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Old 10-15-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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Looking for RE adventure bus!

My fiancÚ and I are from Savannah, GA interested in an RE bus. I heard that IHC DT466/530 or Cummins 8.3L/ISC in 285-325 are good ones to consider. I would like something for long distance. What type of specifications should I be looking for? If you know of anyone selling or you yourself are selling let me know!!

Does this look like a good bus? I think this a city/school bus instead of long trip-going over mountain type of bus, but might as well ask.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/cto/5792301229.html

Also I attached some floor plans if anyone is interested! Let me know which ones you like the best.

Thanks

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Old 10-15-2016, 08:48 PM   #2
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You have several floor plans that look really nice. What I didn't see is a floor plan where you can walk around the bed.

Trust me when I say this, having a walk around bed is no longer a "nice-to-have feature" at dark thirty in the morning and you have to go to the bathroom and you are next to the wall.

If you are under the age of 30 you probably won't understand this. But again, trust me on this, the importance of having a nice comfy chair in which you can sit at the end of the day can't be stressed enough.

I have seen several floor plans that included a drop down panel to cover the stair well so that the co-pilot could sit with their feet on the floor. Those that had co-pilot seats like that built them so that they could swivel at least 180*. In that way the seat could be used not only when going down the road but when the bus was parked as well.

Avion made three different floor plans for their tri-axle trailers. One had a rear bathroom, one had a side bathroom, and one had a pass through bathroom. Of the three, the 34X with the rear bedroom and pass through bathroom is the most sought after. The difference between the pass through and the side bathroom is instead of all of the plumbing being on the street side the pass through bathroom had the toilet and basin on one side and the shower/tub was on the other with the hallway between. With doors on either end you could close off the bathroom for privacy. And instead of having a bathroom the size of a phone booth you have a bathroom with enough room to stretch your arms all the way out. http://www.gradeless.com/avion/1988/1988.pdf
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:06 PM   #3
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By the way, the IC RE bus for sale for $3,350.00 doesn't look like a bad bus and the price is very reasonable.

If the bus has the DT466 it is a real bargain.

If the bus has the T444 it is an okay bargain.

The DT466 will push that bus down the road, uphill and down, with very little "effort".

The T444 will do okay on the flat but will slow way down on the hills and will do everything as if it was huffing and puffing to do it.
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:09 PM   #4
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I put my bed across the wheel wells and it was awesome. Not too big a hassle to either go around the back ddoor or stp over it....for the first TWO months! After that i moved it to the side and asked myself "oh why did i put myself through that for two months!"
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:51 PM   #5
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My fiancÚ and I are from Savannah, GA interested in an RE bus. I heard that IHC DT466/530 or Cummins 8.3L/ISC in 285-325 are good ones to consider. I would like something for long distance. What type of specifications should I be looking for? If you know of anyone selling or you yourself are selling let me know!!

Does this look like a good bus? I think this a city/school bus instead of long trip-going over mountain type of bus, but might as well ask.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/cto/5792301229.html

Also I attached some floor plans if anyone is interested! Let me know which ones you like the best.

Thanks

What program is this for doing lay outs.
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:59 PM   #6
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You have several floor plans that look really nice. What I didn't see is a floor plan where you can walk around the bed.

Trust me when I say this, having a walk around bed is no longer a "nice-to-have feature" at dark thirty in the morning and you have to go to the bathroom and you are next to the wall.

If you are under the age of 30 you probably won't understand this. But again, trust me on this, the importance of having a nice comfy chair in which you can sit at the end of the day can't be stressed enough.

I have seen several floor plans that included a drop down panel to cover the stair well so that the co-pilot could sit with their feet on the floor. Those that had co-pilot seats like that built them so that they could swivel at least 180*. In that way the seat could be used not only when going down the road but when the bus was parked as well.

Avion made three different floor plans for their tri-axle trailers. One had a rear bathroom, one had a side bathroom, and one had a pass through bathroom. Of the three, the 34X with the rear bedroom and pass through bathroom is the most sought after. The difference between the pass through and the side bathroom is instead of all of the plumbing being on the street side the pass through bathroom had the toilet and basin on one side and the shower/tub was on the other with the hallway between. With doors on either end you could close off the bathroom for privacy. And instead of having a bathroom the size of a phone booth you have a bathroom with enough room to stretch your arms all the way out. http://www.gradeless.com/avion/1988/1988.pdf
Haha, Ive had the wall side of the bed for almost 4 years now. I actually prefer to be cozy in the corner and when I wake up I can usually crawl over the legs to get out. The foot of the bed is also blocked off with a dresser. I like small tiny spaces, so I hope it will work for a 6 foot male and 5'11 me.

I love the idea of a cover for the stairs and a swivel chair for the driver!

That $3,500 seems like a good one! I talked with the man and he's sold over 200, drove them all home from 700 miles away. It supposedly has a 2015 engine! Maybe thats my bus!?
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:02 PM   #7
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What program is this for doing lay outs.
The program is Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. I have it since I do graphic design. Its pretty $$ but fun!
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:09 PM   #8
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I was looking at this one too! They said it was a former school bus so maybe its not equipped for long mountainous rides, or maybe not. Should I be looking for a DT466?

Its a 1991 Blue Bird TC 2000 72 passenger. Completely refurbished since 2013 with new paint, engine, transmission, alternator, tires, radiator, and other new parts. 5.9 Cummins turbo diesel and Allison automatic transmission. 151,000 miles.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/5826991114.html

I saw this one too. Same guy as my first post. 1998 International 3000 AmTran School Bus. 147,xxx Miles. Caterpillar Diesel.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/cto/5803976103.html
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:57 PM   #9
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It looks like none of the floorplans had access to that left side emergency door that's standard equipment rear engine buses anymore. You want to keep that and all other emergency exits accessible just in case, heaven forbid, something should happen and you need to beat a hasty exit.
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I was looking at this one too! They said it was a former school bus so maybe its not equipped for long mountainous rides, or maybe not. Should I be looking for a DT466?

Its a 1991 Blue Bird TC 2000 72 passenger. Completely refurbished since 2013 with new paint, engine, transmission, alternator, tires, radiator, and other new parts. 5.9 Cummins turbo diesel and Allison automatic transmission. 151,000 miles.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/5826991114.html

I saw this one too. Same guy as my first post. 1998 International 3000 AmTran School Bus. 147,xxx Miles. Caterpillar Diesel.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/cto/5803976103.html
Guy seems to REALLY hype up his used buses.
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