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Old 06-19-2018, 11:15 PM   #1
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My wife and I just purchased our second school bus. A 1996 Thomas 3600 Vista with a 7.3 V8 & automatic transmission. I bought it at auction online and picked it up yesterday. It made the 5 hour drive home with only a few issues. Mainly the "Press Brake" Light and beeper coming on for the first hour. I was seriously second guessing the decision to by it at that point. I pulled over and started to take the dash apart and it stopped. No idea why.

While trying to find information on it I came across this site.
We plan to use it as an RV not a full time live in.

Looking forward to this project!

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Old 06-20-2018, 11:12 AM   #2
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Welcome Lee,

I am going to guess that the alarm that you were observing Was The low air pressure alarm.

That is something to take seriously if your bus has air brakes.

We look forward to seeing your conversion.
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:20 AM   #3
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My Vista has hydraulic brakes. Is yours air?
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:54 AM   #4
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My Vista has hydraulic brakes. Is yours air?
Most buses have air brakes I think. Not all, obviously.
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:58 AM   #5
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But most buses aren't Vistas! Hydraulic brakes seem to be very common on them.
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:22 PM   #6
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But most buses aren't Vistas! Hydraulic brakes seem to be very common on them.
Ah. Could be. I have an International. I'm in Northern Nevada so not THAT far from you. If anyone in the area wants to go in on new RV windows from China so we could get a better deal, let me know!
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Old 06-20-2018, 01:54 PM   #7
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Ah. Could be. I have an International. I'm in Northern Nevada so not THAT far from you. If anyone in the area wants to go in on new RV windows from China so we could get a better deal, let me know!
More details on the windows, I'm interested.
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Old 06-20-2018, 03:29 PM   #8
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More details on the windows, I'm interested.
Yes me also
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Old 06-20-2018, 03:54 PM   #9
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But most buses aren't Vistas! Hydraulic brakes seem to be very common on them.
We have air brakes on our Vista 3600
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:16 PM   #10
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OP,

Do you have air or hydraulic brakes?
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