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Old 07-10-2018, 11:44 AM   #21
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2007 Chevy Collins Weight

I just went and had the bus weighed at the local coop. ($5 for printed ticket) and it weighed in at 8820 lbs. I have all but 4 bus seats removed. I was told I needed an empty weight for the RV conversion tag.
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:43 PM   #22
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I'm still working through engine codes but I'm trying to stay positive. So I ordered some reflectix sheeting for window coverings to reduce the heat coming in. (I've heard mixed reviews on this stuff so well see...) I ordered a grommet kit and made my own covers. I used magnetic hooks to hang the window covers. Well see how they work when I get them all sone and put up.

On a different note I played around with some more layouts. The one I'm leaning towards is this one. Toilet and shower behind the driver, dinette across utilizing truck seats? (Maybe) so passengers can have seat belts. This would turn into small bed for kids. Back behind that would be the sink cabinet with stove top. Across from this would be a queen bed that folds down (kind of like a horizontal murphy bed). This bus will be used for camping and tailgating. Please let me hear your thoughts on the floor plans... I've tried many different things!
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:09 PM   #23
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New Lift Pump Installed

I ordered a twin deluxe lift pump kit from Kennedy diesel and installed it on Saturday. I've read and been told this is something all duramax engines need. I had 3" hg of restriction before the pump install (which I've heard is normal) and after the install I'm currently pushing a little over 5psi. The bad news is it didn't fix my problem. I strapped the kids seats in the bus Saturday for the test drive. We drove it to town and picked up lunch and had a picnic in the back before returning home. On the way home going up a hill the fuel pressure code came on again. So... back to the drawing board again. I have to check out put of the CP3 (injection pump) when commanded vs actual to see if it needs replaced. That'll be another $1000. Lift Pump was around $600... injectors are around $3000... I'm not sure this LMM Duramax was a good idea.................
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:31 AM   #24
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I did the "bottle test" yesterday. The LMM Duramax has a fuel pressure relieve valve on the driver side of the fuel rail at the rear. Many people say this will cause the P0087 low fuel rail pressure code to come on. The spring gets weak and let's fuel bypass and temporarily causes low fuel pressure. (This is my understanding). So you do a bottle test to redirect that fuel into a bottle to test if the FPRV is holding tight or letting fuel by. (It seems my FPRV is OK)

I let the engine heat up to operating temp and went and drove on the highway. Turned around and mashed on the pedal to take off and around 55-60mph it went into limp mode. Checked bottle and no fuel. Checked and same code I've been having. Ugh... what's my next step? Lol

NOTE: pictures are from van so looking at rear of engine inside van with engine cover removed. I had to remove glow plug module and heat shield to access the hose.

I also wondered if the fuel pressure sensor is reading right. I read that key on e fine off the sensor should read 1-1.8mpa which is 145-261psi. (Mine flashes between 71-107psi) so this could be another potential issue... more to come on this later.

Sorry to bore you all! I hope by documenting my troubles will help someone else in the future. The duramax Chevy Express vans are different animals than the trucks and harder to find info on...
Hey, not boring,man! New to the site and appreciate your know how. I probably won’t touch the engine much but good to know going in to get something fixed.

We have the 06 engine Chevy Express and just getting started on painting and floor plan. Engine is purring and powerful!
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:17 PM   #25
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Hey, not boring,man! New to the site and appreciate your know how. I probably won’t touch the engine much but good to know going in to get something fixed.

We have the 06 engine Chevy Express and just getting started on painting and floor plan. Engine is purring and powerful!
Hey I'm pretty new to the site as well! Glad your Duramax is running well! Let me know if you have any questions... i learn something new about mine everyday! Lol
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Oh yes, learning something new every day, and the puzzles are kinda fun.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:28 AM   #27
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Well I had my first good memory in the bus this weekend! Hopefully things will turn around for me on this thing! We drove it to our first Kstate football game and used it for tailgating! I left 4 seats in it so it will legally haul 9 people at the moment. I added some cable clips in various locations so I could tie up the tables, chairs, tv etc to the walls to save space and keep everything from falling over. I babied it so I wouldn't set it in to limp mode and it did great! Noe I'm excited again to get back to this build! This Saturday we have an 11am game so well be pulling out in the bus around 6am! I'll take pictures this time!
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:50 PM   #28
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Rear Platform

Well I had some inspiration from fellow bus owners and the stinking gas smell from generator in the bus while heading to tailgate! I worked on a platform yesterday and finished up the deck this morning before heading to the game! I used 3x3x1/4" square tubing bolted to the frame and comes out through two holes cut in the bumper. The rear is the same size tubing. Sides are 2x2x1/4" square tubing and also used some 1.5x1.5x1/4" angle. I went with the composite ultra deck boards so I don't have to worry about wood. It's not complete yet. I built it in a hurry and it will need cleaned up a little and painted better. I'm contemplating having an outdoor shower that I can setup on one side in the future. I still plan to add a receiver hitch to it and a slide in step. Other ideas include possibly a grill/smoker that hinges and swings out to use. Thinking about a tv mount for tailgates. Who knows... I gotta buy some receiver mounts from harbor freight while they are on sale! Any suggestions for the rear platform would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:41 PM   #29
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I worked on a platform yesterday and finished up the deck this morning before heading to the game!
That's pretty sharp.....well done.

How deep is it? Got any pics of the frame without the 'wood'? I'll be building one in the future and I hope it turns out as nicely as yours.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:23 AM   #30
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That's pretty sharp.....well done.

How deep is it? Got any pics of the frame without the 'wood'? I'll be building one in the future and I hope it turns out as nicely as yours.
It is 31" from rear of tube to bus bumper abd is 92"wide. I made it a couple inches narrower than the bumper on each side as I will add mounts in the future. It's built with what I had laying around. If I were to design from scratch it would be a little different. I don't have a pic without the wood. I drew on a picture to show you what's under there. (I tried taking a picture underneath and didn't work well. Lol)

I used two 3"x3" x1/4" sq tubing that lays inside the frame rails and bolts to the frame with grade 8 1/2" bolts. The rear tube is also the same 3" sq tube. (I had some 4" I was going to use for rear bumper but it was too thick walled for a sewer hose to fit) I offset the rear tube up so the wood lay flat and parallel to the top of the tube. (Thanks to Bork for awesome idea there).
Each side rail is 2x 1/4" sq tube. I also welded a piece of 2x 1/4" sq tube across the 3" tubing coming out of the frame rails spaced back about 16". The purpose of this tube is to allow me to add an 18" long 2" receiver hitch when I have time.
I used 1.5 x 1/4" angle iron for the portion right across the bus bumper, as well as 3 cross members (front to rear) to support the wood.
On the outer edges where the wood meets the side rail 2" tubing I had some 1" sq tube so I used it to support the wood there.

One other note: if you look at the bumper I welded a short piece of 1" tubing to the bumper. I did this to help support some of the weight if needed. (I'm a little worried about the 1.5" angle iron at the front of the platform depending on what I hang on the platform in the future.)
Currently there as two short tack welds holding the platform to the bumper that I used during setup. I built this so I could unbolt and remove in the future if needed. I still have more to add including a charcoal grill mount... hope this helps clear up the questions. Please ask if you have more and see where I can improve!!
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