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Old 03-01-2017, 04:35 PM   #1
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Howdy Folks! Chateau Brooklyn checking in!

Hey y'all,
This is our first time posting to this website. We'd been snooping around though, gathering info. This website has been an invaluable resource in trying to make a semi-informed decision in buying a bus. Or at the very least not coming off as a totally clueless green horns when we did.
I'm happy to say that we did buy our bus last week. It's down in PA patiently waiting for its new plates and registration so we can drive it back to the Big Apple.
The bus in question is a 48 passenger 2003 International 3800 with a T444e engine. We would have liked to hold out for a DT but time and money being as they are (generally in short supply) we finally settled on this one. It's got 100000 miles on it so we're hoping that with a little love and care we can drive this thing to the moon and back. We haven't settled on a name yet; but for now she's called Jaylin, the Pittsburgh Diva. The elements of the name mostly come from the night we spent at the strip club down the street from the bus lot the night before we bought it.
We're planning on doing the whole conversion thing, complete with a roof deck, hot tub, sauna, hammam, full day spa, fitness center, pool table, and if we can fit it a bed or something. We also think a cooler for the beer we will drink while we wait for the mechanic to come help us change a tire!
Anyhow well post pictures of our trials and tribulations.
I do want to thank everyone who posts on this joint, it's been a total life saver for a couple of noobs like us, who quite honestly didn't know a lick about skoolies other than how bad ass they were.
Happy trails y'all!
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Old 03-12-2017, 12:55 AM   #2
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Congrats! I'm also a newbie in Brooklyn, though still in the research phase. Excited to follow your build. Where are you planning to park for the build?
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:13 PM   #3
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Hey man, well for the time being we're just parking it around our neighborhood. We live down the street from a lumber yard that just shuttered for good so we have a 'semi' legal parking spot that we've been leaving it in . Once we start the actual build it's gonna get a little trickier. I can park it in front of my fab shop for some time to work on it but eventually we'd like to get a lot somewhere to leave it for a couple months while we chip away at it. Let me know if you end up getting a bus and need a spot to dump yours too!
big up!
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:30 PM   #4
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le_monx, welcome.

I see you dive right into your projects. That's always a good sign.

That's a nice looking and right size bus. Have you gone through the "what have I done" phase yet?
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Old 04-08-2017, 10:23 PM   #5
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HA! only every day of my life.
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Old 04-09-2017, 08:07 AM   #6
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I'm a newbie and wondering how long that bus is? I count 8 windows at 2.5 feet that would be 20 feet plus the nose so around 27 feet? That seems like a good size to me.
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Old 04-09-2017, 08:22 AM   #7
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your bus onlky has 100K with a 444E? yeah you got lots of Life left in it... just dont get it Hot!!

ECCB has a 444E with 212K and it runs like a Champ!, I have one withg about 150K and am doing some updates, and am hapopy at the shape of things as I take them apart... yeah you got the moon in view!!
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:22 AM   #8
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I've seen em running for sale with 300k+ on them. IIRC there's one on an auction site with like 370k?!
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:28 AM   #9
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