Thinking about a Bus/RV

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by Ted, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. tmyers

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    Only if you can roll it 90 degrees
     
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    Don’t do that. My in laws did that once to an RV. Not recommended. LOL
     
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    But did it stall?
     
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    This gets into that 'aerodynamic stall' vs 'engine stall' distinction that the press never seems to understand.

    All RVs are already aerodynamically stalled when they leave the factory. That situation never improves, though it becomes possible to add an engine stall to the mix on mountain roads.
     
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  5. Ted

    Ted The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted

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    We just got back from our inaugural post-remodeling trip, heading down to South Padre Island for about a week with stops both directions for around 2200 miles total. This was the first real test of all the work that had been done over the winter - the bearings and oil pump on the engine plus new exhaust, new alternators/charging system for both the house and engine driven batteries, with new belts and the new water pump tensioner, and oil temp/EGT gauges. Plus the Air Tabs on the rear of the bus and, of course, all of the interior work that we did on it.

    I'm happy to say that everything worked really well on the trip. The alternators kept both the engine and the house happy, charging well and let us run much bigger accessories than we'd run before. The voltmeter on the house batteries dropped down to the 13 range with higher amperage (around 160-170A being shown pulled). That alternator is rated at 270A and supposedly made 350ish amps on the dyno (I forget the exact number). But the alternator was still keeping up.

    Nothing appears to be leaking as far as the plumbing work we did and we're not seeing any sort of cracks as far as our tile work goes.

    The shower was absolutely the best part of the upgrades we did. The extra space in the shower makes it a lot more comfortable since you're no longer bumping into the walls. Having the shower head now tall enough that I can stand under it is also very nice.

    The residential refrigerator was another big improvement vs. the old Norcold. It is so much more functional. We may have gone grocery shopping once for a few things, but we were otherwise able to just work with what we'd brought with us. A huge improvement. It's also efficient enough that we were able to leave it running on the inverter alone while parked without hookups at one point for a couple of days, and the batteries and 60W solar panel did just fine. So, that's plenty good performance and makes me glad that I didn't bother with keeping the propane portion of the fridge.

    As far as driving goes, the improvement of the Air Tabs was shockingly positive. The driving characteristics of the bus were something that I "got used to" but really wanted to improve. At speeds above 70 any wind at all would really make it squirrely, and some winds had my max comfortable speed down closer to 60. We drove south at 75 or so basically the entire way and it was never uncomfortable - even on 2-lane roads with semis going the other way or drafting behind a semi or other large vehicle (those were the two worst before). So they may look a bit silly, but I can whole-heartedly recommend them as a cheap improvement in stability.

    Having the EGT and oil temp gauges were nice. It shows that the oil cooler is working well as the temps never got significantly high, even driving on 85ish degree days doing 75 or so.

    Now that we're back home there are still some little items that need to get addressed and looked at - things like fixing the power awning which has had a bad motor on it since we bought it. I have other preventative maintenance items to do like the front air springs and at some point I want to change out all of the coolant hoses and flush the system. Not to mention the new engine coolant driven heater in the back. I still have some other things I'm interested in doing like the electric clutch for the engine-driven fan, and I've got a few other items to look into and consider doing at some point. And, of course, finishing up the flooring in the front part of the bus and some trim.

    But the nice part is, we've done a complete remodel on the bus, spent some time in it, and found that everything we'd done did exactly what we expected it to, and we couldn't think of anything that we said "We wish we'd done this differently." It's satisfying when that happens.
     
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    Nah. Just lost all vertical component of lift. LOL. Took a little nap in the nice grass in the ditch at 70 MPH.
     
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    Are you bringing it to Oshkosh and Camp Bacon? This seems like something that must be seen in person to really experience it. :)
     
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    Ted The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted

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    We might. I’d suggested Osh to my wife, but we’ll see how we feel in July and how the schedule looks.

    That said, I won’t claim any of this to be the Taj Mahal - it’s still a 21 year old RV which we’ve just done an almost full Reno on. :)