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Old 12-27-2015, 11:15 PM   #11
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way cool, great ideas for my build.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:10 AM   #12
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gas is very wet, ventless heaters will pour water down your walls, mold will grow everywhere.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:19 AM   #13
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Nice looking bus.

It has a lot of options I like and some that I don't. But then, there is no one perfect bus out there.

Do you know if the engine is the ISC or the ISB?

Do you now if the transmission is the older style AT/MT/HT series or the newer WT 1000/2000/3000 series? There were some buses built with electronic engines and mechanical transmissions and some buses built with mechanical engines and electronic transmissions. I have seen both.

Be very careful with those windshields. While they offer really good panoramic vision, if you break one they are not cheap or easy to find.

The spoke wheels limits options for wheel and tire upgrades. But changing tires or doing wheel end work can be done using hand tools. Budd wheels need pneumatic tools to get them off. If you do take a wheel off, make sure you line the wheel back up when you put them back on. If you don't they will wobble and the bus will not drive straight.

Good luck and happy trails.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:46 AM   #14
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gas is very wet, ventless heaters will pour water down your walls, mold will grow everywhere.

Yes, this has been a concern of mine, and something that we will be testing before I start putting up the interior cedar. We are going to hook it up this week and run the heater for a couple days to determine whether or not it will work. We will only be using the heater for 8 - 10 days every other year, but if it rains in there, we will have to look into another option.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:58 AM   #15
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Nice looking bus.

It has a lot of options I like and some that I don't. But then, there is no one perfect bus out there.

Do you know if the engine is the ISC or the ISB?

Do you now if the transmission is the older style AT/MT/HT series or the newer WT 1000/2000/3000 series? There were some buses built with electronic engines and mechanical transmissions and some buses built with mechanical engines and electronic transmissions. I have seen both.

Be very careful with those windshields. While they offer really good panoramic vision, if you break one they are not cheap or easy to find.

The spoke wheels limits options for wheel and tire upgrades. But changing tires or doing wheel end work can be done using hand tools. Budd wheels need pneumatic tools to get them off. If you do take a wheel off, make sure you line the wheel back up when you put them back on. If you don't they will wobble and the bus will not drive straight.

Good luck and happy trails.

When I mentioned the phrase "Perfect" it is meant in a liberal sense. This bus is the make, model, engine/trans combo, minimal rust, good rubber, under storage both sides, 90 passenger, front engine with tinted windows that we were looking for. Engine is the ISB, trans is the MD3060. I'll let insurance worry about the cost of the windshield if needed. As for the wheels, one of the guys in our bus group is a heavy equipment/diesel mechanic. I'm sure he's qualified to handle such issues. Thanks for checking it out!
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Old 12-28-2015, 12:55 PM   #16
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I'll let insurance worry about the cost of the windshield if needed.
My understanding and experience is that you will only be able to insure the bus for comprehensive insurance. That means, no coverage but basic.

Someone will chime in if I am wrong, I'm sure.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:59 PM   #17
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We live in Colorado, we do not fulltime in the bus, on the occasions we take the bus out in cold weather we use propane for heat and have never had a moisture problem. The air out here is very dry and the moisture added to the air while heating with propane is actually helpful. It all depends on how you use the bus and how humid it is where you use the bus. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:36 PM   #18
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My understanding and experience is that you will only be able to insure the bus for comprehensive insurance. That means, no coverage but basic.

Someone will chime in if I am wrong, I'm sure.
I believe you mean Liability.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:46 PM   #19
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I believe you mean Liability.
Read what I think, not what I type. Yep, thats it.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:53 PM   #20
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Looks like a mighty sweet find! A Cummins AND lots of underbelly boxes...cool!
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