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Old 02-11-2017, 10:13 AM   #1
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New kid on the block in utah.

Hello all,

Im Darren, I am 27 and live in Mona Ut. I work as a quality inspector for a company that supplies and manufactures parts for the aerospace industry. I just joined the skoolie club by buying a 98 AMTRAN Genesis 78 passenger high roof with a DT466 engine. It has a few miles on her (188,000 ish) but she looks to be in good shape, all i really have to go on is a checklist sheet that was included in the pictures that stated that it runs drives and is operable. there were 13 buses from the same district that were removed from service at the same time so i feel a little more confident that it will be alright.

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I won it on govdeals.com in tennessee for $1,766 after the buying fee and now i am currently planning the trip to drive it 1,700 miles from Nashville to Utah. The best part is that i have talked the wife into the bus and will be flying out together this thursday night Feb. 16. tickets were amazingly cheap and must have been a sign that i was supposed to fly out there, from SLC to Nashville with upgraded seats it was only $260 for both of us on frontier airlines. Im estimating that in the end i will be into it $2600 - $3000 with travel expenses. i live in a rural area on a half acre so i shouldn't have any problems with parking it at my house.

I am not sure what we are getting into but i decided that i would like to create either a blog or thread about the whole experience and all the financial details to help others see what to expect. there are a lot of posts about this on the internet but im the kind of guy that likes to read the same story from ten people and find the guy that thinks like i do before i try something.
anyways i will update this as we go and hopefully our trip doesn't have to many surprises but it will be an adventure.
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:12 AM   #2
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Hey Utah ! Im down in moab with the same set -up , am-tran , DT , Allison . i have a big place , with plenty of bus parking if you ever make a road trip to Moab stop in !! So whats the plan for the bus? Ive lived in my bus for 12 years , am a mechanic , so if you have any questions let me know ?
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:35 AM   #3
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Something to consider, for a drive like accross state lines you need a CDL and DOT# unless you can have it titled in Tenn as a motorhome. When I bought my bus in Florida to WV I had several law enforcement folks pace me while looking at my DOT# and what not.

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that would be awesome! our plans are to convert it to a motor home not sure on the specifics till we get it home and can get real measurements and get a feel for it. i am curious as to what horse power and transmission came in your bus, they were fairly generic and just posted that it has a dt and a alison. it sounds like the mt643 is a popular one for larger busses but the at545 was used as well. thanks!
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jctrembly - thats an interesting thought, i dont know anything about the DOT world. would i have to stop at weight stations or anything like that? how would i get a temp registration while im out of state?
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jctrembly - thats an interesting thought, i dont know anything about the DOT world. would i have to stop at weight stations or anything like that? how would i get a temp registration while im out of state?
Unless it's titled as a motorhome, one needs a Class B CDL drivers license with Passinger endorsement. The DOT # is obtained via the fmcsa website and is ready pretty simple. You will have to pay a $90 ish yearly fee for inspections. While I haven't drove directly from TN to your area many of the weigh stations are starting to require buses to stop.

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If your missing a CDL and Dot they can make you park the bus until that is corrected. Your also supposed to flow Hours of Service which is not more than 10hrs of driving with out a sleep period. I would have to look up the passinger version and I follow property which is 11hrs driving in a 14hr period with 10hrs off prior to the next driving period.

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Old 02-11-2017, 12:52 PM   #8
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could i register it in tennessee or would i have to wait till i get it to utah to get it registered?
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okay so i went to the fmcsa.gov site under the bus section and it said i do NOT need DOT numbers so i can mark that one off, now i just need to figure out the CDL thing with it.
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If they will mail you the title then you can register it in your state and the the licence plate with you 😀

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