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Old 01-02-2009, 11:47 PM   #1
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My new tailgater

Just bought my first bus. 96 Carpenter Cadet. 6.5l diesel with 61,000 miles. Bought it from the guy who maintains buses for the school district. Bus was retired at the end of the school year and he painted it up and put a for sale sign on it. Inside has not been touched yet. Wheel chair lift should come in handy for loading up gear for the tailgate at the stadium. Every thing seems to be in working order, still has what I think is the camera and tracking device mounted over the windshield. I have only had the bus for 3 days so I'm still getting familiar with everything
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:49 PM   #2
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Thats gonna make a sweet tailgater!!!

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Old 01-02-2009, 11:54 PM   #3
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Thanks Ray, I'll post updates as I get things done.
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:55 PM   #4
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Sweet another Carpenter shorty! Now question for you, does it max out at 55mph?
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:48 PM   #5
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I have only had it on the highway once for just two miles. Motor was revving pretty high from 45 to 50 mph then at 50 it went into over drive, and cruised nicely at 55. I took it up to 60 no problem but at that point I was at the exit I needed to take. This morning I was getting the paper work out of the compartment above the windshield in the top right corner compartment and found I have a leak somewhere. The ownerís manual was soggy. Insulation was only wet on the bottom, so I have to figure that out. Has anyone run into this issue?
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:42 AM   #6
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Yeah that overdrive is nice. I have run into a similar leak issue on my bus, but it was due to a bad seal around one of the 8-way lights up front. It would gather in the storage space above the windshield and drip down onto the dashboard. Seeing as how you don't have any 8-way lights makes me think its coming from a roof vent or maybe around one of the clearance lights.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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I'll have to get the ladder out this weekend and check things out.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:23 AM   #8
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Question. Does anyone have any input on whether they use diesel conditioner in their fuel? I'm wondering since I'm not sure how long it will be between fill ups. Thanks in advance
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:12 AM   #9
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Has anyone had to remove the surveillance equipment from their bus? I have a box mounted in the front over the windshield and with all of the safety features that can keep the bus from starting, like all doors have to be closed but they canít be locked. Iím concerned if I remove this box will there be any issues like not being able to start the bus. The brand name is Sentry a division of Advanced Surveillance Technologies. Thanks for any info.

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