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Old 02-11-2015, 10:07 PM   #11
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Awesome! Can't wait to make that trip myself.

You drive that same Gillig down the AlCan back to Minnesota?
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:24 AM   #12
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Yes. 10,000 miles round trip. Trying to decide where to go this year. Maybe Glacier park, maybe.???
If you go I can recommend some things to see. Lots of very interesting country.
The Alaska hwy is a little ho hum, good for the newly wed and the nearly dead.
If you got a skoolie you got the machine for the north imho.
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:00 AM   #13
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I'm driving from MN to AK in June. No foreseeable return trip. Lots, and lots of places I'd like to explore once I get there.

Can't. Wait.
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:31 AM   #14
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Sounds like an awesome plan.
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:12 AM   #15
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Ground Clearance

I got a 1949 GMC School Bus. It needs about everything! I have been going over my plans to replace the floors n insulating. This lead me to thinking about the floor structure and plumbing and storage under the bus.

My bus is 35 or 36 feet bumper to bumper.

Just wandering what kind of ground clearance I need do I dont crape bottom and damage the storage areas and framework I will be putting in for tanks n solar batteries.

Thanks guys!
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:53 AM   #16
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I spent 6 years and 260k miles running around the country in a rear engine bus. I did try to avoid really rough roads but did have one notable issue.

I took a scenic drive outside of Sedona AZ. As I approached the "exit" from a gully that the road dipped into I drug the rear frame and could not proceed. The road was too narrow to turn around. I had to back up almost three miles.....

The only damage was to my ego......

FWIW: When I set out to buy another bus I did not consider anything other than a RE.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:03 PM   #17
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Air bags can help with the clearance issue.
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:23 PM   #18
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One of our members (was it Vlad?) had at least planned on adding air bags partly to improve the ride, but also to gain several inches of clearance if/when the bags are inflated to their maximum. I don't recall now whether the idea was brought to completion.
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