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Old 04-14-2016, 09:29 PM   #1541
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Brilliant Jack! --- Hopefully no more "China Syndromes".

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Old 04-14-2016, 09:31 PM   #1542
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The temperature sensor from an old water heater is the right range. Commonly used in home made smokers to control the electric hot plate.
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:58 PM   #1543
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Hey Tango.As you know, I'm working on my Ecotemp on demand water heater. As you will recall I let the thing heat up the water so much that the pvc pipe ballooned and a seam leaked. I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but wiring in a temp control switch would have saved my a$$. I've been using one to cut in and out an extra cooling fan for my genny and it has worked perfectly---so why not use the same device on the Ecotemp? Sometimes I'm a slow learner.

This switch 10A 12V Digital Temperature Controller w Sensor Thermostat Switch 40 120C US | eBay

controls my genny temp within 2.5 degrees F and all for about ten bucks. Jack
Jack, what happens if for some reason that sensor dies or trips something and is no longer working? Is there a safe default setting that it would fall back on?
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:27 AM   #1544
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Opus. the Ecotemp has several safety features built in. It turns itself off automatically after 20 minutes, it shuts down immediately if water pressure or flow does not meet system requirements and it has the normal high pressure relief valve like a standard water heater.

The reason I want the temp control is because the hot water system is being used with a continuous loop flow circuit to and from the fresh water tank and eventually the water in the tank heats up (especially when near empty). The Ecotemp continues to add heat according to the burner rate and flow rate I originally set and the water gets hotter and hotter (30 degrees above incoming temp until the upper factory limits are reached). The thermostatic switch will shut the burner down when the temp of the water coming from the heater reaches my setting. Had I been satisfied letting water run down the drain while I waited for the heater to do its thing, I wouldn't have encountered the problem I had because the incoming water temp would have remained constant.

Hope all this made some sense. Jack
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:46 AM   #1545
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Hope all this made some sense. Jack
Perfect. Seems to be pretty configurable as well.
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Old 04-16-2016, 01:35 AM   #1546
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One more Baby Step --- Got the last section of my stainless exhaust in the mail today and just had to put it on.






Probably not a big deal for those of you whose buses CAME with some kind of exhaust but it was a beautiful moment for me.

And...most importantly...it's shiny!

ONWARD!
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Old 04-16-2016, 05:31 AM   #1547
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Old 04-16-2016, 07:15 AM   #1548
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I love exhaust.. after all im a former Hot-Rodder so shiny pipes coming in the big brown truck (or being lucky enough to live in the state where JEGS and Summit are HQ'd) always made for a super good day!!

Lookin good! I like it

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Old 04-16-2016, 07:28 AM   #1549
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Hey, I know its not exhaust.. but I thought of these to consider for your Dash A/C and defrost...

the size looks workable for in the front area of a Bus too..
this is the inside unit... it has Floor / panel / Defrost outlets and a dash control.. you can duct it in however you like..

Evaporator 960 A - 50 001 703

seeing the underbody of your bus made me think of This condenser unit too because it mounts underneat the bus and doesnt require room in front of your engine radiator or having to try and locate in the skirting area...

Condensers 102 - 50 001 479

something to think about anyway.. im likely going to use the above condenser in mine

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Old 04-16-2016, 09:24 AM   #1550
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Ok, I'll ask. You took the exhaust to the other side of the bus....why?
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Hey Tango. That is one elegant exhaust system. Nothing beats stainless for durability and good looks. Jack
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Yeah and you know that chrome tip will make it go faster, or at least seem like it.

That's looking good under your bus.
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Thanks All --- Yep, gotta love shiny. And the exhaust exits on the driver side for a couple of reasons. 1.)...makes it easy to keep an eye on. Diesels tell lots of stories based on what kinda' smoke they make. 2.)...when camped, should you want/need to run the engine, it will at least exit on the opposite side from where you are typically set up (think awning, campfire, table, whatever).Similarly, plumbing dump valve, water inlet and electrical should come in on the driver side.
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Thanks All --- Yep, gotta love shiny. And the exhaust exits on the driver side for a couple of reasons. 1.)...makes it easy to keep an eye on. Diesels tell lots of stories based on what kinda' smoke they make. 2.)...when camped, should you want/need to run the engine, it will at least exit on the opposite side from where you are typically set up (think awning, campfire, table, whatever).Similarly, plumbing dump valve, water inlet and electrical should come in on the driver side.
But then you'll have mosquitos on the camping side.

Good thinking, I wouldnt have thought of that till I was gagging on smoke.
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Yup....

I never have seen any smoke but I'm ready



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Old 04-17-2016, 09:18 PM   #1556
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Very nice guys.

And for any diesel Noobies...here is some good, basic info on how to read "smoke signals". Worth copying and holding onto.

Reading Exhaust Smoke, basic Diesel diagnosis/Troubleshooting + related comments - PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum

PS...excellent info there on "runaway engines", diesel basics and fuel considerations as well.
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Old 04-19-2016, 04:19 PM   #1557
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Don't it just figure...

The new U-Bolts I need to get back to work on aligning my rear pinion angle arrived yesterday...and the whole city is too flooded to get to my bus!

But seriously, it's pretty pretty bad. Several drownings. Had to wade out at 4 in the morning to move my cars uphill or they would be goners.

Hope the rest of you Houston Skoolies came through OK.
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Don't it just figure...

The new U-Bolts I need to get back to work on aligning my rear pinion angle arrived yesterday...and the whole city is too flooded to get to my bus!

But seriously, it's pretty pretty bad. Several drownings. Had to wade out at 4 in the morning to move my cars uphill or they would be goners.

Hope the rest of you Houston Skoolies came through OK.
Hope things are ok with you Tango. Up here in Cypresswood things are pretty bad as well. I'h high and dry and only lost power for 24 hrs but what a pain in the arse.
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Hey Flyboy...glad to hear you are still above water. Try and stay that way bud. I narrowly missed losing two cars (my block always floods badly) but I got'em out just in time. The good news is...my neighborhood bar came through fine.
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I just wish you'd kept all that water down there in the Gulf where it belongs. After you Texans got done with it, you sent it all the way up here to Montana. It's wreaking havoc on my arthritic knees!
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