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Old 10-03-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
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Is this how Dorothy felt at the start of the yellow brick road?

Hi! My name is George T. I am 23 years old and just graduated from Purdue as an electrical engineer. I moved from my hometown in Schererville, Indiana (Just outside of Chicago/Gary) to Corpus Christi, Texas this past July. I have been following several different vlogs online as well as articles on this website for quite some time. Now that I have a "big boy job," I decided to take a leap of faith and purchase a 2002 International 71pax bus with 150k miles on it from publicsurplus.com. Now the adventure begins. I'll be driving my bus home from Austin to Corpus Christi this weekend. I am very eager to learn as much as possible about bus conversions and utilize this website.



PS - Any tips or pointers on driving a bus would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-04-2017, 05:39 AM   #2
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Old 10-04-2017, 06:23 AM   #3
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Hi! My name is George T. I am 23 years old and just graduated from Purdue as an electrical engineer. I moved from my hometown in Schererville, Indiana (Just outside of Chicago/Gary) to Corpus Christi, Texas this past July. I have been following several different vlogs online as well as articles on this website for quite some time. Now that I have a "big boy job," I decided to take a leap of faith and purchase a 2002 International 71pax bus with 150k miles on it from publicsurplus.com. Now the adventure begins. I'll be driving my bus home from Austin to Corpus Christi this weekend. I am very eager to learn as much as possible about bus conversions and utilize this website.



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Old 10-04-2017, 08:56 AM   #4
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Hi! My name is George T. I am 23 years old and just graduated from Purdue as an electrical engineer. I moved from my hometown in Schererville, Indiana (Just outside of Chicago/Gary) to Corpus Christi, Texas this past July. I have been following several different vlogs online as well as articles on this website for quite some time. Now that I have a "big boy job," I decided to take a leap of faith and purchase a 2002 International 71pax bus with 150k miles on it from publicsurplus.com. Now the adventure begins. I'll be driving my bus home from Austin to Corpus Christi this weekend. I am very eager to learn as much as possible about bus conversions and utilize this website.



PS - Any tips or pointers on driving a bus would be greatly appreciated.
Go very slow on Turns. and Curves. When you have things sliding back and forth or front to rear then that is too fast.

Drive 25 miles or so and find a place to sit and idle for about 15 minutes. Do a walk around inspection and VERY importantly look for oil leaks underneath etc.

Now pat yourself on the back. Think how easy that first stretch was. This is just a big long truck. Very possibly a previous driver was a middle aged blue hair!

Plan that anywhere you turn into has a forward way out. No need for you to learn backingskills today.

You must let engine idle at least 5 minutes before shutdown to prevent damage to the Turbo.

Do Not get it hot. Do not familiarize yourself with all the switches etc While driving. Keep your eyes on the road. No phone calls no texting. Smart and fun thing is to have an assistant along to help out watching out for things and behind you to help scan gauges . Don't try to make that light. Slow is good,slow is fun.slow is safe. On open highway stay at about 61 mph at the most. On this trip don't open her up to see what she will do. You need to get on it when accelerating up ramps hills etc to keep engine cool.

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Old 10-04-2017, 11:10 AM   #5
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This is just a big long truck. Very possibly a previous driver was a middle aged blue hair!
One of our daily drivers is an 80+-year-old woman.

She has no problems with a 40 foot bus, and 70 children.
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Old 10-04-2017, 01:35 PM   #6
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One of our daily drivers is an 80+-year-old woman.

She has no problems with a 40 foot bus, and 70 children.
80 year-old lady takes no crap ! She's been around the block a few times...


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Old 10-08-2017, 09:22 AM   #8
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One of our daily drivers is an 80+-year-old woman.

She has no problems with a 40 foot bus, and 70 children.
SHOULDN'T BE HARD FOR A 23 YEAR OLD TO UNDERSTAND THAT. THANKS
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Check youtube for CDL walkarounds. My first time out was even more harrowing because I didn't properly do a walkaround first.

The second time I did a walk around - best thing I did because I found something the mechanic missed. Saved me a possible accident!

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You must let engine idle at least 5 minutes before shutdown to prevent damage to the Turbo.
Wow, learn something new every day.... Versatile, can you go into more explanation on this point, please?
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Check youtube for CDL walkarounds. My first time out was even more harrowing because I didn't properly do a walkaround first.

The second time I did a walk around - best thing I did because I found something the mechanic missed. Saved me a possible accident!



Wow, learn something new every day.... Versatile, can you go into more explanation on this point, please?
The Turbochargers temps are very high. Shut it down before the temps come down about a 1000 degrees and risk frying the lubricant in the bearings..
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