Control Switch Labeled Pump and veggio oil tales
There is a rocker switch on my driver control panel labeled Pump and is an on/off switch. Just wondering if anyone has a clue what this drives. Bus is 19 years old if that helps.
We took our first camping trip this weekend up to Pulaski, NY on Lake Ontario and the in-laws slept on the bus with us and though it was great. Everything worked out well. Coming back on Sunday we drove through the rain and found that the bus leaks around the wipers so I have to take those out and do some kind of gasket sealer on them.
Only hiccup was my alternative fuel (veggie oil) pump didn't want to pump anything during my systems check on Thursday afternoon, so once we were at the campground Friday afternoon I pulled the fuel hose off the pump and things ran fine after that, my best guess was an air pocket trapped in the pump somehow.
We are mixing veggie oil into the main 40-gallon diesel tank at a ratio of about 1:4, helps save some on diesel fuel fill-ups, we still switch over to 100% veggie oil once we are all warmed up. I am now mixing veggie oil into my diesel Volkswagen and my diesel Kubota tractor at the same 1:4 ratio, saves me about $15 a week in fuel costs, more when the snow starts to fly and I am plowing and snow-blowing every day or so.
Converting the VW over completely is a waste of time because it gets 50 MPG and my commute is only 32 miles one way, so there is not enough distance to warrant switching back and forth. During next summer I will try ramping up the oil/diesel ratio to a 50/50 mix and then back down to the 1:4 during the cooler months. Probably be down to a 10% mix during the winter months. I am getting about 15 gallons of Veggie oil a week from my local diners.
My male German Shephard, all 90 lbs of him, decided the best spot on the bus (while camping) is sitting in the driver's seat. He can see all around and keep tabs on everyone. He sat there most all morning Sunday since it was raining. Will get pics of the bus and camping, and the bus cake from July, posted as soon as I can get to it.
1988 Chevrolet S6000 8.2L Detroit Diesel