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Old 12-15-2019, 03:48 PM   #1
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Propane ran bus

I found a bus I really love, but just found it runs off propane. Is that really a viable way to travel? What types of places could I fill up at?
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Old 12-15-2019, 03:55 PM   #2
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I found a bus I really love, but just found it runs off propane. Is that really a viable way to travel? What types of places could I fill up at?
We have two places to buy propane in the county I live in. Both charge $3.29 a gallon. Fuel mileage will be notably lower than a comparable bus with a diesel engine. I would not consider a propane bus if you plan extensive travel.
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:01 PM   #3
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But great if you establish a pig farm and fuel supplies get cut off when SHTF
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Old 12-15-2019, 09:22 PM   #4
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If you can convert it back to diesel (?) or gas (?) you'd be OK. The bus is worth about 50% of its original used value with propane as the fuel.
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Old 12-15-2019, 11:17 PM   #5
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They’re only asking $1200. It runs. It’s a 1984 bus.
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Old 12-15-2019, 11:22 PM   #6
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Old 12-15-2019, 11:25 PM   #7
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You could convert it back to gasoline
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Old 12-16-2019, 09:48 AM   #8
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Propane buses sell for less than half of their diesel-equipped variants. They're not very good for anything unless you have (A) stations near you that sell propane for vehicles and (B) you don't take long trips to areas where they're scarce or (C) the bus is stationary 100% of the time.

They get extremely bad gas mileage (think like 3-5 mpg). My company has been buying a lot of the Bluebird Visions with the V10 Ford motor converted to run on propane. They're good for route buses with predictable driving schedules but I just don't see it working well in a skoolie application at all. Plus they're gutless pigs so don't plan on towing anything or being able to get up to highway speeds quickly.

The tanks also expire at a certain point at which most people sell as the value of the bus isn't even close to replacement cost.
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:01 AM   #9
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I have a bus that runs on propane. You get about the sam MpG as you would gas. The cost is pretty much the same wherever you travel. I pay about $2.50 a gallon I fill up at tons of places tractor supply, propane refills, RV parks,uhual, just make sure that you you tell them propane gas and know how big your tanks is.
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:02 AM   #10
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https://northwestpropane.com/propane-conversion/
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Old 01-01-2020, 06:43 PM   #11
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Also not hard to convert to dual fuel. As one fella mentioned, Lotsa places to fill propane. RV parks, Agway, propane supply, a lot of u-haul dealers..etc.
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Old 01-02-2020, 05:32 AM   #12
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Difference in mileage is because propane today us direct injected. They get about the same mileage as gas with more power.
Propane can be had consistently around the country but you have to plan it out. Drove several LP vehicles a distance cross country and the big issue is convenience.



The downside is servicing the systems. The ECM and injection system on these is proprietary and its difficult to get any support unless you a subscribed fleet owner. In my view I would stick with diesel.
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Old 01-02-2020, 11:59 AM   #13
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I owned a propane powered truck and a full size van. They’re cheaper to run than gasoline. The engines typically last longer and oil change intervals can be longer too. Yes less power and it can be a pain filling up at times. The filling reason alone I wouldn’t get a propane bus unless it could easily be converted to dual fuel gasoline/propane. There is no diesel/propane. Make sure the propane system is certified or get it inspected. If it was dual and I wanted a short bus I’d totally go for it and just use the gasoline as backup supply.

You can also get a hose to fill the tanks from a regular 20 or 30 pound cylinder, I still have mine but I never did use it. Doing that might save you extra taxes but would be lots of work.
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