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Old 10-14-2017, 04:43 PM   #321
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SUb'd to your thread. I love your build. I am thinking that a TC1000 is just the right size for me. I am bidding on one right now. your tranny is a AT545? how is it on the hills. do you know the rear end gears? I am in mountain country and want to know if this setup will be good for going over passes! Cheers!

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Old 10-14-2017, 04:53 PM   #322
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Thanks! AT545 with 3:54 diff. Not fast, not slow, it's halfassed. We go up and down 6 percent often, occasionally even pass a truck. We have put over 10000 miles on it and are happy.
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Old 10-14-2017, 06:07 PM   #323
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before I did my transmission swao I had AT545, 3.54 gears and 225/70R19.5 tires.. I drove more than 10,000 miles on the bus that way... from florida to ohio.. over monteagle in tennessee.. down the virginia passes on I-77..

while not nearly as high of elevation as the rocky mountains.. ive come to learn that the grades in the eastern hills are as steep if not steeper than the rockies..

in a lighter short bus I had no issues with feeling like I was going to over-speed.. wind resistance and the small holding power that the 545 does have were enough that I did not have to get on the brakes alot

with my T-444E I typically stayed above 50 on the uphills , unless the traffic were to slow way down due to a semi that jumped in the passing lane.. then I had a bit of a slow time getting back up to a decent speed...

were i to have a full size 10 or 11+ row bus I wouldnt feel as comfortable in the mountains with an AT545... uphill id be concerned that im making a ton of heat on a long grade at slow speed.. (larger TC slip ratio).. and downhill I wouldnt have the same lighter weight where wind helps out alot and would likely have been on the brakes alot more..

there are forum members running AT545 equipped busses all over the mountains ... most of them in shorter busses..
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Old 10-15-2017, 08:23 AM   #324
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Off to Bishop Ca today. A couple hundred miles north... zoooooooom.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:44 PM   #325
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Working our way home. Over 900 miles. Tomorrow, Ehrenberg.
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Old 10-21-2017, 04:39 PM   #326
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Home! 1475 miles, 50 mph. speed avg. 11 mpg. avg. Top speed 70. More later.
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Old 10-21-2017, 05:05 PM   #327
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I'm still getting an occasional SES. The engine de-rates as long as the SES is present. The code per. Scangauge is : "ID: 190 - Engine Speed (RPM)
FM: 2 - Data erratic, intermittent, or incorrect".

I believe it's the crank position sensor. I don't think this 2000 5.9 Cummins has a cam sensor.

Anyone?
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Old 10-21-2017, 08:22 PM   #328
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A good time was had by all. Spooky the wondercat was puuuurfect.

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Old 10-21-2017, 09:06 PM   #329
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OK, city folks only. First to name the beast the prints are from and win a prize.
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:46 AM   #330
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Rocky Racoon?
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Old 10-22-2017, 10:52 AM   #331
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OK, city folks only. First to name the beast the prints are from and win a prize.
Looks like bob, the cat. They are cool little guys.

Fun story, In Tucson, my buddy's hot sister used to leave the sunroof of her car open at night and one of the local Male bobcats would climb-in and spray. Fun times.
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:08 AM   #332
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Rocky Racoon?
Winner! You have to come to Skooliepalooza or 2Kool4Skoolie campout to get your prize...there really is one!
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Old 10-22-2017, 12:03 PM   #333
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Winner Winner- Chicken Dinner !!!! Wahooo !!!
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Old 10-22-2017, 03:49 PM   #334
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I like your front door. Where'd ya get it?
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Racoon huh? You are lucky he didn't steal your scooter. They are wizards in fur that can figure out how to get into/steal anything.

Update for those not familiar with Rocky (A group called The Beatles)...there is the newer Marvel version...

...Rocket Racoon (from Guardians of the Galaxy). Love that little guy!
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:24 PM   #336
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Question for you. I love the size of the TC1000, but my main concern is the approach angle as I intend to you is on forest service and rural roads. have you had to be cautious around different steep angles in the roads or even step driveways or entrances of roads. there is a lot of distance from the front of the bumper to the front axle. (nice build by the way!)
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I like your front door. Where'd ya get it?
Generic RV door. Took a while to find w/a large window.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:02 PM   #338
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I'm still getting an occasional SES. The engine de-rates as long as the SES is present. The code per. Scangauge is : "ID: 190 - Engine Speed (RPM)
FM: 2 - Data erratic, intermittent, or incorrect".

I believe it's the crank position sensor. I don't think this 2000 5.9 Cummins has a cam sensor.

Anyone?
I replaced the crank sensor today.

Your bus will probably be a bit different.

Disconnect neg at batt.
Disconnect neg. connections at buss bar near starter.
Loosen or remove starter, 10mm 12 pt. is required.
If not removed, pry starter away from sensor and remove sensor from block.
Unplug sensor and re-plug new one.
Replace all that was loosened or removed.

I needed a 10mm 12pt. box ratchet to remove the top starter bolt. There are 3.
I had to unplug the multi-pin connector and move the dipstick tube to see the bolt.

Next time I can do this in a couple hours, this was the first time and it took me all day at a 72 y/o's pace.

Road test to come.

This bus would produce a code after being fully warmed, shut off, then re-started. The code would show as SES after 1/2 hr. or so of running FULLY warmed. The engine would de-rate to lower power and the idle had a nasty surge. It would clear after a few seconds to a few minutes., usually instantly via the Scangauge.
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Question for you. I love the size of the TC1000, but my main concern is the approach angle as I intend to you is on forest service and rural roads. have you had to be cautious around different steep angles in the roads or even step driveways or entrances of roads. there is a lot of distance from the front of the bumper to the front axle. (nice build by the way!)
Take obstacles at an angle, not straight on. My buddy's house has a drop off as I leave to parking area. If I go straight off, it will touch the tow hooks at least.
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Old 10-28-2017, 01:52 PM   #340
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Our 3 y/o Visanni fridge has began acting up. Most of the time it draws 2.5a at start then 1.5 while running. The rest of the time it draws 6.5a at start then drops off a bit and quits. Blows the motor breaker within the unit. Has a 5 year parts only on the compressor but I'm replacing with a new RCA at$180. LOTS of bumpy roads in the 3 years, $60 a year isn't bad for hard ice cream!
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