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BlueBoy

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Posted: 12/08/20 02:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've owned a couple of diesel pickups and I drove a large school bus for a year, but when I sit in the cockpit of a diesel pusher I'm stymied by all the switches, knobs, and pedals. So what do I need to know about driving a diesel pusher?


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Blue,

All the switches, bells and lights are just to impress your friends.

It will be easier to drive than a school bus because there are no (or at least fewer) screaming kids in the back. If you drove Blue Birds, it is just like that. If you drove Internationals, you now have a better view.

Go to it guy.

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Posted: 12/08/20 02:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Air brake is different and the parking brake is different. Everything else is the same.





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There are a few things different but nothing you can't adapt to in five minutes.
Gear selection is a touch pad; there's no Park, you apply the Parking Brake. The air brakes feel a little different and some other small stuff.


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If you ever drove a Blue Bird bus they loved switches and they had enough left for their motorhomes. My daughter's family had 2 Bluebirds and they had switches. Most that I have seen on DPs never come close to Bluebirds.


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Makers are getting away from the touchpad gear selector in favor of a rotating knob on the steering column stalk similar to a turn signal except on the right side.


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Posted: 12/08/20 04:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cut a wider corner, that's all.


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Does you hesitation go deeper than the switches, knobs, and pedals?


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Posted: 12/08/20 04:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like Tom/Barb said since you're sitting on top of your steer tires.

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Posted: 12/08/20 06:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Its easy - took me about 2 minutes to figure out what was where.

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