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Old 10-01-2016, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone!

I'm new to skoolie.net. I've been dreaming of a bus conversion for many years and it's finally happening!

I purchased a 2003 International (not sure of model). It has a T444E engine and an Allison Automatic Transmission, for $2034.00 plus the 9.5% auction fee. I think I got a pretty good deal. The photos are here: Public Surplus: Auction #1682539

Any words of wisdom driving her home? The supervisor of the transportation department is going to give me some tips, but I wanted to see if any of you had advise, as well.

I'll be posting my renovation and adventures here: https://thismidwifetravels.com/

My plan is to renovate and move not just myself, but my internet based business on to the bus. And next September go on a 12 month (maybe longer) adventure around the country. Since my business is internet based, I can take it with me!

Looking forward to the sage advise from all of you. I've read many threads (read: hours and hours, lol) and can't wait to share my journey with you.

Sandi
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Bus Name: The WanderLust Bus
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:13 PM   #2
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Good deal.

I'd say that's a pretty sweet deal. Driving advice; Go slow.... Oh its a skoolie, you've really no choice but to go slow... But seriously, Congrats!!
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:23 PM   #3
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you have a T-444E, dont overheat it!!
the T-444E is known for running hot afyer being driven on the highway for awhile..

if your temp runs up high (over 210-215) on your gauge then slow it down.. or turn on the heaters.. (yes open the valves and turn on the heat.. that dissipates heat from the engine)..

check your oil and coolant OFTEN.. when your first start out.. then stop every 20 miles or so till you know that theres no major spillage or leaks.. then you can go every 100 miles or so between checks...

each time you jump off the highway and stop. let oyur bus idle for 3-5 minutes before turning it off... unless you have a complete runaway temperature or your oil pressure is way low...

otherwise enjoy the ride!! and driving ab us is different, the steering will feel a bit loose compare ot a car.. and it will want to move around within the lane a little.. let it.. if you try to correct every single motion the bus makes, you will get it swaying a bit..

you are a 2003 you likely have an Overdrive transmission in it.. i doubt its an AT545 in that year.. so you may be able to go 60-65+.. just again watch your oil pressure and temperature...
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:43 PM   #4
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Hi Everyone!

I'm new to skoolie.net. I've been dreaming of a bus conversion for many years and it's finally happening!

I purchased a 2003 International (not sure of model). It has a T444E engine and an Allison Automatic Transmission, for $2034.00 plus the 9.5% auction fee. I think I got a pretty good deal. The photos are here: Public Surplus: Auction #1682539

Any words of wisdom driving her home? The supervisor of the transportation department is going to give me some tips, but I wanted to see if any of you had advise, as well.

I'll be posting my renovation and adventures here: https://thismidwifetravels.com/

My plan is to renovate and move not just myself, but my internet based business on to the bus. And next September go on a 12 month (maybe longer) adventure around the country. Since my business is internet based, I can take it with me!

Looking forward to the sage advise from all of you. I've read many threads (read: hours and hours, lol) and can't wait to share my journey with you.

Sandi
aka: WanderWoman
Bus Name: The WanderLust Bus
I can not believe how many self employed business owners I see on line traveling there business.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:08 PM   #5
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Congrats- take it easy and enjoy the bus retrieval adventure. I may be going up to VA for a bus soon myself.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:23 PM   #6
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Congrats- take it easy and enjoy the bus retrieval adventure. I may be going up to VA for a bus soon myself.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:28 PM   #7
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Congrats- take it easy and enjoy the bus retrieval adventure. I may be going up to VA for a bus soon myself.
Top speed 65 mph. Taking it easy in the right lane. Did about 300 miles today. She seems to run great.

Passed my first Skokie 20 minutes after I got her in VA, quick wave and a nod. Thought that was a cool sign 😊

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Old 10-03-2016, 07:29 PM   #8
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I've been traveling with my work for 2 years now. In a suitcase, working overseas assignments. It will be nice to have it in one place, on my bus!
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:31 PM   #9
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The supervisor of transport told me he was getting ready to list 20 buses. Mine was well taken care of and they filled her up for me!!
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:31 PM   #10
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Not too much more to add - keep a close watch on the oil pressure and temperature. A very close watch. You do not want to overheat the engine. Check fluids every time you stop, at least for the first few weeks until you see what the consumption amounts are (if any).

I see the bus has air brakes, which some people have no experience with. There will be an alert which will sound when the system is under 60-80 PSI (common after startup). Once the system reaches the alert threshold, the alert should turn off. The system should run between 90-120 - some fluctuation while running is normal, as long as it's in that range. You may occasionally hear a hiss of air escaping the system - this is normal as long as it does not hiss constantly, it is to help keep the system purged of moisture. Test the brakes in a parking lot. You may sense a slight braking delay when you push the pedal, and may find the pedal rather sensitive. Unlike hydraulic brakes, the air brakes need very little pedal travel to increase the braking effort. It's just different; something to get used to.
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