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Old 09-21-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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Looking at a 2001 Chevy Blue bird

As far as I know it has 191,000 miles and a six cylinder diesel.
It has been used as an RV so it's got shore power wired already and painted.
Other than that I know nothing about it.
What questions should I ask?
They are asking $3000 for it.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:20 PM   #2
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Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: IH
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 14
That's probably going to have a Cat engine in it, either the 3116 or 3126. Perhaps the worst thing about Cat engines is you have to get parts from a Cat dealer and usually at a premium price, and during banker's hours. Good luck if you break down on a Friday evening.

I would also ask what transmission it has. "Allison Automatic" is too generic of an answer here. If the seller doesn't know, that's fair enough but if you plan to do much driving, you'll want to avoid the AT545. **CLUES** The AT545 shifter will usually be labeled "R N D 3 2 1". Look for one that may be labeled "R N D 4 2 1" (indicates a minimum of 5 speeds) or a push-button transmission shifter. Most of these buses do *NOT* have a "Park", so don't let that concern you. That's what parking brakes are for.

Get and post some pics, I'll let others chime in with their own thoughts.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:14 PM   #3
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I drove a semi for 20 years so the parking brake for parking is probably no problem. Also the cat engine is no problem either. I too work bankers hours. I really don't intend on working on the engine or transmission.
I do have a really large school bus garage that I would have go through it. Both the painting and the wiring were going to be tricky for me right away so this takes care of two concerns.
I'm planning on plugging it into shore power while I assemble my appliances and do a few basic creature comforts.
I figure I can get one of those little meters to find out exactly how much my electricity usage will be. That way I can accurately know how many solar panels and batteries I will need.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:15 PM   #4
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Wait...why would I avoid that transmission?
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:50 PM   #5
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We are, in fact, discussing this in great detail in this thread.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:55 PM   #6
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Thank you!
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