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Old 05-27-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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BUS QUESTION

Hi:
I would like to ask you professional schoolies a question please.
If you were to buy a school bus to take 6 month road trips that would consist of terrain like the Blue Ridge Mountains the Big Horn Mountains. Traversing the roads in Northern British Colombia over the Northern Rockies, light trail riding in the high desert, what school bus would you buy?
If you already drive a school bus and drive on these kind of terrains what school bus do you own?
Iím very interested in getting feedback on a long bus versus a short wheel base school bus and who do you think makes the best School bus for long drives, but not necessarily long highway driving.
I have done a few long adventure drives, but this time I have two children and a dog to take into consideration. I do not want to pull a camper. I do not have the money to buy an Earthroamer, but I have thought of buying a dual cab utility truck and putting a truck camper in the bed and making an adventure truck. I have thought hard about an extended 4X4 van but I doubt whether I will have the room and I keep coming back to a school bus, just not sure what size.
I would also appreciate what you think about the fuel - gas or diesel??
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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How about a dog nose bus 30 feet or less, turbo-charged diesel, lock-up auto transmission?

(...and some way of installing an "engine brake".)
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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get a northern bus 25 ft with 4 wheel drive they do make them, blue bird ships them to canda or alaska..
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:25 PM   #4
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Re: BUS QUESTION

one thing is the engine type, the 466 is whats every one wants , my thinking is if your in any tim buck two town how hard would it be to get any parts for it? i have t444e (7.3 powerstorke) these motors are in hundereds of different trucks easy to find parts for junk yard ford dealer, after market. not the best motor but pretty good all a round.

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Old 05-27-2012, 04:36 PM   #5
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Thanks. I appreciate the input.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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The bus I should of bought, and about 5 of them went to auction a couple of years ago, was a dog-nose 25-30 foot bus. They had dt360's and mt643's. They went for about $2200. That bus would of made a great boondocker.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
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You only want FE ones. And like 30' or less. 4wd helps. Manual trans with low range... that's what i would want.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:02 AM   #8
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:46 PM   #9
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get a northern bus 25 ft with 4 wheel drive they do make them, blue bird ships them to canda or alaska..
Great I will check into that, I was wondering if the was a 4X4 bus.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:48 PM   #10
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You only want FE ones. And like 30' or less. 4wd helps. Manual trans with low range... that's what i would want.
Sorry - what do you mean by FE?
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