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smokescreen 01-30-2019 03:41 PM

Hello from Astoria, Oregon
 
Well we purchased a bus in Fairfield, Iowa. Rented a pickup from Enterprise, filled with camping gear and tools and headed east. We loaded our gear in the bus, turned in the rental truck, and went south. We stopped in Pawhuska, Ok to see the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, then went to Roswell, NM to see about some aliens. Then off to Tombstone, Az for a tour and a gunfight at the OK corral. We visited Quartzsite and even stopped at the Skooliepalooza on day 2. A few days at our favorite campsite in Parker then on to Kingman, overnight in Zion National Park, then to Salt Lake City, Boise, La Grande, Portland and back to the coast. We drove a total of 5672 miles and of that 3612 were in the bus. The bus is a 2001 international 3800. Dt 466E with the 2000 series trans. This was an ADA bus so only 4 seats to remove. Floor are flat, no wheelwells, 3 AC units plus a wheelchair lift in the rear. Cruise control, air ride suspension, air brakes and it was a Phoenix, Az school bus so zero rust anywhere. We got 11.7 mpg and used less than 1 quart of oil for the trip.

Sleddgracer 01-30-2019 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by smokescreen (Post 307969)
Well we purchased a bus in Fairfield, Iowa. Rented a pickup from Enterprise, filled with camping gear and tools and headed east. We loaded our gear in the bus, turned in the rental truck, and went south. We stopped in Pawhuska, Ok to see the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, then went to Roswell, NM to see about some aliens. Then off to Tombstone, Az for a tour and a gunfight at the OK corral. We visited Quartzsite and even stopped at the Skooliepalooza on day 2. A few days at our favorite campsite in Parker then on to Kingman, overnight in Zion National Park, then to Salt Lake City, Boise, La Grande, Portland and back to the coast. We drove a total of 5672 miles and of that 3612 were in the bus. The bus is a 2001 international 3800. Dt 466E with the 2000 series trans. This was an ADA bus so only 4 seats to remove. Floor are flat, no wheelwells, 3 AC units plus a wheelchair lift in the rear. Cruise control, air ride suspension, air brakes and it was a Phoenix, Az school bus so zero rust anywhere. We got 11.7 mpg and used less than 1 quart of oil for the trip.

Impressive performance and mileage

PNW_Steve 01-30-2019 04:19 PM

Sounds like a great bus and an awesome adventure to begin your skoolie life.

Keep us updated.

Pics required! :)

Sdferrell 01-30-2019 04:36 PM

Good luck on your adventures with the bus .

o1marc 01-30-2019 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by smokescreen (Post 307969)
Well we purchased a bus in Fairfield, Iowa. Rented a pickup from Enterprise, filled with camping gear and tools and headed east. We loaded our gear in the bus, turned in the rental truck, and went south. We stopped in Pawhuska, Ok to see the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, then went to Roswell, NM to see about some aliens. Then off to Tombstone, Az for a tour and a gunfight at the OK corral. We visited Quartzsite and even stopped at the Skooliepalooza on day 2. A few days at our favorite campsite in Parker then on to Kingman, overnight in Zion National Park, then to Salt Lake City, Boise, La Grande, Portland and back to the coast. We drove a total of 5672 miles and of that 3612 were in the bus. The bus is a 2001 international 3800. Dt 466E with the 2000 series trans. This was an ADA bus so only 4 seats to remove. Floor are flat, no wheelwells, 3 AC units plus a wheelchair lift in the rear. Cruise control, air ride suspension, air brakes and it was a Phoenix, Az school bus so zero rust anywhere. We got 11.7 mpg and used less than 1 quart of oil for the trip.

Great travels. We were famous in Parker, Az. for awhile. We did some naked skydiving at the Sundance Saloon. Boy do I have some wild stories from that crazy weekend. Involved police, hospital and general craziness.:dance:

cowlitzcoach 02-01-2019 01:38 AM

It sounds as if you have found yourself a really nice bus to convert.


Keep us posted with photos as you work on your bus.


Good Luck and Happy Trails to you!

smokescreen 02-01-2019 03:48 PM

Thanks,
We have the bus at my girlfriend place in Raymond for the build, looks like you are not too far away.

cowlitzcoach 02-01-2019 03:58 PM

Raymond is a little more than an hour away from where I live.


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