New, from the inside sorta
When I was 18 I wanted to get on a bike and go see Alaska..well, nearly 40 years later and still haven't done it. At least now I know people that have..progress? MAybe not.
I also like sailing and as a retirement plan thought about getting a sailboat and traveling the world. Have made progress on knowledge, but little else.
When I met my wife we started camping - tent then vintage popup (lot less cost than a vintage car) and moved to a 28' new camping trailer. Felt less like camping but the convenince of a bathroom, stove and air conditioning made up for that.
Recently I got my CDL/airbrake/passenger/school bus licenses and have started driving a school bus - the kind with little live cargo units on it.
I've been training/observing and filling in, mostly driving our newest bus, a 2017 IC..just turned 5,000 miles on it. The newest bus arrived today, with another due next week - that will give us 6 of these almost all the same (he forgot to order air horns on one of them). All are 72 passenger w/ cummins engines (don't know the model). He does get the 260hp model though.
We've also got 20 older buses, only 2 'transit' models, both front engine. The boss doesn't like them, the mechanic doesn't like working on them. They're certainly more challenging to get in/out of the drivers seat.
The variety of buses is interesting...and we have some shot (van based) buses but haven't driving any of them.
Being on the 'inside' I"m learning a lot of bits and pieces..our oldest bus as only 133k miles on it..just got a radiator ($1200 parts), how check engine and warning lights are common to be on - be that an old bus or a brandy new one (and more common on the newer ones actually), all our buses are kept inside, have chrome (ok, alum) wheels - pretty - part of boss's philosophy. And they've all got 100gal tanks..they use 5-6 gallons of fuel a day.
A bus company down the road replaces ALL their buses every 4 years...1/4 a year. Hmm...
And another company is losing their biggest contract so there may be a large number of buses available next summer from them.
Now if I can talk him into ordering me a RE flatnose of my specs..and i'll use it till retirement and buy it from him for my conversion....