Hello fellow Skoolie's!
My husband and I are from upstate NY(Apple Country along Lake Ontario). We purchased our 72 passenger, 2002 International 7.3L T444E on December 11th, 2015. We hit the road two weeks later on Christmas Day! Knowing just about nothing about Diesel engines we had a mechanic look it over and give us a few tips before we left. We replaced the oil and fuel filters, cpl hoses, and a new battery. We took out all but three seats, made a bed frame and added a kitchen counter.
Our goal..."test run to Texas"
We made it to our first stop in Dallas, GA and stayed for a week. Bus ran great and our first week was a success. The next leg of the trip was to take us to Houston, Tx. We made it to Biloxi, Mississippi before breaking down. We attempted to trouble shoot as best we could before waving the white flag for AAA. Beverly was towed to Lafeyette, LA to an international dealer. Replaced alternator and some ground wires and we were back on the road. In the short time we have been aboard Beverly I have felt excitement, anxiety, pure freedom, and udder gut dropping fear. Our families think we were crazy, our friends think we're cool, we, now humbled, know we are neither crazy or cool. We are daring problem solvers at the mercy of our machine! We love our Bus! We wake up and cross our fingers and hold our breath as we watch the world go by our windows. Each day just hope we make it to the next city problem free!
🚌💗Beverly and her pet people
(plus one cat)