Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-04-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 25
MFR Bus No. 637

Hey there! First of all I would like to clarify that MFR stands for Moore Family Racing (I am sure some people would assume something different) and number 637 is our racing number(came up with it by dialing MFR on a phone). So I have been lurking around on here for a month or so taking in a lot of your ideas that I could use on my own skoolie. We were looking for an RV to sleep at least 6 for race weekends. We quickly realized that they weren't affordable which led us to the bus conversion.

We purchased our bus today. A 1998 International RE with a T444 Diesel engine. We picked it up 400 miles from where we live in KY. Everything ran great on the trip back. Although I have two questions. How do you turn the governor up? The bus topped out at 62MPH at about 2200 RPM's. Second question is I kept hearing a buzzing noise coming from behind the panel where all of the switches are. It sounded like the buzzer you would hear if your air pressure wasn't built up. This was not the case. All of the guages were good. Where could that noise be coming from? Thanks for any input!
KashMoore31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 12:17 AM   #2
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Georgia
Posts: 685
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: IH
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by KashMoore31 View Post
Although I have two questions. How do you turn the governor up? The bus topped out at 62MPH at about 2200 RPM's.
Need more info. What's the engine revving up to in lower gears? Reaching 2500+ RPM before shifting? Or maxing out at 2200 in all gears?

If it's revving higher in lower gears, then you likely have a computer based top speed governor which will need to be changed in the engine computer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KashMoore31 View Post
Second question is I kept hearing a buzzing noise coming from behind the panel where all of the switches are. It sounded like the buzzer you would hear if your air pressure wasn't built up. This was not the case. All of the guages were good. Where could that noise be coming from?
Also need a little more info. Any warning lights?
Brad_SwiftFur is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 06:50 AM   #3
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 205
Fellow International RE/ T444e owner here!

Welcome to the forum, lots of helpful people on here! Have already helped me out a ton already!

Lets see some pics of the new bus!
deftone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 08:43 AM   #4
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Winlcok, WA
Posts: 1,546
I would agree you have a top speed limiter in the computer. On shifts that engine should be going up to 2600-2700 RPM's. Which should get you up an additional 5-10 MPH. Be aware you will be sucking down a whole lot more fuel going that fast.

In regards to the buzzing, if it sounds like a warning buzzer I would check the roof hatches to make sure they are latched properly. Since they are plastic they tend to not want to reseat properly when they have been opened to check the emergency exit buzzer. It could also be one of the side or rear emergency exits/windows with a switch that isn't closed all the way with the exit/window closed but not as likely as the roof hatches.
cowlitzcoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 09:20 AM   #5
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 6,296
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
Most of the T-444E's I have found are limited to 60-62.. some at 55...

my own Opinion is that T-444E's in that half-ass international radiator setup like to run hot... and iot can be the schools also..

I had to remove the speed limiter on my T-444E via the computer interface.. mine was running at the same.. 2200 at 62 or so..

-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 11:04 AM   #6
Bus Crazy
 
sdwarf36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Moodus, Ct.
Posts: 1,049
Year: 1996
Coachwork: Champion
Chassis: Ford e-450
Engine: 7.3 Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 14
Welcome! Another race hauler here. My short bus with a 7.3 (same engine) turns 2500rpm at 65 mph. Just slowing down 75 to 100 rpm (62-63mph) makes a noticable difference in MPG.
__________________
Don't make a fuss-just get on the bus!

my bus build http://www.skoolie.net/gallery/Skoolies/Sped
sdwarf36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 06:48 PM   #7
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by cadillackid View Post
Most of the T-444E's I have found are limited to 60-62.. some at 55...

my own Opinion is that T-444E's in that half-ass international radiator setup like to run hot... and iot can be the schools also..

I had to remove the speed limiter on my T-444E via the computer interface.. mine was running at the same.. 2200 at 62 or so..

-Christopher
Once you removed it, what speed were you able to run and at what RPM's?
KashMoore31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 06:51 PM   #8
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 25
I can't get the pictures to upload for some reason....
KashMoore31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 07:05 PM   #9
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 6,296
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
Quote:
Originally Posted by KashMoore31 View Post
Once you removed it, what speed were you able to run and at what RPM's?
the factory has a safe rev limiter at 2700 on my version of the T-444E.. I run self-imposed rev limiter of 2600.. (everything you read says even 100-200 rpm can add longevity to the engine..

how fast you can go all depends on your rear gears, tires, and transmission..

my particular bus will max out at 70 or just above... like 72 when i hit my 2600 RPM...

some schools disabled the cruise control.. this can be re-enabled in the computer.. with a T-444E cruise control is built into the computer regardless of whether you have the dash-switches for it or not.. its really easy to put it on if your bus doesnt have it.. and the cruise doubles as a fully selectable RPM idle speed control..

from the sounds of yours im guessing youll be able to reach close to that 70 MPH mark judging from your RPM when you hit that limited speed...

I drive mine at 65 as it runs really nice there.. my MPG didnt drop much from my 1000 mile maiden voiyge at 62 (before I had the computer program).. and the 65 that i drove it the next 1000 miles..

I'll make a run in it at like 58 next when I bring it back to florida to see how it drives.

the T-444E likes to get Hot on Hot days when you run its RPM up... esp if your fan clutch is weak or doesnt engage soon enough... Heat is very bad for these.. 230 and bad stuff happens or can happen esp if you are running it under load..

I also programmed a couple of Alarms to yell at me.. if I reach 220 degrees coolant temp.. I dont think it has an alarm for oil temp but 250 oil temp is pretty high ... I set an oil pressure alarm as well..
-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2016, 08:38 PM   #10
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 460
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: International
Engine: TE 444
Rated Cap: 12
if not otherwise specified, all internationals leave the factory with a 62 MPH top speed set, I used to deliver new ones
Kubla is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.