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jkindt 06-22-2011 03:14 PM

Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)

Originally Posted by lapeer20m
The one problem i have not fixed yet is that the bus has separate brake lights and turn signals like a euopean car, While the trailer has combined brake light/turn signal like an american pickup truck...

My bus was the same way. One set of red lights for brakes and one set of amber lights for turn signals. I can't remember which one, but there was a single wire on the steering column that I had to reconnect. Then I changed the single filament sockets and bulbs in the 'old brake lights' to double filament bulbs. This gave me two brake lights on each side which also flashed as turn signals 'like an american pickup truck'. I just had to take off the amber turn signal lenses and put red ones on. Then I could hook up trailer wiring without any converters. The only issue that I found was that my bus had side mounted signal lights that suddenly became brake I just removed them and filled the holes. 8)

Stuff 06-23-2011 07:20 PM

Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)
I am thinking i should be okay for my bus, just dreading installing a brake controller in an older vehicle... plus the new fancy dangled 7 pin connector like my TT uses..

lapeer20m 06-23-2011 07:25 PM

Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)
I installed the 7 pin connector, because that's what both of my trailers use, but I only used 3 wires.

Wheelchairdude94 07-28-2011 01:48 AM

Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)
I just read this entire thread and was amazed by how quick everything got done. I really like the hardwood floor and hopefully can get some of that down in my bus. Any more hints or tips on how to install the automatic door opener, when its not there at all in the first place.. would be awesome. Also anyone with ideas for where to get seat or how to make a bench.. any thing like that would be awesome.

lapeer20m 07-29-2011 07:59 AM

Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)
I don't have a photo handy, but my favorite electric door conversion was done by another skoolie. He simply installed a linear actuator in place of the factory rod that opens/closes the door. This allows the door to still open manually, but gives the option for electric open/close.

Wish I could find a photo.

Wheelchairdude94 07-29-2011 10:44 AM

Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)
Alright thanks, the more ideas the better. Once that is in maybe we could get it auto on a keyfob

lapeer20m 08-05-2011 10:22 PM

Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)
Although I am not a big fan od the 7.3l powerstroke for skoolie use, it has been good to me and my shuttle bus so far. Yesterday I drove about 250 miles, mostly expressway at 75mph. Utilized both ac units, and let the bus idle for approximately 2 hours. Also had about 3,000 pounds of "cargo." I was pleasantly surprised today at the fuel pump:

11.4 mpg.

lapeer20m 08-07-2011 01:17 AM

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I drove 100 miles and filled her up again. Granted there is some room for error with such a small sample, but I got 11.4 mpg again. This time i drove nice and easy, under 60mph. I did more city driving, and a couple hours of idling.

Heard some great compliments, ie:

"can u turn the ac off? it's freezing in here!"
(I fixed the rear ac myself)
"the bus is way better than the bar, let's just drive around the rest of the night"

I'll try to post some photos...

lapeer20m 08-07-2011 09:35 AM

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Here are a couple i took. I'll try to scam some more from the girls fb pages.

lapeer20m 11-22-2011 10:26 PM

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I sold the party bus. :(

The regulatory fees and insurance requirements for a limo service are simply intolerable. About $8K/year, and that's before maintenance and fuel costs.

Stuff 11-23-2011 09:36 AM

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thats why you make one for yourself :D

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