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Old 05-07-2017, 06:57 PM   #21
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Yea, I found the sliverleaf from offgr1d's coach build thread and investigated. I like what I was seeing. However, I have programming skills and was wondering how far I could take that, so I'll look into the Nexiq.

Thanks!
im wsorking on my own version of the Silverleaf.. mainly because i want my own software.. theirs is OK but theres a lot of paraemters missing on mine.. that I know exist because the navistar software displays them.. I believe them to be requested parameters..

so im building out the ELM325 example.. actually a modded version thats on an RV forum without the bluetooth.. and then i can write my own project to display parameters.. either a .NET project or python / QT on a PI... not sure which ill go yet.. but since im already using a PI for my glass switch panel project I may go that route...
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:08 PM   #22
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:04 PM   #23
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Well, I'm making really slow progress, but I have almost all of the seats unbolted:


Good new, though, I just got almost all of the seats sold on Thursday and they will be picked up first part of July.


Then I got the back hatch open and I found this:

(The transmission computer is hanging by its wires....)

But the PLC looks like its doing fine even after 17 years....


But, o wow, what a lot of wires....
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:15 PM   #24
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Also, yesterday I found an Intel-based computer that has 8 Power-over-Ethernet ports (along with two 'standard' Ethernet ports) and it runs off of 24V DC (exactly what my bus generates!), so I can use PoE cameras for rear-view!

And I work for a digital security video company so I should be able to get leads on some good cameras....
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:23 PM   #25
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Angry

And instead of titling my bus in VT, I decided to be "good" and title it in Indiana. Well, I started the process late May and Indiana still hasn't mailed my title to me - its still "being processed."

Yea, right.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:46 PM   #26
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So what is your end goal with the bus?
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:15 PM   #27
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And instead of titling my bus in VT, I decided to be "good" and title it in Indiana. Well, I started the process late May and Indiana still hasn't mailed my title to me - its still "being processed."

Yea, right.
heh, it came the day after I posted....
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:24 PM   #28
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So what is your end goal with the bus?


Convert to motorhome/RV??

Really, I was very disturbed by how low-quality the mechanics of the low-end motorhomes are/were (at least the ones I researched). So, I bought an old commercial bus to convert. Its probably about the same amount of work as a skoolie, but with different design choices and limitations. And since I'm needing to house four kids as well, I wanted the room of a 45-footer (school buses are limited to 42' by law, and those are expensive).
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:26 PM   #29
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how cool!!! i never saw a bus with a PLC rack in it!! is that what they use to run all the periopherals like the passenger lights / fans, A/C units and the like?

total coolness!!
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:21 AM   #30
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Yes, and then some. I've counted a total of 116 I/O points covering everything from mirrors, doors, idiot lights, HVAC, and engine and transmission controls and signals (and pretty much everything in between). Having the complete electrical schematics and the PLC program has helped me understand this beastie....

Funny thing, this PLC is very similar to the ones I worked on my first job out of college (GE Fanuc 90-30, although I worked on the 90-70 as well). I learned a lot on that first job. I'd love to do it again (if I was a bit younger, it was physically demanding and I've been an office rat since then...). I had an absolute blast, only leaving when it was obvious the company was in trouble and a great opportunity showed up elsewhere.

Electrical I have no real problems figuring out. Pneumatic systems is a different story. This poor bus has oil and junk in what I think is the wet tank (manual purge valve spews when opened under pressure), so I'm sure I've got a big job cleaning it out. I'm wondering if I'm going to have to fix or replace the compressor. Anybody out there an expert on bus pneumatic systems?
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