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Old 07-20-2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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First time you drove a school bus.

How did it feel? Usually I hop in a new vehical and it feels funny. Brakes are differnt from what I was driven, steering is differnt. Takes a bit to adjust.

I hoped in my 86 international started her up and drove her off, and it felt natural, like I had been driven all my life, but it was the first bus I ever drove.


I had been drven an 83 Ford econoline before that though, so maybe thats why.
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:14 AM   #2
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The first time I drove mine I'm surprised I didn't get into an accident. It was the first time I have ever driven a vehicle that big with a manual transmission. (I think that is going to make a big difference in these stories whether it is a manual bus or not)

Getting an old MT bus to get going it a very jumpy and bouncy experience. I was expecting the first gear to be geared so low either. There was no tachometer and it took me a while learning the sounds of the engine to be able to drive it well.

As for the length I hit a few curbs but it wasn't that bad and I started parrallel parking it imediately.

Now my bus is one of my favorite vehicles to drive.
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mine is an automatic, i kinda wanted a manual, but not that big a deal.

I hitchhiked to go pick it up, and one of the truckers I got a ride with let me drive his truck! Now that thing was huge huge, when I got to my bus, it was like nuthin compared to a giant semi.
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Old 07-20-2006, 06:52 PM   #4
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Re: First time you drove a school bus.

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. . .I hopped in my 86 international started her up and drove her off, and it felt natural, like I had been driven all my life, but it was the first bus I ever drove. . .
Me too, to a "T"!
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:20 PM   #5
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I hitchhiked to go pick it up, and one of the truckers I got a ride with let me drive his truck! Now that thing was huge huge, when I got to my bus, it was like nuthin compared to a giant semi.
So did he also go in the back and take a nap while you drove it too?

First one for me was in the winter of 96/97 and I'd like to say it was a 95 model international bluebird with may be a dt408, but I'm not too sure. The only thing that threw me off a little was the extra space to my left between me and the window. Other than that it was no problem.
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Old 07-21-2006, 07:48 PM   #6
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Myself I find a bluebird TC easier to get used to since you are sitting right next to the window. They are definitely easier to put them where you want them as opposed to a 40 foot conventional. The only thing most new guys do in one of them is forget about the front overhang and bottom out going in and out of parking lots or driveways. But once they remember it they usually don't do it again.
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My pickup has a bad motor. I can't keep water in it. It blows it out the tailpipe as fast as I can pour it in.
I feel your pain, brother. The 1993 22re in my Toyota has about 160,000 miles on it, 70,000 of which have been from me and I'm not exactly nice. I drive it like it was built to be driven. Hydrolocked, run out of oil, overheated countless times.....it's still kicking like no other and is as reliable as I could ever hope for, but that headgasket issue certainly needs to be fixed. On the brightside....people pay lots of money for custom water injection with their blower setups and we have it for free.

As for my first experience driving my bus.....I had driven large vehicles like that before so that part of it wasn't any big deal. The performance is about the same as my anemic truck so that was no surprise. What got me was the first time I hit the brakes. Now even with 4 piston calipers, larger ventilated rotors, etc on the truck to compensate for the increased weight and tire size, I still have to actually give it a little pedal to stop. First time I touched those air brakes on the bus I thought I was going through the windshield.
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Mine was a little wierd feeling at first. It's not all that big but it felt big. I could only imagine a bus as big as yours. I drove to Menards the other day to get siding and I was on the top of the rack in the warehouse when I found my siding right along side the bus. When the yard worker came out to help he saw the bus and said, "cool". I told him to move it and he seemed to get a kick out of it. He said he would rather have the bus than his car. Maybe I made a future member to the crazy bus owners club.
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i had been a volunteer firefighter for a few years when i bought my first bus, so i had driven large vehicles before. I still hit my fair share of curbs in the bus at first.

I set up cones in a parking lot and practiced manuvering the bus around them. Especially tricky at first was turning right to pull up to the fuel pumps. The local gas station had a really small parking lot, so i set up a cone version of the station so i could practice.

I desparately needed a new car when i bought my bus. I was actually car-less for 2 weeks, so i drove my bus back and forth the 88 miles round trip to work during that time.

Driving the bus all the time has made me a much better fire truck operator. I am not afraid to try and put my bus anywhere we think it'll fit. paralell parking requires a spotter though. it's difficult to judge the distance of my rear bumper (now my rear deck) to the vehicle parked behind me. The average bar parking lot was not designed for a full size skoolie!

i put well over 40K miles on the old bus, and i've already put 15K on the new bus.
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My bus wasn't that hard to get used to. I ran over the curb on the way out of the lot where I bought it but after that I rarly hit curbs anymore.

Jason's bus is the 1st conventional bus I've drivin, and I gotta say I like my flat nose TC2000. It's got shorter wheel base & you sit so close to the side window you can easily look out it while backing up & you can stick your arm out the window while driving just like a car.

It's still fun pulling up behind or beside a 3/4 ton pick up truck and being able to look down at it. ha ha and I paid less then 2 grand for this huge beast.
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