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Old 05-14-2005, 08:52 PM   #11
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I bet it made all the students in the box trucks jealous
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:06 PM   #12
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Looks really good! I like the awning too.

I wish I woulda stayed in engineering at University of Toledo now. I coulda been on their Formula SAE team then and been cool like you guys

Great work!
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:19 PM   #13
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Forget the guys in the box trucks, I'M jealous! That is one class ride! How did she do pulling the trailer?
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:38 PM   #14
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The president of SAE took a tour of the bus and a ton of pictures. He said we had the 2nd most elaborate rig in history of SAE competitions. Kettering universtiy had a full tractor trailer rig donated to them and i'd have to say that beats us out.

We got back from the Formula SAE race, in Detroit, on Monday. We did 95th out of 130, which is respectable for a 1st year team. We cruised 60mph and the temp hovered between 180-190. We were pulling about 8K lbs. Weight wise i didnt ever feel that i needed to use the electric trailer brakes. But it is a dog on the steep slopes. We are gonna turn up the fuel on it to get a bit more power.

We just bought 2 Carrier V 15000 BTU A/C's yesterday. We got a company to donate the cash to buy em at wholesale price. They are a must now that it is summer and a steady 94 degrees and 80% humidity. Ive got one mounted and am running the wiring as i write.
We leave for Green Valley, Arizona on SUnday to race at the Catepillar Proving Grounds for Mini Baja West. A/C in AZ is a must. We should have full load of 15 people and full trailer so we are gonna get the rig weighed.

I didnt get around to making the air dam yet, i think it is gonna be a summer project.

Ill get somebody to take some pics today of the interior.

Oh also i added 2 bunks in the back that fold up to the ceilling. I saw that somebody else did it on here ill post some pics fo that two.
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:36 AM   #15
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Hi Nick,

I hope you got your A/Cs done, it was pretty hot here in Arizona.

I hope you guys did well in the race.

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Old 06-02-2005, 07:12 AM   #16
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Kettering universtiy had a full tractor trailer rig donated to them and i'd have to say that beats us out.
Kettering, formerly General Motors Institute probably get some pretty nice stuff from GM.
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Old 06-11-2005, 04:06 PM   #17
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We got 2 15k Btu Carrier Air V's. and they do the job. The only thing is our 5500W genrator struggles to run both a/c at the same time.

Arizona was nice when we left florida it was 93 degrees and 85% humidity. when we got to AZ it was 94 and 12% humidity.

our car didnt do so well we took a big hit early on it the race with a 40mph tumble, which led to other problems later in the day.

We blew out 2 trialer tires from picking up nails on the way back, only way we knew were people signaling us, the bus never felt a change.

we also got the whole rig weighed.
trailer: ~6500 lbs
rear axle: ~19000 lbs
front axle: ~6500 lbs
total just under 31000 lbs
total trip mileage was 4400 miles
best fuel econ: 10.78 mpg
worst: 6.47 mpg
Avg: 8.3 mpg
top sped flat level ground no wind with trailer: 66 mph
w/o trailer :73 mph

It was held at Catepillar's Tinaja Hills Proving grounds, theyve got some serious equipment out there.

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Old 08-13-2006, 01:42 PM   #18
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Havent posted here in a while but thought I would up date everyone on the USF SAE Skoolie. In May we spent another 26 days living out of the bus traveling 12000 miles. From Tampa Florida, to Portland OR via Las Vegas. From there we came back east to Detroit MI, and from there up to Elkhorn WI. Everytime we travel, sitting in the bus for days, we come it with new ideas and ways to better do thinngs in the skoolie. So as of now I've got most of the wall out and am going through and repair some stuff while installing some things better. When traveling with 8 people in a skoolie the biggest problems you have are storage and cooking capabilities. So those are getting up and capactity greatly. Also to finally resolve our power issues I am going to install a 10KW diesel generator.

I will post some pictures soon, but I should have it done with a new roof deck before our 1st football game on Sept. 2nd.

It can be seen at http://www.usfracing.com
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How did you guys place? I was participating in a first time mini baja team this year until the school let us down. It would have been fun to show up with our redneck engineered car. We defied typical mini baja logic and designs. What I'd really like is for them to lift the engine rule. I know it's all to keep things fair, but I bet our megasquirted turbocharged nitromethane briggs would have done just fine.
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