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Old 10-23-2019
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I got tired of the air valves and scraped them. They have been replaced with electric waste valves that can be operated from outside as well as the bathroom. They come with a stainless steel blade for smooth operation, no surprises. Also you don't have to build air in order to operate them. I also gave fair warning to the step and step slide/cover that the next time they gave me trouble, they were going to be replaced with electric ones. I honestly don't know what Blue Bird was thinking when they did all this air operated stuff. By the way Andy if you are at WOG I would very much like to talk with you about your step slide.
Butch . Not sure if you are saying elect valves eliminate a possible stuck valve but I assure you air or Electric your valves will not shut if debris is stuck . I have electric and know this to be true, as Jim has with air .
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I decided to run the generator for a while to keep it limber while stopped for a while, but after a few hours it stopped producing power. I don't know if it's the regulator or what, but I'm just going to replace the head with a brushless one and be done with it. I need to replace the insulation and run a new exhaust while I'm in there, and the hydraulic ram is seeping, too. Project time!

You will have that done by friday,what are you doing on the weekend?
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You will have that done by friday,what are you doing on the weekend?
Relax in the coach to the hum of the generator?
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You will have that done by friday,what are you doing on the weekend?
Putting the snow blower on the tractor.
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Putting the snow blower on the tractor.
Andy, I spent two months of my life in Antigo. I was there for for the Summer to Winter switch. 6 feet of snow by November. Pretty state. I think that had a direct bearing on why I moved to FL.
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Soooo I did something somewhat controversial, but I think it will work out... I bought a Chinese diesel heater, 16 kw. It's like a Webasto DBW. It will be here next week and I'll get to work installing it in December after "bench" testing it to make sure it's OK. I did a lot of research online and I don't think it will be a bombtastic fire hazard. It's a simple device, Webasto is way too proud of their units, and I refuse to pay insane prices for 15 year old NOS units or used ones. I hate to send money directly to China for anything, but in this case I have talked myself into it.

I might also put together an isolated coolant loop to keep the waste tanks warm using this. I have to figure out how I want to implement it on the tanks though. I envision stainless steel tubing bent into loops on the bottom of the tanks and covered with some robust insulating layer. And maybe a few wraps around the dump valves, too.
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Cool idea or just move South like you proposed earlier

I struggled with the same in buying Webasto for PT, but ultimately did.

copper nickel (CuNi) bends much easier than stainless and doesn't corrode. I believe you could find it in large enough sizes for some sufficient coolant flow.
I've used it for brake and fuel lines.
You might look in to it. You might need to build a manifold to distribute flow across smaller lines.
Here is some 1/2". https://www.amazon.com/Copper-Nickel.../dp/B01FOKISGI

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Soooo I did something somewhat controversial, but I think it will work out... I bought a Chinese diesel heater, 16 kw. It's like a Webasto DBW. It will be here next week and I'll get to work installing it in December after "bench" testing it to make sure it's OK. I did a lot of research online and I don't think it will be a bombtastic fire hazard. It's a simple device, Webasto is way too proud of their units, and I refuse to pay insane prices for 15 year old NOS units or used ones. I hate to send money directly to China for anything, but in this case I have talked myself into it.

I might also put together an isolated coolant loop to keep the waste tanks warm using this. I have to figure out how I want to implement it on the tanks though. I envision stainless steel tubing bent into loops on the bottom of the tanks and covered with some robust insulating layer. And maybe a few wraps around the dump valves, too.

And i have a new NOS Webasto DBW in stock,i would have made you a pretty good deal at $3000 for it.
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I forgot about that CuNi line, that would be the way to go for bendy stuff. I can use a water to water heat exchanger to isolate that coolant loop in case it springs a leak. It might be smart to put some kind of thermostat control on that, too.
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And i have a new NOS Webasto DBW in stock,i would have made you a pretty good deal at $3000 for it.
A few years ago I saw a bunch of clean DBW 2010 used units go for $750-1000 and I didn't buy one. There were even a few NOS ones around $1500 back then on eBay. The Chicom one I bought was $400 brand new and appears to match the DBW in build quality and design, but remains to be seen. There's no reason a DBW should cost $3000 and they recently plead guilty to price fixing and had to pay $15M in fines. Here's that story I also believe Webasto is having most or all of their parts made in China and just marking them way up just like a lot of American companies do now.
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