Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-18-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Algoma Boondockers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Sault On.
Posts: 18
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: 5.9 Turbo Cummins
Rated Cap: Tw0 + company and The Dog
New Skoolie Help

Just hoping to get an opinion from the forum about a bus my wife and I are looking at. It is a 2003 freightliner 28 footer i think from bumper to bumer. It has 250,000 Km I think roughly 180,000 miles on a 5.9 turbo Cummings. It is a automatic with hydraulic brakes.

It is certified and I have him talked down to about $3500.00 Cnd " $2900.00 U.S". It was in service as a school bus until six months ago.

Just wondering the Forums ideas on this bus and if it is a good deal,or are there problems with this bus and motor,ect?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg photo 1.jpg (220.5 KB, 18 views)
Algoma Boondockers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2015, 05:15 PM   #2
Bus Nut
 
charles_m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Denver
Posts: 489
Year: 1982
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: International S1800
Engine: DT466 Trans: MT643
Rated Cap: 65
Thats a good motor. Getting on in miles, but if it's been well-maintained, youll be good for sometime. Will you be driving many miles/year? Definitely look for rust, that is a decent price if the tires/engine/rust situations are good to go. Get the best bus ya can! If the tires and body are good, do it!
__________________
Patina enthusiast and professional busman
www.bustoshow.org
Blog: www.lookatthatbus.com
Instragram: @lookatthatbus
charles_m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2015, 07:55 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Posts: 1,439
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
250000 kms is exactly 155343 miles. I'd say that isn't so bad for a Cummins 5.9l, or any diesel for that matter. Does the bus have an hour-o-meter?
__________________
My build page: Armageddon - The Smell of Airborne Rust
jazty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 09:39 PM   #4
Mini-Skoolie
 
ReleaseTheKraken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 48
Year: 2000
Chassis: Ford F450
Engine: 7.3 L
Nothing to add from me, but a hello from a fellow Ontarian. Happy to connect here
ReleaseTheKraken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 06:59 PM   #5
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Upstate NY (Mohawk Valley)
Posts: 1,096
The bus looks strong from a distance, but note that it has the low roof. The roof goes down after the driver's position, not straight back or up. If you or those who join you are tall, it could be a problem.
__________________
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.
Redbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 07:08 PM   #6
Bus Nut
 
charles_m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Denver
Posts: 489
Year: 1982
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: International S1800
Engine: DT466 Trans: MT643
Rated Cap: 65
Good Eyes on that roofline! Gotta wonder why they would option in an especially since you'd think its more trouble to drop down behind the driver...
That would definitely make me think twice on the bus
__________________
Patina enthusiast and professional busman
www.bustoshow.org
Blog: www.lookatthatbus.com
Instragram: @lookatthatbus
charles_m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2015, 10:31 PM   #7
Mini-Skoolie
 
Algoma Boondockers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Sault On.
Posts: 18
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: 5.9 Turbo Cummins
Rated Cap: Tw0 + company and The Dog
Well we are both about 5`9 lol And its just for us.
From the measurements we got from the seller it is 72 inches in the center at the back. Not sure if it makes a difference that it is the handy edition, with the wheel chair lift.
Algoma Boondockers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 05:27 PM   #8
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 5,039
just remember when you walk you get taller, and if you put anything on the floor or ceiling it can get cramped
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 05:33 PM   #9
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 12,107
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Ward/AmTran
Chassis: International
Engine: dt466
Rated Cap: 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by bansil View Post
just remember when you walk you get taller, and if you put anything on the floor or ceiling it can get cramped
This is why I'm going, slightly reluctantly, with a raise. I want to insulate the hell out of it, and I can't afford to lose the headroom that my flooring is going to eat up. So up, up up it shall go
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 11:18 PM   #10
Mini-Skoolie
 
Algoma Boondockers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Sault On.
Posts: 18
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: 5.9 Turbo Cummins
Rated Cap: Tw0 + company and The Dog
Well I have it now. There is no turning back. It is government certified,licensed and insured.
I have 6feet 2 inches down the center. I will lose an inch on the floor and the ceiling when I start the conversion. So with both of us vertically challenged,it may not be a issue for us.

May be a roof lift latter in the future. Who knows. We will figure it out.

I do know I just drove it 800km home 500 M and it was a Blast to drive! Lots of power and plenty to spare. No mechanical issues.

I am hoping the shorter roof line will be a asset for us sneaking into some of the bush roads up here in Algoma Country where we fish and hunt. There is a method to my presumed madness.

This year it will be us getting it ready for this fourth coming season. Learning what to do and what not.
Really looking forward to getting started.
Algoma Boondockers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.