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Old 11-24-2017, 10:11 AM   #1
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Hello from WeHo

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Iím New to skoolies. Here in West Hollywood, California. In the investigation phase. Leaning toward a short bus so far.
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:03 PM   #2
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Welcome! I am a shorty fan myself. But I would suggest reading as many of the build threads here as you can before locking into a specific unit. Much easier/cheaper to learn from other peoples "uh-oh's" and changes of mind.
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Welcome! I am a shorty fan myself. But I would suggest reading as many of the build threads here as you can before locking into a specific unit. Much easier/cheaper to learn from other peoples "uh-oh's" and changes of mind.

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Old 11-24-2017, 02:20 PM   #4
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Are you aware of the good and bad drivetrains in the various brands of short buses yet?

It's true that many of us have limited parking options in the city with larger buses. It all depends on your expected use of the bus.
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Are you aware of the good and bad drivetrains in the various brands of short buses yet?

It's true that many of us have limited parking options in the city with larger buses. It all depends on your expected use of the bus.


Thanks for the advice. Iíve been reading a lot of posts and trying not to get overwhelmed.
Now Iím ready to research drive trains.
Iím hoping my bus will be my cabin retreat on wheels. Itís just me and maybe one guest, but mostly me getting away on my own.


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Welcome! I am a shorty fan myself. But I would suggest reading as many of the build threads here as you can before locking into a specific unit. Much easier/cheaper to learn from other peoples "uh-oh's" and changes of mind.


Thanks. This forum has a lot of documented experience to refer to. Itís been a great help as I plot and plan my escape.


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Have you been physically looking at any for sale buses?
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Have you been physically looking at any for sale buses?


Yes. I looked at two off Craigslist in my area, but honestly, donít know what to look for. My old mechanic said he would inspect with me, but I want to know more about what Iím looking for.
Iím look at the auction sites, too.

I saw a couple CNG shuttles that I liked, but that would limit my travel to the continental US.
Iím debating whether thatís a bad thing.


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It's good that you're actually looking. We're good at helping people find out what would work best for them, or we'll even help you find what you're looking for too.

There are people restoring shuttle type buses. It's a little bit different kind of ball game, but they're still buses.

The CNG buses look good and sell seemingly cheep. Consider where you might fill up your bus with CNG. What kind of range does that give you? How easy is it to get CNG on the road? That seems problematic for some of us.

Consider looking for new tires, if possible. Big engine with a good transmission. The popular engine choices currently stand with either DT466, Cummings 8.3 or Cat 3126/3116.
These larger engines usually have the better transmissions on them. We try to avoid a bus with an Allison 545, but a number of us have them anyway. They're common and still relatively economical for repair replacement. Most choose to upgrade to a better transmission when the opportunity arises.

It still all depends on what you're going to use the bus for. How you wan to use it. Is it a metal tent camper type or are you thinking of making it into a tiny home on wheels?
Since you're looking at transit buses it looks like you want a full size or near full size bus? I don't know what you know already. Are you looking for a diesel that you're going to drive cross country or a smaller vehicle that can park easily.

Of course the most important question is do you have a solid place to park the bus while you perform surgery on the interior? That hamstrings a lot of people.

It will all work out. You can get plenty of extra opinions here.
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Yes. I looked at two off Craigslist in my area, but honestly, donít know what to look for. My old mechanic said he would inspect with me, but I want to know more about what Iím looking for.
Iím look at the auction sites, too.

I saw a couple CNG shuttles that I liked, but that would limit my travel to the continental US.
Iím debating whether thatís a bad thing.


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I think CNG engines only have a modified carb...if cheap enough I bet your mechanic could change the fuel system...

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