Ok guys, I think I've found her.
2001 International FE Special Needs. Dt466, Allison MT643. 34', 165,000 miles.
Arizona dealer (Canyon State Bus Sales)- doesn't look like it has any
Size is a big consideration for us since we have to park it at our home in not-so-rural Colorado. Driveway is 32 feet long, so we can accommodate 35' tops with some creativity and sending some cookies to the neighbors. Plus a mid size should theoretically be easier to drive and maneuver into more campsites.
Here's the fun part:
Dealer was asking 6,900. After a short phone conversation they dropped to 5,900. I'm flying in this weekend to inspect and potentially purchase. Hoping to talk them down further. My thinking is that for the condition of the bus and the apparent scarcity of mid-sized buses with this engine and tranny combo-its not a bad deal.
Plus, we intend to full time in this bus for some years to come. I'm thinking I'd rather pay a higher price now for a newer well maintained vehicle fresh off the school route than save a lot up front just to have our house break down a little later.