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Old 07-04-2016, 10:52 AM   #1
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Mexico Bus suggestions?

NOTICE: THIS IS NOT A TRAVEL SAFETY POST! JUST A QUESTION REGARDING BUS CHOICE.

Hey Everyone,

I have been bus "shopping" for a while. I have looked at some Crown's, Bluebird's and a Thomas. I really love the Crown but we will see how that comes out...

A question occurred to me this morning as my Wife and I were talking about Mexico. We have taken our 5er down there behind my Dodge and had no issues. Dodge dealerships and small diesel shops that are familiar with the 5.9 Cummins are generally available.

What if we are taking a bus next year?

Anyone here have any idea of service & parts availability, for the rigs we talk about here, while traveling in Mexico?

Any particular builder or drive train choices that should be avoided due to lack of parts/service in Mexico?

I know that the Cummins 5.9 and Detroit 2-strokes are widely used and parts/service are available. Other than those, what have you seen widely used in Mexico?

Anyone ever had any trouble getting a TIP on a Skoolie?

Thanks

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Old 07-04-2016, 11:40 AM   #2
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All I know is front engine will be much better on dusty, undeveloped roads as the dust plume suffocates rear engine air intakes. Since they buy up so many of our old conventionals anyways I'd guess any model popular here is equally popular there and so should be as parts available as you're going to find. I'd guess the 444 and 466 are very common since they're common as mud here. The highly sought after big engines we prize on this forum are probably actually less popular there.
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:23 PM   #3
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All I know is front engine will be much better on dusty, undeveloped roads as the dust plume suffocates rear engine air intakes. Since they buy up so many of our old conventionals anyways I'd guess any model popular here is equally popular there and so should be as parts available as you're going to find. I'd guess the 444 and 466 are very common since they're common as mud here. The highly sought after big engines we prize on this forum are probably actually less popular there.
Thanks for the input.

If service/parts availability is good on the DT466 in Mexico that is good news.

Also good news is I have rarely found in needful to drive on dirt roads in Mexico. The primary exception is leaving the paved road to get to the beach.

My last trip was 5000 miles passing through 6 states (4US & 2MX) and the worst roads of the whole trip were in.........California....
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:24 AM   #4
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One thing I noticed in all my trips in Mexico by bus - all buses there, except for the new transit buses in Mexico City, have manual transmissions. Some of them may possibly be automated manuals, but I saw no normal (to us) Allison automatic transmissions there in buses. All the new Mercedes, MAN, Volvo and Scania have manuals, usually with miniature shifters, and the more basic front-engine city buses are plain ol' manual with a clutch. This means that if you have an Allison automatic and something goes wrong with it in MX, it possibly may be more difficult to get it fixed there.

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Old 07-06-2016, 10:07 AM   #5
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Well, a bit of checking shows 18 Allison factory service centers in Mexico.

So says Allison's website. Anyone have any first hand experience having an Allison serviced in Mexico.

That said... There are two Crown's with 4 sale signs and 5 speed manuals that I have found so far.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:34 PM   #6
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Following up:

Has anyone had issue getting their TIP?

I have been following, on another board, the trouble that folks have been having this year with 3/4 & 1 ton pickups. That has me concerned again about taking a converted bus.

The simple fact that my pickup is a dually caused a fair bit of confusion regarding TIP and proper tolls on the toll roads.

What have you all seen?

Thanks.

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Old 10-11-2016, 11:24 PM   #7
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I have been around buses for more than 40-years.

But all of my experience has been in OR and WA.

So you will have to forgive me when I have to ask what may sound like a stupid question coming from me.

What is TIP?
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:32 AM   #8
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Temporary Import Permit - needed to take a vehicle into Mexico if you're going more than a few miles from the border.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:56 PM   #9
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Maybe I should revise the question.......

Has anyone here tried to take their converted school bus into Mexico??
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