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Old 02-27-2021, 08:54 PM   #1
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Location: Rockingham Virginia
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Year: 2002
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Hello and I"m FINALLY a School bus owner

Hello fellow skoolie peeps. After lurking for awhile and trying to soak in as much knowledge from this great community I finally did the thing and bought a school bus. It's a 2002 International 11 window 64 passenger with a T444E. Brought her home today and started the process of converting her to my little dream home on wheels. I got all the seats removed today and will work on some more interior removal tomorrow. Feels so good to finally get to this point after dreaming about doing this for years.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:47 PM   #2
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Looks like you are up north. Is that mountains in the background?


If you ask questions here, filling out your user profile will help others answer them.


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Old 02-28-2021, 12:19 AM   #3
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Location: Auburn, WA
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Year: 2000
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Congratulations!

Seats out, heck you're half way done. Nice bus....loooong tail!

Safety Warning: While learning to drive official school buses, our driver trainers were always harping about watching our tail swing. The body is so far back from the rear axel that the tail of the bus can easily swing out wide and hit things. Just something to watch for. Don't want to dent your new baby!

I second you filling out profile info about your bus. Engine, Transmission, etc. That way others with like equipment can find each other easier as well as help you without you having to always repeat your engine, tranny, etc.

I've learned so much on here. Things I wish I had known before buying, but it is what it is.

Have you driven and maintained vehicles with diesel engines before? If not, lots of great info to keep your drivetrain healthy and happy.

Best of luck on your build journey!
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Old 02-28-2021, 06:30 AM   #4
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Congratulations and welcome!

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Safety Warning: While learning to drive official school buses, our driver trainers were always harping about watching our tail swing. The body is so far back from the rear axel that the tail of the bus can easily swing out wide and hit things. Just something to watch for. Don't want to dent your new baby!
This is sage advice...and something to be especially careful of when pulling away from the pumps. Use those mirrors all the time. Unlike a car, where you only use the mirror to change lanes, in a bus you use them to check pivot points, turning clearance, tail swing, all the time.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:30 PM   #5
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Congratulations...best wishes in your new endeavor!!!
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