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Old 10-15-2018, 03:35 PM   #11
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Hi G Dub-
I was commenting on Alan N's photos. I've spent lots of time in Deadhorse/Prudhoe...but never driven a bus there. As for our bus, we purchased it not long ago & are just getting started with our conversion. I'm brand new to this hobby & too inexperienced of a bus driver answer your question. However, I'm sure I'll test it's limits soon enough. Seems to me most motorhomes & travel trailers have worse clearance than our bus though.
Well, keep those things in mind. Looks like a good bus.
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:59 PM   #12
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Probably not a better place to test a skoolie than a trip to Prudhoe Bay. Love it!
It looks like you have done a bit of traveling with your family as well.
The drive to prudhoe bay was awesome!
If you ever wanted to go, Go!
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:07 PM   #13
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40ft Thomas RE... OFFROAD

I have taken my 96 Thomas RE off-road several times now for a total of about 900 miles on gravel dusty roads...

Take a spare air filter....

Run GOOD TIRES

Think before you over commit a overly tight situation....

I have done nothing special to my ride.. All stock... Just service it regular. And check things over at each service... If you become one with your ride... You will know if and when something rattles loose due to rough roads....

I have put just over 45k on mine now...

It servesour needs well..
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:36 AM   #14
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I have a Amtran RE and Iím pretty sure itíd be fine in dusty conditions, pretty sure the top part of my air intake is a dust separator. And itís high up.
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:39 AM   #15
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Having having a weird error that displays a battery diagram instead of the photo I took....
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:09 AM   #16
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I plan on getting a conventional front end bus for the same thing - going where RVs don't usually go. The main reasons I'm looking at a skoolie instead of a production RV include the ruggedness and ground clearance of skoolies; they're built for dirt roads. I'm even looking into changing out the solid axles with independent suspension.
I really canít see the big advantage of the RE buses. Iíd think you would regret that choice every time a little engine maintenance or repair was needed.

To G dub iíd Maybe switch to air ride front and rear but NEVER give up my straight axles.
(I did swap my Ford to a freightliner air ride on the rear.). Best time/money investment there is on large truck.
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Old 10-21-2018, 03:48 PM   #17
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I really canít see the big advantage of the RE buses. Iíd think you would regret that choice every time a little engine maintenance or repair was needed.



To G dub iíd Maybe switch to air ride front and rear but NEVER give up my straight axles.

(I did swap my Ford to a freightliner air ride on the rear.). Best time/money investment there is on large truck.


RE is a trade off, better traction on snow/ice/mud etc, mine has a shorter wheel base than a similar sized dog nose bus, the bus is not noisy while driving, and I love being able to see so well from the huge front windows. But some things are a PITA to get to in the engine compartment and the inside of the base has more odd shaped things that have to be built around.
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:35 PM   #18
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And...don't forget that "cooling" thing. Most RE's will benefit greatly from an airflow upgrade.
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:20 PM   #19
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I thought I wanted a conventional front engine bus. Until I drove a bus with the engine in the back.
I have found maintenance to be easy, most regular maintenance items can be accessed easily with both feet on the ground.
As for over heating never a problem.
Ground clearance is not as good as a conventional bus however.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:25 AM   #20
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I thought I wanted a conventional front engine bus. Until I drove a bus with the engine in the back.
I have found maintenance to be easy, most regular maintenance items can be accessed easily with both feet on the ground.
As for over heating never a problem.
Ground clearance is not as good as a conventional bus however.
If I were going to be driving places that demand the ground clearance that a CE provides then I would consider one. Otherwise I'll stick with my RE's.

I find an RE to be FAR more comfortable to drive. More maneuverable, quieter, better visibility and ride.

Access to the engine is very good. Not quite as good as a CE though.

The great thing about building a skoolie is that we each get to pick we suits each of us individually.
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