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Old 11-27-2017, 09:31 AM   #11
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Old 11-27-2017, 10:25 PM   #12
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:15 PM   #13
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Houston, we have touchdown.

Got the bus home and settled this evening. It performed flawlessly.....cruised the whole 400 miles in 5th, and didn't downshift once while traveling through the Smokies on I75 and I40 -- just charged up the hills at 55 with no problem.

Stopped every hundred miles and checked all the fluids.....no usage, and only 2 drips of oil after parking for an hour on my 3rd stop. 2300rpm at 57mph, 2500 at 62.....I think with taller tires I can nudge that up to 64 - 65, which is all I think I want. Still had plenty of pedal at 62, but didn't want to stress the bad rears too much on the trip home. Water temp at 185-190 all the way....got up to 205 on a couple of long hills, but cooled right back down on the downhill side. And averaged 11.2 mpg for the trip.

Interesting thing I learned -- driving is MUCH more relaxing when you're not scanning every overpass and median strip for a law dog.

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Old 12-01-2017, 10:24 PM   #14
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Houston, we have touchdown.

Got the bus home and settled this evening. It performed flawlessly.....cruised the whole 400 miles in 5th, and didn't downshift once while traveling through the Smokies on I75 and I40 -- just charged up the hills at 55 with no problem.

Stopped every hundred miles and checked all the fluids.....no usage, and only 2 drips of oil after parking for an hour on my 3rd stop. 2300rpm at 57mph, 2500 at 61.....I think with taller tires I can nudge that up to 64 - 65, which is all I think I want. Still had plenty of pedal at 61, but didn't want to stress the bad rears too much on the trip home. And averaged 11.2 mpg for the trip.

Interesting thing I learned -- driving is MUCH more relaxing when you're not scanning every overpass and median strip for a law dog.

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YEah, apparently these 466E's DO get fantastic mileage.
Glad to hear you got it home! Enjoy!!!
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:20 AM   #15
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Houston, we have touchdown.

Got the bus home and settled this evening. It performed flawlessly.....cruised the whole 400 miles in 5th, and didn't downshift once while traveling through the Smokies on I75 and I40 -- just charged up the hills at 55 with no problem.

Stopped every hundred miles and checked all the fluids.....no usage, and only 2 drips of oil after parking for an hour on my 3rd stop. 2300rpm at 57mph, 2500 at 62.....I think with taller tires I can nudge that up to 64 - 65, which is all I think I want. Still had plenty of pedal at 62, but didn't want to stress the bad rears too much on the trip home. Water temp at 185-190 all the way....got up to 205 on a couple of long hills, but cooled right back down on the downhill side. And averaged 11.2 mpg for the trip.

Interesting thing I learned -- driving is MUCH more relaxing when you're not scanning every overpass and median strip for a law dog.

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I'm glad things went well with no unexpected surprise. Now the real fun begins👅👅
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:44 AM   #16
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:29 PM   #17
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Unknown at this time. I haven't priced anything yet, and not sure if I'll fab a door (likely) or use an old one from a graveyard. I plan on using the bus on a couple of camping trips first, to see if the plans in my head are workable in real life.

Which is seldom the case.


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Where are you at in NC? There are a handful of skoolies around and a few post and a handful of others usually don't?
Anyway I have been debating an NC SKOOLIE meetup and have access to a field and access to a dump station if needed or if everyone's in shortie I can put us around a building with bathroom and kitchen with a fire pit set up for boys scouts but it's surrounded buy trees.
I have had my full size in and out of there many times with nothing more than a planned 3-point turn.
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:46 PM   #18
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I'm in High Point, about 2 hours west of Raleigh. I'd be up for a meetup in the spring.


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Old 12-02-2017, 05:53 PM   #19
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I'm in High Point, about 2 hours west of Raleigh. I'd be up for a meetup in the spring.


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What about coming down for a weekend this winter?
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:01 PM   #20
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Let me get my build going first!

Will definitely shoot for sometime in 2018.

Or you Floridians could caravan north to the Carolinas.


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