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Old 04-03-2018, 10:25 PM   #1
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After months of reading threads and looking for a bus that felt right, I bought a 97 International 3800 Thomas built. Now I canít wait to get her home and start transforming her to our travel home. But honestly, Iím anxious about the 14 hour drive to get her home.

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Old 04-04-2018, 06:38 AM   #2
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:05 AM   #3
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Looks very similar to mine, except you got some under storage, nice. I had a 500 mile drive home, went awesome. I went I to a bit scared since I've never driven bigger than a dodge truck and never even towed a trailer, but it went fine, and you get the hang of it very quickly.
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Old 04-04-2018, 03:09 PM   #4
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Old 04-04-2018, 04:59 PM   #5
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After months of reading threads and looking for a bus that felt right, I bought a 97 International 3800 Thomas built. Now I canít wait to get her home and start transforming her to our travel home. But honestly, Iím anxious about the 14 hour drive to get her home.
Good looking rig, Dawg!! Regarding the drive - my biggest advice is don't get yourself locked into a tight time crunch "gotta get home by nightfall or else". Be prepared to take your time and do a good pre-trip inspection - then make frequent stops along the way to check everything over. Get a feel for what's going on - pay attention to sounds and vibrations that might be problematic.

My pick up was only 400 miles from Birmingham to Brunswick, but we took our time - drove shortest distance vs Interstates since I kept speed around 55-60 where the bus seemed happiest.

Good luck - send pics!!
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:08 PM   #6
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Looks like a nice bus. Did you buy it from the school district? They are 100 miles right down I-70 from me. Clean looking bus. Tell us about the drive home. Please tell us about the bus and how it drove. I'd like to know the price of the bus. Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:44 PM   #7
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:25 PM   #8
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After months of reading threads and looking for a bus that felt right, I bought a 97 International 3800 Thomas built. Now I canít wait to get her home and start transforming her to our travel home. But honestly, Iím anxious about the 14 hour drive to get her home.

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HOLY COW!!!! I'm JUST down the road in Russell!!!! I JUST substitute taught there TODAY!!!!! WOW!!!!

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Old 04-14-2018, 03:33 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the comments. Well after a flight to Kansas City, a rental to Hays, KS the journey home finally began. Iím relieved to say that after 24 hours of uneventful driving (over 2 days) we made it back home safely. I couldnít have been happier with the mechanical and physical condition of the bus or the fact that one of the a/cís will freeze you. We stopped when the fuel was down to half a tank or slightly less, checked fluids and stretched our legs. Fuel economy appears to have been around 8.6 mpg thatís with driving it 60-67 on interstates. No fluid leaks of any kind. Actual gross weight is 18680 lbs.
Now the fun begins, seat removal starts on Monday.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:39 PM   #10
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Congratulations on an "uneventful" voyage home. Now the fun begins!
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:39 PM   #11
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hey seems legit... good luck with your build!!

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Old 04-14-2018, 07:06 PM   #12
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That's some SERIOUS rear overhang. Kinda knocks the snot out of your departure angle.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:18 PM   #13
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Some of that overhang might have been due to the perspective (the photo was taken from slightly behind the bus). Here's a version of the same photo with the rub rails now parallel:
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:20 PM   #14
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What are the vents in the back for?
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:25 PM   #15
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Probably AC, but the overhang in the rear is still too much.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:49 PM   #16
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Dapplecreek, the vents are indeed for the a/c units.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:06 PM   #17
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Today, we took all the seats out and 1/2 of the screws on the panels under the windows and will remove the puke mat/plywood tomorrow. Hope there isnít much rust underneath. Please with the progress so far.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:51 PM   #18
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I hope my trip back is as uneventful as yours was. I plan on 2 motorcycles in the back of mine, if I put 3 in the back of yours we could do wheelies.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:15 PM   #19
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Dapplecreek, the vents are indeed for the a/c units.
Trans/AIR 0362 condensors to be exact
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:27 PM   #20
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Let me know if you plan to remove the AC units, as I live in GA and would like to add that to my own bus.
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