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Old 07-16-2018, 08:25 AM   #41
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Because at best they are incomplete. Thomas will have everything. VIN won't get you the serial # of the tranny, how many exit windows, etc. but Thomas will. I don't like screwing around with the online ones if I can get the manufacturer's. I dunno how much of a pain in the butt Thomas is. Blue Bird requires an account. It's free but takes a little effort to set up. Then you still have to call/email for the build sheets (exit window type stuff).
Well when bidding on several buses all the time, the online ones are convenient and give me at least the engine type.
For the price I don't even care what transmission I get.
Do I have to call Thomas to get all that info? Their website sucks and is only there to promote their new bus sales. I can't find anything about VIN decoding on it.



Got the call back from my agent. I'm now insured, with towing. $600 for a year.
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:12 AM   #42
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Do I have to call Thomas to get all that info? Their website sucks and is only there to promote their new bus sales. I can't find anything about VIN decoding on it.
Really? That does suck. Might explain why I don't have a bookmark for it from my searching days.


Engine, tranny, and hp I get from Blue Bird without calling so if you ever bid on a BB, let me know.


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Got the call back from my agent. I'm now insured, with towing. $600 for a year.
Sweet. Wonder if it's FL vs MD, shorty vs 40', or what. Mine was $800 a year and I don't think that included towing.
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[QUOTE=Brewerbob;280790][QUOTE=EastCoastCB;280783]Do I have to call Thomas to get all that info? Their website sucks and is only there to promote their new bus sales. I can't find anything about VIN decoding on it.
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Really? That does suck. Might explain why I don't have a bookmark for it from my searching days.


Engine, tranny, and hp I get from Blue Bird without calling so if you ever bid on a BB, let me know.



Sweet. Wonder if it's FL vs MD, shorty vs 40', or what. Mine was $800 a year and I don't think that included towing.
Maybe I'm getting a discount since I have two on the policy now. Seems that's how it was last time I owned two.

Bout to hit the road so if you don't hear from me by wednesday send a search party!
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:21 AM   #44
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Bout to hit the road so if you don't hear from me by wednesday send a search party!
Might take awhile for me to come to the rescue but if you don't know about them, look up B.O.G.A.N.S. (Busnuts of GA and Neighboring States) on the Book of Faces. Seems like a decent bunch of people.
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:10 PM   #45
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insurance is zip-code specific to say the least... im 950 a year total both busses with collision / comp / declared value (covers my additions like paint, A/C, etc.. anything perm attached to the BUS).. since progressive doesnt cover converted skoolies anything on the policy must be vehicle related .. not conversion related..


I need to ask about towing...

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Old 07-16-2018, 12:24 PM   #46
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insurance is zip-code specific to say the least... im 950 a year total both busses with collision / comp / declared value (covers my additions like paint, A/C, etc.. anything perm attached to the BUS).. since progressive doesnt cover converted skoolies anything on the policy must be vehicle related .. not conversion related..


I need to ask about towing...

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Mine is with Progressive but also set to storage at the moment. Except for having to have insurance to keep it on base, I'd drop it altogether until it was built.
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:12 PM   #47
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ohio is a racket to get more $$.. there is no state law about having to register and insure a vehicle that isnt being driven.. however 99% of the counties and towns have rules that state.. if its parked ON a street.. or CAN BE SEEN from a street (any direction).. then it must have a valid license plate.. oh and if it has a valid license plate it Must be insured with at least liability..



and while most states simply ticket and take your license if you get stopped by the coppers.. ohio can send you love notes that says "show us proof of insurance for the specified date on the letter".. which can be any date within the current reg year... even if you never drive it!!



EC - calling thomas with the VIN will net you the correct specs for your shorty... hopefully theres no speed limiter set, i dont have the software to alter settings on the CATs.. the 3126 comes in many flavors.. similar to the navistar engines... from really mild to just a little wild.. our schools still have a few 5 window shorties with 3126s in them from the mid 90s out in service.. rust buckets but they still sound great..

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Old 07-16-2018, 09:16 PM   #48
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Hello guys! Roxanne here. CB, Shaun, and Nicole made it safely to Douglasville, GA! My lovely aunt lives there and has put them up for the night. They're getting an early start tomorrow to get our new CAT and should be on the road headed home by 8 am or so. He's very excited about the "Georgia Peaches" calendars he picked up at a highway gas station. LOL!
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:36 PM   #49
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Old 07-17-2018, 06:16 AM   #50
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:42 AM   #52
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ohio is a racket to get more $$.. there is no state law about having to register and insure a vehicle that isnt being driven.. however 99% of the counties and towns have rules that state.. if its parked ON a street.. or CAN BE SEEN from a street (any direction).. then it must have a valid license plate.. oh and if it has a valid license plate it Must be insured with at least liability..

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SC tried that with me. Had a car for sale in the front yard. Someone called the cops. Told the cops it was for sale. Oh well hurry up. Well, no kidding. I had a pickup in the back yard. Again with the cops.



It has to be tagged.

It's in my back yard.

It's visible from the street.
Ok, what kind of vehicle is it?
I dunno.
THEN IT ISN'T VISIBLE FROM THE STREET. Then hung up on them.


Same bunch that tried to tell me I had too many leaves in the yard.
1) Get me the official leaf count that I'm allowed.
2) You count the leaves.
3) I'll pick up every leaf over that limit.
They didn't come back.


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Hello guys! Roxanne here. CB, Shaun, and Nicole made it safely to Douglasville, GA! My lovely aunt lives there and has put them up for the night. They're getting an early start tomorrow to get our new CAT and should be on the road headed home by 8 am or so. He's very excited about the "Georgia Peaches" calendars he picked up at a highway gas station. LOL!
Sweet, a free place to stay.


And simple pleasures.


Roxie,
Keep us informed of the travels. And tell him good luck.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:11 PM   #54
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Got in a bit earlier and took the bus out to johns. I'm pretty tired from the drive.

Bus is nice, did really well.

Working gauges are a nice thing to have.

We got a late start and had to leave the bus yard and buy batteries. I wanted to have Waffle House with Josh, Hillary, and Sandi but just couldn't stop I was running so far behind.

190hp 3126, recent reman 545. 64k original miles and 3400 hours. Purrs like a kitten and its silky smooth. Gotta find out what gears are in the rear, its SUPER HIGH. Never even got close to redline and the bus will do 75mph+.
There's some sort of shimmy/shake action going on at interstate speeds but smooth and nice at 65 or less. This thing is geared so high its silly.
Pics to come.
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Glad you make it back okay.

And you sound satisfied.
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:08 PM   #57
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Mine's the one in the back right corner






Inspection sticker valid till Nov-


Took me and Shaun all of 5 minutes to swap in some new batteries.




If you can't tell by the pics, this bus is LIFTED about 6"!







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Check out the rpm's at 65mph-






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Old 07-17-2018, 10:54 PM   #58
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That's a good looking bus, hell of a deal. Glad the trip home went smooth
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Old 07-17-2018, 11:35 PM   #59
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hey dude,
i've been off the site for a while.
new little bus looks good man.

I think I have to learn from you and just take some chances, hehe.
Anyhow, congratz !!!
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