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Old 07-26-2018, 08:59 PM   #21
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I am very happy with my "dog nose" bus. The size is great - 28 feet of happy home.
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I have not had any problems driving around - up and down mountains - across the country.

My bus had 297K miles on it - and I have put on 15K miles this year. I drove around Florida for several months - then drove out to Montana - and I have been exploring the west.

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I have the T444e engine - with the Allison 2000 transmission - and a V8 Turbo diesel (210 HP). It purrs like a really loud kitten.

I am averaging 9.852 MPG.

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I hope you find your Happy Bus!
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:15 AM   #22
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Well I assume the sixth gear is unlocked... It might be a little longer than you want.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:53 AM   #23
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Well I assume the sixth gear is unlocked... It might be a little longer than you want.
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I doubt it has 6th open in a school bus. My DT466 will do 85 in 5th, I need 6th open for better fuel mileage.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:25 PM   #24
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I doubt it has 6th open in a school bus. My DT466 will do 85 in 5th, I need 6th open for better fuel mileage.
My Cat will do at least 80 in 4th!
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:32 PM   #25
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Hello Skoolie.net,

My husband and I have been dreaming up a skoolie of our own for half a year now. After tons of videos, websites and guides we decided to take the plunge a couple of months back. However, we have had a hard time finding a bus in CA and deciding on a bus in general.

About us, we are professionals in the tech field. My husband has some small experience with mechanical stuff but we would be learning most everything as we go. We are clueless about what the best bus would be but here are some links that show the general size/shape of the bus we are looking for:

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...02&acctid=6286
https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/au...ew?auc=2128891
https://www.commercialtrucktrader.co...Ce--5001956614

We would love to get the bus as close as we can to us as we would need to have it delivered if we ordered from back east. Also, we are looking for a general road trip / camper vehicle and not primarily to live in.

A few things we really need help with to start.
1. Choosing the correct bus/engine/tranny/etc, we know nothing about any of that. We aren't picky and want the best we can get as we would love for this to last as long as it can. We are looking for an auto tranny and are open to just about everything else. We are budgeting around 6K to buy the bus and this is flexible for the perfect bus.

2. Work space is really hard to find. If anyone knows anywhere in/near South bay where we can rent space to work on the bus that would be awesome.

3. Finding a bus in CA has been really hard for us. We find tons back east but none that are in CA that are the shape/size we are looking for. Any help locating a bus near us is appreciated as well!

Finally, would love any tips/advice that anyone would love to share with us. We have been snooping through the forum here and various blogs and would appreciate additional links and to hear from your experience.

Thanks for reading!
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:44 PM   #26
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I am very happy with my "dog nose" bus. The size is great - 28 feet of happy home.
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I have not had any problems driving around - up and down mountains - across the country.

My bus had 297K miles on it - and I have put on 15K miles this year. I drove around Florida for several months - then drove out to Montana - and I have been exploring the west.

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I have the T444e engine - with the Allison 2000 transmission - and a V8 Turbo diesel (210 HP). It purrs like a really loud kitten.

I am averaging 9.852 MPG.

Attachment 24474

I hope you find your Happy Bus!
Roger, Nice Bus. Is that the Subaru Crosstrek? Do you like? How is TOAD with a bus?
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Old 07-28-2018, 12:08 AM   #27
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Hanks! I love my house-bus!
The bus pulls my Subaru Crosstrek with no issues. And I love the Crosstrek!

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Old 07-28-2018, 01:53 AM   #28
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@Dog Rescuer Thanks for sharing! We are looking for a bus similar to that! Where did you get it if you don't mind me asking?

@magnakansas Ya, it is longer and we are looking for a conventional bus. But thanks a lot for sharing!

@HappyInTN Thanks!

*Update*

We found some land and worked out a deal that will let us work on and store the bus for $300 per month in San Jose. Includes electricity and some tools. About 30 minutes drive from us. Now we just need a bus! We are still looking. Found a couple on govdeals but we let them go as there were some unknowns we were uncomfortable with.

Please let us know if you guys spot a bus that fits what we are looking for. My husband put up a thread here to ask for help finding a bus: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f14/lt...red-23573.html

Thanks again for all the help!
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Old 07-28-2018, 04:45 AM   #29
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@Dog Rescuer Thanks for sharing! We are looking for a bus similar to that! Where did you get it if you don't mind me asking?

@magnakansas Ya, it is longer and we are looking for a conventional bus. But thanks a lot for sharing!

@HappyInTN Thanks!

*Update*

We found some land and worked out a deal that will let us work on and store the bus for $300 per month in San Jose. Includes electricity and some tools. About 30 minutes drive from us. Now we just need a bus! We are still looking. Found a couple on govdeals but we let them go as there were some unknowns we were uncomfortable with.

Please let us know if you guys spot a bus that fits what we are looking for. My husband put up a thread here to ask for help finding a bus: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f14/lt...red-23573.html

Thanks again for all the help!
Roger is one of the lucky few who's new subaru doesn't burn oil.
My Crosstrek is the worst car I've ever owned. And you all know I've owned a ton of vehicles!

I've owned buses that use less oil than my sube.
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Old 07-28-2018, 06:56 AM   #30
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...We found some land and worked out a deal that will let us work on and store the bus for $300 per month in San Jose...
$300?! I was grousing over $60 a month for storage! Tools and the ability to work on it are worth a lot, of course... and it IS Silicon Valley. Y'all live in a different world. (More power to ya, of course - it's just been 42 years since I've lived there.)
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