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.