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Old 01-07-2020, 06:38 PM   #1
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I did it!

Hello all. I finally pulled the trigger and found my bus! It's a 2000 International AmTran RE. It has the DT530E, Allison MD3060, 36,220 GVWR, mileage 220,107 (only 7000 hours). Full double basement. High ceiling (77inch). She's a bute. I will attach pics. I just did the paperwork today and will pick it up in a week or two. Super excited to get the conversion started. I initially didn't think I would be able to get a bus until Later this fall, but I found my unicorn and had to have her.
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:44 PM   #2
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SWEET!!!

That is a dream bus. If it is air ride and has A/C it is a Unicorn.

Wanna sell it?
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:58 PM   #3
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You know it's funny, it comes from Phoenix. Air ride yes, AC no. I found it weird no AC but not a big deal for me.
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Old 01-07-2020, 07:08 PM   #4
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Old 01-07-2020, 07:18 PM   #5
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Just what I'm looking for! Congrats and keep us posted on your build.
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Old 01-07-2020, 07:18 PM   #6
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Very nice, I like...

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Old 01-07-2020, 07:19 PM   #7
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Nice one! DT530 is top shelf.
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Old 01-08-2020, 08:22 AM   #8
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So SWEET! I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous.
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Old 01-08-2020, 09:11 AM   #9
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love the 530, its a great engine.. A/C is easy - add it.. then you have a true unicorn!!..
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Old 01-08-2020, 09:55 AM   #10
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IF there's a way to add ac without adding any stress to that timing cover go for it, otherwise I'd rather sweat than risk it.
THe timing cover is the only real horrible thing that can go wrong. Even experienced techs don't like doing those. Its THE biggest job you can come up against on one of these engines.
Keep the coolant 100% perfect always and the oil changed regularly and you've got a good one. Its the most badass engine you can get in a regular school bus.
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:08 AM   #11
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I thought it was only the Cummins 8.3 where the A/C compressor mounts went to the timing cover and caused potential issues..
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:24 AM   #12
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I thought it was only the Cummins 8.3 where the A/C compressor mounts went to the timing cover and caused potential issues..
I think there were 2 ways they mounted em on 530 models.
I can't find my original source of info but back when I was neck deep in navistar research I remember a fleet operator telling me or someone else that the only real issues they had with their RE530's were cracking timing covers and that they blamed the ac compressors location.
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:56 AM   #13
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I thought it was only the Cummins 8.3 where the A/C compressor mounts went to the timing cover and caused potential issues..
Nah, its both engines. My 8.3 has 2 big Transair AC compressors mounted on it and I can see how it would cause stress on my front cover. They will be getting removed shortly along with the interior components which are already out of the bus.

I live in Wisconsin so we don't really see anything hotter than 90 degrees. I'm thinking a pair of mini splits will suffice. I spend 5 years driving school buses for a job and the fans up front do a great job of cooling me down.
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:05 AM   #14
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I think I am going the mini-split route so I should be ok. Thanks everyone for their comments. I'm super excited.
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Old 01-08-2020, 01:56 PM   #15
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Exact bus I'm looking for also. What did you give for it? Those usually go for twice the FE price for the same thing.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:28 PM   #16
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90 degrees and fans dont cut it for me.. but if you dont need it then take it off to redice the stress on the cover.. that minisplit wont do much for you though
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:12 PM   #17
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90 degrees and fans dont cut it for me.. but if you dont need it then take it off to redice the stress on the cover.. that minisplit wont do much for you though
How good are mini splits at providing heat in the winter while driving? Seems like everyone complains about them being ineffective while driving but I'm curious about heat.

If its a major issue I'll just put one of those chinese diesel air heaters in the bus.
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:38 PM   #18
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I was at a tiny house festival in florida during Thanksgiving. It was a warm day (around 80-85) and several busses had mini-splits with their doors/windows open all day due to people walking in and touring their busses. It was very comfortable in all of them. The people told me it was easy to run with battery, the heat did well for them (although nobody to my knowledge was trying heat in an extremely cold environment). My wife is a Florida girl and hates the snow/cold so we probably won't be in extremely cold places so I think a mini-split would do a pretty good job. That coupled with down blankets if needed.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:27 PM   #19
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Pretend it adjusts temp 20-25f up/down, and they stop working around 40f. So at 40f it will get you to 60-65f if given enough time.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:33 AM   #20
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That's a sweet bus. I had originally posted there was no way that bus was in service here w/o AC. Then I remembered my own childhood riding a bus w/o AC. Guess not everyone in AZ is spoiled
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