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Old 05-10-2009, 06:01 PM   #11
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Re: Best bus for BLM land?

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I think you will be in for a surprise if you go offroading in a 2wd bus. tires with 100 psi dont like sand very much.
Don't get me wrong... I'm not going all-out-dune-buggy-nutz for fun . I'm crazy, but not stupid. Roads that are that bad are for the dirt bike

What I'm aiming for is the ability to get back into the free camping areas of the National Forest trees, and/or off the beaten path of Nevada BLM areas where folks go to get away from sight of 'civilization'. Most of those roads are flat, but can have rocks that range in size from pea gravel to stones the size of softballs scattered all over the roadway. Those are the types of places I'll be going "off road".

Are you saying a bus won't be able to handle that kind of surface?
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:47 PM   #12
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Re: Best bus for BLM land?

a bus would be great for that, MUCH better than an RV. The outside of the bus will handle tree limbs alot better than the cheesy sheetmetal skin of a rv. It will ride extremely rough on softball sized rocks but it will do it all day long without a problem I bet.....I am hoping because some of the places I will take my bus will be as rough.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:59 PM   #13
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Re: Best bus for BLM land?

the majority of skoolies are built to live in rural or semi rural areas and daily transit dirt/gravel roads as well as the paved farm to market roads with an occasiional high speed run. focus your search on route buses from a rural area and steer away from the "event buses" that are geared for highway use/team transport.
a bus should be able to go anywhere that a conventional motorhome or pickup and trailer can go and then go some more.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:34 AM   #14
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Re: Best bus for BLM land?

Awesome news!

So... is there a thread that would list a good gear ratio for dirt-road travel?
I've seen the one about getting better gas mileage, but road surface wasn't discussed.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:52 AM   #15
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Re: Best bus for BLM land?

It's difficult to make a recomendation on the right number without a lot of other information, engine peak torque and peak hp rpms as well as the total power curves are big factors as well as transmission ratios and power ratings.

I know that it's an evasive answer but, try to find bus that comes from a stop and go environment, the chassis manufacturers spend lots of time and money matching and testing different driveline combinations to maximize driveability. Your application suggests that you are more interested in low speed drivability than a "highway cruiser".

somewhere on here, their is a discussion on ideal drivelines, try the search function and check out some of the other opinions
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:24 PM   #16
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Re: Best bus for BLM land?

Thanks for the reply. I never knew there was so much that went into these things! That's why my cousin is the mechanic, and I'm just the artsy fartsy construction crew. <sigh>

Whee... so much to learn!
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:52 PM   #17
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I am not sure which allison is in my bus(where do I look?), but first gear is really low IMO and I believe mine was a "trip bus" because it has no issue running 65
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