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Old 07-14-2015, 08:36 AM   #1
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Hello from Texas

Hello everybody. don't have a bus yet but I'm will with in 2 months and was wondering what to look for. I have a back ground in the diesel industry so I'm leaning towards a 5.9 Cummins just not sure what trans to look for. It will be moble for about 6 months a year as a home for my fiance and i.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:44 AM   #2
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A big Skoolie Howdy! --- always good to see another Texan on board (what part of the state?). As you no doubt know, it's hard to beat a Cummins (especially an all mechanical) and there are a number of tranny options. Allisons do have the advantage of bolting up directly to the SAE 3 arrangement Cummins all have. Most others require an adapter of some sort. I went with a new from the factory 6-speed with double overdrive but there are plenty of 5 speeds out there that will work ..and..can be re-programmed as 6 speeds. The big advantage of the 5th gen Allisons is that all they require to talk to a mechanical motor is a simple TPS (throttle position sensor). It is more complicated with the older units and you have to find a tech who will agree to do it. Many won't without a letter from Allison authorizing it due to the speed rating on school bus tires. Weird, but true.

Best of luck and do post some pix as soon as you can.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:00 PM   #3
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I like my cummins. My AT545 doesnt bother me. How many miles per year? what type of terrian? what are you planning on doing with it?

Lots of texans/houstonians on here.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:12 PM   #4
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home base is north of Houston. Ill be running between here Dallas and Austin. Im going to go look at a 1997 model with a 5.9 in it this weekend.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:54 PM   #5
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We're probably not that far away. Especially after the grand parkway is done this winter.

which reminds me, I'm gonna need an EZ tag on my bus.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:48 PM   #6
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which reminds me, I'm gonna need an EZ tag on my bus.
It's a shame that they can't interlink all the toll transponder systems together- EZPass, Tx-Tag, K-Tag, Sunpass, etc.- especially for long haul truckers and RV'ers so they don't have to have a windshield full transponders
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:22 PM   #7
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All of the tags in texas are compatible. A friend of mine has been driving through texas quite a bit and decided to go with the tx tag.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:52 PM   #8
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We may have enough Skoolies in the Houston area to justify a gathering somewhere to swap war stories over something cool. I'm near downtown Houston and know a few good hangouts if anyone is interested. As near as I can tell, I'm kind'a centrally located.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:05 PM   #9
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I'm in Katy, not far away....
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Im up in Cleveland.
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