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Old 04-15-2021, 07:27 AM   #81
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Very nice looking, where is the steel stand located in the bus..I can't find a reference point..
Curious what you have for rear axle ratio.
Ours is. 4.10 and with 255/85r16 tires , very light foot, I can get 13 mpg at 60 mph. Then ours is a lower.

At good enough campground ..did you tow or have a backup vehicle or was that another camper?
Very nice build.

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Old 04-15-2021, 10:52 AM   #82
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Very nice looking, where is the steel stand located in the bus..I can't find a reference point..
Curious what you have for rear axle ratio.
Ours is. 4.10 and with 255/85r16 tires , very light foot, I can get 13 mpg at 60 mph. Then ours is a lower.

At good enough campground ..did you tow or have a backup vehicle or was that another camper?
Very nice build.

Johan
Thanks Johan!

The water tank is located under the bed at the rear of the bus. I had to elevate it because the fuel fill pipe angles through the wall below it. The bottom of the tank sits at the chair rail so the stand is through-bolted to that. I have removable metal straps around the tank so I can remove it to fully drain and clean. Why don't tank manufacturers put a drain hole in the bottom of the tank? The way mine is designed (from Class A Customs) there's about 2" of water that I can't use. Good tanks otherwise.

Thanks for the nudge about MPG again. I'll have to look at my rear end. Would it indicate gearing on the unit or do I have to count revolutions? My tires are 225/75r16.

We didn't tow. That was just another nearby camper.

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Old 04-15-2021, 11:04 AM   #83
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Wow, are you sure about the tire size.. normal would be 245 /75r16 for busses load range f or g.

Maybe check what load your tires can handle in the front.

If indeed 225/65r16 then your powerstroke revs pretty high at 65mph.

Either way nice built.

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Old 04-15-2021, 11:21 AM   #84
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I'm green with envy!! You are doing a great job with your bargain bus, and getting out and enjoying nature while doing it.

I hope to do the same soon. Keep on posting on your progress so I can stay inspired!!
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:51 PM   #85
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I'm green with envy!! You are doing a great job with your bargain bus, and getting out and enjoying nature while doing it.

I hope to do the same soon. Keep on posting on your progress so I can stay inspired!!
Thanks! That's why I keep posting. So people know there is light at the end of the tunnel
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:58 PM   #86
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Wow, are you sure about the tire size.. normal would be 245 /75r16 for busses load range f or g.

Maybe check what load your tires can handle in the front.

If indeed 225/65r16 then your powerstroke revs pretty high at 65mph.

Either way nice built.

Johan
Hi Johan,
Interesting on tire size. The data plate on the bus lines up with the tire that are on it. LT225/75R16 Load range E
I'm going to have to look into the rear end gearing but it doesn't sound like it's revving high. I would love to squeeze out a few more MPGs though.
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Old 04-15-2021, 11:25 PM   #87
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Thanks! That's why I keep posting. So people know there is light at the end of the tunnel
Thatís the motivation we all need sometimes!
Thanks so much.
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:28 PM   #88
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