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Old 05-23-2015, 11:07 AM   #11
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Those are definitely heater lines. Looks like someone pulled them and just looped the system closed.

If you plan on taking them out...be forewarned...there is a LOT of coolant in those lines. Be prepared to deal with it or there will be a huge mess as more than a few of us here have discovered.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:06 PM   #12
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Coolant lines inside the bus- are you sure those aren't part of a heating system? Do you have an engine heater? Webasto or similar? I've seen builds were they not only are set up to warm the engine, but the lines also run to heater cores inside the bus for interior heat.
Yes, those lines come from the engine to the Webasto, to the in-bus heater, and up to the driver heater (or something like that). They're needed, just not sure why they are inside the bus instead of under it.

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Those are definitely heater lines. Looks like someone pulled them and just looped the system closed.

If you plan on taking them out...be forewarned...there is a LOT of coolant in those lines. Be prepared to deal with it or there will be a huge mess as more than a few of us here have discovered.
It's just the stock Thomas configuration, still goes back to the in bus heater. I'm pretty sure there is a supposed to be a valve somewhere to cut off the flow to the engine and just heat the bus, still have to find it. And yeah, I have to figure out if it's worth the trouble to move them, as I really don't like the idea of something that could cause that big a mess being in the living space.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:05 AM   #13
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On my old Blue Bird, I found a cutoff near the engine then sliced the lines and looped them back on themselves. Still need a BIG drain pan...there's a lot of coolant in that 60 or so feet of lines.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:48 PM   #14
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Just got a decent travel trailer with a partially damaged interior (skylight in the bathroom leaked) that I am planning to strip for parts, especially the electrical system.

Planning on taking out and using:
1. Propane stove and oven
2. Propane/electric refrigerator
3. Toilet
4. Gray/Black/Potable water tanks
5. Electrical system (panel etc...)

Possibly using:
6. Propane furnace
7. Air conditioner

Hoping it makes the project much easier having all the above.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:17 PM   #15
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On my 2002 Thomas, CAT rear engine, there were TWO valves to shut off the coolant flow: one near the top of the engine and one near the pump at the bottom of the engine. Get 'em both or bring a LOT of coolant. Voice of experience.

I second the comment about there being a LOT of coolant in those lines and heating units.
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:58 AM   #16
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Just got a decent travel trailer with a partially damaged interior (skylight in the bathroom leaked) that I am planning to strip for parts, especially the electrical system.

Planning on taking out and using:
1. Propane stove and oven
2. Propane/electric refrigerator
3. Toilet
4. Gray/Black/Potable water tanks
5. Electrical system (panel etc...)

Possibly using:
6. Propane furnace
7. Air conditioner

Hoping it makes the project much easier having all the above.
This is my strategy as well.
I have been pillaging free and cheap rv parts lately and having great success.
You gonna use the bones as a utility trailer? Or possibly sell it to a "tiny home" builder?
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:37 PM   #17
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This is my strategy as well.
I have been pillaging free and cheap rv parts lately and having great success.
You gonna use the bones as a utility trailer? Or possibly sell it to a "tiny home" builder?
I'm probably going to give it to my 15 year old brother in exchange for him helping me with the bus. He wants to make a utility trailer to haul lawnmowers and snowmobiles on out of it (he likes to fix and buy/sell small engines).
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:11 PM   #18
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Bought some laminate flooring at a yardsale yesterday for $5. About 70 SQ feet. Decent stuff with the underlayment attached. Definitely not enough to do the whole bus, but may be enough if I wait to put it down till after the counters/benches/beds/appliances etc.. are put in. Figured I couldn't go wrong for five bucks.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:45 PM   #19
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great deal on the flooring!
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:05 PM   #20
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One BIG reason for the Coolant lines inside Vehicle....Inside lines stay warmer in winter weather....If it is below freezing outside and the lines of fluid Are travelling 35-50 ft up to the front, they are cool by the time they get to front heat...;) In Bus, that won't happen... just one silly mechanical point of view....lol
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