I'm looking at picking up a 30' 91 or 90 TC/2000 with a 5.9 and AT545. It's already been converted. It has a VE pump and 250k miles on it. It has air brakes.
I'm hoping to use this for an annual camping trip down in KY. It's a 12 hour drive from me in Ontario.
What all would be required to have this bus comfortably be able to cruise at 70 and not lose too much speed going up the bigger hills? I'd be fine switching to a manual transmission if the gains were worthwhile. I work at a truck center so parts are the only things I'd need to pay for and I get them at cost.
Are there things I can do to the bus so I can expect 10-14MPG highway? It would seem that 2100 RPM would be the RPM to aim for at highway speeds?
How do seatbelt laws apply to buses? I have 2 boys in car seats and I want them buckled up.
Would importing the bus into Canada be pretty straightforward since it's so old?
How much does insurance for something like this typically cost in Ontario?
Here's a picture of the bus. I don't plan on towing but as my family grows it will probably become a necessity.