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Old 04-26-2022, 02:26 PM   #21
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Conversion in Los Angeles area

Hi does anybody know a place or a person that is I can reach out to that does conversions in the Los Angeles area?

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Old 04-27-2022, 12:40 AM   #22
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What do tou guys do for ac. Im guessinf if it did come with factory air its not going to work. I wondered a portable ac on an inverter while driving but im guessing thats not going to put but a dent in it in 110 degree heat we have. Then again that qould last but half a day of the trip
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Old 04-27-2022, 08:39 AM   #23
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What do tou guys do for ac. Im guessinf if it did come with factory air its not going to work. I wondered a portable ac on an inverter while driving but im guessing thats not going to put but a dent in it in 110 degree heat we have. Then again that qould last but half a day of the trip
There is enough space under the hood on most buses for you to figure out a way to add a belt, or reroute a serpentine belt, and mount an auto AC compressor and install the rest of a basic system, if you're willing to learn and do the hacking. Could always call and consult with an auto AC guy if you're not very sure.
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Old 04-27-2022, 08:56 AM   #24
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for A/C, you likely want 2 types of A/C unless you are planning to drive in only cool or nice weather where you dont mind havign the windows open..



you will want Parked A/C for when you camp.. there are a myriad of options foir that.. from minisplits to window A/C's through a back window to camper units.. portable single Hose A/C's are worthless.. portable 2 Hose A/C's are a step better but still tough to cool anything outside of a bus parked at night.. and pretty much 100% worthless for driving..


if you turn your bus into a cave.. super-insualted floors, walls, roof and probably only a few windows (read that as dark inside) then you might be able to get away with staying halfway cool on the road in a rear engine rig by running your parked A/C if you have one up front blowing on you..



onto Road A/C.. if your bus comes with factory A/C and it doesnt work, you are still likely miles (and 1000s) ahead of a non A/C bus.. if you are well insualting your bus, chances are you can delete one of the road A/C systems and still do just fine on the road.. this means a whole extra set of parts to make one good one out of 2 broken ones... rarely do the condensors and evaporators fail (unless you buy a rust belt bus).. the most often failures are condensor fans (easy to replace with new SPAL fans available everywhere).. , compressors fail.. for a few hundred bucks you can get a brand new one, learn how to flush the system, put it on and then you just have to have someone or a shop vac and charge.. and sometimes the lines rub against something, chaff and then leak.. there are lineset splice / repair / fittings kits widely available..


adding A/C gets a LOT tougher.. if you get lucky you may find someone removing their systems and giving or selling them cheap (they arent worth much $$ used). and you can pick them up and retrofit to your bus.. otherwise you need to build one.. compressor brackets being usually the toughest part... a simple underdash aftermarket car A/C wont begin to cool the driver cab of a bus on a hot summer day.. esp a front engine bus..



I installed custom dash A/C in one of my busses and am doing so as we speak on another.. it was costly and a lot of work (but its 74 inside driving through texas in july so worth it..)...



if A/C on the highway is a priority the BEST bet is to buy a bus which has it already even if it doesnt work....



for reference if you were to take a non A/C bus to a shop like thermoking and asked then to install a dual A/C system like would come from the factory on a new full-length bus you would have 12-15k in it.....


me personally? I refuse to go back to 1949 on the highway so I add A/C (or fix it) on every bus I get...
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Old 04-29-2022, 12:33 PM   #25
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We have found another contender. I did a post in general but its is not getting any responses. it is a '99 international 3800 blue bird 7 window with dt466e unknown trans. Great service record, tires, inspection etc but has 161k miles.

it is pushing the boundaries on being to small but I think we can make it work. My concern is cost of maintenance/repairs. However they have sent me the mechanics inspection etc so I'm confident I could drive this home and use it for a year or two before it would need anything mechanical based on what I've seen.
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Old 04-29-2022, 02:45 PM   #26
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We have found another contender. I did a post in general but its is not getting any responses. it is a '99 international 3800 blue bird 7 window with dt466e unknown trans. Great service record, tires, inspection etc but has 161k miles.

it is pushing the boundaries on being to small but I think we can make it work. My concern is cost of maintenance/repairs. However they have sent me the mechanics inspection etc so I'm confident I could drive this home and use it for a year or two before it would need anything mechanical based on what I've seen.
Sounds worlds better than a gasser thats sat 9 years.
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