Re: What to check before moving a bus?
The above post sounds about right. Once you start it up, if the bus has air brakes, and the air is low, the low air alarm will sound for a while as it builds up pressure. Once it reaches operating pressure the alarm should silence, but it'll continue to build up more air. You should run an air check, start pumping the brakes, with each pump you'll expend some air... keep doing this until the pressure drops way down and the alarm comes back on, then let it build up pressure again. After it's fully pressureized, then shut the whole thing down and do like suggested above, go around and listen for air leaks.
Oh, and don't pump those brakes or step on the brake pedal with the air parking brakes engaged, release them first!!
If everything there checks out, you can start it again and let it run for a while, listen for the air pressure release valve to siphon off a burst or two of air, it should be a very short burst of air, anything longer and you may have purge valve problems. It'll keep purging air as you go along, as the compressor always runs and it can only hold so much air without exploding the tanks...so it'll bleed off air every few minutes.
Checking fluids is good, make sure you have brake lights!! With only 20 miles you should be just fine!!
You just might be a Redneck if...
...your motor home used to be a school bus!
...Your living room has a steering wheel!
...Your home has brake lights
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee
1989 Thomas Diesel Pusher (Cat 3208/Freightliner)