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Old 09-24-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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Driving 17 hours to pick up bus...what to bring?

I am driving from Colorado to Indiana to pick up a 78 passenger FE AmTran. it has a DT 466 engine (130K) and AT 545 tranny with Hydraulic brakes.

My first time driving it will be heading home with it, I will be bringing tools, duck tape, and bailing wire. What other oil treatments or trans treatments should I bring?

It runs well, no leaks, good tires and well maintained...any additives or special fluids or tools I should bring, please help with some advise on picking up a bus and driving it 20 hours.

I am very excited about the conversion and living full time in it!

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Old 09-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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Re: Driving 17 hours to pick up bus...what to bring?

You can cover "school" with tape, so that's covered, may want to cover stop sign with a bag and tape it shut

Make sure you have a credit card and plan on 8 miles to the gallon (any thing better is a bonus )

Good luck and be safe

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Old 09-24-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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Re: Driving 17 hours to pick up bus...what to bring?

1. Don't drink distiller water.
2. Pick up some Pedialite. Thank you Lorna.
3. Stop every 1-2 hours to check over the bus, tires, etc. Walk around to get the blood circulating, especially in your legs.
4. I used Walmart 2 stroke outboard engine oil as an additive. One gallon is about $12 +/-. Do research before you take my word on it.
5. Make sure you check all the fluid levels before you leave.
6. Have fun.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:47 PM   #4
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Re: Driving 17 hours to pick up bus...what to bring?

I'd probably get some towing insurance if I was going to be that far away with a bus. I haven't heard of the 2 stroke oil as a diesel additive, but I have used it for about 7 years in my motocross bikes with good luck, putting a lot more hours on than I should between top ends. The high end stuff is $40 a gallon. I will have to do some searching on that.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:59 PM   #5
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Oil treatments? Why? Never use oil treatments in engine or tranny.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #6
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Re: Driving 17 hours to pick up bus...what to bring?

I would say to keep the engine and tranny running with less friction...I am not the expert, I just want to get the bus home and am trying to take precautions.

Why not treatments...I thought they would help an engine?

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:55 PM   #7
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Re: Driving 17 hours to pick up bus...what to bring?

I'm pretty sure he's talking about using it as a fuel additive. Some people are using a fuel additive year round for longevity because diesel isn't as oily as it used to be. As for me the bikes are 2 stroke.
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Power Service or something is fine. Ooooo...2 strokes. Opti-2!!!
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:26 AM   #9
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Re: Driving 17 hours to pick up bus...what to bring?

IF I were going to use any treatments at all it would be something made for the purpose, not something somebody's cousin's brother in law recommended. Many years ago when oil wasn't as good as it is now I used STP. All of the years of driving semi I only used fuel treatment, and that was only in the last few years,and only in the winter time when temps were below freezing. I used Howes fuel treatment
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Howes is good stuff. The ONLY reason I would ever use an oil treatment would be in a clunker that burned oil or had major problems. Todays oil is all you need to lubricate and clean.
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