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Old 03-25-2015, 07:58 PM   #1
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Just bought a bus, what now?

So I finally won an auction tonight, on a bus in Ohio, 500 miles away (I am in Alabama). I have a ride to pick it up, but I am wondering, what else do I need to be prepared for? If this was in-state, or close by, I would not be in panic mode, but I really do no know what to expect. I know it needs a jump (dead batteries) and the district agreed to bump me off, but what else do I need to prepare for?

Planning on riding up tomorrow eve to pick up Fri. morning.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:31 PM   #2
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Check the fluids and tires. Then drive it like ya stole it. Looks like a nice bus.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:44 PM   #3
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ooooo....encouragement....thank you !!!

I figure even if the tires look sketchy, I am gonna run it.

What if they blow? I have NO IDEA how to change a bus tire.
I am curious if the bus even has a jack or a spare?

What is my fallback?
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:44 PM   #4
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no spare. Your fallback is an EXPENSIVE tow and an equally expensive tire or tires.
You're at the mercy of truck shops who will smell the desperation.

That said, I came home 800 miles with two pretty bad looking right rears. No problems, and am going to replace all six before any real miles are put on it again.

Bring a group 31 battery with you. It will save you from having to keep the bus running the entire 500 mile trip back.

Insurance would be a must for me, and a tag if at all possible.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:20 AM   #5
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Triple A has an RV program iirc, that would help a bit with the roadside scares. Good Sam has a similar program for roadside emergencies. If you are going to make the run with known bad tires, you should be sure to get some sort of coverage for the towing and such.
Insurance is also a must have.
Good Luck!!
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:30 AM   #6
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A blown tire isn't a reason for a tow. There are tire shops everywhere that will do it on the side of the road. Pretty much all truck stops have mobile tire service. Not cheap, but definitely cheaper and probably quicker than a tow.
For road side emergency check out truckdown.com
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A blown tire isn't a reason for a tow. There are tire shops everywhere that will do it on the side of the road. Pretty much all truck stops have mobile tire service. Not cheap, but definitely cheaper and probably quicker than a tow.
For road side emergency check out truckdown.com
You are correct.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:48 AM   #8
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I have Coach-net.com
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:12 AM   #9
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great info, exactly what I was looking for, thanks all
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Condoms and a Walmart Credit Card. All the other stuff was already covered and no one mentioned the important stuff.
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