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Old 02-04-2020, 10:32 AM   #1
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Just flew down to Vegas and got my bus! 2005 Thomas 32’ flat nose w CAT C7 and Allison 3060.

Will be in LV for about a month completing roof raise and radiant floor heating before heading back to eastern WA.
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Old 02-04-2020, 10:34 AM   #2
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I am not a fan of Cat engines but as old as your bus is it will most likely have had all of the bugs worked out of the electronics. Otherwise it sounds as if you have found a pretty nice bus.


Good luck and keep us posted. Photos would be nice!
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:46 AM   #3
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Congrats. I'm around Vegas half the time and also just got a 25 foot 2003 Thomas.
Where abouts will you work on the roof raise?
I wonder if you would mind if I visited and lent a hand. I'll be there around the 24th
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:46 AM   #4
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Just flew down to Vegas and got my bus! 2005 Thomas 32’ flat nose w CAT C7 and Allison 3060.

Will be in LV for about a month completing roof raise and radiant floor heating before heading back to eastern WA.
Hey Neighbor,

Congrats! Sounds like a nice bus.

If you have not already, take a look at the "how to bulletproof your C7" video on YouTube. As best as I understand it, the C7 has some well known weak points but they can be resolved leaving you with a solid motor.

I spent many months in and around Las Vegas with my first bus. I don't miss it......

Stop by on your way home and share a cold one with us
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:49 AM   #5
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Not trying to be harsh but why does everyone pick a Thomas to raise the roof?
IC or BB are straight up and down on the sides, Thomas are not.
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Old 02-05-2020, 06:39 PM   #6
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Sorry for the late reply....I’m hoping to be on way way back north by the 24th. If you might arrive earlier, let me know. A friend has a large lot behind his house thank god.
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Thanks PNWSteve! Where in E WA?
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