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Old 04-21-2020, 12:29 PM   #1
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Skoolie Noobs About To Buy A Bus

Hey everybody,

We're loving all the great info on this site and happy to be joining the community soon.

We're actively looking for a bus to buy and we have a couple of prospects we hope to check out next week. The advertised asking prices seem decent, but we really don't have a frame of reference and we're hoping to get some advice from people more knowledgable than us.

Option 1: 1991 International 3700, IDI 7.3, don't know the transmission, 22' shorty.

Option 2: 1997 International 3800, T444E, don't know the transmission, 27' shorty.

Both have very low mileage and both are asking $4,500.

I know there's a lot more that goes into the equation, but any feedback on initial thoughts would be so greatly appreciated.

Thank you all!
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Old 04-21-2020, 01:05 PM   #2
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I don't know much about these engine applications in the bus world since I'm of the Cummins flavor, but this might help you out.

https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f37/7...44e-24835.html
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:25 PM   #3
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Thanks JackE.

We decided to pass on both of the buses I mentioned at first, and we're currently looking at a 2001 Thomas Built 8 window with a Cummins 5.9 24V and an Allison 2000.

It's a 6 hour drive for us, and the only thing giving us hesitation to make the trip is the check engine and check transmission lights are on...

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Any advice you'd give with your Cummins experience?

Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2020, 08:27 PM   #4
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Thanks JackE.

We decided to pass on both of the buses I mentioned at first, and we're currently looking at a 2001 Thomas Built 8 window with a Cummins 5.9 24V and an Allison 2000.

It's a 6 hour drive for us, and the only thing giving us hesitation to make the trip is the check engine and check transmission lights are on...

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Any advice you'd give with your Cummins experience?

Thanks!
If you're a noob definitely don't rush to buy something with red flags. Could be many things. Will need to hook up to a computer with some software and a connector and do some diagnostics. Definitely not something to risk a 6 hour drive with.
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