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Old 11-09-2018, 01:08 AM   #1
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New user! 1998 International 3800 DT 466E

Hey everyone!

My wife and I just bought this bus with 170k miles. We will not start converting until April, but the bus will sit on land in Colorado until then. Looking to live in full time with 2 cats. Very exited to get started and rolling around.

We're looking to be completely off-grid when necessary with tanks and solar. Composting toilet. Leaving all stock windows in. Roof rack with deck. Large bathroom area, master, and kitchen as our main areas.

Does anyone have suggestions on what we can get completed in our spare time between now and April? Planning or purchasing wise? Does anyone else have experience with this engine in cold weather? Or this make/model? Suggestions, tips, concerns, and helpful hints are all appreciated.

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Old 11-09-2018, 07:13 AM   #2
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Welcome! We just purchased a similar setup but are planning to work through the winter with the conversion. The DT466 is a robust engine. Does yours have a block heater? That will certainly help in the winter.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:21 AM   #3
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That is a decent setup! I bought mine right before winter and did the conversion through the winter months.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:22 AM   #4
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I have just completed my Int skoolie. If you need any help along the way just holler! You will find that you will build everything more than once so any advise you can get from someone who has completed it already will sure save you time and money.

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Just make SURE and keep the coolant 100% perfect and it should live a good long life.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:33 AM   #6
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Welcome! We just purchased a similar setup but are planning to work through the winter with the conversion. The DT466 is a robust engine. Does yours have a block heater? That will certainly help in the winter.
Yes it does have a block heater. Are you plugging yours in during extremely cold temps? Starting it every couple of weeks? Looking forward to following along with your journey.
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That is a decent setup! I bought mine right before winter and did the conversion through the winter months.
Nice conversion Johnny!
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:38 AM   #8
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EastCoastCB- Is there anything else involved in keeping the coolant level correct in terms of what you're talking about keeping the coolant perfect?
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:40 AM   #9
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I have just completed my Int skoolie. If you need any help along the way just holler! You will find that you will build everything more than once so any advise you can get from someone who has completed it already will sure save you time and money.

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Thanks Ciscokid! Definitely will reach out. Do you have any videos or step by step process that you've documented in which we can study? Saving time and money is music to my ears.
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Yes it does have a block heater. Are you plugging yours in during extremely cold temps? Starting it every couple of weeks? Looking forward to following along with your journey.
It hasn't been cold enough for the block heater yet (20's or so for the lows so far). Figure when it gets down to the single digits or lower we'll start using it. It doesn't have be plugged in all the time. Maybe a few hours before starting it. Based on other people's comments about starting it every few weeks, we will probably only start it if we plan to drive it.

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