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Old 12-02-2018, 10:16 PM   #1
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I have a question for some of you guys out there with more experience than myself. I am getting ready to purchase my first skoolie and I have two options I am leaning towards. Either a manual 5 speed 36' Gillig or a 40' Crown.. The Gillig has a new clutch and 25,000 on a rebuild CAt engine. The Crown is just under 200,000 on the Odometer so not sure actual..

I was mainly concerned with the no syncro. I can drive a manual but havent driven a non syncro. Also I was concerned with the length of 40' being too big for certain RV parks and being able to get into more remote areas due to the longer length?

I didnt know if I would be limited by the longer version even though it is a automatic?
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:27 AM   #2
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Are you sure it is non sychro? If it is they do take some getting used to but not bad once you do. I would not let it stop me if the bus was my dream bus.
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:20 PM   #3
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That makes sense. I wasnt sure if the 5 foot difference would be an issue with the longer bus as well. I mean its longer so more living space. But I heard that some RV parks dont take vehicles over 35 feet? I was worried that the 40' might restrict me from more rural areas and some RV parks...
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:57 PM   #4
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Others will have to answer to size that an RV park will take, I rarely go to one.
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I have a question for some of you guys out there with more experience than myself. I am getting ready to purchase my first skoolie and I have two options I am leaning towards. Either a manual 5 speed 36' Gillig or a 40' Crown.. The Gillig has a new clutch and 25,000 on a rebuild CAt engine. The Crown is just under 200,000 on the Odometer so not sure actual..

I was mainly concerned with the no syncro. I can drive a manual but havent driven a non syncro. Also I was concerned with the length of 40' being too big for certain RV parks and being able to get into more remote areas due to the longer length?

I didnt know if I would be limited by the longer version even though it is a automatic?
I would love to know more about the buses themselves (year, engines, condition, etc.). Pictures? A Gillig with a manual trans, new clutch and rebuilt motor sounds pretty yummy... But so does a Crown.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:32 AM   #6
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Others will have to answer to size that an RV park will take, I rarely go to one.
I spent 6+ years on the road in my Eagle 40' bus. 40 states and over 200k miles.

I probably ran into 3-4 places that turned me away because of my length.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:26 PM   #7
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Were you able to get to more remote places with the 40' bus? Just weighing my options before I commit
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:32 PM   #8
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I wouldn't worry about the length as much as a comparison between drivetrains, condition, and accessories like AC, air ride ect.

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Old 12-09-2018, 12:38 AM   #9
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The Gillig is a 5speed spicer with a 3208 CAT diesel on a rebuilt engine with 30,000 on it so far. New tires and clutch as well.

The Crown is a Cummins diesel automatic. Very clean. Inquiring about the rest as we speak...

both are RE buses..
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:40 AM   #10
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If the Cummins is an 855 it is well regarded good engine. The 3208 has more mixed reviews.

If you are boondocking length will not matter much.

My suggestion on campgrounds would be to call or check their website in areas you may want to go, and see what they say for max length.
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