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Old 01-15-2016, 03:10 PM   #1
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Hi there.

The husband and I are looking at getting a school bus to turn into an RV, or actually a tiny hoise we will live in for a little while we build our home.

If you all could give your 50 cents in to help us make a more educated choice on buses we would really appriciate it.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:15 PM   #2
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Definitely buy a Colorado spec bus so you get a retarder.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:17 PM   #3
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Definitely buy a Colorado spec bus so you get a retarder.
Hhuummm.... can you REALLY dumb it down for me please ??? What does that mean ?
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:33 PM   #4
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It means if you buy a bus that was in service in colorado it should have a piece of equipment called a "driveline retarder." Basically it makes it easier to go down steep grades and not overheat your brake system... Very good thing to have if you're in the mountains.
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It means if you buy a bus that was in service in colorado it should have a piece of equipment called a "driveline retarder." Basically it makes it easier to go down steep grades and not overheat your brake system... Very good thing to have if you're in the mountains.
Aahhhhh. Thank you !!!
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:21 PM   #6
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Sos help.

Ok everyone. We have not yet bought the bus. We came across this blue bird, 1996. We know nothing about buses, as previously stated, and the place we found it (scrap yard) has no info right now.

The husband and I looked at it and I look at what you all always sugest people look for. There is no evident (aweful) rust except under the steps.

I took as many pictures as I could and of everything I could thibk of.

Would you guys mind looking into them and letti g us know what you think and if there is anything you can dedduct on the engine and transmission by looking at what we have ? I would think its a long shot but I know nothing.
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Im at a loss on uploading the pics. The link is not working ..
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Link is slow but does work. IMO the bus looks pretty good although I would worry the mechanical/electrical systems need major work since its in the scrap yard.
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Link is slow but does work. IMO the bus looks pretty good although I would worry the mechanical/electrical systems need major work since its in the scrap yard.
Well, the bus was driven there. Electrical would be ok to work with ... I think... I hope husband is kilful enough... I am waiting on a call from the yard manager who did tell us that one bus had a bad starter but I believe this one is ok. The company has a scrap yard, where three other buses were parked, and a steel factory where this one is parked. We will see. Crossing my fingers.
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