RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-21-2020, 10:19 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
02 Freightliner Thomas

Long-time lurker; first-time poster!

2002 Freightliner
Thomas 72-pax body with the taller roof
5.9 Cummins
Allison 2000
Just over 92K school miles and 701 to get it home!

Drove like a champ - once on the highway I thought I'd see about the governor. It was still accelerating when I backed off after hitting 75, so I'm pleased.

Got to its temporary home on the west coast of Florida yesterday and tonight it has all the butt seats and six of the seat frames removed.

A new life is just beginning for this one (and for this author as well!)!!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20200320_074451.jpg (282.0 KB, 48 views)
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2020, 10:31 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
banman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,500
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freightliner FS-65
Engine: 7.2L Cat 3126 turbo diesel
Rated Cap: 71 passenger 30,000 gvwr
Nice!
That's a clean looking bus -- where'd it come from?

Nice to hear that the 5.9L has enough umph to move it on the hwy.
I still haven't tried any high speed runs with mine yet...

(and if you're getting rid of the emergency windows, please let me know...)
__________________
David

The Murder Bus
banman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 12:11 AM   #3
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 16
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Thomas Built
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: International DT466
Rated Cap: 65
Congratulations! Is that one from the Clanton, Alabama batch on GovDeals? Iím in Birmingham and thought about at least going down to see them but we really, really want something with more mountain oomph for when weíre out west and up in the northeast. Are you planning trips toward north Georgia or Tennessee, or out of the southeast entirely? We hope to end up with a DT466 by mid-summer, but no matter what we do I, and I bet other folks here, would love to hear how your new ride does up in the hills. Have fun with your conversion adventures!
keithgugliotto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 12:32 AM   #4
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by banman View Post
Nice!
That's a clean looking bus -- where'd it come from?

Nice to hear that the 5.9L has enough umph to move it on the hwy.
I still haven't tried any high speed runs with mine yet...

(and if you're getting rid of the emergency windows, please let me know...)
Chilton County Schools in Clanton, AL via GovDeals. They've got quite a few more to come but are holding due to their school being currently shutdown.

No plans to eliminate any E-windows...we wish they all were like that! Nonetheless, if it happens I'll send a note your way!
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 12:39 AM   #5
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by keithgugliotto View Post
Congratulations! Is that one from the Clanton, Alabama batch on GovDeals? Iím in Birmingham and thought about at least going down to see them but we really, really want something with more mountain oomph for when weíre out west and up in the northeast. Are you planning trips toward north Georgia or Tennessee, or out of the southeast entirely? We hope to end up with a DT466 by mid-summer, but no matter what we do I, and I bet other folks here, would love to hear how your new ride does up in the hills. Have fun with your conversion adventures!
It is! They've got a lot of great options and seem to really take good care of them.

We didn't take the most-direct route home so got to climb a few small hills and it definitely slows but never seemed to work too hard. I def could have gotten down on it harder to minimize that some but didn't feel the need. I quickly learned to take joy from the frustrated four-wheelers zooming around us and honking!

We plan to be throughout the US with the bus and considered something bigger to accommodate time in the mountains but this one just spoke to us all-around.

Good luck on your search!
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 02:04 AM   #6
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 3,829
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Thomas Built Bus
Chassis: Freightliner FS65
Engine: Caterpillar 3126E Diesel
Rated Cap: 71 Passenger- 30,000 lbs.
It is a good size. Big enough to really build out how you might like it and small enough to not be too cumbersome in traffic. Ours is 38' ... how about yours?
Native is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 05:23 PM   #7
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Native View Post
It is a good size. Big enough to really build out how you might like it and small enough to not be too cumbersome in traffic. Ours is 38' ... how about yours?
Totally agree! We're at 38' also.
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 05:28 PM   #8
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Mid-day Update:

Four hands are DEFINITELY better than two, but I managed to get another five seats out by myself while the fiance was at work today. Took about three times as long but definitely do-able. 27 bolts remain before we're seatless!
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 12:41 AM   #9
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 3,829
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Thomas Built Bus
Chassis: Freightliner FS65
Engine: Caterpillar 3126E Diesel
Rated Cap: 71 Passenger- 30,000 lbs.
My main assistant was a DeWalt angle grinder with a cut-off blade.
Native is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 12:38 PM   #10
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Native View Post
My main assistant was a DeWalt angle grinder with a cut-off blade.
I was kinda excited for that, but also very happy everything came up on its own!
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2020, 08:45 AM   #11
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Once the seats were up, the bus got a few days of rest and then fulfilled its second mission: being the moving truck to get itself and much of our stuff to its second temporary home in north Texas.

Just over 1300 miles in two days and never a problem, plus between 8.5 and 9.5 mpg doing 70!

Can't wait to get back to it and get started!!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20200327_010321.jpg (150.1 KB, 15 views)
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2020, 05:23 PM   #12
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 22
Congrats on such a nice bus! Any idea what the headroom is on the higher roof like that?
Laeka56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2020, 06:31 PM   #13
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 3,829
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Thomas Built Bus
Chassis: Freightliner FS65
Engine: Caterpillar 3126E Diesel
Rated Cap: 71 Passenger- 30,000 lbs.
Quote:
Originally Posted by boysinabus View Post
Once the seats were up, the bus got a few days of rest and then fulfilled its second mission: being the moving truck to get itself and much of our stuff to its second temporary home in north Texas.

Just over 1300 miles in two days and never a problem, plus between 8.5 and 9.5 mpg doing 70!

Can't wait to get back to it and get started!!
Florida to North Texas ... we know that route well. We have been using our bus to move from North Texas to Florida.


You will probably *always* get that mileage on the highway. Empty or full (4000 to 5000 pounds) we always seem to get the same mileage.
Native is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2020, 08:22 PM   #14
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Fraser Valley British Columbia
Posts: 516
Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freightliner
Engine: C7 Cat
Quote:
Originally Posted by boysinabus View Post
I was kinda excited for that, but also very happy everything came up on its own!
Congrats on the great looking bus!
I also just completed my first drive home about three weeks ago although only around 200 miles I did cross an international border. Bought in Washington and imported to British Columbia. And like yours the ride was awesome, low 70ís on the interstate and still maintained high 50ís-low 60ís on some long hills. Took a solid twelve hrs to get all the seats out and the foam/vinyl removed.
Keep us posted on your progress, itís great to read what everyone is doing.

Cheers
Curtis
Oscar1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2020, 08:49 AM   #15
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laeka56 View Post
Congrats on such a nice bus! Any idea what the headroom is on the higher roof like that?
Thanks! 6’5” in the center with the original floor. Once we get insulation and a new floor in we’re hoping to keep it to 6’.
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2020, 08:51 AM   #16
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Native View Post
Florida to North Texas ... we know that route well. We have been using our bus to move from North Texas to Florida.


You will probably *always* get that mileage on the highway. Empty or full (4000 to 5000 pounds) we always seem to get the same mileage.
So much easier to load and more pleasant to drive than a moving truck!

That’s great news on the mpg - I’ll happily take it!
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2020, 08:53 AM   #17
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oscar1 View Post
Congrats on the great looking bus!
I also just completed my first drive home about three weeks ago although only around 200 miles I did cross an international border. Bought in Washington and imported to British Columbia. And like yours the ride was awesome, low 70ís on the interstate and still maintained high 50ís-low 60ís on some long hills. Took a solid twelve hrs to get all the seats out and the foam/vinyl removed.
Keep us posted on your progress, itís great to read what everyone is doing.

Cheers
Curtis
Congrats on getting it home and seat-free!

How difficult is the border crossing? I’d assume easier before the conversion and I’d assume easier entering your fare land to the north versus coming back.
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2020, 12:16 PM   #18
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Fraser Valley British Columbia
Posts: 516
Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freightliner
Engine: C7 Cat
Quote:
Originally Posted by boysinabus View Post
Congrats on getting it home and seat-free!

How difficult is the border crossing? Iíd assume easier before the conversion and Iíd assume easier entering your fare land to the north versus coming back.
Thanks
Yes itís nice to finally get working on a bus, I spent a year looking for a bus making many long trips to view some very rusty high mileage units and found very little available here. With the entire population of Canada less than that of just California the pickinís are thin. The import process was very time consuming and costly but there has been some very helpful posts on this forum. You actually have to export it from the US and import it to Canada, lots of paperwork and inspections and yes you are correct, absolutely no modifications before import it it must come in as built
and because with a bus you have two builders( chassis and coach) thatís more inspections. Once here it had to be modified to Canadian bus standards with things like speedo, lights and even French language decals on all emergency exits. Well crap I just looked outside and itís snowing, what next?

Take care be safe and enjoy the bus

Curtis
Oscar1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2020, 08:57 PM   #19
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
It's been a long time with no update, and for that my friends, I apologize!

When we last left the Boys In A Bus, we'd succeeded in a clandestine run to Texas with our big yellow baby, most of our plants, and lots of our belongings.

COVID-19 would continue to be a problem for everyone and in short time we completed moving to the same site as our bus. Soon, I'd be laid-off from my job and where us and our bus were staying would become a lesser-than-reliable location!

Flip the switch! Throw out the playbook! Forget what you know and the blueprints you've been drawing for years! Suddenly, it was go-time and the BITB responded by coming up with the fastest and cheapest version of suitable housing they could create!

It was a late-summer filled with building and cleverly-crafting solutions to every issue that popped-up.

Insurance, retitling, and registering in Texas would prove to be a tiring process, but so easy thanks to the advice from Skoolie pioneers on this site!

One last probelm - settling up our final obligation to the State of Florida: voting!

We became legal on Friday and left for Florida on Sunday. After a very-quick stop at the polls (our county got it right!) we were off to start our new nomadic life!
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2020, 09:00 PM   #20
Mini-Skoolie
 
boysinabus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 12
Year: 2002
Coachwork: Freightliner
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison 2000
Rated Cap: 72
Here it is nearing completion (pardon the painters tape!) and out on one of the first few nights in camp (with the gift of blue lights from, our first and the best possible, neighbors ever!!).
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20201001_120311.jpg (288.9 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg 20201106_181148.jpg (132.2 KB, 7 views)
boysinabus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×