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Old 08-06-2010, 12:28 PM   #1621
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I want this one

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/...-bus-hits-mph/

Jet-Powered School Bus Hits 367 MPH

The bus evolved into a high-speed dragster at the hands of petrol-head Paul Stender who custom built the hotrod ride.

And the miles just fly by after he fitted it with an engine lifted from a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jet.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:43 PM   #1622
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I want this one

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/...-bus-hits-mph/

Jet-Powered School Bus Hits 367 MPH

I hope that his brakes are better than mine.

There are a couple of those things around. The local drag strip (Edinburg, TX) was using a clip of one racing at their track for a promotion not long ago.

For most of us 55mph is comfortable and at 65mph were are starting to get nosebleeds.

Maybe someone will invest in something like a Prevost and they can at least run with the Big Trucks.

(Just FWIW mine will run with the trucks but I don't feel comfortable doing it because of the poor brakes and the fact that I have my entire home right behind me and an accident would be unthinkable. And from what I can tell my brakes are about average for a three-axle bus of this era.)
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:55 PM   #1623
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this is great. which Steinbeck is it be from? i searched with Bing, but it didn't


thanks
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:07 PM   #1624
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I worked at my father's RV dealership for about 8 years..
the one the Griswold's drove)...
Sure enough... he had two identical dents in the back of his car. One on each side caused by the trailer fishtailing!
Cute story, but FWIW, my dad put about 80K on a Ford Country Squire pulling a 30 foot Airstream. From one end of the country to the other, from Calgary to the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, without incident.

As long as you have the pulling power, it's about having trailer brakes and knowing how to use them. (that Ford had whatever 400ci+ Ford made then, and it was a boatload of fun when it wasn't hooked to the airstream!)
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:40 PM   #1625
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Anyone out there have an airstream motorhome?

I'm liking the look of these 345's ... am I mad?


I dig them, too, having spent a while in the aforementioned trailer. I was getting pretty serious about one with 30k on it for $14.5 when I found my Rockwood XL. I was, and am, leery of try to move something that big with gasoline, but back then diesel was 1/3 the cost of gas. I suppose today it wouldn't make much difference.

One thing about them that may or may not matter to you, depending on your intended use, they don't have much in the way of under-chassis storage bays like a bus/truck based class A motorhome does.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:29 AM   #1626
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I dig them, too, having spent a while in the aforementioned trailer. I was getting pretty serious about one with 30k on it for $14.5 when I found my Rockwood XL. I was, and am, leery of try to move something that big with gasoline, but back then diesel was 1/3 the cost of gas. I suppose today it wouldn't make much difference.

One thing about them that may or may not matter to you, depending on your intended use, they don't have much in the way of under-chassis storage bays like a bus/truck based class A motorhome does.
Thanks I've seen a few on fleabay and craigslist but none local enough for me to go have a look at one. I'm definitely interested in under-chassis storage. Just in case the worst happens and we have to full time in an RV for a while.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:50 AM   #1627
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This is ours. Bought in 2005 and took 1 full year of work to get it good and reliable.
1975 Titan 21' with a 1974 Dodge chassis. 318 2 barrel. We have done 15,000 miles through the US and Mexico. They issue 10 year import permits in Mexico for RV's.
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:03 PM   #1628
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This is ours. Bought in 2005 and took 1 full year of work to get it good and reliable.
1975 Titan 21' with a 1974 Dodge chassis. 318 2 barrel. We have done 15,000 miles through the US and Mexico. They issue 10 year import permits in Mexico for RV's.
Cool rig!
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:05 PM   #1629
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This is ours. Bought in 2005 and took 1 full year of work to get it good and reliable.
1975 Titan 21' with a 1974 Dodge chassis. 318 2 barrel. We have done 15,000 miles through the US and Mexico. They issue 10 year import permits in Mexico for RV's.

I like that. That would be a good size for Mexican camping, at least around here.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:01 PM   #1630
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This is ours. Bought in 2005 and took 1 full year of work to get it good and reliable.
1975 Titan 21' with a 1974 Dodge chassis. 318 2 barrel. We have done 15,000 miles through the US and Mexico. They issue 10 year import permits in Mexico for RV's.

Nice! I love the short Class A's, you can't find them anymore.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:45 AM   #1631
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Cute story, but FWIW, my dad put about 80K on a Ford Country Squire pulling a 30 foot Airstream. From one end of the country to the other, from Calgary to the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, without incident.

As long as you have the pulling power, it's about having trailer brakes and knowing how to use them. (that Ford had whatever 400ci+ Ford made then, and it was a boatload of fun when it wasn't hooked to the airstream!)
Cute story? Must I video every experience I have in order to provide evidence to its authenticity? Jeez.

Good for your dad! Sounds like he had the right equipment...... unlike the guy whose experience I shared.

And for the record, it's not just about pulling power and trailer brakes. A correctly-installed weight-distribution kit is must-have safety equipment as well.

Now go taunt someone who doesn't actually know what they're talking about or I shall fart in your general direction.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:01 AM   #1632
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:16 AM   #1633
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or I shall fart in your general direction.

The is a joke there somewhere about border food. Beans and barbacoa are a deadly combination.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:17 AM   #1634
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Cute story? Must I video every experience I have in order to provide evidence to its authenticity? Jeez.

Where did I say I doubted the veracity of your story? Merely pointing out that just because you met one person that had a bad experience towing a trailer with a station wagon doesn't mean towing trailers with station wagons is a bad, dumb, or unsafe thing to do.
IMO, at least 50% of the folks driving Class A's have no business driving a vehicle that large on public roads. They should require a CDL cert and physical for anything over 18'.

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:22 AM   #1635
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Nice! I love the short Class A's, you can't find them anymore.

+1

My next one is going to be a little one. 35' is nice for full-timing, but I had more than a few hair-raising experiences going to the places I like to go.

If I ever get the time and the money, I want to re-power an early '70's Travco.

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