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Old 07-25-2019, 10:11 PM   #1
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Double Decker in NY

My name's Chris and my wife and I are thinking about converting a double deck Leyland Olympian (low bridge variety). I'll be headed to inspect the bus and maybe buy it in the next week or so.

We are hoping to escape not-so-sunny Syracuse, NY for several months in the winter, and perhaps someday full time in it a bit longer. Originally our plan was to buy an RV and use it for travel, but we have three kids, and they are really, really bad at sharing sleeping spaces, and there were no RV models that would work well for us.

So, after lurking here quite a while just introducing myself! Can't wait to get started, and looking forward to recording the process here and tapping into the hive mind.
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:47 PM   #2
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Just remember that your bus will be higher than some of the bridges. When buses hit bridges, the bridge always wins. Also, check what engine's in it - if it's a O.680 you'll need to be sure about parts availability in this country. And don't rush the gearshifts if it has the semi-auto Pneumocyclic gearbox, otherwise you'll wear out the bands really quickly. The Olympian is still a decent bus (but I would prefer a Bristol VR!).

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Old 07-26-2019, 05:45 AM   #3
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Engine's a Cummins, tranny's a ZF. Guy I'm buying it from says he can get any other parts for me, and he'll have his team strip the seats at the shop and he'll register it as an RV. (Three cheers for Alabama)!

It's supposed to be a low bridge model, so one of the 31'x8'2"x13'6". So in theory it should be fine on any non posted road in the USA. Not that I plan on driving anywhere without an RV gps anyway! Driving it back should be easy since home is all major roads from the highway to home. My only concern is at home... Will have to lift the utility lines to get it in and out of the driveway. Happily I know enough about the lines to kniw I'm safe touching the low ones.
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Old 07-26-2019, 05:58 AM   #4
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Also theory and reality rarely align... So I'll be extra careful.
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:54 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-2019, 05:55 AM   #6
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Just the ones from the seller.




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Old 07-27-2019, 05:57 AM   #7
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Drive it before you commit.
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Old 07-27-2019, 05:58 AM   #8
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Plan on it.
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Old 07-27-2019, 06:00 AM   #9
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My bus is tall for a school bus. Its a smidge over 10'6".
Even at this height I'm scraping low branches and the occasional comcast cable.
At 13'6" its going to require a lot of careful planning and driving.
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