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Old 11-11-2014, 08:29 PM   #131
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Re: the wait is over

dgorlia,
I had a really great experience with the Marshalltown, Iowa Hoglund bus dealer. I havn't looked at their site for a couple years. It's really hard to say how the rust could be without looking at them. Even when I bought mine, there was an exact same bus (same year) from the same town, that was traded in, but probably had twice the rust. I think it just depends on the routes and maybe drivers? I was expecting them to be like a car dealer, but wasn't the case. I was able to drive the bus look it all over and then knew I had to have it. I mentioned the tires being bad shape and offered them cash and they took it. No hassle. I think they just wanted to get rid of the trade ins. I walked out with the title in hand, bill of sale, and drove the bus home. I did all the paper work of title transfer at the local dmv office. It was then I had them change the title to RV. It was just another piece of paper to sign saying it was converted. It was really way to simple in Iowa. Two years ago, we went through Minneapolis on our way to ND. Just west of the twin cities on the interstate, we drove by the Hoglund dealer up there. I almost stopped.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:40 PM   #132
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Re: the wait is over

Cool, thanks for the info. Glad you have been getting to enjoy the bus as you build it. Seems like the way to go instead of waiting for everything to be done over several years and then using it.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:30 PM   #133
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Re: the wait is over

Having worked in the automotive profession for four plus decades I have found that if you change one caliper or wheel cylinder
you should change the one on the other side as they are probably the same age and if one fails the other one is very close behind.
I have had them come back in as little as three days sometimes. Hope you fair better than I expect. Good luck
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:14 PM   #134
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Re: the wait is over

Nice setup!

The good thing about spoke wheels (California spokes/Dayton wheels) is you can change the tire with hand tools and a bottle jack fairly easily. The hardest part is getting them back on square with the world.

Unlike Budd wheels you can't just slap on the lug nuts and tighten them up--you have to adjust the wheel on the spokes until they are straight.

On steer axles it isn't that difficult. On drive axles with two wheels and tires the unsprung weight is considerable.
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:02 AM   #135
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I was planning on waiting till spring to buy a second AC. I normally watch the local craigslist for stuff I don't need. After seeing this sit in the boat section for a week, I decided to call on it. Went and looked at it, and brought it home. Cranked the heat in the garage. Let it warm up in there over the afternoon. Tried it out and works great. I'm hoping for goose bumps this July, traveling down the road with one 15,000 btu and now a second 13,500 btu unit .

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Old 12-21-2014, 10:16 AM   #136
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I also ordered some more parts a few weeks ago. I think I will a have a busy spring once the weather warms up. I have been using the old 30 amp cord off of my old travel trailer. The one end is wired right to my breaker panel so the plug end never has a great place to store it. So I have decided to do a twist lock plug, that way I can just throw the extension cord in the bus while traveling.

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Old 01-18-2015, 12:15 PM   #137
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Worked on the generator's exhaust this weekend. Here is a picture of what was on there when I got it. Rusted off pipe with some flexible exhaust pipe slipped over it.

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I think it is ready to be mounted on bus. Probably wait for warmer weather though. Here it is now. I will add more exhaust pipe to muffler after mounted on bus.

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Old 02-14-2015, 08:40 PM   #138
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If anyone's interested I took a youtube video of the Onan running.

Starts and runs good now. Just waiting for alittle warmer weather to get it mounted up under bus.

Today, I ran some wiring to the front escape hatch where I plan on mounting the 2nd AC. I will have to get rid of the hatch and replace with steel. Once again though, I'm waiting for nicer weather.

I also started on a bench seat on the other side of our table. I was planning on a captains chair there, until I used that seat for the drivers seat instead. Not much, but here is a couple pics in progress. I found a couple couch cushions that I'm going to cut down and probably just resew the covers for now. Later I will probably look into making new covers.

Before,
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In progress,
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:56 AM   #139
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Great pics and I love your bus!
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:47 PM   #140
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Thanks! It's far from done. I just try and pick one thing to do at a time now. That way it gets done.

So bench seat is done for now. The cushion covers are not the right color, but I can live with that for awhile. I cut the cushions down this morning, and used the wife's sewing machine to sew the covers back up. I'm happy with it for now.

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