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Old 07-20-2015, 01:12 AM   #1
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looking for a 5-6 window

Hi Skoolie folks! My wife and I are getting ready to take the plunge into the Skoolie world. Been looking at a lot of International 5-6 Window shorties with the te444. From what I've seen and read it seems to be a good reliable option. Does anyone think otherwise? Does anyone have any buses for sale or know where to find a good reliable one? Any and all opinions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:41 AM   #2
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I had to go 1600 miles for mine. They are not as common as a 35-40 foot bus.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:43 AM   #3
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Well, there is this one, but it's in NY. One, that's quite a hike for a first road trip, two, it may be destroyed underneath, though it's only showing 62k miles...

Public Surplus: Auction #1407253

Same site has em all over, AZ, TX, UT, etc. All those Texas buses are running 444's, so you might find something you can't live without there...
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:46 AM   #4
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Size-wise, that's ideal, but I can hold out for a better option... the main thing I Want To Know Is The Reliability Of The 444E....
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:55 AM   #5
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There's at least one person here who will tell you the 466 is the superior engine and usually has better accessories, driveline, etc.

I can tell you that a flatbed wrecker with a 466 and a 6-spd manual will boogie, but that's all I know personally...
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:57 AM   #6
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How common is a shorter chassis mated with a 466? Sounds like that might be a better option?
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:59 AM   #7
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I have no idea. I'm not trying to steer you one way or the other. I only have that limited experience and have seen the other person's posts.
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:03 AM   #8
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I think we'll all agree that for a short bus, the full-size chassis is still leaps and bounds past the van bodies as far as construction, durability, etc.
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:03 AM   #9
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That's what I love about this site. Getting to be able to pick everyone's brains without judgement. Thank you! I love seeing everyone's projects and ideas. It is soooo helpful to see what works and what doesn't.
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:05 AM   #10
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Exactly! That's why we want to go that route as opposed to the vans.
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