I took the plunge and purchased an 03 Thomas HDX, simply because rent in this town is obscene!
Brunhilde was previously owned by the South Bend schools and was purchased from Midwest Transit in Kankakee, IL. I was advised that I should get around 5-6 mpg. I averaged 7.5 mpg on the way back to Montana
She's powered by a Cat C7 7.2l and has an Allison pushbutton tranny. All 6 tires are almost new.
I hired two kids to remove the 1400 lbs of seating and have installed carpeting on the front and back 1/3rds and linoleum in the center. A full bed is installed longitudinally in the rear on a custom bed frame with 18" of clearance under the bed.
After last night's single digit temps, a propane heater is DEFINITELY on my shopping list.