On October 5th 2016, we bought a school bus.
Why did we buy a bus?
We want to travel. A lot. And what better way to travel than to take your home with you wherever you go?
A lot of things led to us making this change, but it all comes down to living minimally, having fewer things, more experiences, and creating lasting memories. This all culminated in winning an auction for a 1998 Internation AmTran Genesis school bus that we now affectionately call, Diane Ourbus after the famous photographer.
We needed a bus that could fit in our driveway (so we could work on her), had as much living room as possible for the length (thus the flat nose), had a reasonable number of miles/hours, extra headroom, a solid engine and transmission, good overall condition, and most importantly, we needed a bus that was affordable.
After several failed Craigslist tire kicks, a couple dealerships, and one near devastating trip to Phoenix, we won an auction for a 1998 International AmTran Genesis.
The auction process was extremely easy. Two days after placing the winning bid we drove our new home-to-be to our home-right-now and presto: we were bus owners.
For those that are interested, here’s what she has going on under the hood:
International DT466 7.6L Mechanical Diesel Engine
Allison MT643 Transmission
Over 31k lb GVWR
19 Passenger Rated Capacity
31ft. Long w/ handicap extension