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Old 01-18-2016, 08:08 PM   #51
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If it were an easy fix, then the seller would have likely fixed it and not put that into the listing.
If it is easy to fix and they haven't addressed it, what else have they let go?
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:12 PM   #52
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Alright, so, I have been doing my homework and looking for buses ion my area. I did call the school districts and they would all sell buses to us.Now the question is, out of all of these buses just with this information available, which bus would be the "better" choice according to your knowledge ?

1.- 1988 International F1800, Thomas body, Allison MT 643, DT 466, Diesel 216k miles 66 pax and 210 HP, Air brakes

2.- 2000 International Amtram, 72 pax, MT 643, Air brakes, T444E Engine, diesel, 168 k miles

3.- 2001 International AmTram, 72 pax, AT545 Transmission, Air Brakes, T444E Engine, Diesel, from 147 k to 211k miles ...
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:44 PM   #53
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another one is a 1994-96 Ford Chassis, Thomas Body, Cummins 5.9 B model, allison MT643, 77 pax, 120 k miles , electric retarder
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1.- 1988 International F1800, Thomas body, Allison MT 643, DT 466, Diesel 216k miles 66 pax and 210 HP, Air breaks
I would go for this one, but if you need more room or want the retarder I'd go with the ford as second.
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:54 PM   #55
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Air "breaks" do not stop vehicles; air "BRAKES" do.

1. Go for the most seating available. You will, more than likely, be removing all of the passenger seats and selling them at 1/lb at the local scrap yard. This will yield the most available square footage.

2. Many people go for the transit-style buses simply because they, too, yield the most square footage. I have an 03 Thomas HDX transit-style with basement (see profile pix); I have approximately 240 sq. ft. and the engine is in the very rear, giving a better balance and lower noise in the cabin. The drawback? You have front-row seats to an accident and the four wheel arches in back. Conventional style buses have only two wheel arches in back, but are easier in the transition from your POV to driving a 36000 lb building. In this style, you walk to the accident.

3. Lower mileage vehicles and newer ones may give you the most longevity, but check out the drive train and tires.

4. RUST. No one can stress this too much. Surface rust is one thing; cancer is another. The footwell (entry) on these vehicles can tell you much, but crawling underneath will reveal other potential problems.

Without pictures, it's impossible to determine which bus is the better choice. Besides, preferences differ. Some people like Fords, others Chevys; some like Thomases, others Cornbinders.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:10 PM   #56
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congrats!!!


welcome to skoolie ownership. it just gets more expensive from here.

if you already have auto insurance, a recent bill of sale (less than 14 days) covers you for the trip home. waiting longer means you'll have to plate and insure it.
Is this everywhere in the US or does it vary per state ?
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I would go for this one, but if you need more room or want the retarder I'd go with the ford as second.
Please tell me something. Would the cummins 5.9 be an ok engine though? I am thinking about my husbands truck being a 5.3... we would like to be able to tow my durango behind it, plus the concersion weight...

Any and all advice is so welcome and apriceated.
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I would go for this one, but if you need more room or want the retarder I'd go with the ford as second.
I vote with Hank.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:20 PM   #59
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I third Hank's vote.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #60
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Ok, so I went to see bus #1. IT is in excellent conditikn and to our surprise, it has a retarder and the engine and transmissio were "recently" changed so it does not have the 216k miles listed. HOWEVER, there are 25 feet from behind the driver's seat to the back by 7 feet wide. That is 175 square feet, for a family of 5 ... maybe 6 .... I am affraid it would be too tight UNLESS we add a loft. What are your oppinions PLEASE !!!!
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