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Old 04-27-2015, 08:47 AM   #1
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we be trippin

well, we finally got underway. we left south louisiana yesterday around 11am. bus smoked terribly for a couple miles, then cleaned up and ran great. the front end shakes and shimmys at cruise or if ya hit several bumps in a row. so we only went about a hundred miles. a hundred miles of terror! through the national forrest kisatchie. the road is two lane and grooved, rutted, torn to pieces and looong, steep hills with lots of curves. man, i knew it would be bad, but in a bus with a lowsy front end? brutal! lost power about the halfway mark, i thought it was just the long hills, but at times i would feel a surge, so fuel filter was suspect. pulled over once for a few minutes and bus ran great when i took off...........for a minute, then climbing hills at 10-15mph. bus never overheated, tranny sounded great, new breaks worked great, and front end shook like a dog passin a peach seed.

so, when we reached natchitoches, la., at intersection of i-49, i whipped into a truck stop before getting on the freeway and trying the 100miles to shreveport. sitting at the truck stop, i saw rvs..........looky past the fence......an rv park! thats where we stayed and are still here. more flooding and storms including tornados. yippee!

last nite i pulled the diesel prefilter. first thing....diesel is bright red. ut-oh! i musta filled with off-road. never saw an indication at the pump. but it is definitely red. anywho, the prefilter was covered with mucky black stuff. i ran my finger down it and it would push through the screen. at least i know the reason for loss of power. any recommendations on what miracle juice i can pour in the tank and fix the fuel?

when i parked , the parking brake would not hold. gotta check that. still have to see what is loose on front end.

sitting here listening to heavy rain beating on top of bus and severe weather warnings popping up across the tv. life is good living full time in our bus!

oh, forgot to mention. all thsi time building the bus, was in prep of retiring and living in it. got an opportunity in northeast ok, and yellville ar for places to stay and work part time, so thats where we are headed.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:14 AM   #2
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:29 AM   #3
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You're right by a truck stop so advice is very close..Here's some light reading:


Solving Diesel Fuel Problems

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Old 04-27-2015, 10:54 AM   #4
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there is no fix for the red fuel, you will need to 1)drain and throw away or 2)run it out and pray you don't get "dipped" (the test can tell if it is ATF or untaxed


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Old 04-27-2015, 03:35 PM   #5
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sitting here listening to heavy rain beating on top of bus and severe weather warnings popping up across the tv. life is good living full time in our bus!

oh, forgot to mention. all thsi time building the bus, was in prep of retiring and living in it. got an opportunity in northeast ok, and yellville ar for places to stay and work part time, so thats where we are headed.
Your life sounds like our plan. We are working on ours with the plan to live in it full time and work part time when needed. Post pics and more stories! It sounds like a great adventure!
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:04 PM   #6
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Gunk in the fuel has not real solution except to run it out or drain it out.

If you are going to run it out you will need to put in some fuel conditioners like TRC's Diesel Pep with AAT. Howe's, Diesel Service, and Stanadyne all make fuel conditioners that work to a greater or lesser ability.

Depending upon what is wrong with your front end you might be able to "cure" the problem short term by pumping a really sticky grease into all of the king pins and tie rod ends.

Good luck and happy trails to you.
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:16 PM   #7
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Mine did the shake too but only at a certain speed and not when I coast at that speed. It could be as lucky as out of round or unbalanced tires. I am trying to think positive here. It could be a loose/bad wheel bearing, but if so, get it taken care of.
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:57 PM   #8
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OMG.....Hubby & I are sitting here just RFLOAO. I laughed so hard I had tears coming down my cheeks.

We have three dogs and when you said your "front end shook like a dog passin a peach seed" we needed no other description of how badly your bus must have shook.




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Old 04-29-2015, 04:22 AM   #9
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Great Post.........great read.............and it only gets better..........no advice cause it's all guessing..............shimmy and shake could be so many things.........it's ridiculous to speculate...............get a new fuel filter...........don't bother trying to clean.............If the bus sat for a long time before you finally did this drive..............who knows...........Louisiana gets damp maybe algae.........pain in the but to clean tanks and the like on the road............but hell who knows what's going on in that tank..........you could drain it, drop it, and take it to a radiator shop and get it boiled............Personally I love the Red Fuel and "accidentally" pump it every chance I get................I'm not running commercial anything not hitting weigh stations the chance is if I get pulled over the color of my fuel will be the least of my concerns................Keep trucking my man.................You'll be fine.......and yeah...............lets get some pics up............you got nothing else to do: You are in the midst to rain and twisters..............
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