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bwilson 07-14-2015 07:36 AM

Hello from Texas
Hello everybody. don't have a bus yet but I'm will with in 2 months and was wondering what to look for. I have a back ground in the diesel industry so I'm leaning towards a 5.9 Cummins just not sure what trans to look for. It will be moble for about 6 months a year as a home for my fiance and i.

Tango 07-14-2015 09:44 AM

A big Skoolie Howdy! --- always good to see another Texan on board (what part of the state?). As you no doubt know, it's hard to beat a Cummins (especially an all mechanical) and there are a number of tranny options. Allisons do have the advantage of bolting up directly to the SAE 3 arrangement Cummins all have. Most others require an adapter of some sort. I went with a new from the factory 6-speed with double overdrive but there are plenty of 5 speeds out there that will work ..and..can be re-programmed as 6 speeds. The big advantage of the 5th gen Allisons is that all they require to talk to a mechanical motor is a simple TPS (throttle position sensor). It is more complicated with the older units and you have to find a tech who will agree to do it. Many won't without a letter from Allison authorizing it due to the speed rating on school bus tires. Weird, but true.

Best of luck and do post some pix as soon as you can.

austin1989us 07-14-2015 11:00 AM

I like my cummins. My AT545 doesnt bother me. How many miles per year? what type of terrian? what are you planning on doing with it?

Lots of texans/houstonians on here.

bwilson 07-14-2015 12:12 PM

home base is north of Houston. Ill be running between here Dallas and Austin. Im going to go look at a 1997 model with a 5.9 in it this weekend.

austin1989us 07-14-2015 12:54 PM

We're probably not that far away. Especially after the grand parkway is done this winter.

which reminds me, I'm gonna need an EZ tag on my bus.

Scooternj 07-14-2015 01:48 PM


Originally Posted by austin1989us (Post 116217)
which reminds me, I'm gonna need an EZ tag on my bus.

It's a shame that they can't interlink all the toll transponder systems together- EZPass, Tx-Tag, K-Tag, Sunpass, etc.- especially for long haul truckers and RV'ers so they don't have to have a windshield full transponders

austin1989us 07-14-2015 02:22 PM

All of the tags in texas are compatible. A friend of mine has been driving through texas quite a bit and decided to go with the tx tag.

Tango 07-14-2015 02:52 PM

We may have enough Skoolies in the Houston area to justify a gathering somewhere to swap war stories over something cool. I'm near downtown Houston and know a few good hangouts if anyone is interested. As near as I can tell, I'm kind'a centrally located.

M1031A1 07-14-2015 06:05 PM

I'm in Katy, not far away....

bwilson 07-14-2015 07:02 PM

Im up in Cleveland.

Tango 07-14-2015 09:08 PM

Anybody else in the "Greater Houston Area" (that's just about anyone within 180 miles in any direction these days).

M1031A1 07-14-2015 09:36 PM

I used to live in Liberty, so I know the area....

bwilson 07-14-2015 10:04 PM

I would like to see some pucs of yalls busses if they are handy.

M1031A1 07-14-2015 11:17 PM

Look at my thread then! "Heavy Fuel" in Bus Conversions.....

nat_ster 07-15-2015 01:27 AM

Yup, the build thread section is where the pics are at.


bwilson 07-15-2015 07:27 AM

I would also like to know how to regester a bus for non commerical use

austin1989us 07-15-2015 07:38 AM

Talked to the ladies at the tomball tax office. they said they'd do it and not require any pictures or anything, but thought it was an exciting project and now they want to see pictures. If it's already registered in texas with commercial plates, you can just do the paperwork for a corrected title to change the title to reconstructed motorhome. You'll need a weight certificate. I brought my bus in from out of state, so I had to get the title switched over to texas first (as a bus) then I can do the paperwork for a corrected title to make it a motor home.

Tango 07-15-2015 08:56 AM

My last conversion was a 40' BBAA and all they needed to see was a weight ticket. Texas keeps it pretty simple.

bwilson 07-15-2015 08:33 PM

BBAA? Tango do you have build thred on your bus

M1031A1 07-15-2015 09:37 PM

He does indeed

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