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Old 11-23-2021, 05:20 PM   #1
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New Texas Skoolie

Hey!

My name is Allison. I have been wanting to live in an rv for a couple years now but RVs are just too dang expensive. Started to really look into buying a skoolie seriously after our recent trip to Palo Duro Canyon outside of Amarillo, Texas and having seen PlanBleee (not sure if he is on here) out there in his gren/black skoolie. Today I decided to pull the trigger!

Been talking to a girl who posted her Mid sized 2003 International Handicap Accessible 3000 with a T444E and 112.5k on the odo! It wasnt the cheapest but its rust free and already titled as a motorhome here in the state of Texas. So I feel like that is a win.

So excited to start this process honestly. I love projects and working with my hands.


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Old 11-23-2021, 08:16 PM   #2
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Hi, Alleigh. Welcome to the Insane Asylum.



Will you be living aboard full time or just camping?
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Old 11-23-2021, 09:28 PM   #3
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I will most likely just be camping, but I wont fully rule out living aboard one day!
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Old 11-24-2021, 01:14 AM   #4
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hello from topeka kansas

looks like yours has the smaller tires and no rear wheel wells.

a flat floor makes life a little easier.

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Old 11-26-2021, 11:13 PM   #5
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Yep! Happy to not have to deal with the wheel wells although the height is a little tight for my bf!
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Old 12-01-2021, 07:15 PM   #6
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Those tires look like 11r22.5 in the front but what are they in the back?

Hard to tell for sure in the picture but you might be able to put on bigger tires in the rear if you want more highway friendly rpmís.
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Old 12-09-2021, 08:54 AM   #7
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Those tires look like 11r22.5 in the front but what are they in the back?

Hard to tell for sure in the picture but you might be able to put on bigger tires in the rear if you want more highway friendly rpmís.

They are actually all the same size at 245/70r19.5
The governor is set at 55, so we hope to get it adjusted as well as fit bigger tires as well!
What would you suggest is a good size?
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Old 12-09-2021, 09:15 AM   #8
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my T444E governer in my texas bus was set at 55 too.. its a pretty easy change in the compouter assuming you are geared OK.. the speedometer can be changed too if you change your tire sizes.. you just need a Nexiq or clone device and the Navistar software to change the governer and tire size is free to download from snap-on tools.



if your RPM is at 2600 then you are out of gears and cannot set the governer up higher unless you want to run the engine speed faster which can be done but just wastes fuel.
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Old 12-09-2021, 10:26 AM   #9
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my T444E governer in my texas bus was set at 55 too.. its a pretty easy change in the compouter assuming you are geared OK.. the speedometer can be changed too if you change your tire sizes.. you just need a Nexiq or clone device and the Navistar software to change the governer and tire size is free to download from snap-on tools.



if your RPM is at 2600 then you are out of gears and cannot set the governer up higher unless you want to run the engine speed faster which can be done but just wastes fuel.
My boyfriend has a Friend that has the hookup for the computer but was stonewalled by the passcode and wasnt sure what to do. So we ended up not being able to change it yet.

I believe ours is out of gears with 3.55 and it is listed as T444E 195HP/195HP PEAK 2600 GOV. I suppose I need to do research on getting it regeared cause 55 is a bit to slow for our taste.
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Old 12-09-2021, 10:47 AM   #10
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I’d get as big as could fit in there - 11r22.5 if they’d fit since they are very common and a standard size, and easier to find used tires. (I think all schoolie people should consider used tires as long as they’re relatively new because for most of us the tires will age out before the tread is worn out)
But 11r22.5 probably won’t fit. Not to mention you’d need new rims for that size. Your rim size is 19.5”.

If you want to keep your rims the biggest I could find is 285/70r19.5 which would give you about 6.6% more speed. So at 50 MPH on your odometer you’d really be going 53.3 MPH (without updating the odometer).

As far as I can see getting a taller tire than that would need bigger rims but you might ask a few truck tire shops what they have. And of course you need to make sure you won’t bottom out on them on the big bumps and that you can turn the steering wheel all the way.
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Old 12-09-2021, 11:02 AM   #11
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in regards to steering you can re-set the steering stops and the steering box Poppets so that the steering maxxes out at the stops and that no more power assist is provided once you reach the bump stops...
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Old 12-09-2021, 11:04 AM   #12
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What’s your engine rpm at when at 55?
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Old 12-09-2021, 11:56 AM   #13
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My boyfriend has a Friend that has the hookup for the computer but was stonewalled by the passcode and wasnt sure what to do. So we ended up not being able to change it yet.

I believe ours is out of gears with 3.55 and it is listed as T444E 195HP/195HP PEAK 2600 GOV. I suppose I need to do research on getting it regeared cause 55 is a bit to slow for our taste.
3.55 is a pretty tall highway gear, you probably won't find a higher one. With that gear, you are definitely governed elsewhere. Will a standard 22.5 fit with no wheel tub?
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Old 12-09-2021, 12:05 PM   #14
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mine is a 3.54 and with 225/70R19.5 tires it went up to close to 70 with an AT545 so if you are limited to 55 either the gears arent 3.55 or the computer is limiting speed..
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