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Old 06-27-2019, 01:30 AM   #1
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I'm looking at 1995 Int'l on a Thomas Vista body. It has Dt408 engine that's been partially converted. They've done a really good job with the conversion but they are moving overseas and can't take it with them. It seems to run good but I found it has hydraulic brakes instead of air. Is that a good thing or a bad thing. If not, can you convert to air brakes. The couple was thinking of doing it, they just didn't crunch the numbers.
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Old 06-27-2019, 01:56 AM   #2
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I'm looking at 1995 Int'l on a Thomas Vista body. It has Dt408 engine that's been partially converted. They've done a really good job with the conversion but they are moving overseas and can't take it with them. It seems to run good but I found it has hydraulic brakes instead of air. Is that a good thing or a bad thing. If not, can you convert to air brakes. The couple was thinking of doing it, they just didn't crunch the numbers.

how long ( BIG ) is the bus?
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:00 AM   #3
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The bus is no longer than 33ft
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I drove around in a very similar bus and found it to be crude and harsh riding.
YMMV. Maybe try driving it.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:15 AM   #5
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I'm assuming it's an 8 window at under 33 feet, it'd say it shouldn't be a problem riding with hydraulic brakes. It may have a backup air system for emergencies as well.

As for the ride, I find my 36 foot 1997 Vista to be quite the nice ride. Bumps are still bumps, but on smooth roads it's a nice ride. Still rattles though.
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Old 06-27-2019, 02:28 PM   #6
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I'm assuming it's an 8 window at under 33 feet, it'd say it shouldn't be a problem riding with hydraulic brakes. It may have a backup air system for emergencies as well.

As for the ride, I find my 36 foot 1997 Vista to be quite the nice ride. Bumps are still bumps, but on smooth roads it's a nice ride. Still rattles though.
Not sure, they raised the roof and covered up the windows and put in a couple of RV windows instead.
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