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Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 06-10-2019, 03:44 PM
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Get the VIN and the make of the chassis. Call a...

Get the VIN and the make of the chassis. Call a commercial trucks dealer for that chassis make. Given the VIN, or model year and engine size, I suppose they'd be able to tell you whether it's likely...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 06-05-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 463
Posted By family wagon
There are two things to consider: air tank size...

There are two things to consider: air tank size and pump capacity. The number of rivets you can do back-to-back depends on the tank size. The length of time you have to wait for the pump to recover...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 06-03-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 463
Posted By family wagon
Do you want to do solid bucked rivets or blind...

Do you want to do solid bucked rivets or blind rivets?


For solid rivets I've been quite happy with a Chicago Pneumatic 4X rivet gun. It hammers the head of the rivet while an assistant holds a...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 06-03-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 369
Posted By family wagon
Yes, I had a local sheet metal shop make custom...

Yes, I had a local sheet metal shop make custom hat channel for me. It fit over the factory stuff like a glove. I raised my roof at floor level, ie rather than cutting any ribs, I removed the rivets...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 05-28-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,561
Posted By family wagon
I haven't had many occasions to use the retarder...

I haven't had many occasions to use the retarder in my B300R, but on the couple that come to mind my experience was similar to yours. I think I recall putting the transmission down a couple gears,...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 05-28-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By family wagon
If you could provide a schematic of your lights...

If you could provide a schematic of your lights and connections we could help more effectively.
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 05-26-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,745
Posted By family wagon
The one time I've been stopped in the bus was in...

The one time I've been stopped in the bus was in a rural area in western Idaho late in the summer and just after dusk. It was more-or-less the same as yours, but involved the "on the spot" tire...
Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 05-24-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By family wagon
Thank you! For some reason my searches, even for...

Thank you! For some reason my searches, even for 'fender brush', produce only tools for cleaning fenders such as during a car wash.


I've bought stuff from Ryder several times; I should have...
Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 05-24-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By family wagon
Brush type fender flare

I'm hoping somebody can "google that for me" better than I've done for myself..


I've seen buses equipped with a kind of bristle or brush strip that wraps around the tire. It installs on the side...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 05-24-2019, 12:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 745
Posted By family wagon
If one looks carefully at the photo -- I had to...

If one looks carefully at the photo -- I had to click three times to open the photo and get it full size -- there's a label just barely legible above the 50A two-pole breaker. It says "Back Fed MAIN...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 05-22-2019, 08:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 745
Posted By family wagon
Your wiring is very tidy. Good job. I have a...

Your wiring is very tidy. Good job.

I have a couple suggestions for changing the wiring of the panel. The bus bars on the left and the right -- the ones where you've landed the neutrals on the...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 05-20-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By family wagon
So I guess the first thing to mention is that a...

So I guess the first thing to mention is that a non-contact voltage tester isn't the definitive test for a hot skin; a volt meter is. The NCVT are convenient and useful but sometimes results have to...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 05-16-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,288
Posted By family wagon
I think you're right that the beads will mount...

I think you're right that the beads will mount more true if it's done laying down. I only suggest putting the wheel onto a hub for the inflation because if the thing does explode, we know the wheel...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 05-16-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,288
Posted By family wagon
So I take it you haven't got the job done yet....

So I take it you haven't got the job done yet. Here are a few tips I learned last summer when I swapped around about a dozen tires.

Getting the wheel off the bus
Four feet of leverage works...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-16-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 628
Posted By family wagon
I've done a medium amount of backyard media...

I've done a medium amount of backyard media blasting with the 100 pound Harbor Freight pot. The hood that comes with that thing looks like it came from the costume aisle at the dollar store; I bought...
Forum: Cummins Drivetrain 05-14-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By family wagon
There's no way it's legit. It'll come trojaned...

There's no way it's legit. It'll come trojaned for sure. If you do go for it, at minimum install it in a virtual machine, but probably it's more convenient to just use a throw-away PC.
Forum: On the Road | Travel, Trips, Camp Sites, Tailgates 05-13-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 776
Posted By family wagon
Thanks for posting those links. I wasn't aware...

Thanks for posting those links. I wasn't aware that Utah "Requires any vehicle combination to stop in 40 feet at 20 mph."


My trailers have brakes and I use them... but next time I'm out with a...
Forum: On the Road | Travel, Trips, Camp Sites, Tailgates 05-13-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 776
Posted By family wagon
I'd expect that Dog Rescuer's interpretation is...

I'd expect that Dog Rescuer's interpretation is correct (and in any case it's the more conservative interpretation).


Said another way, I'd expect that the same weight and trailer brake rules...
Forum: Plumbing, Water and Waste 05-07-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,593
Posted By family wagon
Insofar as I'm aware, Orbit does not make any...

Insofar as I'm aware, Orbit does not make any products that are tested or approved for potable water applications. I take this to mean that their products may not be sanitized, may be contaminated...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,848
Posted By family wagon
That's a great price for a crane. In my market...

That's a great price for a crane. In my market I'd expect to be charged $200 for coming to the site and another $200 per hour.
Forum: Plumbing, Water and Waste 05-02-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 959
Posted By family wagon
Yeah, there are several ways to crack that nut....

Yeah, there are several ways to crack that nut. For my own fresh tank I didn't want to have the traditional filler neck; I preferred to fill it by opening a valve while the pressurized "city water"...
Forum: Plumbing, Water and Waste 05-02-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 959
Posted By family wagon
OK, I was so busy being a smart aleck with the...

OK, I was so busy being a smart aleck with the strainer suggestion that I didn't think through how to get a bulkhead nut into the tank very well (at all). :biggrin: But now that you've called me out...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 05-02-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,848
Posted By family wagon
That looks like no trouble at all to recover. Go...

That looks like no trouble at all to recover. Go to a local tool rental and get some scaffold for a week. Set it up inside the bus and use nat_ster's scaffold method. He stopped participating on the...
Forum: Plumbing, Water and Waste 05-02-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 959
Posted By family wagon
So, if I understand correctly, you have a tank...

So, if I understand correctly, you have a tank designed for fresh water but want to use it to carry gray water.

Well... you could fix the problem at the source by using a screen to prevent large...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 04-27-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,232
Posted By family wagon
I bought a torque multiplier last summer when I...

I bought a torque multiplier last summer when I had a bunch of tires to swap around. It wasn't exactly that one linked from Amazon, but based on appearances it could have come from the same factory....
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