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Old 02-11-2018, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hello from Tahoe

Complete newbie here who took a leap of faith with my son and bought a 40' deisel International T444E rear engine bus with 120k miles. It's in Oregon and we need to get it to Tahoe over spring break. It has one seat and seat belt. It drives fine and I'm getting the minor things needed done before driving it but I'm still nervous about driving it without facing checked to see if the automatic snow chains and sanders work, etc.

I figured we'd get a manual and read it before then, lay out the route carefully to avoid problem areas, and take some kind of class on line at least before hand. Any recommendations for the best class on line or near Medford Oregon?

I'm sure there are dozens of things we haven't thought of yet!!!! I'll be reading more over the next week. My son and I are somewhat handy and I have some tools and there are a couple of locals with experience we can ask for help I think. ... Glad to have found this forum!!
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:58 PM   #2
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Which model of bus did you get? Is it a dog nose, stub nose, flat nose?

We obviously all want photos!
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:18 PM   #3
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Complete newbie here who took a leap of faith with my son and bought a 40' deisel International T444E rear engine bus with 120k miles. It's in Oregon and we need to get it to Tahoe over spring break.
Oh, alright. I can crash with you in Tahoe for a few months to oversee this project, but just until the snow melts....
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:26 PM   #4
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Oh, alright. I can crash with you in Tahoe for a few months to oversee this project, but just until the snow melts....
LMAO...

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Old 02-11-2018, 03:36 PM   #5
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Spent 2 weeks in South Tahoe last year while we did our lap of the US. Beautiful place if you can look past the road construction! Saw a big ass bear too.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:44 PM   #6
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1997 International model 3800 flat nose.
I haven't figured out what kind of transmission it has yet, nor verified whether or not the auto chains work. I live in the mountains so the chains and the auto sanders would be really awesome if they work or I can get them to work.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:49 PM   #7
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Spent 2 weeks in South Tahoe last year while we did our lap of the US. Beautiful place if you can look past the road construction! Saw a big ass bear too.
In my yard I have seen bears, bear cubs, coyotes, and Bobcats multiple times! I know how to deal with wildlife but I have a LOT to learn about our skoolie.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:57 PM   #8
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In my yard I have seen bears, bear cubs, coyotes, and Bobcats multiple times! I know how to deal with wildlife but I have a LOT to learn about our skoolie.
Looks like you are doing just fine. Nice bus. Hope is wasn't you who backed-it into that overhang...

What is the plan for youse guys?
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:06 PM   #9
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So where in Oregon do you have to pick it up? I can make it to Carson City from here in about 10 hours so I don't think you'll have any problems. And that wasn't even going through Trukee.

I recently saw a bobcat kitten that was still walking wabbly. Lots of dogs and cats disappearing.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:55 PM   #10
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