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Old 02-25-2016, 09:34 AM   #11
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Just like it has been said, Cummins 8.3 and MD3060. Anything else and you are wasting your time.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:46 PM   #12
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Well we all make mistakes. I'll be sure and give you plenty of room while you're passing me.
I like the size of this TC1000 but yes it is gutless. Still it will get down the road at 55 or 60, and I did buy it mainly for the back roads. Buses were going pretty cheap on the auctions just before and after Christmas. I was enamored by the size and didn't think the 5.9 would be this weak. The odd thing is that a number of the TC2000s also have a 5.9 or the 8.3 with the larger transmission seemingly interchangeably. That means I'm probably going to need a perfectly good donor bus. The larger bus won't be able to pass through my driveway, not to mention the parking problems. Besides, I just bought a new set of 19.5s for this bus. I'm needing a simple transplant of the power pack and radiator which I assume would fit in my smaller bus. Maybe I'll get an 8.3 for next Christmas?
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:00 PM   #13
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Our TC1000 will go at least 85. The aero's at that speed are not so good and bus is "unsettled" let's say. The tires are 75mph rated and I just prefer 55-60. On our last outing we passed 2 semis on I-17 northbound after Black Canyon City while we were pulling our 14ft car trailer with Geo Tracker onboard. Mostly we just kick back on hills and crank Zep on the XM and watch the grass growing. 11.5 mpg no matter what we do. Pretty slow for a car, pretty fast for a house.


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Old 02-25-2016, 06:28 PM   #14
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That's encouraging to hear of your success with this same bus model. I'm pretty hooked on this size rig. Undoubtedly this rig will need some of the deferred maintenance caught up on it. I haven't run mine through a shop yet so I'm still hoping for some improvement.
This bus style is still new to me so I'm uncomfortable at 60mph, although it feels very solid. I love how I can hang the front over a ditch while jockying around in the driveway. Mine feels like it's at its top end at 60. I don't know what kind of mileage it gets yet. I'm very happy with it as a little cabin, but that's highly dependent on having heat, cable and internet. I'm parked beside my house so it's still easy.
Thanks for the info. I haven't heard anyone say those nice things about the power of the 5.9.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:07 PM   #15
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:59 PM   #16
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Thanks CB, we are very happy with it.

Here's the GPS from my land speed attempt



Disregard the other numbers, it needed resetting.
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Just think, 3.3 mph more and you'd be able to energize the Flux Capacitor!
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Thanks guys

Thank you for the wealth of knowledge I have searched the Internet and have found a few buses with the 8.3 cummins in it. Not sure this is the route we r going but it is an option. Right now I'm keeping my eyes open for the right direction. I'm leaning towards a 8.3 or big cam or m11 conversion. I have all summer. Our plans for the back r to make a deck from rear wheels back to fit 2 sleds. 4 bunks inside with the basics. We have access to showers and bathrooms where we stay so not worried about that. Thanks again and I will keep u all posted
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