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Old 02-16-2018, 04:24 PM   #1
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Hello, another newb here. My wife and I have been hunting for a bus the last couple of months. We decided the next vacation we take would be one we could take our dogs. ( We don't have/want children. ) Considered renting an RV, while we realized that was just going to be ridiculously expensive, we looked into buying a used older RV. Here is where the bus come into play. Expressed to the wife that I would not own a vehicle that large with a gas engine, so we thought hey lets look into a school bus. Long story short we have won a school bus from an auction site. We pick it up on Weds (2-21-1

It's a 2004 IC 6 Window Conventional bus, has the t444e and Allison 2000 trans. CAN NOT WAIT TO PICK HER UP!! Unsure what to name her as of yet.

I really want to thank all of you who have posted your builds on here, it is a wealth of information that is invaluable!
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:01 PM   #2
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Good to hear you ended up with a nice little shorty. Nice choice.

Keep real careful notes on that first adrenalyn filled white knuckle bus ride. That's the fun part.
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:14 PM   #3
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Thank you! We decided it's the perfect size. Storing, parking, driving anything larger would be difficult for us right now.

Oh I am sure it will be a little white knuckled! Luckily it's only a little over an hour away and its almost all country driving, only small towns in between. I have driven a uhaul that was longer than this so maybe that will help me be a little more comfortable.
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That little thing will drive like a pickup truck. It might be a little wider of a vehicle than you're used to but you'll adapt.
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T444 and Allison 2000 in a shorty! Sweet!!

Cant wait to see your build thread.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:11 PM   #6
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That little thing will drive like a pickup truck. It might be a little wider of a vehicle than you're used to but you'll adapt.
That's good to know! Haha, I kind of pride myself on the ability to drive nearly anything. Been around and working on cars/trucks/tractors my entire life, just never had the opportunity or need arise to drive a bus. I drive a long bed extended cab 4wd F250 with a utility bed on it for work ( Work for a Natural Gas Company. ) So I am kind of used to having to swing wider and cut tight corners in a longer vehicle.

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T444 and Allison 2000 in a shorty! Sweet!!

Cant wait to see your build thread.
I wish it weren't the 175 HP t444e but hey I am not going to complain, I'm just happy I got one with the 2000 trans.

I know! I cannot wait to start it! Luckily I have had experience remodeling our last house and current house so I am familiar with plumbing, electrical, carpentry etc.
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We're always into learning something new here. Everyone has some kind of special knowledge or experience that can help.

Are you making like a day camper or are you squeezing in the outhouse and sink too?
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:37 PM   #8
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I will be squeezing in the outhouse, a shower and kitchen sink as well. It will be tight, but seeing that it is just my wife, our two dogs, and myself I think we can spare the room for the creature comforts we have all grow accustomed to in our own private space.
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That's right, make it your own. We don't do it all the same because we don't use them all the same.

I've got a mobile fishing cabin. Minimalist by some standards. Dry and warm by my standards.

It's about what fills your needs.
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Took the words right out of my mouth sir! Wednesday could not come fast enough, ready to get rolling on the tear down of seats and what not!
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