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Old 06-28-2009, 04:21 AM   #111
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well next week is supposed to be the Maiden voyage for our bus. Calgary and back with some little detours around 2500 - 3000 km's. Donít know yet if I can afford it. Filled up the tank last week. It was just under half when I started and I managed to get 235 lt's in. Aua that is going to be a big Bill this month.
Also got the mechanical inspection done, weight the bus (11'300 kg's) and have it INSURED NOW as an RV Costs me $ 660 Can. for six months. That's at an estimated value of $30'000, $2'000'000 liability, Comprehension at $300 and Collision at $500 selfdeductable.
Been working crazy the last few days to get the plumbing done. Everything takes so much time, its nerve wrecking.
Here as usual a few pics



with a little pushing and rerouting of all those cables and hoses the tank fits nicely under the frame.


tank level sensors


The pooper tank


the indoor plumbing.
I really like those Sea Tech fittings, they are the best. Very easy to put together, or take appart if something is wrong or needs to be added. They swivel even under pressure so ideal for RV's
http://www.seatechinc.com/

as usual always more pictures in my album at Picasa, see link in signature.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:37 AM   #112
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Man your ride is looking so good, as always!
How do those "trick" tank sensors work & what kind of gauge are they hooked up to?
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:25 AM   #113
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How do those "trick" tank sensors work & what kind of gauge are they hooked up to?
Man your ride is looking so good, as always!
How do those "trick" tank sensors work & what kind of gauge are they hooked up to?

it is hooked up to this thing with the pretty lights :0


Could keep track of 3 holding tanks, LP tank, battery charge level and also supplies power to the waterpump
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:07 PM   #114
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looking great, where'd you get the fitting in the first pic. With the hole saw- thats wat I need!!
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:04 AM   #115
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looking great, where'd you get the fitting in the first pic. With the hole saw- thats wat I need!!
You should be able to get them at any RV parts store.
I bought them through a dealer in Vancouver. Lots of these RV dealers use the Go-RV.com parts catalogue. here a link to the page with fittings
http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/catalo...14&pageNum=339 The catalogue is huge and has everything you ever want for your bus, I bought a papercopy since it was to cumbersome for me to go through the online catalogue.
But just go to http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/chooseState and select state or province and look for a dealer near you. The guys in Vancouver had very good service, from time of order until it was in my hands only about 3-4 days and that is fast when you live way up north.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:28 AM   #116
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Wow! looking great Swinada! Remember, 90% of every job is the 10% at the end. Hope your first trip goes well, and what better endeavor to spend your money on than a skoolie trip!
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:23 AM   #117
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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

Stranded


Fuel streak


Something missing


The Culprit


The Rescuer

Also got a trailer hitch installed last weekend, so we can be real RV's and pull something around


doesnt he look nice?
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Good to hear you made it home A-OK! I wouldn't be a maiden roadtrip without some complication huh!??
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:20 AM   #119
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Congrats on the first trip! Sounds like it was fun. How did the batteries and inverter work out?
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Praise the Lord, He is good, in the middle of nowhere and He has the perfect man for the job handy.
Amen brother. / He is good, all the time....

Also, What is the difference between service breaks and exhaust breaks?
Service brakes are your actual brakes on the wheels, the ones that will not work anymore if they get to hot. and the ones you have to replace when you use them to often.
Exhaust brake or also called Engine retarder brake is basically a flap in your exhaust that when activated closes and hence forces the exhaust back in to the cylinders and slows the engine down. If working properly you can go down a steep incline without even having to touch your regular brakes. Hence no abuse or overheating of your service brakes. Shift down in to low gear before the hill then flick on the switch for exhaust brake and coast down the hill, if you push on the throttle while exhaust brake is on it will just cancel it out until you let go of the throttle again.
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