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Old 03-22-2019, 05:38 PM   #11
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I'd avoid the C7's and later but the 3126 is as good as any other school bus engine. Mine is quite pleasing to own and drive.
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Old 03-23-2019, 12:45 AM   #12
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I'd avoid the C7's and later but the 3126 is as good as any other school bus engine. Mine is quite pleasing to own and drive.

I'll second ECCB's opinion!
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:34 AM   #13
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I maintain a small fleet of trucks powered by C7’s. We have had good luck with them. We had one major failure. It was due to a severely plugged air filter. Drivers are no longer tasked with air filter maintenance. I now change oil, and fuel/ air filters ever 5,000 miles. We work in a high dust environment and load our trucks close to 20 tons. We have had a few injectors fail but they are very easy to replace.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:25 AM   #14
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You probably won't need a CDL to drive any bus. When you buy it it becomes a personal vehicle, not for Hire , and not technical a "school bus" any more. The CDL is for commercial vehicles and hauling passengers.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:28 AM   #15
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I wish the CDL thing was public knowledge because three times now a buyer wouldn't sell to me because they believe I need a CDL.
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:44 AM   #16
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You probably won't need a CDL to drive any bus. When you buy it it becomes a personal vehicle, not for Hire , and not technical a "school bus" any more. The CDL is for commercial vehicles and hauling passengers.
In Washington State if it seats 16 or more it is considered a commercial vehicle even if you don't haul any passengers. CDL required.

If it has a gvrw over 26k a CDL is required.

There is an exemption if you title it as an RV.
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