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Old 09-22-2016, 07:38 PM   #11
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As stated by others, the 2000 is a darned good transmission, and of course the DT466E is damn near bulletproof. However, check to see if you have the EGR-recirc DT. They tend to be fussier than the non-EGR motors. Prefer a non-EGR, but its not a show-stopper by any means.

The "actual mileage" question has been raised and its a valid point with an easy answer. The fuel injection computer keeps a mileage tally separately from the operators instrument panel. It can be checked in about 60 seconds with a scan tool. If the serial number in the computer matches the VIN, that mileage in the ECU can be taken as gospel. Any IH/Navistar dealer can read this data, and usually for free.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:39 PM   #12
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if you are going to alaska you will definitely want the primo drivetrain!! you have lots of hill climbing and descending to do.!

I would not only want a powerful engine but also at least a retarder on the trans for the downhills.. esp if you have a toad.

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Old 09-23-2016, 05:00 AM   #13
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if you are going to alaska you will definitely want the primo drivetrain!! you have lots of hill climbing and descending to do.!

I would not only want a powerful engine but also at least a retarder on the trans for the downhills.. esp if you have a toad.

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Yep. THis is no job for an eastern bus.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:34 AM   #14
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for something like that you almost want a coach...

or maybe take a mechanical DT-530 and build it up for the job...

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Old 09-23-2016, 12:42 PM   #15
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So you don't think a skoolie can handle 6-8 weeks in Alaska? We aren't planning to stay there permanently. I just realized that I wasn't clear about that in my earlier post. We are planning to full time and see the entire country but since we do want to visit Alaska, I wanted a serious setup.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:55 PM   #16
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So you don't think a skoolie can handle 6-8 weeks in Alaska? We aren't planning to stay there permanently. I just realized that I wasn't clear about that in my earlier post. We are planning to full time and see the entire country but since we do want to visit Alaska, I wanted a serious setup.

im only thinking of the coaches that push out 400 horsepower+..

but I do totally believe a stout skoolie can survive alaska.. deopending on the time of year you go and how fast you want to run the mountains...
the DT-466 would be the engine of choice.. theres every debate in the world on here about the 'E' vs mechanical, but the 'E' variants.. from most things I read, the 'E' do produce more power in stock form.. though the mechanicals can be easily "cranked up" if you feel the need

if you are fulltiming in winter up north or summer down south you will just want to insulate well and have a block-heater on your diesel..

my older brother lives in fairbanks and says its really tough to start and drive anything in winter that isnt plugged in... and when they get the super cold with the wind insulation is key.

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Old 09-23-2016, 01:10 PM   #17
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for something like that you almost want a coach...

or maybe take a mechanical DT-530 and build it up for the job...

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Did they make mechanical 530's?
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:23 PM   #18
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Did they make mechanical 530's?

for some reason I was thinkinfg the 530ST was mechanical but maybe they were all 'E's

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Old 09-23-2016, 07:07 PM   #19
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Sounds like a deal. But best to test drive and double check the miles like others have mentioned. Perhaps if you decide to pass it would be helpful to share the bus info here for others. That's a heck of a price for that. I hear the dt466 core is worth 2k. (anyone validate that info?)

I sure wouldn't pass on a great bus just for a perfect one for an Alaska trip. I might park the skoolie and fly to Alaska for a vacation instead, that way i wouldn't risk getting my Skoolie snowed upon

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Old 09-23-2016, 07:27 PM   #20
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Well apparently the bus was a good deal because it was sold this afternoon to someone else.

We are just starting our search and I came to ask for opinions because it did seem waaaay too good to be true and I hadn't heard much about the Allison2000.

I really appreciate all of your input because next time I will feel more confident to snatch up a deal like this!
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