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Old 01-29-2010, 03:14 PM   #41
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Re: Huh? What just happened?

I'll have to look at how hard those windows would be to get out. One of them is shattered. I'm not sure on the condition of the other two. But it's definitely something to think about. Thanks for the idea!

Nothing really new to report yet...although reading someone else's discussion about what needs (gravity feed, 12v pump, or air pressure), I got to thinking that...Duh, I have an air compressor right on my bus since I have air brakes! Could I add another tank to pressurize my water? Something to think about...
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:11 PM   #42
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using bus compressed air to charge a water tank would make it not "potable", the oil from the compressor would contaminate the water with oil, don't do it. You might want to add air line antifreeze at some time and that would end up in your water too. Also you would lose charge capabilities if parked for more than a few days because your air is down. Water pumps are cheap really after considering all the options. sportyrick
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:53 PM   #43
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I was just thinking the same thing about the bladder in the tank, only I am daft enough to think I was making a novel suggestion. I guess someone already thought of it somewhere along the way.
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:13 PM   #44
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See...why do the thinking myself when others can hash it out for me!!!

Probably just a 12 volt ShurFlo pump will suffice. That way, if it breaks, it won't be tough to find parts or replace. But it would be cool...

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Old 02-09-2010, 06:04 PM   #45
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Congrats on your bus.
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Old 02-20-2010, 06:11 PM   #46
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Thanks for the well wishes! Here's link to something that happened this last week...

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We did make it home without hassle once the compressor. I'll have to post some pics of the seats we went after. The great deal on seats kinda went sour when we spent nearly $1000 to replace the compressor and 4 nights in hotels and 3 days of rental cars. We just should have just rented a vehicle, went home, then come back over the next weekend. Oh well, 20-20 hindsight, I guess.
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:08 PM   #47
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I just realized I've posted nothing on the Silver Snail's progress since February. I guess that's because there really hasn't been any!

Since the end of February, we started JH Track (which I coach). I take it way too seriously, so it consumes a lot of my time. Our 8th grade boys and girls were league champions, by the way! I had a group of 8th grade boys run 3:54.52 for their 4x400m relay. I'm pretty proud of that one. 2nd fastest JH time in the state of Kansas this year near as I can figure. Anyway...we had State Assessments (more time consuming stuff), and my wife had some heart surgery!

Lesa is doing better, thanks, but it's looking like she'll be back for more in the coming months. Hopefully, we'll get this thing fixed. I think she just loves me sooooo much. Nah.

Now to the Snail...

Since purchase, we've put nearly 6,000 miles on her! That's about 1000 miles per month. Not too shabby. Most of them have been trouble free...with the noted exception of the air compressor. Memorial Day weekend, we took a trip to Laramie, WY to see my mom and rest of my family. It took forever to get over the pass, dropping down to 35 mph much of the way. The trip back home wasn't so long, we only had to climb a few hundred feet to get out of Laramie, over the pass, then downhill most of the way to Denver. We took HWY 287 instead of the I-25 & I-80 route. I just didn't see the Snail making that steep climb up the mountain out of Cheyenne!

We've had a lot of good times with her so far. Now that school is out for the kids and I, I'm really hoping to get to work on her. Now I have the time and no money...before I had no time and no money so it didn't matter! But I have some money coming from some "extra" work at the school and I hope to apply that to the bus fund. We need to finish with seat removal, and get the new floor and seats installed. I think I have a line on a (roughly) used travel trailer. I'm hoping to look at it this weekend. I'm hoping to salvage the door, some windows, and the roof AC unit. I think there's some other mechanicals that I'll be able to use too.

Not much of an update, but we're still here and kickin'!

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Old 06-17-2010, 03:04 PM   #48
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Re: The Silver Snail...

Progress was made this morning on the donor van...We got all the seat bases and the lights out. This afternoon, I'm going to finish pulling the rest of the seats from the Silver Snail. Tonight the plan is lay things out and maybe throw a few seats down. I don't really want to put them in without putting in the new floor and doing something with the walls, etc. But, the conversion van seats will be 10 times (or more) comfortable than the bus seats. We also plan to work on tunes as well. We've gotta get as much done as possible while Lesa is motivated!
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:22 PM   #49
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Re: The Silver Snail...

True story Smitty...

Here are a few photos of the mess:
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:25 PM   #50
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But wait there's more...
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