   #71
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This was bus maintanence day. Up until now, i havent' really done much of anything with the bus since i got back from the big trip.

For the past few thousand miles, i've been having a problem with the "low oil pressure" light and buzzer coming on when the bus is at idle. Today I installed a new oil pressure guage. Of the original guages on the bus, only the spedo, amp meter, and air pressure guages still work. The fuel guage was the last to go, it quit working in nebraska or colorado.

I also changed the oil. The past two oil changes i used mobil delvac. Prior to that, the bus always used rotella. I reverted back to the rotella for this oil change. The low oil pressure problem seems to have disapeared. At idle, the guage reads ~15 psi, at high speed, the guage reads between 70-90 psi.

Another big problem the bus had was it's incredibly slow top end speed. When i first purchased the bus, it would cruise between 57 and 62. The past few months, the bus would only cruise about 50. Recently, the bus was moving closer to 47. I found a solution today. One of the pieces of throttle linkage was nearly disconnected. All i had to do was tighten the nut with a 7/16 wrench and now she's all better, once again cruising near 60 mph. Geeze! why didn't i do that 7,000 miles ago?

I also installed a manual shut off lever inside the cab today. In san fransico the original electric solenoid quit working. From then until now, i just used a bunji cord to keep the engine running. Now she will keep running even if the bus looses all elecrical current. The international buses from the same year as mine already have a manual handle. Ford just tried to get fancy with the electric solenoid.
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Old 10-25-2004, 10:41 PM   #72
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Hehe... Well, just remember that with anything mechanical, it's always the simple things that confound us into oblivion...
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take for instance a carberator for a briggs and stratton lawn mower engine. Those little things are so simple, yet sometimes they still get the best of me!
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Old 10-25-2004, 11:26 PM   #73
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magnetos are much worse on those. Yikes. Simple yet a nightmare if you have a wire loose or a short or the points a little off, etc...
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Old 10-26-2004, 07:40 PM   #74
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How are you powering that A/C while underway? That is a good idea for cheap A/C, but a rather large unit.
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:49 PM   #75
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That is a good idea for cheap A/C, but a rather large unit.
I saw it in person, that unit really is huge. I don't think he uses while driving but he has two generators on his bus to run when parked.
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Old 12-13-2004, 02:10 AM   #76
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Are you going to burning man 05? I'm one of those damn nevadans and will probably be there, I have to see this bus.
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Old 12-13-2004, 03:47 PM   #77
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is your defroster able to keep the windows clear? I would imagine with all that hot water on board during the winter the condensation would be severe. I power washed the inside of my bus and then drove it home, it was really hard to see out.
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There are doors (on a keyless remote even!) that open up on both sides of the jacuuzi, it allows people to see outside and also lets all the water vapor out.
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Old 12-13-2004, 08:15 PM   #79
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Summer driving with the jacuzzi isn't a big deal. Wintertime however does create a lot of condensation inside the bus. I usually leave the cover on the jacuzzi while i'm driving in cold weather. As the temperature of the water rises, the amount of water vapor inside the bus increases dramatically. If the jacuzzi cover is removed so people can play in the water while the bus is going down the road (in the winter) it's nearly impossible to see out the windshield. I usually designate one person as the full time squeegie man. I have a squeegie I use to keep the windshield under control. I've considered attaching windshield wipers to the inside of the windshield. It gets pretty crazy.

I prefer to leave the cover on the jacuzzi in the winter while driving.

When parked, the condensation isn't such an issue. I have an 80,000 btu propane house furnace inside the bus i use to keep the air temperature around 100 degrees. This helps to combat condensation, and also helps the water in the jacuzzi stay hotter longer.

IT takes a lot of engergy to power the bus in the winter. It's almost more work than it's worth. Summertime I take the bus out nearly every weekend. Wintertime i only take her out for special occasions.
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Old 12-13-2004, 08:17 PM   #80
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ideally.....i could find a fuel oil boiler that would run on veggie oil. Then i could avoid buying propane while still heating the bus, and the jacuzzi.
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