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Old 03-09-2020, 10:48 PM   #1
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Hi all

Alrighty so I definitely typed out some big ol long winded intro saying hi and telling about me and my plan for the bus, I was about to hit post when instead I attempted to add a picture of the bus. Next thing you know, I've got a picture uploaded but my post has disappeared!! Oh well

Excited to work on the bus and learn from you all! I'm located west of Des Moines Iowa. Feel free to ask any other questions

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Old 03-09-2020, 11:18 PM   #2
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Welcome! Go ahead and tell us about you, your bus, and your plans. Essay version or cliff notes....its up to you!
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Old 03-09-2020, 11:53 PM   #3
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Yeah, any story issssss a good story!



Looks like you have a slightly newer version of the same bus we have.
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Old 03-10-2020, 06:57 AM   #4
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welcome!
You need 5 posts to upload images and/or video. Its an anti-spam measure for the greater good.
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:31 PM   #5
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Yeah, any story issssss a good story!
I swear! No fooling

Good to know about the anti spam. Going to have to keep posting

Thanks for the welcome! I'm not a great detail planner, so all I know for now is that I want to be able to hauls few dirt bikes in a rear end garage, then have a comfortable living space for 2 up front. I don't think I'll ever be a "full timer" in the bus so not looking to get too extravagant at this time, but I will probably always add a feature or two as I go.

I picked up the bus a few weeks ago and so far I've taken care of title and registration (as a bus), got insurance on it (my agent set me up with another agent from national general, said it was the place she could find to cover it - I double checked with a few of the big names and they wouldn't), and got seats tore out. I live alone, so work on most of my projects alone as well. Ended up taking an angle grinder with cutting wheel to all of the bolt heads. I took someone's advice and put a bottle jack under the seat once they were cut almost all the way down. Seats popped up pretty easy then. Definitely a tedious project, but good to have a couple drinks and mindlessly grind metal after being in an office all day. And I didn't have to crawl under the bus!

Anywho, next step will be pulling up the floor. I've got some help recruited for that and will hopefully get it done next weekend

I've got an appointment set at the local CAT dealer this week as well. Going to have them hook up to the computer and see what we can do about:
1. Speed governor delete
2. Idle auto shutoff timer delete
3. Cruise control (fingers crossed I'm a switch and some programming away from that)
4. Investigate if it has the 6th gear. I don't think it does from what I've read.

That's it for now
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:35 PM   #6
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Yeah, any story issssss a good story!



Looks like you have a slightly newer version of the same bus we have.
Awesome! Have any advice for someone just getting into it?
Did yours have a radio already? Thats another thing on my short list. Can't road trip without a radio, and don't wanna road trip without cruise control
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:48 PM   #7
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Awesome! Have any advice for someone just getting into it?
Did yours have a radio already? Thats another thing on my short list. Can't road trip without a radio, and don't wanna road trip without cruise control
With respect to the cruise control ... it is disabled in the ECU by setting the lowest speed to engage the cruise to 127 MPH. Ask your CAT dealer to program it to something like 15 MPH to 20 MPH. That will enable cruise. Also, take alook at Ab01ns' thread concerning what it takes to rig your machine for cruise control.


https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f33/c...5-a-26329.html


Radio ... yes, ours had/has a radio. The speakers are barely good enough to listen to the radio with the engine turned off. At idle, I had to crank the volume to MAX to hear it a little. I switched out the head unit and put in some Toyota speakers I had lying around. This helped somewhat, but the engine noise at cruising speed was too loud and drowned out the radio. We are still planning on adding a decent radio, but at a later date when we do the buildout. For the time being, we have opted for a portable radio/CD player and bluetooth headsets.
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Old 03-30-2020, 02:24 PM   #8
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Awesome, thanks for the info Native. I like the bluetooth speakers idea. My bus currently doesn't have speakers or a radio. So I'll see how ambitious I feel like getting to setting up a permanent solution

I did get the cruise control up and running this weekend. The other fella on here must be a little more experience or handy than I am cause he made it sound easy, and it was a pain for me! I will document more of that in another thread.

Haven't posted for a couple weeks, but have been working on the bus off and on. Going to start a build thread to document.
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Old 03-30-2020, 05:52 PM   #9
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Please post a link to the build thread here so we all will not miss it.
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Old 04-04-2020, 10:11 AM   #10
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https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/a...ler-30720.html

there you go!
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Old 04-04-2020, 10:09 PM   #11
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Got it, thank you.
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