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Old 07-03-2013, 02:53 PM   #11
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Re: So now I will have to drive this thing?

So, I was where you are at just a couple weeks ago. My bus is only 28 feet bumper to bumper but still much bigger than my Scion xb. I was jittery and nervous thinking about all the things I didn't know or have never done. I tend to "over-think" things according to she who knows me best. That being said I was thinking about everything too much in this situation. Here are the things you need to know... air brakes are different feeling (touchier) but they are just brakes, the vehicle is longer and wider than you are used to, but it is also slower and REALLY easy to see. Turns require more care, but these were designed to drive in urban areas everyday for transporting children, they turn just fine. That panel of buttons and switches is mostly for things that are specific to school buses, i.e. flashers and stop sign, maybe heater/AC and/or radio, so you can probably ignore it. It should be labeled though so a quick look over while waiting for the air brakes buzzer to stop may be fun. Watching the stop sign work is fun, no lie. I am by no means an expert, but I drove through the heart of DFW and made it. You can too. You have driven a lot of miles (read kilometers in Canadia), you are a capable driver. You will do fine. You are about to do what may be the most fun you have had in a long time...relax and enjoy the moment. Oh and last thing those mirrors on the sides really do help, the 1 above your head not so much. If you want to help the next guy who is in your seat make a video of your first drive and post it... show them how there is nothing to freak out about.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:15 PM   #12
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Re: So now I will have to drive this thing?

pax read the first post or two in my build thread it may help
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #13
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I will definitely be taking things slowly and I think that I will spend some time practicing in a parking lot or something. I am nervous about the length and that overhang, especially since I have never driven something like this.
These are big beasties. Don't get in a hurry. They weigh a lot and take a bit of time to get moving and even more to get stopped. The fools "drafting" will be your biggest concern because you can't see the idiots. the other idiots are the ones who cut in front of you. So slow and easy. When someone waves at you, just grin and wave back. That's David's preferred thing. He likes to remove his upper false teeth and grin at them too. Just remember, it's not their fault that they are so stressed that they have muscle spasms in their hands. They need to get a big skoolie, slow down and relax!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:16 PM   #14
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Lorna...good advise!

Remember...."low...ri..der...goes a little slower...."
Yo' baby....it's all about styil'n and profil'n....piss on the haters

Take it slow and easy....smile...and enjoy.....
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Got any pics yet?????m hahahahahahahah
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #15
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Got any pics yet?????m hahahahahahahah [/quote]

Of course I do!!

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Old 07-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #16
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Proceed as two porcupines making love.

Very carefully.

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LOL!! Very carefully indeed.
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Sooooooo???

What's up bro'?

Gotcha bus at home?....we need a story and pics of journey, we just got back home from a 150 mile 4th july independence day picnic and cook(in)....it was raining so the bus came to the rescue
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:50 PM   #19
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What's up bro'?

Gotcha bus at home?....we need a story and pics of journey, we just got back home from a 150 mile 4th july independence day picnic and cook(in)....it was raining so the bus came to the rescue
Not yet! I have a train ticket for next Wednesday going from Montreal to Bathhurst... So I have a week to have strange nightmares of having to back it up into our driveway
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Aaahh!

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