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Old 01-20-2015, 05:57 PM   #71
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If I had your budget, I'd be going this route...
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/rvs/4824506860.html

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Old 01-20-2015, 06:00 PM   #72
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If it helps, I elected to buy a bus with a 250 hp cummins 8.3 6cta over a slightly "nicer" (and cheaper) bus with a cat motor. There's a lot going for the 6cta that are 1998 and older - 12 valve motor with a poppet injection system and mechanical driven p7100 pump.

I would have liked a 300 hp motor, but 250 is fine! (for now)

It's sort of the same argument of carburators vs. fuel injection for gasoline engines IMO. Electronic diesel engines have benefits, but they also have drawbacks.
I agree, sort of.
But my pockets aren't going to be deep enough to mess with the "new" stuff anytime soon.
My bus is as easy to fix as any old tractor. Diagnosing and affording the parts on the newer stuff would be outside my realm.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:37 AM   #73
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:37 AM   #74
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If I had your budget, I'd be going this route...
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/rvs/4824506860.html

The thought had definitely crossed my mind to go the coach route. Everything I've heard though is that they're just plain expensive. To buy (ok, that one isn't), to maintain, to improve. Just expensive. And worse fuel economy. But more storage and a *much* more comfortable ride.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:19 AM   #75
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A coach isn't gonna cost any more t maintain or operate than the kind of skoolie you are looking for. These buses are built with a MUCH longer service life in mind than school buses, too.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:25 AM   #76
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:02 PM   #77
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This looks promising: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auc...ew?auc=1293173
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:05 PM   #78
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If you're willing to spend what that will go for...
I'd imagine at least 8 or 10 grand, at least
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08 Blue Bird gets my vote, nice looking bus, hope the price stays close to where it is
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A coach isn't gonna cost any more t maintain or operate than the kind of skoolie you are looking for. These buses are built with a MUCH longer service life in mind than school buses, too.
From what I've read, coaches will be a much more comfortable ride and have more space which makes for a better conversion. But that larger vehicle weighs more, and requires a bigger engine - thus gets poorer fuel economy. From what I've found, you're looking at 6-8 *maybe* 9 mpg, depending on engine/trans. With 6th unlocked on an MD3060, 10-11mpg's possible. On several thousand mile journeys, those extra mpgs matter.

I'm also under the impression that a Detroit 6V92 is going to be several thousand (as high as $10k) more for a full rebuild.

Then there's the tag axle. More maintenance costs there.

Again, not trying to be a downer. I certainly see the benefits a coach provides. But they come at a cost. I'm still on the fence about whether or not that cost is worth it. The extra space is mighty appealing.
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