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Old 03-05-2015, 04:32 PM   #21
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Hey Lornashinske. How's that 8.2 Liter four stroke detroit fuel pincher working out for you? Guess you aren't breaking any land speed records but has it been reliable.???
Doing just fine. On the interstates, it keeps up with the loaded semi's both up hill and down hill. David & I found out several years back that running the US and more developed State highways was easier on us (particularly me) than running the Interstates. I even shave over an hour off bypassing Atlanta via I-75 to Macon/US441 (By Pass Athens)/US23/SR28 on into NC) On the US highways, the traffic tends to be lighter and you have fewer people trying to run you over for various reasons and there are lots of semi's on them who have figured out the same thing we did. The bus is not a lightweight vehicle nor is it an easily maneuverable vehicle. So no, I do not think it wise to run it over the 60-65mph it can do on the flats (much slower uphill). But running flat out also hurts the fuel mileage. I currently have more time than money. Nothing has been done to the engine since it was bought. Also except for the 1700+ mile trip thru Hell where we were on Interstates from Dalton, GA until we got off I-20 in Odessa/Midland, TX (I-20 TX in the summer, never again) and the trip to Roswell, it's not been on the road much. Before we left NC, a local diesel mechanic we knew looked at it (the same one who worked on our DD8V71N65). Said it looked good. Said it was a good engine for the bus. I do need to replace the radiator hoses if it ever warms up and dries out at the same time (got more white stuff last night). It cranks up on a single starter batter no matter the weather. Other than the 300 mile round trip to pick up Das Mel, the next trip I make will be to head back east (currently it stands at 2822 miles mostly on the "blue" highways, some interstates where it can't be avoided and will take over a month before we stop).

Since the bus tends to stay parked most of the time, I'm not terribly worried at how fast it can go. I have gotten the 22 ft Class C up to 80+mph and realized that if some fool got in front of me, I would have run the little speck over before I could stop. The Class C is much lighter than the bus. I would rather not think about what something would look like under the bus. I will stick with low MPH and high MPG.

To be honest, I find interstate driving incredibly boring and tiring. It's hard to just pull off anywhere you feel like it. The roads are not in that good of shape anymore. I avoid them as much as possible because I also do not make that good of time anymore. It's a bit harder to do that in the west but once I leave this place, I really don't think I will be back out here again. At least not for a long time. The Primary/Secondary road system in the east is much nicer and I still find "The Next Exit" book to be handy even though I am not on the interstate because I am crossing over them every so often. I can look at see what is at the exit that I will be crossing over at. Sometimes, I find that a side trip on the interstate yields a restaurant or truck stop. But usually the exit I cross over at has everything I need.

I still remember my parents traveling US441 from FL to NC because I-75 was not completed enough to run it the whole way. I still like running 441 as it's a good road thru some great little towns. Over the years, I've been on the entire length of 441 down to Belle Glade and over to Boca. Haven't been past Boca on 441 that I know of.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:43 PM   #22
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Interesting............and happy to hear that engine is holding up well for you. That's what matters. That you are happy with it..............Me? I like the availability of speed. Money be damned for those lengthy and Tedious expansive areas of nothingness.............and hell. I'm in a bus. I park where I need to park.................move if I need to move. 80 mph in a class C bread truck with a house on it is not my idea of prudence or fun.

On the other hand 80 mph in my Mid engined Crown is quiet, controlled sure and I feel very very safe.............Oh. And it does go faster.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:47 PM   #23
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Well, shall we start a Lorna's Bus' 8.2 thread elsewhere?
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:50 PM   #24
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I don't think there's a real need. I think this thread died when the "seller" became all to silent in the face of shall we say a rather lackluster reception to his purpose.............I feel no guilt. Might as well have fun...........No one is watching
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:50 PM   #25
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rather lackluster is the understatement of the year MOKI!
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:27 PM   #26
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You all don't need to buy it...

If 20K is too much... Let silence speak...
If somebody buys it... well more power to him.

Don't chase the dude off... No making you guys happy...
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:32 PM   #27
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Ain't nobody chasing anyone: It's America. He has the right to ask anything he wants for his Rig. And on the same hand each of us has the right to express ourselves. As has been done here. With virtually every comment prefaced with the intent of the writer to not do exactly what you suggest we have done.

If he has a quibble with it. He has yet to express it. That you have a quibble with it is really irrelevant. And yes there is a way to "make you guys happy".
And that way is clearly not to tell me that I can't be made happy.
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Old 03-10-2015, 07:17 PM   #28
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I was out of line with the "make you happy" comment.
Cruising 80 in a mid-engine Crown will obviously do the trick!!


That does sound Fantastic...
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:06 PM   #29
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You weren't out of line with the "make you happy" remark. Not as far as i'm concerned. i'll tell you what though. Had the shoe been on the other foot. And it was my bus. i would take the observations of others on their face. Or attempt to justify or defend my ask. Or i would thank the board and maybe make some adjustments to my expectations. i think, though it hurts, that in the purist light that was the end game of the seemingly pointed critique offered by myself and others. That it is all met with silence may say more than anything any of us could say...............

And yes cruising at 80 is a good thing. Doing so quietly with just the faint hum of that Cummins. Priceless.............
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:10 PM   #30
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Honestly, I tried to contact him early on about this bus and it was total silence.
While not at the price point he is asking I am interested in a set up like this and would have liked to see if he was willing to play ball.
Ahh well.
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