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As of August 2016 Bruce has had 34 articles published in 30 of the 46 issues the magazine has put out starting in October 2012 after Gary Hatt purchased the magazine. The articles have appeared in the following issues (in reverse chronological order):
August 2016 – Installing the OASIS Combi Hydronic Heating System; In the fall of 2014 Butch and Fonda Williams replaced an Aqua-Hot hydronic heating system with a new OASIS Combi unit from International Thermal Research (ITR). Bruce was on site to help with the installation, take photos, and co-author this article with Butch.
June 2016 – Servicing the Webasto DBW2010 Burner; While we were in Quartzsite for winter 2014/15 Bruce ordered a burner service kit from Sure Marine Service (SMS). He pulled the burner assembly out of our Aqua-Hot diesel-fired hydronic heating system and serviced it. This article documents the process in words and photographs, with some lessons learned.
May 2016 – From Arcadia and Back: Full Circle in an MCI-5C; We attended the Arcadia Rally 2016 at the end of December 2015. Bruce took lots of photographs for the article about the rally that appeared in the March 2016 issue. He also met David Aungier, who had a 1977 MCI MC-5C conversion. Dave already had a draft version of an article about his bus and the conversion process, but needed photos and assistance getting the article finished and submitted to BCM. Bruce gladly helped with both.
April 2016 – Happy Days III — Ronnie and Diann Mewbourn’s 1969 Model 7 Eagle; Bruce first made the acquaintance of Ronnie and Diann at the Arcadia Rally 2014 (at the end of December 2013). He saw their converted Eagle at that time but did not have time to photograph it or interview them about the conversion. There were back for the Arcadia Rally 2016 (at the end of December 2015) and Bruce made a point of interviewing them and photographing their bus.
March 2016 — Habitat For Humanity and RVing – Part 2 of 2 ~and~ Arcadia Rally 2016; Bruce had two articles in this issue, part 2 of the HFH build article and an article on the converted bus rally held in Arcadia, Florida on December 29, 30, and 31, 2015.
February 2016 — Habitat For Humanity and RVing – Part 1 of 2; In July 2013 we participated in our first building project with Habitat for Humanity. It was a two week commitment organized through the RV Care-A-Vanners desk at HFH headquarters in Americus, Georgia. It was also an all Escapees team of 18 people, many of whom came to Sheridan, Wyoming directly from the SKP Escapade rally in Gillette, Wyoming.
December 2015 — Ultimate Owner Built Craftsmanship – Byron and Betty Pigg’s 1985 Model 15 Eagle; Bruce saw this bus at the FMCA Eagles International chapter rally in Quartzsite, AZ in January 2015 and was able to interview the owners and photograph their bus.
November 2015 — Desert Fox – Larry and Carol Hall’s GM 4106; Bruce saw this bus at the FMCA Western GM Bus chapter rally in Quartzsite, AZ in January 2015 and was able to interview the owners and photograph their bus.
August/September 2015 — Low Turbo Boost Pressure ~and~ Keep The Critters Out; That’s right, Bruce had two articles in this double issue. In Low Turbo Boost Pressure he describes the loss of adequate turbo boost while traversing the mountains of southwest Texas in December 2014 and how he and Butch found and repaired the problem. In Keep The Critters Out he reviews the RV CRitter Guard product and describes the process he went through to install it.
July 2015 — Exterior Makeover – Part 4 of 4; In part 4 of this 4-part article Bruce describes the reassembly and upgrading of the body, the installation of new awnings, and other miscellaneous work that he accomplished while the coach was at Phoenix Paint.
June 2015 — Exterior Makeover – Part 3 of 4; In part 3 of this 4-part article Bruce describes the process we went through to replace the seals on the awning style windows. He also covers the upgrading and reassembly of the roof-mounted components.
May 2015 — Exterior Makeover – Part 2 of 4; In part 2 of this 4-part article Bruce describes the body repair work, paint preparation, paint design, and painting of the coach.
April 2015 — Exterior Makeover – Part 1 of 4; Bruce’s article on the exterior renovation of our Prevost H3-40 Royale Coach at Phoenix Paint in Edwardsburg, Michigan in 2011 and 2012. Because the work was so extensive and there were so many photographs, this article was divided into four parts. Parts 2, 3, & 4 are scheduled for the May, June, and July 2015 issues. In part 1 he describes the circumstances and decision process that led to the work described in the rest of the article, starting with the repair and re-coating of the roof.
March 2015 — Roadside Repair – Main Engine Air-Compressor Failure; Bruce’s article on the failure of the main engine air-compressor on a friends’ bus while we were caravaning to the southwest for the winter, how the owner dealt with it on the road, and how he repaired it once we got to our wintering grounds in Quartzsite, Arizona.
February 2015 — Quartzsite 2015; Bruce’s article on our first visit to Quartzsite including the Eagles International and FMCA Western GM Bus rallies, the Bluebird/Wanderlodge gathering, Quartzfest, The “Big Tent” Show, Escapees Happy Hour, Joshua Tree National Park, KOFA NWR Palm Canyon, Yuma, Parker, the Desert Bar, and other places and events.
December 2014 — Charging The House Batteries While You Drive; Bruce’s article on the installation of a ZENA power generating system. The system consists of a 3-phase engine driven alternator, three control modules, and an AC-to-DC rectifier in the house electrical bay where the house batteries are located, plus wiring and fuses. Some of the work was done by Joe Cannarozzi and the rest was done by Bruce.
October 2014 — Spinner II Centrifugal Engine Oil Cleaner; Bruce’s article on the installation of a T. F. Hudgen’s Spinner II centrifugal bypass oil cleaner on our DD8V92TA engine. Much of the work was done by Joe Cannarozzi, the mechanic who has maintained our chassis since we bought the coach in 2009 and helped with other projects.
September 2014 — Fuel System Care During Long Term Parking; Bruce’s article on the installation of a Parker Fuel Polishing Module (FPM-50) in the supply and return fuel lines for our Aqua-Hot hydronic heating system. The FPM slowly circulates fuel from our main tank (50 gallons per 24 hours) through the Racor fuel filter / water separator that was already installed for the Aqua-Hot. The slow circulation allows the filter to more effectively and continuously remove even fine contaminants and moisture.
August 2014 — Window Repair: I Can See Clearly Now; We have eight awing style thermopane windows in our bus and over time the seals on four of them had failed, causing them to fog and sweat internally. One even started filling up with water in a hard rain! We went to Suncoast Designers, Inc. in Hudson, Florida in early April 2014 to have them repaired and while we were there we got a tour of the factory and Bruce interviewed General Manager Jeff Heyen.
June 2014 — Cool Cruiser: Architectural Style ~and~ Repairing The Generator Exhaust Pipe; Bruce saw this 1957 GMC PD4104 at the 2014 Arcadia Bus Rally and was able to interview owner Frank Morrison and photograph the bus for the featured bus article in this issue. The bus was originally converted in 1986 by an architect in Midland, MIchigan and the interior reflects his concern for design, materials, and craftsmanship. Bruce also had a technical article in this issue on Repairing The Generator Exhaust Pipe. This was the third of three articles on the work he did on our generator bay.
Apr 2014 — The Iron Horse; Wild West Elegance; this was the cover/centerfold article and provided extensive coverage of a 1984 Model 10 Eagle converted in the style of a 19th century Pullman parlor car. Bruce saw this bus at the Arcadia rally and was able to interview owners Jimmy and Sadie Clay and photograph the bus.
Feb 2014 — The Arcadia Bus Rally; this was the cover/centerfold article and provided extensive coverage of the largest bus rally currently being held in the U. S. Bruce provided hundreds of photographs of the buses, people, facilities, and community. Dave Rush of Tikvah Marketing also provided extensive photo coverage of the buses. The main article has ~40 photos and the digital edition has an additional 150+ photos. In addition to the print version, the digital edition is available in Standard Definition to e-mail and online subscribers, and in High Definition to online subscribers.
Jan 2014 — The GLAMARAMA 2013 Rally; this was the cover/centerfold article and provided extensive coverage of the first area rally organized by the Great Lakes Area Motor Coach Association (GLAMA) of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). We were there with our FMCA Great Lakes Converted Coaches chapter, and Bruce did a version of this article for the GLCC January newsletter, but the emphasis in this BCM article was to introduce BCM readers to what goes on at larger rallies and suggest that they give one a try if they have never attended one. In addition to the print version, the digital edition is available to e-mail and online subscribers and contains additional photos.
Jan 2014 Special Edition — The GLAMARAMA 2013 Rally; the folks at GLAMA were very pleased with the article and asked if they could distribute it as part of their area newsletter. BCM publisher Gary Hall agreed and had BCM editor Mike Sullivan produce a special edition cover with a special FMCA discount.
Dec 2013 — The Auxiliary Air System; this 3-1/2 page article describes the building of a new panel to replace the existing one, the removal of the old panel, and the installation of the new one. The panel supplies/controls pressurized air to operate numerous air-powered accessories. It is tied in to the auxiliary air system of the bus and an auxiliary air compressor for use when the coach is parked and being used as a motorhome.
Oct 2013 — Back To The Bricks Rally; This 10-page cover/centerfold article describes the joint mid-August rally in Clio, Michigan of the FMCA Great Lakes Converted Coaches (GLCC) chapter and the Converted Coach Owners, an independent group of converted bus owners. The article includes extensive photographs of the wide variety of converted buses that were there. The rally is held at the same time as the famous Woodward Dream Cruise in the northern Detroit suburbs and the smaller, but very nice Back To The Bricks car event held in Flint, about 10 miles from the rally site.
May 2013 — Soundproofing The House Auxiliary Power Plant Bay; an article on removing the old, deteriorated soundproofing from the auxiliary generator bay and installing Soundown acoustical and vibration dampening material.
Mar 2013 — The “All Electric” Coach; an article on redoing the house electrical system, including replacing two Heart Interface inverter/chargers with a single Magnum inverter/charger, changing the house battery bank to 24 VDC, and installing Lifeline L16 AGM batteries.
Feb 2013 — Cover and Centerfold; a 12-page article on the process of finding, buying, repairing, and upgrading a 17 year old Prevost H3-40 Royale Coach (Monaco) conversion. (See larger photo at beginning of this page.)