The International seller got back to me and said the bus won't be available until the end of May (currently in service). That doesn't work because I wanted to have used the bus for my move by then. Blech.
In the meantime, I'd already booked tickets to go down to Phoenix. The intent was to decide on a bus, buy one, so the paperwork was all squared away, and then have a driver go down and pick it up for me.
Well that failed miserably. The International is out, as I described above. And the original Thomas I drove was dripping oil all over the seller's parking lot.
Turns out there's a leak in the high pressure side of the HEUI system, and it sounds like a leak in a power steering line too. Seller wants another $550 to fix those items, and $200 on top of that to put in a block heater so my driver can start the damn thing on his trek back to the midwest.
At this point, I'm just not that interested in the Thomas. The Cat's expensive to maintain, and I fear this is just the first of many, many bills. It doesn't have features I want (some I can add, like cruise. others are harder, like underbelly storage). I think I'm back to square one in my bus hunt with a backup plan of taking the International in May, and pushing my move back a month. I suppose that also opens up the prospect of hitting up some auctions this spring.