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Old 07-23-2016, 09:50 AM   #1
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Need help. About to buy a bus

hello and thank you for taking the time to read my post. I would like to find out all information about this bus I am about to buy. It is a 1990 International Bus with 11 windows. I know it has a diesel engine. I wanted to find out what the gross vehicle weight of this bus might be because I would like to know whether or not I would have to have a CDL to drive it. are these good buses? And what would one pay for something like this in OK condition runs and drives. thank you so much for your responses looking forward to them.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:04 AM   #2
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It won't let me post a picture otherwise I would. Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:22 AM   #3
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Hi and

A 66pax International is going to be somewhere around a 30k GVWR. If retitled as an RV, no bus should require a CDL. $2500 seems to be a reasonable going price. Pay special attention to rust, on the body, undercarriage, floor, wheel wells, etc. Rust is a time and money pit.

If you could share what engine and transmission it has, we could be more critical.

You have to have a few posts under your belt before you can upload images. It's an anti-spam measure.

Good luck!
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:06 AM   #4
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Hi and

A 66pax International is going to be somewhere around a 30k GVWR. If retitled as an RV, no bus should require a CDL. $2500 seems to be a reasonable going price. Pay special attention to rust, on the body, undercarriage, floor, wheel wells, etc. Rust is a time and money pit.

If you could share what engine and transmission it has, we could be more critical.

You have to have a few posts under your belt before you can upload images. It's an anti-spam measure.

Good luck!
thank you so much for your reply. Are you 100% sure that you will not need a CDL if the bus is registered as a private RV? I was looking on the Texas Department of Public Safety website and they said any vehicle over 26000 gross vehicle weight has to have a CDL in order to drive it? also I did find another bus that looks very similar to this one and it said that it was a little over 25,000 gross vehicle weight so maybe I'm okay?
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:23 AM   #5
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Ahhhh... Texas

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thank you so much for your reply. Are you 100% sure that you will not need a CDL if the bus is registered as a private RV? I was looking on the Texas Department of Public Safety website and they said any vehicle over 26000 gross vehicle weight has to have a CDL in order to drive it? also I did find another bus that looks very similar to this one and it said that it was a little over 25,000 gross vehicle weight so maybe I'm okay?
Ah Texas... An RV with a GVWR of greater than 26k lbs is supposed to require a different non-CDL class license, IIRC. There are other Texans here that will speak up. Every bus has a DOT tag on it, listing GVWR and GAWR, usually along with tire and inflation specs.

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Old 07-23-2016, 11:27 AM   #6
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and where are these dot tags usually located at? Thanks. also you say a different non CDL license is that just a regular drivers license with a special class to it?
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:38 AM   #7
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Most DOT tags are just inside the main door, on or under the "dash" or in the driver's cockpit. It's been a long time since I've looked for a DOT tag in a skoolie. The tag should be fairly obvious, like the one on the door jam of your car.

Texas has a classified licensing system, in addition to the CDL.

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/Driver.../dlClasses.htm
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:38 PM   #8
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okay, thank you for that. Also is there a way that you can look up the specs on it with the VIN number?
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:53 PM   #9
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nevermind I found a way to look it up. Thank you.
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Old 07-23-2016, 02:55 PM   #10
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https://youtu.be/m3edBNqpNEc

Here's a link to a video of it. Let me know what you all think... Tia.
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