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Old 06-02-2012, 10:05 PM   #161
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I'm sure lots of us have run into the same problem with the lights as you did--what a pain in the ---. The factory wiring for my Isuzu/chevy chassis called for the same 2 bulb set up for turn/ dir while my Morris minor TOAD has only one lamp. Like you I tried many variations of relays and ended up just a little short of where I needed to be. That is until I added a fourth relay and an appropriately rated diode (diode on each brake light). That is to say, 2 relays and 1 diode to each brake light. It works great, proper voltage to both the brake light and the turn signal. I'd guess that either the brake light or the turn signal is brighter on your setup? --that is because of the constant voltage from the brake circuit when the brakes are applied "making up for" the power lost through the relays. I have a wiring diagram of all this somewhere on the computer--I have only to remember where I stashed it--I hate getting old! Oh yea, I should mention that with all those relays clicking and clacking it is no problem to remember to turn your directionals off

If what you have meets your needs, great. If curosity is for you what it is for me (a cruel task master) I'll make a conserted effort to retrieve my wiring diagrams and display them here. Let me know.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:32 AM   #162
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@ pip - The limit in the states we will be running in is 65 feet. We will be within that, so I'm not worried. Thanks for the concern.

@ Trunt - I did not notice any dimming of anything. The relays pull almost nothing to activate, and I am using a secondary power source (formerly for the door buzzers) to light the trailer lights.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:42 AM   #163
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i have never had a problem running 65' in any state. don't even worry about it, and i have towed trailer with a bus off and on for almost 30 yrs. but, even with a skoolie, you should have all your clearance lights working, as some cops will stop anything that might look like a truck if one if the lights is out.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:08 PM   #164
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... my Morris minor...
Those are such cute cars! A guy in Franklin had two of them for sale. Been for sale for years when we left. Probably still for sale. Adorable but our lifestyle could never allow for a toy like that. So sad.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:45 PM   #165
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It is OFFICIAL! I have a title that says motorhome and plates! $285 total (ouch). Just had to sign an affidavit to get the title converted. It was a breeze!
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:49 PM   #166
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Just as it should be!
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:24 PM   #167
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Congrates,I like easy
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:30 PM   #168
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do you know what kind vehicle the hitch was on before you put it on you bus? I want to put on my bus, my frame is 34'' (blue bird)
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:57 PM   #169
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No idea where the hitch came from. 34 is a very common medium duty truck size. Some hitches you can flop the end plates over to adjust the width also.
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Ok... I know I have been slacking on here. Been so busy with building the bus and with outings/events we have had. The following couple posts are about stuff that we put into the bus prior to the offroading trip my friends and I took mid June.

I am not too fond of posting pics using photobucket or other services... but will give it a shot since the board quota problem is in full swing.


Installation of the roof air conditioner. Unfortunately, my bus has a 6'2" ceiling height and a 2" deep shroud would seriously encroach upon my headroom. Solution: Put the AC in one of the escape hatches!

Removed the hatch from the bus.


Cut the opening into the hatch for the AC to fit into. I lined the space between the inner and outer skins of the hatch with 2x4s to retain rigidity.


The AC is resting happily on top of the bus. I not only caulked the hatch with roofing caulk, but also ran some lag bolts through the sides to make sure the AC does not fly away when driving down the road. It survived the 400 mile round trip to Haspin with no issues.


The shroud fits neatly up into the emergency hatch and flush with the ceiling!
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