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Old 04-05-2018, 08:42 AM   #1
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I need a Bus Detective

My bus has been sitting pretty dormant over the winter in my front yard. I was out clearing some sticks yesterday when I noticed the back of the bus looked like it had been in an accident.

The left bumper is about 3 inches down from where it used to be and the right bumper has grinder it’s way up an inch and is blocking the rear engine access panel from opening.

You can see that metal has been literally ripped apart to make this bumper move the way it did.

The only other piece of the puzzle is that I put two stabilizer jacks on the left side of the bus to help with leveling. This has been done for about 5 months. The bus has not moved in over 6 months.

How the hell did this happen!?!? We’ve had some heavy winds lately but.....racking a piece of steel?

Sasquatch?

Hoping someone can make this less of a mystery

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Old 04-05-2018, 10:49 AM   #2
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were your stabilizer jacks on the chassis frame of the bus or on part of the body? if the jacks were on the floor ribs or body then the body would have been holding the weight of the chassis which might cause the body mounts to bend and come apart from the chassis frame...

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Old 04-05-2018, 11:15 AM   #3
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In the top pic, what is level without the jacks under it, the body or the bumper and frame?
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:11 PM   #4
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My bet is along the lines of Christopher. Your jacks lifted the body off the frame on the left side. Took a while to break free, but finally did.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:15 PM   #5
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Could we get some pictures of the jack placement? That would help..
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:18 PM   #6
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I’m going to take some pics in the morning of the jacks.

They are on the “ribs” that go across the Frame from side to side.

In the top pic the bus is what’s level, the bumper not so much.


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Old 04-05-2018, 09:22 PM   #7
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Sounds like the body channels to me. NOT where you want to lift. Frame or axles only. And do be very careful if that is where the weight is. I would hesitate to go under it in that condition. Definitely stack some really stout cribbing under the axles or frame before venturing below. Hate to say it, but it could drop further.

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Old 04-05-2018, 09:23 PM   #8
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Ok, easy question: Are the jacks supporting the big beams (the frame rails)?

It sounds to me like the jacks may be supporting the floor cross members.
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:24 PM   #9
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Look underneath on both sides in the morning.. I suspect you will see a gap above the frame rails (the big beams) on one side and no gap on the other...
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:47 PM   #10
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Looks like some local punk teenager was climbing on it!... Or your Sasquatch theory...
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