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Old 08-17-2020, 02:31 PM   #1
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Looong Drive

We flew to Columbia SC on Wednesday. Stayed night and rented a car. Drove to Manning and picked up our bus. I crawled under the bus and was relieved to find it had a 643 transmission. We went to the DMV and bought temporary tags for 20 bucks and headed home to Colorado. Drove until 2am and stopped for the night. In the morning I added some oil to the transmission. We drove until 11 pm and rented a Motel. Left at 7 am and drove to Denver. We were in home depot parking lot and it would not start. Ran through quite a few possibilities and it ended up being the connection from the battery to the starter. The connection was loose on the starter. We rolled on home at 12am. A long drive

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Old 08-17-2020, 03:28 PM   #2
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Whew, always nice when its an easy fix. Congrats on making it home.
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Old 08-17-2020, 06:30 PM   #3
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about to make our first "long" drive after major mods

and first trip in the bus since we bought it

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glad to hear you made it safe
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Old 08-17-2020, 06:53 PM   #4
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At least you made it. Sucks when your long trip is almost done, then there's an issue just far enough from anywhere. Your trip sounds like the way I do them. I flew to Idaho Falls to hitch a ride to Butte, where I picked up my bus and then drove straight to Bainbridge Island, Seattle for 2 nights and then turn and headed to Atl. over 3 days. Then 6 months later flew to Beaverton, Ore. and drove one back to Atl. Both buses bought on line, sight unseen. Took no tools other than the Master Card, and a positive attitude.
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Old 08-18-2020, 01:03 AM   #5
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Quite a tale. Glad y'all made it home safely with your new aquisition. Good luck with the build.
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Old 08-18-2020, 08:03 AM   #6
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Long drives are fun!! I just finished a 10 day over 2500 road trip in one of my busses.. i wouldve kept it going except the bus said "help!" and needs some maint items then it will go back out,,



those shakedown drives are where you learn your bus and all its quirks and anything it needs.. now you know alotmore about your bus than you did.. areas to improve, areas where it excels, maint items to do before you embark on a real journey, etc..
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Old 08-18-2020, 09:21 AM   #7
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When we got there., the bus had air conditioning. The mechanic was around because we had to boost it to start it. I asked him if the air conditioning worked. He glanced up at the bus and said "How many windows that thing got?". Yep that style air conditioner worked great!
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Old 08-18-2020, 09:34 AM   #8
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Road AC is a great thing to have. I suggest not ripping it out unless you have plans for good cold AC or don’t mind wearing bandanas and keeping sweat rags handy for summer drives
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