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Old 09-16-2006, 05:13 PM   #181
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:22 AM   #182
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a problem i forgot to mention.....

I think it started in nebraska. Everytime the driver pushed on the brake pedal, the "low brake pressure" warning lights and audible alarm would go off then continue until the key was turned off and the bus restarted.

this bus has hydraulic brakes. the first thing we did was stop and check the level of power steering fluid, then the brake fluid in the backup resivoir. both were fine. I have been told the brakes operate off of the power steering pump in the bus. The power steering in the bus worked fine, no whining or difficulty steering, even at low speeds. We parked on a hill, unplugged the electric backup system, and made certian the primary braking system would stop the bus bus sufficiently. I could't feel any difference in the brakes. We then shut off the engine, and made sure the backup electric braking system was working properly, and it was. My parking/emergency brake is adjusted properly.

We made it through the rocky mountains going west, then coming back east with no braking problems. It's still a mystery, but we determined at the time that the most likely explanation is a faulty sensor. To "fix" the problem, i simply unplugged the audible alarm. The low brake pressure lights are still lit up on the dash. When i have time i plan to cruise over to the local bus garage and ask them if they have had this problem before and see if they have any suggestions on what i should look for.

anyone else ever have this problem?
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Old 09-20-2006, 04:19 PM   #183
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here are some photos from the Burningman 2006 bus trip

This is the beginning of the trip with out first stop at the tire store to buy new heavier duty tires for the trailer





here's a group of guys working on the trailer somewhere in wyoming just before dark saturday nite. We thought we had a bearing going bad, but it turned out to be a brake shoe dragging on the drum....that was an easy fix since we weren't using trailer brakes



I don't remember what state this is, but i think it's in Utah East of salt lake city. We were at a rest area. Notice the 47 bicycles!



here is the bus parked at our camp on the playa. The geodesic dome behind the bus is really pretty cool. It's made from pieces of 3/4" conduit about 3' long.



here's another random pic of the bus parked at our camp. the weather was pleasant in the high 80's and low 90's most of the week

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Old 09-21-2006, 08:27 AM   #184
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it's not sand, it's dust. It's still not too pleasant in your bed however.

I was just talking yesterday about building a ventilation system utilizing hepa furnace filters for next year. we try hard to close the bus up when the wind really starts blowing to help keep the playa out of the bus.

I hauled bikes that belonged to other people for a donation of $35 each to help offset my fuel costs. I spent $2,800 on fuel roundtrip. Next year i'll haul fewer bikes but charge more money. They are really easy to haul, and not too heavy.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:06 AM   #185
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Gee if I should read the boards more often. I would have known you were going to be so close. We are just outside Twin Falls, Idaho.

I know what you mean about the passes in Wyoming. My bus never got hot but it did slow way down. Not having a turbo combined with the 8000' elevation really zapped my power and made lots of smoke.

The only time I got hot was going up a steep winding mountain road to a camp site here. 12 miles of that and she started to warm up. I down shifted to get the RPMS up and she cooled off.

What HP is your DT360 at?
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:36 PM   #186
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it was at the factory setting of 170 during the trip. That's with at turbo, but without an intercooler.

I've since turned up the hp a bit, don't have a dyno for my bus, so i can't really say how much HP she is currently producing, but it is noticably more.
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:42 AM   #187
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i'm taking the bus to London ontario canada for a weekend of college homecoming festivities. It's getting chilly here in the north. The high temps are only in the 50's for the weekend, and lows in the 40's. I decided my bus needs more heat for the interior.

Since i dismantled the rear bus heater for jacuzzi heating, i don't have any source heat for the rear 2/3 of the bus. (unless you count the jacuzzi)

Today's projects include:

Re-installing the rear bus heater fans to produce lots of hot air while driving,

Installing a radiator i just got for free to allow the boiler to heat the interior of the bus while parked.

photos to come.....
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:02 PM   #188
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Jason, hook me up with a boiler & I can hook you up with some radiator & fans. Kim's dad works at a scrap yard and gave me 2 complete new radiators with electric fans, one even came with a "tow package" stand alone transmission cooler... all brand new, never used. I guess he gets them in all the time. We should get together some weekend and get a boiler in my bus and get heat going in both busses.
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:23 PM   #189
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i'll call the heating guy today and ask him to look out for another boiler for me. i know he sent a couple of them to the scrap yard earlier this summer.

I sure wish i had in-floor heat in this bus....i am contemplating removing the flooring in the bus just so i can add that feature.....
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:26 PM   #190
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If you're unsuccessful, Jason, I can talk to my old boss too. We used to replace a lot of boilers based on age, not funcitonality when I worked for Nortemp Heatind and Cooling. I know I personally will be looking for a boiler and would be more than happy to find something for someone else as well. I know shipping will be a killer, but I'm sure I can find you something if all else fails, Phill.
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