Originally Posted by busone
If you want first hand info email Greg and ask him what he thinks about them. He has only been buying and selling skoolies for 30 years. mailto:GregArchambault@yahoo.com
Take a look on Ebay right now there is a bunch of buses "2001 Champion CTS 28 Passenger 30 Ft. Medium Duty Bus" almost all of them have a new fuel pump and under 200k miles. Those engines are for light duty applications. My buddy who worked for the local school bus garage for 20 years also said the same things about them. If the dodge pickup was so great at hauling 30,000LBS then why does anybody buy a medium duty rig with air brakes. I suppose you also think hydraulic brakes are just fine for heavy duty applications as well? Maybe all those truckers are just plain stupid for wanting an M11 or series 60, why not just sell their tractors for a dodge pickup to make long haul runs?
The lift pump is a well-known (and fairly easy to fix) problem with the ISB. The upgraded pump is a permenent fix.
Hotshotters use pickups (Rams & Ford Super Duties) simply because they're about half the cost of an MDT to buy, half the cost to tag, half the cost to insure, & use less fuel. I see them almost every day--about evenly spilt between extended-cab Ram 3500's & crewcab F-450's & 550's, almost exclusively diesels, tagged for 25-30,000lbs, pulling big 3-axle goosenecks holding anywhere from 3 to 5 cars.