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Forum: Conversion General Discussions 10-29-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: 75mph cruising? is it worth it?

with the exception of pulling grades in the mountains in the summer, i've never had a diesel inline 6 bus engine that had any trouble keeping itself cool.

In the event that your engine is making...
Forum: Conversion Tutorials and How-to's 05-28-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,868
Posted By lapeer20m
Help! Can't get 5.9 cummins to start

We just installed a wvo system into a bluebird tc2k with Cummings 5.9.

After conversion, bus started on diesel and ran great for about 10 minutes at a high idle, then it abruptly shut off.

My...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 04-07-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 16,774
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: A Bus at Last!!! *UNNAMED*

Today is the day, right?

Any updates?
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 04-07-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 16,774
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: A Bus at Last!!! *UNNAMED*

I prefer the auto diesel pumps. The previous points are quite valid. Many regular gas stations also have diesel, and its often on the pump furthest from the building which makes it easier to get a...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 04-06-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 16,774
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: A Bus at Last!!! *UNNAMED*

Is this bus going to have a jacuzzi in it?

If not, why not?

Lol
Forum: International | Navistar Drivetrain 01-24-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,853
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Block heater questions

I don't currently own a bus so i have less motivation to make it over here to skoolie.net.

I've taken a different path in life and bought a place in the middle of nowhere and haven't had internet...
Forum: International | Navistar Drivetrain 01-20-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,853
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Block heater questions

I've owned several buses and diesel engines and i live in michigan.

Every diesel engine i've owned with glow plugs that were functioning properly would start in any temperature with enough...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 01-13-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,075
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Preparing to purchase my first bus

with the proper motivation, money, and perseverance I think you can run a successful bus business.

However, In michigan, the required permits, inspections, insurance, and special commercial...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 12-06-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,484
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Hope everyone is prepared

It was 50 degrees here in michigan yesterday morning.

It's just below freezing today, about where we should be during the month of december.

My outdoor wood boiler is keeping the house nice...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 11-19-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,125
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: An obervation+ a question...

I bought 3 of my buses within 10 miles of my house. One bus i built for a customer who bought his own, and i flew to arizona and drove back to michigan with a bus i bought on ebay.

My...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 11-19-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,795
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Cruising distance?

On cross country trips, we like to change drivers as needed but only stop for fuel about every 250- 300 miles. We limit fuel stops to 30 minutes.

We were able to drive 2000 miles in under 40...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-26-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

Where are these photos we were promised? Lol
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 10-26-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,313
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Airbrakes Discussion

air brakes are more simple and reliable than hydraulic, not to mention they stop so much better.

nearly Every single semi-truck on the road has air brakes. If they were complicated, or...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-11-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

Good luck tomorrow!

Here is some electrical math to ponder...

According to this link: you need at a minimum 00 gauge cable, possibly 000.

http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm

3000...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-10-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

Nope. I had as many as 4 drums all the way in the back of the bus, plus a back porch with a vmax motorcycle on it and a jacuzzi half full of water. Never a problem.

I hope that when I offer...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-10-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

It sounds awesome!

It sounds like you already have too much to do and too little time, but if you find a way to secure a tarp over the jacuzzi while driving it will help contain some of the water....
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-10-2013, 08:34 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

Wow! Sounds like you guys did an impressive amount of work in a very short period of time.

I can't wait to see photos!
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-09-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

No!

If using a plate heat exchanger I mount it someplace out of the way, usually in front of the jacuzzi near the floor. The exchanger has two sets of ports. One set for engine coolant, and the...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-08-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

*edited to remove bad advice about batteries.*

However I think that a single brand new 8d size battery was sufficient for my needs. It is pretty much the same size as three separate group 31...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-07-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

For cutting straight lines in sheet metal, I like to use a circular saw (the type meant for carpenters) with an abrasive blade on it. I find this method makes much nicer lines than torches or a saws...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-06-2013, 09:34 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

I had this issue often.......but it usually wasn't a problem! alcohol may have been a factor.....

Towels: people do appreciate dry towels. I often thought about either building a heated towel...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-06-2013, 09:25 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

just remember, if you do an inverter, mount it near as you can get to the batteries, but up off the floor so it doesn't get wet. I like to screw mine to the side wall just behind the driver. It is...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-06-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

power:

I ultimately decided that fancy high power jets and electric heat were overrated. For me, a cheap 2,000 watt inverter from harbor freight provided all the power i needed to run small...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-06-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

Having a top on the jacuzzi is the best way to trap heat inside. depending on the size of the jacuzzi, a s olid insulated cover may not work well because of space constraints. Anything that keeps...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-06-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,607
Posted By lapeer20m
Re: Jacuzzi bus - a tribute

how very exciting!

here are my thoughts......

i never replaced the floors in any of my buses. Having a jacuzzi means that water will spill all over the floor on occasion. Sometimes, when a...
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