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Old 09-16-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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How many miles is to much?

Hi, I'm Hernan and this is my first post. I'm looking for help. I have an idea to convert a school bus into an RV to travel with the family.
This particular bus has a Detroit engine 1996 with 200K miles. I think it's a lot of miles, but I've heard that diesel engines can go 500k miles easy ??? It may also be the engine is fine, but what about the transmission, how long it can be ok? The bus in the picture looks good, but I did not see him in person yet.
So my question is worth to buy a bus and with 200k miles for about $5K?
I would also like to know if I have reason to legally be a "mobile home" or RV must have a toilet, kitchen, sink and bed mounted permanently. I am right?

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Are you sure it has a Detroit? That chassis is International, don't know that they put Detroit's in the small trucks.
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I'd be surprised if it's a Detroit as well. That looks to be a mid 90's to early 2000's bus so the only Detroit engine options would be the series 50 and series 60, both of which would be huge for such a small bus. If I had to guess it's got a t444e but I could be wrong. We need to know the exact engine and trans in order to give you a guesstimate on it's longevity.
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Are you sure it has a Detroit? That chassis is International, don't know that they put Detroit's in the small trucks.
Detroit engine said in the advertise and automatic transmission.

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I'd be surprised if it's a Detroit as well. That looks to be a mid 90's to early 2000's bus so the only Detroit engine options would be the series 50 and series 60, both of which would be huge for such a small bus. If I had to guess it's got a t444e but I could be wrong. We need to know the exact engine and trans in order to give you a guesstimate on it's longevity.
It's a 1996 International chassis with Detroit engine. Usually, how big this engine is?
I'm going to try to get more information on that bus.

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Are you sure it has a Detroit? That chassis is International, don't know that they put Detroit's in the small trucks.
This. Who told you it has a Detroit? If it was the seller, they don't have a clue about buses. Anything they say should be taken with a block of salt.
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That would be the first I've ever seen of that size with a DD.
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That would be the first I've ever seen of that size with a DD.
Ok, I did call and the guy don't know if the engine is a 366 or 466 but he is sure is a Detroit. He don't know what transmission the bus has. I'm going to go and check the bus this weekend.
I don't have knowledge on diesel engines. So, suppose that the assumption of Detroit engine is right... that means: is a good deal because the engine is strong or means: stay away from that bus??? Is 200K miles too much or not?
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The guy is clueless. What color is the engine? Blue, right? Its more than likely a 360.
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I hear that all the time too...from some jerkoff trying to unload his P.O.S. MBZ 300D on craigslist with a broken odometer, broken sunroof, broken radio, windows that don't work and a salvage title. 500k over the road miles with meticulous maintanence.

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Your comprehension skills are poor. Start at the first post and read all the replies to your post.
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