Our maiden voyage is behind us.............
3200km's and only one brake down.
The first day I had to drop of my oldest daughter for Riding Camp in the middle of nowhere. About 5km before the camp I came around a corner stepped on the throttle and nothing happened, absolutely nothing, no power. It was on a nice straight stretch in the flatland. So I pulled over and went to investigate. First thing I see is a long trail of something on the road, oh no I hope that not engine oil. Open the door to the engine and see right away that something is missing. Luckily it is a fuel filter and not a oil filter. So I call the camp and arrange for someone to come out and pick up my daughter. Then I start walking back to where the diesel fuel line starts on the pavement. I rolled about 1 km after loosing the filter. There it sits nicely on the side of the road waiting for me. Looks like something broke off. I'm already trying to puzzle together how I could fix this to get back to town, I have some fuel line and hoseclamps in the bus, wonder if that would work just to bypass the fuel filter. (I guess it would in an emergency)
The guy that picked up my girl looked at the hole thing and said "I donít know much about this stuff by my brother in law is the heavy duty mechanic for out equipment company, I'll send him down" half an hour later he shows up looks at it and then we'll drive to his shop. In less then half an hour the thing is fixed, back to the bus. He also knows how to bleed the lines properly and get that Diesel started again. Praise the Lord, He is good, in the middle of nowhere and He has the perfect man for the job handy.
I cant imagine what it would have cost me if this whole thing would have happened somewhere on a 4 lane highway around Edmonton or Calgary.
Well off again now with the confidence that someone is looking after us on this trip.
We went down to Calgary to pick up wife and other kids returning from Switzerland. From Calgary down through Crowsnest Pass over in to BC to Nelson to visit Friends. On the way there I realized my Exhaust brake isn't working anymore. At one point we had to go down this 8% decline, it was already dark and I had no clue how long this hill was. 12'000kg's sure push a bus fast down the hill at 8%. I was pretty nervous about not having exhaust brake and downshifting does not work since the transmission shifts up at an certain rpm to prevent damage to transmission. So you constantly sitting on your service brake. We had a few tense moments but we made it safely. If I only had known, it was a loose airfitting that needed tightening and I could have had full use of the exhaust brake.
From Nelson we went north up the arrow lakes to Revelstoke than Kamloops - Prince George - Vanderhoof and back home to Chetwynd.
Over all a nice trip, I just love driving this bus. 110km/h is no problem. Up the hills its a little sluggish but we can live with that. The average fuel mileage was 28.5 lt per 100 km's (that's 8.2 miles to the US gallon) Next time we'll drive I try keeping it at 90km/h and see if that will make a difference in fuel mileage, some say it should.
Well here a few pics
Also got a trailer hitch installed last weekend, so we can be real RV's and pull something around
doesnt he look nice?