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Old 04-09-2020, 01:49 PM   #1
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Hello all. I hope I am posting in the right place, please let me know if not. Looking for advice on a potential skoolie purchase.

Been doing a lot of research on busses (big shout out to these great forums) as my husband and I are looking to convert and live in a skoolie full time with our 2 year old daughter. This bus came up in our area (not many quality busses to be had around Maine), but I don't know much about the hybrid/electric busses and am looking for some advice.

2010 International hybrid/electric / bio diesel bus. It is a 7.6L (466 cid) International MaxForce DT diesel and an automatic transmission. It was a city bus.

The buyer intended to use it as a food truck but plans changed. We could probably get it for $8500.

I am wondering if this would work as a conversion like a skoolie, including a roof raise and towing a small car. We were looking for a 40 ft, this is a 36 ft.

Any advice would be so appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 04-09-2020, 07:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like a cool bus if you want to explore the potential of hybrid-electric vehicle technology. If that's not your goal though I am inclined to advise give it a pass because it's a unicorn and will be darn near impossible to get support or service. It is a conventional engine but who knows what the manufacturer gerryrigged to make it 'green' and then sold it to some forward-thinking community who ultimately found it too different or not worth the premium expense until the technology matures and becomes more widely adopted. This may also be why the seller ended up deciding against it. If I had the $$ I'd buy it to explore hybrid-electric potential.
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Old 04-09-2020, 09:45 PM   #4
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Do you know if it is truely powered by an electric motor?


Do you know what drive motor it has?


Do you know what automatic transmission (make and model number) it has?


Is it a rear-drive?


36 foot long is a decent size bus. You should have a fair area to build out for a family of three (and growing).


Any pictures?
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If you have $8500 to spend, this would be a great bus ... to pass up so you can buy a $3500 bus and have an extra five grand for the conversion.
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If you have $8500 to spend, this would be a great bus ... to pass up so you can buy a $3500 bus and have an extra five grand for the conversion.
What about this bus would be great?
A maxxforce?? for a young noob family?
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What about this bus would be great?
A maxxforce?? for a young noob family?
You missed the joke, Charlie. He said "a great bus ... to pass up".
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You missed the joke, Charlie. He said "a great bus ... to pass up".
Dang it. Oh, well. Its 3am and I'm up.
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I noticed that! Sorry you could not sleep.
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Dang it. Oh, well. Its 3am and I'm up.
Man, I even used ellipses ... I'm definitely joking if you see ellipses in my comment.
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If you have $8500 to spend, this would be a great bus ... to pass up so you can buy a $3500 bus and have an extra five grand for the conversion.
Sorry man. Was up most of the night. Made coffee at 4am and felt much better. Normally that subtle humor wouldn't have escaped me.
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Man, I even used ellipses ... I'm definitely joking if you see ellipses in my comment.
I got that it was a joke and the ellipsis was a beat in it's delivery. Not your fault, a lot of communication doesn't lend itself to online very well. Things like dry humor and sarcasm simply don't come across naturally so you almost always have to point them out like this: (<<<sarcasm)
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I got that it was a joke and the ellipsis was a beat in it's delivery. Not your fault, a lot of communication doesn't lend itself to online very well. Things like dry humor and sarcasm simply don't come across naturally so you almost always have to point them out like this: (<<<sarcasm)
I would have figured it out by the time I got my 420am joint rolled.
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