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Doing a DD3 conversion in the Absaroka Bay RV Park

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Well, Pam and Tony can add another activity to the great rally :o

Several of us stayed over for a day or two after the rally. Yesterday most of us were leaving. I had the bus started and noticed that Bob Gilbert seemed to be having a problem. I went over and he could not get the brakes to release. Bob, Jack Bernritter, Dave Kellas and I worked as a team to diagnose the problem. We concluded that one of the DD3 cans has blown a diaphragm. We knew that there was no hope of getting parts locally.

Bob had recently purchased 3030 spring cans in hopes of doing the conversion before the trip. He had them with him.

I made some calls to Sonnie and Clifford and confirmed that we had a handle on the problem and that we could do the conversion with the parts on the bus (did not have to purchase any special valves). Thanks for the help guys!!!

Bolting the cans in place was not all that big of a deal. Getting the parking brakes system to work was a real challenge. Bob's bus has a relay valve for the service brakes and a relay valve for the parking brakes (no interconnection like the QR1 on later buses). That probably made the job easier.

I used a manifold I use to charge extinguishers to trouble shoot the system as we began to connect parts. Between Bob and I, we had all the fittings we needed (he had to modify some compression ferrules that he found at a repair shop, but that was the only parts we had to find).

We were able to trace the parking brake relay valve signal line to the front service area in the compartment by the driver. We then played with the parking brake valve lines until we found one that supplied system air when the valve was in the released position. We had to plug a couple of ports where we removed the lines, but after all was said and done, we made it work.

Bob will have some work to do when he gets home, but the system is functional. We kept in contact with him and met up several times today. After about 300 miles, the system was working well.

Only took four people a whole day to do the job :D . If we had to do it again, we could probably do it with two people in a bit over a half day.

Jim
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I had faith in you guys it is not that big of a deal now if he just adds inline QR valves not much left to do why people worry with the DD3's is beyond me lol good job fellas

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Clifford, I was going to call you to thank you for the advice. Too tired last night and anxious to get on the road today.

Like everyone on this and the other boards, we appreciate your wisdom and willingness to share.

Jim
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Jim...altho adding to the list that kept the rally going and going....mechanical problems was not one that we want to brag on..LOL!

Just so thankful that all has worked out and that hopefully one and all will make it safe and sound to their next destination.

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So we missed the brake repair--at least we didn't have to tear into my motor! I almost wish it would start blowing oil again so I could figure it out--maybe not. . .I'm happy with no more puddles!

Cindy & I ran with Wayne & Lin, we picked-up LeRoy & Anne along the way and spent the night at a nice little stop. LeRoy & Anne headed east and we were honored to spend the night at Wayne & Lin's house. We took a tour of the shop and their next project. . .and Dave St. John was right--Wayne's probably still mopping-up my drool spots off the floor--what a shop and Wayne is a master craftsman!

We made it to Pueblo and we'll spend a week here before heading south to Santa Fe to catch-up with some old friends. Hope everyone is having a safe trip to wherever you're heading!
Art Wales
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Riverside County, CA
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Way to go, Art & Cindy. We made it home yesterday, great trip and great rally. Got the bus cleaned up and in the barn.
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Yes Wayne's shop looks like a bus NASCAR shop. Just makes me fell good standing there.
Anne and I are in SE NE. We had a get together with her 2 sisters, a cousin from Iowa, a niece and family as well as us 2 brothers in laws.
Last eve. we moved to Beatrice,NE to visit friends we met lat winter in SE AZ. They have just purchased a new Cardinal 43' 5er. Sure is pretty. In early March we will do a cruise with this couple and their family to celebrate their 50th wed. anni.
We will pullout tomorrow am and head to Wichita for our family get together. all bu 2 grands will be there. We plan on staying till mid. Nov. then AZ here we come.
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