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Old 04-19-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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Hello....I'm a noob and I think I may be buying a bus...

Just started down this schoolie venture.

We're off to look at a 93 shuttle bus with the 7.3 Diesel engine. Ford E350 chassis with the tow package.


PROS:
Exterior already done and painted.
No seats inside except one side bench.
2 captain chairs in front, stairs behind main cab.
$3000 with 150k miles.
Tow package - so maybe can tow our little Elantra?

CONS:
No roof AC. Has anyone put one of those split AC ductless systems in their bus? It's a heater too. Of course it forces me to be dependent on a campground plug though. With that solid metal roof I am hesitant to cut into it for a RV AC!
I saw on one forum possible transmission issues with that engine. Does anyone know?
Good news is that we have a friend who is a diesel mechanic that won't bleed us dry with repairs if necessary.

We're planning to take it from KY to Seattle this fall. Can this shuttle pull those hills without us pulling our hair out?


So glad to be a part of this group!
Thanks in advance!!
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:45 AM   #2
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Towing an Elantra should be no sweat with that drivetrain. I own a 1997 shuttle bus with 5.4 litre gas engine. It tows my 18' car trailer with a full size pick up truck on it without too much trouble.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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Make sure that shuttle bus has highway gears and will do at least 75 mph. Don't even consider an airport shuttle unless you want to regear the rearend. Take some pictures if possible and post them for us to drool over. By stairs behind the cab, I assume you mean that it still has a passenger door? That is a pretty rare setup. My bus is like that and it works great as a camper.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:10 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions!
It's a 28'. What kind of mileage does your 18' get?
The current owner said he was a pro dirt bike racer and used it as his hotel for races. I kind of doubt that he'd let it go slow but I'll definitely as that question!


I also figure if we do get it, that I'll have to eventually paint the top a reflective white UV so we don't bake in it.

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Old 04-19-2016, 09:17 AM   #5
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My message disappeared!

I'll definitely ask about those things. Waiting for him to wake up and respond so I can call him. Thanks!!

Here's the pics:




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Old 04-19-2016, 10:27 AM   #6
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Thank you Bansil! I appreciate it!
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:34 AM   #7
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Your welcome, I bet that thing gets hot in the summer sun
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:37 AM   #8
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I totally agree. It'd be an oven. So I figure I'd paint the top the UV reflective white to help with that. Maybe echo a white pinstripe on the sides. Not sure yet. We had plans to go look at it today but suddenly the guy isn't returning my texts and didn't answer my call. I'm hoping he just doesn't see it not that it's falling through like the other dozen RVs/buses I've looked at.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:58 AM   #9
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my concerns with the fiberglass shuttles involves the floors and whelwell areas, make sure to look under bus and try to see if corners and areas near walls flex or crack when stepped on

If underside is insulated with spray foam beware of possible rust issues from condensation
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:52 AM   #10
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If underside is insulated with spray foam beware of possible rust issues from condensation
Hmmm..... I've wondered about that. There's always been a lot of talk here about "I'm not going to insulate my floor; I don't want to lose the headroom. I'm going to put some insulation on the underside" but I've never heard or seen anyone follow through on that. Is this a possible reason that technique isn't widely used?
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