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Old 12-08-2013, 01:40 PM   #11
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Re: Skoolie explores the rockies

Thanks, is there no system that filters the veggie oil automatically on the bus?
And I read somewhere that if you use a mixture of diesel and WVO is should work?
How big a tank would you be able to put on a bus?
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:49 PM   #12
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Another question, thanks again for your help btw.
If we would stay in one resort for a week and turn off the generator for 6 days and turn it on a day before we want to start driving again, would that be possible?
And this generator would also be capable of providing us with electricity in the bus?
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:24 PM   #13
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Re: Skoolie explores the rockies

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Another question, thanks again for your help btw.
If we would stay in one resort for a week and turn off the generator for 6 days and turn it on a day before we want to start driving again, would that be possible?
And this generator would also be capable of providing us with electricity in the bus?
Cheers
Yes, starting it 3 to 24 hours before your trip would be sufficient all depending on outside temperature and WVO storage capacity. You could also plug it into shore power when at home.

Yes you would have good, clean power just as you were sitting in you living room at home. The generator could also power AC if you use the bus in summer.

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Old 12-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #14
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Re: Skoolie explores the rockies

Nat is correct. I've run a genset and my tractor here in South Carolina where it's much warmer and found that straight veg oil kills diesel engines over time. I had to completely tear them down and clean everything. The buildup inside the engine on the rings and the rest of the surfaces in the engine was the worst I'd seen in over 25 years as a marine mechanic. Also understand, for a diesel engine to build any sort of heat, it has to be under load. Simply idling an engine (even at a high idle) will not force the injection system to use enough fuel to make much for Btu's. A better way is with probably an aux heater like some school buses have for use in cold weather. Use it for the main house heat and to be able to get the engine started and use the main engine to keep a battery bank charged since solar will be minimal during overcast skies (not to mention snow and ice on your solar panels is using them. Biodiesel is definitely the way to go but it too has gelling issues. Just my 2 cents, for what it's worth.
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