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Old 03-01-2024, 04:05 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. My partner & I have decided to begin our dream of doing a skoolie conversion. In my internet searches for different resources, I came across this forum and think it could be very useful.

I'm currently very much in the research stage on type of bus I want to get (RE, FE, etc) as well as things to look for when shopping for a bus! I'm hoping to get a bus and get started this summer.

Look forward to becoming a part of this community and hopefully sharing our journey with y'all!

-Melissa

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Old 03-01-2024, 07:51 PM   #2
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Welcome! Some simple tips -
Go south and get a bus with no rust.
Don't get a V8 diesel, stick with a straight 6 (Cummins, DT466E).
Avoid the Allison 545 tranny, make sure you check the data plate on the tranny to get the model.
Check the rear end ratio to avoid getting a bus that is limited to 55mph.
Check the date codes on the tires, they are garbage after 10 years, regardless of how much tread is on them.
Air brakes are arguably easier to maintain* than hydraulic brakes (*parts are readily available at just about any truck shop.)
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Old 03-02-2024, 10:52 AM   #3
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Welcome! Some simple tips -
Go south and get a bus with no rust.
Don't get a V8 diesel, stick with a straight 6 (Cummins, DT466E).
Avoid the Allison 545 tranny, make sure you check the data plate on the tranny to get the model.
Check the rear end ratio to avoid getting a bus that is limited to 55mph.
Check the date codes on the tires, they are garbage after 10 years, regardless of how much tread is on them.
Air brakes are arguably easier to maintain* than hydraulic brakes (*parts are readily available at just about any truck shop.)
Good tips!
Also from I learned this week, I would myself stay away from 2006+ busses that have all these new fangled electronic body controllers -telematics crap/ Just more money to spend when they go bad...and they will one day!
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