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Old 04-14-2017, 12:54 PM   #31
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:09 PM   #32
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While the gassers are sacrilage for most of us here, it might be easier for Rhonda. That's a choice she'll have to make eventually. Can we make Rhonda into a mechanic? I think we can.
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:24 PM   #33
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Read through the thread. Its for weekend camping trips. The gasser's got a 6.0, capable of comparable mileage to any diesel offered and with MUCH better parts and service support than a diesel van of the same vintage.
As mentioned earlier- I've got nothing but good things to say about the 6.0 Gm Vortech. EXCELLENT power, durability, serviceability. A really nice powerplant for a van chassis.
Just put a water pump, thermostat, and belt on the 6.0 work truck at 240k+ miles and its still a clean, good ruuner.
A van with one of these that's only got 20k, 40k on the odo is a pretty nice find and totally worth grabbing. I'd rather have the 6.0 than the GM diesel offerings, and Ford's post-2002 stuff is garbage, so the options for decent reliable van chassis buses are much more limited than big buses.
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:36 PM   #34
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I'm just averse to gassers, especially when you are buying a used vehicle with more than a trivial amount of miles. Every gas bus and RV I saw when shopping needed main bearings.

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There is only 5 hours left on this auction, so sorry for the late entry.

If we're considering gassers, tell me what you guys think of this one. This bus has been a curiosity to me because of its low mileage (58.614k) and a claim that it needs an ABS valve. It's a 350 in a microbird.

Public Surplus: Auction #1823340

Maybe I'm wrong but I find those ABS valves all over ebay. Cheap fix? Cheap bus?
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I'm just averse to gassers, especially when you are buying a used vehicle with more than a trivial amount of miles. Every gas bus and RV I saw when shopping needed main bearings.

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These things have RIDICULOUSLY low mileage.
BY 6.0 standards, they're practically new.

In a full size bus, yeah gassers are horrible choices. Been there, done that.
I've hauled literally TONS of stuff with a 6.0 Vortech. They're solid performers that last with basic care and maintenance.
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Old 04-14-2017, 02:02 PM   #37
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Thanks!! I keep searching as well.

I am watching the Chevy short buses in Tennessee, on Govdeals. Had some agreement on here that that could be a good weekender bus for me.
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Yeah, those are some nice looking low mileage gassers. They should drive like a car.
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Old 04-15-2017, 11:08 AM   #39
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Question Opinion on Buses

Hey everyone,

These 4 buses just popped up on Craigslist here in San Diego. The Fords are a no go, but the Chevy's with the added rear door may give it enough length. Plus, the Fords have the 6.0L engines.

What about the diesel engines on these two models and the milage, 260,000miles and 239k? Age of the Chevy's (1993)? Thoughts?

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/6088998344.html

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Off handedly, judging by the mileage, I'd say someone enjoyed driving the Chevys a lot more than the Fords.

I think most of us try to stay below 200k on mileage if possible. Honestly I think the Tennessee buses look better. Are you leaning more towards diesel engines now?

I'm a little leary of the Tennessee buses with super low mileage. What's the problems with them that they weren't driven leaving them with absurdly low mileage?

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