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Old 02-01-2007, 11:59 PM   #131
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Wow! That looks like more project that I'd be willing to handle!
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:03 AM   #132
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I think I'm going to start painting little angle grinder pictures on my vehicles like they used to do on planes for kills. I've gone through a few too.

What's your plan for sealing that back door? It will probably be important given the fact that the exhaust is right there. I'm VERY impressed thus far. I need an eighbor like you to kick my butt in to gear sometimes.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:22 AM   #133
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What's your plan for sealing that back door?
A very important concern, indeed.

A rubber weather strip for starters. And a rubber "accordion bellow" at
the bottom. In addition, the "garage" is walled off from the rest of the interior.
I have looked at a couple of mass produced "toy haulers", and will be
copying that, roughly. I realize those are trailers without people
onboard, so I'm still thinking about it.
My exhaust (Millicent's exhaust! Silly. ) exits in front of the drive tires.
I'm considering installing some kind of stack, either there, or at the
back.
It's definitely on my mind.

And there will be a firm rule to never run the engine while people are sleeping.
I don't like generators and furnaces and such either. I'm thinking that
any such could be installed on the trailer, like those remote wood
stoves that seem to be popular with the off-the-grid folks.

M-a-n-y years ago, I bashed the bottom of my car on a rock and
broke the exhaust pipe. That car had a few holes in the firewall.
Drove home with my head out the window. In the rain.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:39 AM   #134
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You might want to check out Austin Hardware & Supply they have an amazing inventory of RV and truck body stuff like hinges, latches, locks and weatherstrip, http://www.austinhardware.com Cat used to have a good selection of bulk weatherstrip available in their hardware catalog, check your local parts dept. I also have a Thomas Hardware metal products catalog that is full of truck body parts, but I can't get their catalog to come up, http://www.thomparts.com.
I'm sure that their are other specialty automotive weatherstrip suppliers for the restoration custom car market as well.
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Old 02-02-2007, 12:12 PM   #135
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I think the bus is the first vehicle I've ever owned that has a complete, leakfree exhuast from cylinder head to exit at the rear of the vehicle. What makes it worse is that in Minnesota we tend to idle our engines for a long time to warm them up. I personally try and limit how much I do this...I really don't care if the interior is warm or cold...but I hate climbing into the truck and not being able to shift the transmission without two hands because the gear lube is so stiff. Thankfully I've never suffered any ill consequences from all this, but I think you're wise in taking the problem very seriously with your bus. When mine idles in place for even a short time I can smell the exhuast in my bedroom and that's with a tight exhaust, windows closed, etc.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:01 PM   #136
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Thanks Paul, I'll take a look at those sources.

Sometimes I'm amazed that I am alive, considering how much I have slept in idling
semis -- surrounded by 100 more idling semis. I suppose it is the tall stack that
saves us. You watch, as generators become more common in semis, to comply
with anti-idling laws, we'll start losing people.
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I don't disagree, Elliott. Do you see any practical reason why the generator exhuast couldn't be tied into the stack? That might help the problem. I noticed the anti idling laws during our August trip at places like Mt. Rushmore and Devil's Tower. I didn't feel too guilty about letting the turbo cool for 5-10 minutes while we sorted our stuff out, but I was always waiting for the idling cop to come tap on the door with his nightstick.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:31 PM   #138
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Unfortunately you're right about the gennypacks becoming a problem with lethal CO buildup at ground level, another case of bigbrother not thinking through a situation completely before they act where they don't really belong. Anyhow if the truck owners will invest in installing tall verticle pipes on the gennies, tucked in next to the main stacks the CO should discharge and disipate above us mortal humans.

This brings up the issue of the standard practice of installing generators with ground level exhaust, probably wouldn't be too dificult to improvise an add on highmount exhaust extension for use while parked. A couple of brackets and a pipe with a heatshield around it to protect from burns and "Marmon" flanges&clamp to ease installation. Hey that may be a marketable accessory for those of us tha are safety conscious.
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Mmmm.....enclosed trailer and an alcohol snorting late model....yummy.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:41 PM   #140
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Last week while walking past the participants motorhome lot at Daytona, I noticed that most of the high end coaches have a deflector across the top back to direct air down the back to breakup the vacuum and keep the rear panel clean, this would also help to keep exhaust fumes away from the back of the bus.
I also noticed that the awnings were mounted on top, instead of on the sides of these coaches.
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