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Old 09-25-2016, 09:41 PM   #1
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Hello, I am looking to live full time in my bus. I started out looking at 4x4 vans to have the ability to go off the beaten path. Then I turned my search to a van based short bus. As I intend to drive quite a bit I wanted to go with a diesel for economy and power. I researched the 7.3 extensively and wasn't happy with the possibilities and maintenance cost. After more research I discovered the Dt466 mechanical engine and had been leaning towards something bigger. Have been looking at 30', but now I may go 40'. Is the 30' much more fuel efficient to make it worth the space you give up? I am single so I don't need to worry about anyone but myself. I am wishing to build something that I can stay out two weeks at a time before resupplying.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:43 PM   #2
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Welcome! And good luck to you. I don't have the answers but i am confident in time they will become clear with the guidance of others here.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:54 PM   #3
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Year: 1989
Coachwork: 1853FC International/Navistar
Chassis: 35' Retired Air Force Ambulance
Engine: DT466, MT643
Rated Cap: 6 souls and a driver
A member on another site that has my sister bus with dt466 and Allison mt643 claimed he got about 7.3mpg pulling a 3/4 ton suburban on a tandem trailer...
(35' bus)

Other than that, I got nothing!
I haven't been on a significant road trip as of yet
I once complained I had no shoes....
Until I met a man with no feet
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