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Old 08-23-2007, 03:09 PM   #21
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Re: BURNINGMAN 2007

no trailer this year. I am pulling a a chevy S 10 as far as chyenne wyoming for one one of my good friends. I'm hauling the truck under protest however, i really am not a fan of pulling vehicles with a tow bar.

The bus pulled out of the station (my house) about 630 am...only 30 minutes behind schedule. We are currently cruising along I-80 in illinois nearing the iowa border, exit 33 to be exact. The weather has been a bit rainy today, constructruction in a few places was a bit of a drag, but they finally got that multi-year construction project just outside of chicago finished! No bus problems so far, only had 1 fillup so it's difficult to estimate mileage. I calculated out 8.2 mpg for the first tank. That's about 2 mpg better than i normally get. One thing i'm doing different is keeping the rpms down a couple hundred below the govenor. We're comparatively light this year, plus i've turned up the hp on the injector pump since last years burn so we can really cruise up the hills. We'll see how she does when we get to the mountains...In the pWast i mostly drove her with the pedal to the metal all the time..with the hp increase we can keep the throttle about 3/4 and get the same speed on flat ground.

There are a total of 8 passengers including the driver, only about 7 bicycles, and way more "stuff" than any 8 people really need for a 2 week 5K mile roadtrip.

I'll post photos at some point

wish us luck!
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:34 PM   #22
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Just like in any other city of 40.000 with real emergency needs, BM stongly discourages private vehicles from resembling emergency vehicles.
Guess my bus it out then. I like the paint job.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:05 PM   #23
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it's a terrible crime, but i'm using the internet while at burningman.

the bus survivved the journey with pretty much no problems. We took the dreaded jungo road which is about 100 miles of dirt. it took 2:34 which is less than half the time it would take to drive around the long way. I'll definately take jungo home, and probably take it back out here next year depending what bus i have......

the man burned on monday, that was pretty crazy. Good thing the bm rangers were the ones that caught the guy who did it and not the burningman DPW guys. The DPW guys aren't even human, they are a ruff and tumble breed of hard core workers. They probably would have killed the arsonist.

the burn is going great for me, i'm just escaping the sun for a few hours now.

I've burned about 7 gallons of fuel in my eu2000 geni so far and she's ran pretty much non-stop. I have a freezer, the jacuzzi, some floresent lights and a few other things that run most of the time.

and as far as yoru bus that looks like an old army ambulance, it is welcome at burningman. You can't have an art car that drives around the event that looks like an emergency vehicle, but you could certianly have yoru bus parked at your camp.

i'll post on the way home to update everyone on our progress, and hopefully a few photos
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:12 PM   #24
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i'm trapped inside the bus because of a big dust storm right now, so i thought i'd post some photos of the journey so far....I appologize to the dialup guys...

I've driven through my fathers driveway tons of times with the bus. With the bikes piled on the roof i didn't quite clear the cable tv wire. Glad it wasn't electric!...........



here's the salt flats just outside of slc



stopped on a mountain pass to make sure these guys wiht the white bus were ok...they were just overheated and waiting to cool down



JUNGO ROAD!!!











i was concentrating hard....just like you do when driving in a bad snowstorm




the last 50 miles of the road got a lot narrower





it took just over 2.5 hours to navigate the dreaded jungo road...i'll do it again next year depending what bus i'm driving!

here is the bus on the open playa before we got into the event









i'll do more photos later
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:43 PM   #25
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Great pics!
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:21 PM   #26
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we've been on our way home for over 24 hours now. We left black rock city about 0600 on monday, then took jungo road back to winnemucca nevada where we took showers at a flying J. No problems to report so far, we survived the hill climb out of slc....for those of you who have driven a bus east on I 80 out of salt lake you'll understand what i'm talking about. It's the most difficult of the hills to climb on the entire trip.

right now we're approaching lincoln nebraska. Average speed including stops is above 52 mph from winnemucca to here. Fuel economy is a suprising 8.1 mpg for the return trip overall. Not sure why i'm getting such good fuel economy, we're not much lighter than we were on the way out, and we're less aerodynamic as we have more stuff on the roof rack than before.

i'll try to post some photos after i get home. my camera is packed away now and not easy to access.

if all goes as planned, we'll be home around noon tomorrow (wednesday)

wish us luck!
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:25 PM   #27
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update:

we're about 200 miles from chicago. We finally wimped out and stopped to eat a sit down meal. Still averaging above 50 mph including stops.

can't wait to get home and get the ol girl cleaned out. I am takign the bus to a breast cancer fund raiser on the 15th. Then it's time for an extreme makeover including repainting the exterior, new fabric on the interior ect, then to sell her on ebay so i can go get that 60 footer!

we should get home a little earlier than i originally thought if all goes as planned....

someday i wanna build a skoolie with highway gears and either a 643 or manual gearbox. This bus isn't bad, but i think i could nearly double my fuel mileage with "highway" drivetrain.
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:59 AM   #28
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Looking forward to some more pictures!
We came through I-80 about a month ago- The climb outside SLC is indeed a bear. Out of curiousity, what was your slowest speed going up the mountain?
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:25 AM   #29
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i'm not sure what my fastest speed could have been up the hill outside of slc. I downshifted to a lower gear, and soon caught up to a slower moving semi truck. I could have passed him, but i chose to stay behind him all the way up the hill, i figured my bus would appreciate it. I think we were cruising about 35 mph. slow and steady wins the race!

we just arrived home a little while ago. here are the numbers:

Miles from winnemucca to home: 2025
Average speed while moving: 56.0
Average speed including stops: 50.4
Hours: 36:10
time spent not moving 3:57
Mileage,.....i have to calculate the exact number, but it's in the 7.5 mpg range

I'm tired!

We had 2 problems on the last leg of the trip. The alternator stopped charging when the rpm's went above ~1500....i thought it might be a loose belt, so i tightened the belts but that didn't fix the problem. It was about 2 am just past chicago. I started the geni and used the battery charger to keep everything happy. The batteries took 40 amps of current for most of the next 6 hours home.....now i'm thinking it oculd be a battery, i'll figure it out later this week.

Problem number 2....i got pulled over for only the 2nd time in the 30K miles or so i've been driving buses. It was motor carrier division guy from the michigan state police. He insisted that RV's and even pickup trucks pulling a trailer with a gvw over 10K pounds have to weigh in at weigh stations. He kept us for about 30 minutes, but didn't write me a ticket. I'm gonna research that one, i was certian up until this incident that recreational vehicles are exempt from weigh stations....but he's the motor carrier division guy and that's what he does for a living, so he probably knows what he's talking about.....to be continued....
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I thought rvs are exempt too. I see signs at a lot of them that say rvs exempt. It could be since it was dark out and he saw a bus going through that maybe he thought it was a bus carrying passengers for hire, and he came up with a white lie to make himself look good.
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