Last Fall I bought a 1998 Bluebird International T444 (3800). My cousin and I worked furiously to convert it for our trip out West from Florida.
We have a problem where it slows down and quits. We were driving on Interstates and felt we were a danger always being so slow or stopped on the side of the road. If you let is sit awhile it will start. We have changed the fuel filters several times. It would be really bad if it did this in the middle of a big city! Yikes!
And it seems to have no power going up a hill, is that normal?
And the second thing is it is very bad about fishtailing. We were flat towing my sons Jeep behind it. When I bought it one king pin had been replaced and someone said you should never replace one. It has air ride and a mechanic adjusted the bags so they don't deflate below about 110 pounds. He thought that maybe the sensor in the bags was making it inflate and deflate too much and causing the fishtailing. That helped some where it was tolerable but... It is VERY hard to keep it in the lane!
The inside of the bus is very nice. My son works in Wyoming for the Summers and it is built for off grid. Has 180 gal. of water under the bed (we traveled with 60 gal only) 4 6v batteries, a solar frig and freezer composting toilet and shower and a sink and stove.
We did not even get it out West. Had to leave it in MO and had it shipped home
I do not know how it would get up the mountains in Wyoming when it struggled so with the hills in Tennessee. The last day out it took us 9 hours to go 275 miles as it kept quitting!
A part of me wants to abandon the project and sell it but my cousin put his heart and soul into the build. And it is perfect for what my son needs. Or the next crazy idea I had was take the engine off and make a 5th wheel out of it. That would require a new super duty truck!
Did we buy the wrong bus for traveling across the country? It has to have high ground clearance so the pushers would not work. I thought I did my homework.