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Offline TomC

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How well the Misters work.
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:41:48 PM »
Yesterday, climbed the southbound I-5 Grapevine.  It is 6% for 5 miles, was 100 degrees. I let the bus come down and shifted to 2nd (V730 with 4.56).  Maintained 45 mph (by GPS) at about 1950rpm. When I turned on the misters, it was at 195 degrees, by the top of the hill was down at 180.  Really works-but dumps a lot of water with two misters drilled out to 1/16".  I'd rather have a larger radiator if it fit, but nice to have the misters rather then having to stop.  Good Luck, TomC
Tom & Donna Christman. '77 AMGeneral 10240B; 8V-71TATAIC V730.

Offline goutoe

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2012, 01:54:12 PM »
Sounds like the misters really do the job! a good trade a few gallons of water for a cooler running engine, water is cheap, hope you had a good trip Tom.
John & Linda 1977 AM General 6V92 turbo Detroit 3 Speed allison, 40 ft.

Offline bevans6

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2012, 03:05:00 PM »
I agree the misters sound like the cat's pajamas, but I have this whole other theory - if it's 100 degrees out, don't go outside, stay inside, close the curtains so it's dark, and have some appropriate entertainment and beverages on hand until the heat goes away...  $300 for my AC bill at home last month. 

Brian
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Offline Eagle Andy

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2012, 03:32:08 PM »
Brian you need to insulate your house :o
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Offline gulfyankee

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2012, 03:41:42 PM »
Yep, my highest electric bill was $140, and that's in southeast TX!
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Offline Geoff

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2012, 04:54:30 PM »
You can drill out your patio misters, or just install adjustable sprayers from a garden drip system.  I have installed several spray systems in buses and have had great feedback.  That is what I use in my bus.

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Offline garhawk

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2012, 09:11:59 AM »
Hey Tom C and Geoff,

Please publish your water mpg!

Mine, with the Series 60 Eagle is 107.3 mpg.  I can't help it, the devil spoke to me again.
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Offline TomC

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2012, 09:21:52 AM »
I have no idea what my water usage is since I have it plumbed into my house water system.  I just have a 12v solenoid that with a dash switch.  I know that on a hot day, I can go through about 1/4 tank of water (130gal water tank) which works out to be about 30 gal.  Good luck, TomC
Tom & Donna Christman. '77 AMGeneral 10240B; 8V-71TATAIC V730.

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2012, 10:52:25 AM »
My radiator spray water usuage depends on what I am towing.  When I moved from SF Bay Area to Prescott, AZ I towed an overloaded 20' box trailer and I could use up all my 100 gallons of house water in a one way 800 mile trip.  But I had to climb several mountain ranges.  That would work out to 8 mpg.  At least water is cheap!

If I am not towing I rarely use the radiator srayer.

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Offline Lin

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2012, 11:13:51 AM »
When I installed the masters,  the thought was that I could use it in spurts of 10 - 20 seconds.   I put them on a spring loaded toggle so I would not forget to shut them off.   It seems that I will need longer bursts to work best though.  Some other switch arrangement may be in order next summer.
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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2012, 12:18:43 PM »
Does anybody have Mister Plans for installation in a MCI9 BUS?

Offline edvanland

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Re: How well the Misters work.
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2012, 07:46:15 AM »
I agree with Geoff, he put garden misters on my MCI7 with a 8V92 and Allison 740 auto and what a difference. Now when it gets to 180 I turn on the misters and watch the temp sit there and then go down. I normally tow a 20 boat or 24 foot trailer. The misters made all the difference in weither I could climb out of the Verde Valley Arizona without overheating.
A big thanks to Geoff for taking care of my heating problem
ED
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