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My first big trip Georgia Southern 3-5-03  
Well I am about to take my 1982, 28 ft school bus on my first road trip. Any suggestions? P.S It has been sitting for four years. I have changed all plugs and wires, engine oil, air filter, pcv valve, and belts. I plan to change all hoses as well. It is a 425 mile journey with fifteen passengers. Should I change the water pump and fuel pump as well??? Please give me any adivice you think of. Thanks. I have drivin it empty for 250 miles as a test run and had no problems. But with 2000 extra lbs I am doubting the bus.
Re: my first big trip Joe 3-5-03  
The extra weight on that vehicle won't be that great of a change. I see people put 2000 lbs in a pick up truck all the time. As far as what to change, the list could be endless. You would have to know what has been done to it, how many miles are on it, how old are the tires, condition of the brakes, and the list goes on and on. Have you greased it? Checked the tire pressure? Differential fluid level? Master cylinder? Lights? Exhaust? Power steering fluid? How are the power steering hoses? Trans fluid? Wiper blades? A lot of being prepared is checking everything over and filling fluids and looking for leaks, loose or broken things.
Re: my first big trip jd 3-5-03  
I'd want to specifically be sure the brakes are OK. Are yours hydraulic or air? Some of the older busses had hydraulic and some of those had double-redundancy. Tandem master cylinder then two boosters and two lines to two cylinders at each wheel. Our church had busses of this vintage and we had leaks anyplace something could leak (lines, cylinders, hoses) and blocked hoses as well. I haven't worked on air brakes so I don't know what their soft spots are. God Bless,jd
Re: my first big trip Georgia Southern 3-5-03  
Thanks for your advice. Its good to hear that the two thousand lbs won't make that big of a difference. I haven't gotten the brakes checked, yet that is a real good idea. The tires will be ok, I have checked the pressure. I haven't checked the all the fluids just some of them but thanks for the advice. I have 13 days to get it ready, that means painting it, and fixing anything else with the engine. Thanks for all your support.
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