Originally Posted by runnysucklehose
I know that the Cummings 5.9 is common and there are mixed feelings about its power and reliability mentioned all over this forum. Someone with bus conv. ecperence recomended the "Detroit 8V71, a 6V92 or even a 8V92" and one bus I am interested in is a 93 thomas w/ a Cat 3116, seems like a true medium duty engine used all over the place, but that's all I know. My RV's GVWR is maxed out right now at about 15,000 loaded and fuled up and the Chevy 454 is under powered. I am not looking for more speed, I am just sick of those white knuckle hill climbs, wathcing the temp inch up. Speed is not the issue so long as it makes it from point a to point b with little worry. My bus will be set up to carry about 250 gallons of Veggie oil at a time plus some reg. diesel, in addition to all my other worldly posessions with me now in the RV. So all things considered, what do you all think?
Thanks in advance.
a veggie oil requires heat of course and getting the radiator fluid to the tank is difficult
try these peeps
they have the real preheater for a bus. it will preheat ALL fuels before burning. had i known these people before i would have their stuff in my bus now.
any kind of tank that will hold fuel amounts of more than 5 to 10 gals is going to co$t. is it worth it? i think it may. 200 gals is really not that much, considering the work you must do to filter it. devising a way to pull up to a barrel of veggie oil and heat/filter/deliver it to your tank is the real key. Having a place to store multiple 55 gal drums to let it settle naturally is key too.
I used to drive a truck with a Cat 3116. it rarely needed service ever. i drove it for 3 years steady for a sewer truck all over the east coast. we have a detroit diesel 8.2 now and i think it may not work well for veggie per the by pass needed to not send the extra veggie oil back to the tank.
frybrid has better options.