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Author Topic: Anyone know anything about Prevost Astral buses???  (Read 3190 times)
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« on: December 12, 2009, 07:35:43 PM »

So, I'll bite, does anyone know anything about the Prevost Astral Buses?  Good?  Problems?  Inquiring minds, you know.  Christy Hicks
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009, 04:35:12 AM »

So, I'll bite, does anyone know anything about the Prevost Astral Buses?  Good?  Problems?  Inquiring minds, you know.  Christy Hicks

So Christy, are we looking at bus #3?  Expiring minds want to know LOL  Jack
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009, 04:50:38 AM »

the astral is a sight seeing version of the LeMirage with more windows area.so basicly is a prevo with more glass..I have a 89 xl and love it...bob
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2009, 05:01:58 AM »

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So Christy, are we looking at bus #3?  Expiring minds want to know LOL  Jack

Well, there have been thoughts in the direction of a specific bus listed, but it's been unavailable for us to be able to see it in person, and doesn't look like we'll have that chance until Monday at the earliest, if then, and so far, no one has been able to provide us with more than the detail posted, so it's an iffy proposition for us at this time. 

I tried to do research and came up with basically the same information as Bob provided, nothing more.  There seem to be no Beaver Conversions on the market, and absolutely no information as to amenities, standard components, reliability, etc.  In fact, there is next to no information on the Astral other than the wiring and brack switch recalls.  Really hard to make informed "pre-decisions" when you can't get ANY info, ha ha.

Bob, would you mind PM'ing me with information on yours?  I really would appreciate it!  Christy Hicks
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2009, 05:10:53 AM »

same as xl but with a glass roof saw picture on net 2nd page of search near bottom inter bus......the structure of roof looked same just glass instead of metal...
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2009, 05:25:58 AM »

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could you maybe post a link??? Thx, Christy
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2009, 05:30:42 AM »

sorry 3rd page 2nd from top   inter bus ca     on right side there is a list of busses just click on astral
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2009, 06:08:40 AM »

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3rd page 2nd from top   inter bus ca   

I'm sorry, I just don't know what that is. . . I know, I'm not very bright, but I've googled every version I can think of for "inter bus ca" and nothing seems to come up for me.  Guess I'm being a big PITA, sorry.  Christy
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2009, 06:10:10 AM »

Christy...I share your pain...I have no clue what Robert is trying to link us to.
Good luck in your search.
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2009, 06:17:07 AM »

www.inter-bus.ca/fichex12.htm)   my computer skills suck....was using yahoo search..
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2009, 06:18:36 AM »

There's a good picture about 1/2 way down this page Christy.
http://www.inter-bus.ca/photosastrralxl.htm

Looks like a rainy day nightmare to me.
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2009, 06:18:49 AM »

ps. went to high school at Lawton
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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2009, 06:32:36 AM »

Thanks guys!  I had gotten to one page from that site, but the French scared me off, ha ha.

I WAS curious about leakage in the long term. . . but this is actually a completed conversion, so I'm not worried about covering the non-used ones myself.

I have mixed feelings about buying a completed coach as compared to doing one to my own layouts, but I am being fair and doing the research on this one, understanding that Larry does have a good point on the fact that a factory conversion does retain it's value better than even the best home-made units, and that I do have less time than the long list of projects I've got lined up will require.  (I assured him that I had so many things to finish before I die that I was going to live to at LEAST 125 or more.  Maybe THAT'S what he's REALLY worried about?Huh? Huh)  I also hate to impact our savings so hugely in a "down" economy, but then again, I have to admit that honestly, the price seems to be more than fair.  Shoot. .   I thought I was keeping these arguments rolling around in my head, not on paper, ha ha.

ANY info ANYONE has would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thx, Christy Hicks
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« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2009, 07:19:37 AM »

My Courier 96  has skyviews. They are really nice as long as it is not too hot outside. Great view, bright, conversation piece, etc. They are hot on a hot day, which is most of the summer. I made covers for the inside that attach with Velcro. And outside covers as well. It is OK with the covers on, but they are on most of the time, except a few trips in the spring and fall. The rubbers on mine are old and dry, and I have to caulk them often to plug the leaks. Replacing the rubbers is on my list. It will be expensive: dozens of feet of rubber, and a big job. I would not get a bus with them again.

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« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2009, 07:31:42 AM »

I definitely thought about that aspect of it, and did ask the owner if it had covers that slid in place, which she confirmed was the case.  This is one of the many reasons I would not even consider buying the unit if I can't inspect it in person. 

How many windows does your unit have?  Is it the same setup as the Astral?  i.e. original factory windows?  Thx for the tip, Christy
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« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2009, 08:52:50 AM »

Christy, run from a Beaver Prevost conversion they had no idea what they were doing I had a 85 model.and Marathon had to try and do the repairs and there were many. 
You Prevost guys don't get mad it wasn't the bus

 


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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2009, 09:00:18 AM »

Hmmmm, THAT doesn't sound good! Angry

I had another busnut say that he just LOVED his, ha ha.

Can you fill me in on the types of problems you had?  Thanks so much for your time!  Christy
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2009, 09:09:54 AM »

Looks to me like it might be just another, earlier version of this:

http://store.sundancesolar.com/glsunovwobes.html?productid=glsunovwobes&channelid=FROOG


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Christy YMMV, but if it were me, I'd ask how much they were paying ME to take it off their hands!

But on the other hand some of us really encourage you & Larry to buy it! (we haven't had many of your stories, for good laughs lately! Grin)

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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2009, 09:43:11 AM »

Christy, mine was wiring Beaver only converted 6 the rest were done by Royale a division of Monaco they had their share of problems also buy what you like but there is a reason the 2 Co's are no longer around.
As far as I know 4 of the Beavers had fires mine included.


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« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2009, 09:50:13 AM »

Now that is what I call a FLAW.  It will catch FIRE.  Crimeny, Gov!

Good luck Kristy,

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« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2009, 11:49:44 AM »

Hahahah, yeah, I always did tell people that Dallas made Denace the Menace look like an angel Cheesy!

This one only has a few of the roof windows left, and they have covers that slide over them, so although I am deeply aware of the drawbacks the magnified heat can bring, I also am the "outdoorsey" type who hates dark living spaces.  

As for travels, well, if you think I'm ABOUT to invite those gremlins of yours back, you've got another thought coming!!! Cheesy

Seriously, it's not that we don't have a nice conversion already, in fact, we've replaced the couch, dinette chairs,  and the front seats recently which gave it a whole new look up front to match the tile work and such we'd already done.  TempBus has turned into quite a beauty, but she will retain her name.  I need a little more closet and bathroom space and we'd like to move up about 20 yrs or so in age, so she is not our final destination, although we've spent a bundle prettying her up for our current ride.

I'm at the point where I'm ready to start on the ceiling on Bigbus, and then it'll be on to framing and trimwork, with all the time and expense those components will require.  Larry moved it into the back yard next to my workshop doors just a week or two ago, it seems that pretty much all of my minor surgeries and recoveries are pretty much over,  and as soon as Christmas is over, serious work will commence.  We are pretty much at a point from which any movement forward will truly be a point of no return, so if he's thinking about buying a factory conversion, it's likely going to be now or never.  

This is the first factory job in our price range that actually appeals to my tastes, which is why I'm am doing the research and learning as much as possible.  I'm not particularly thrilled with the idea of exhausting our savings that I've hoarded, especially at this point in our economy, and have warned him that this could delay his retirement by a few years, but on the other hand, he makes some pretty valid points and as indicated, I'm keeping an open mind.  Christy Hicks
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« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2009, 11:53:28 AM »

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I did find tons of links showing that they did have a recall on the wiring, that the wire was not secured properly and rubbed up against something and could cause a fire.  I could not find out how many coaches actually had this happen and if the fires were all in the same location or not.  Do you have any more information on that part of the unit.  Also, yours was a 1985 model?  What year did it burn? Do you know where the fire started. . . I'm assuming it was the coach wiring and not the chassis wiring?  Any info. . . .  .
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« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2009, 12:11:39 PM »

Christy,

I know nothing about the kind of glass roof on that Prevost. It may be well done and leak proof. You'll have to look at it.

Maybe it has a good system of shades to keep cool.

Mine were done by MCI in the '60s when Brewsters got those buses from Greyhound, so the tourists could see the mountains around Banff. They are curved and are on the corner of the roof, above the regular windows. The original converter retained all of them to preserve the original look of the coach, which is good. They are all covered up from inside were the kitchen and bathroom are. Those ones are painted white on the outside. The ones we still use are in the bedroom and two on each side at the front. With the covers off in cool weather, the view to the sides and above is outstanding. When you stand in the bus, you can see out, but people outside can only see our heads, with the curtains drawn over the main windows. If we were full timing, we would need more cupboard space, but it is OK for what we use the bus for.

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« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2009, 12:28:07 PM »

That is kind of a nice feature, that you can keep the blinds closed for privacy and yet have light coming in, even moonlight, if you choose. . . I'm thinking . . . it's the end of a day spent rummaging through the Canton Flea market, . . .  we're wore completely out . . .we're lying there, stretched out on the couch, with my honey's head resting on my lap as we watch some late night movie. . . I'm relaxing, looking up at the stars. . . . talk about an extra level of enjoyment!  hahahaha. . . can you see it?Huh Smiley  the flames flicker a  bit, a wisp of smoke curls up from the small flame at the end of the. . . what. . .hey wait a minute. . . I didn't mention candles. . . what the?Huh?   Crap, LARRY, GET UP QUICK, GRAB THE CAT. . .WE'RE ON FIRE!!!! Shocked  Christy
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« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2009, 04:26:49 PM »

Last time I was at an RB auction they had 4 Prevosts and one was an Astral. They were 1988, 89 buses and the Astral had less than half the miles of the others. As luck would have it, it was pouring rain that day and many of the roof glass seals were leaking on the Astral. It had an 8V71 and a 5spd and sold for $5500 CDN.
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Am I understanding you correctly that Beaver only converted six buses?  Hmmm, someone else had indicated that there were at least 34 done by them. . . I wonder if I'm understanding everyone correctly.  Can you confirm that Cliff?  Christy
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Beaver only converted 6

Am I understanding you correctly that Beaver only converted six buses?  Hmmm, someone else had indicated that there were at least 34 done by them. . . I wonder if I'm understanding everyone correctly.  Can you confirm that Cliff?  Christy

What he's saying Christy is that Beaver only did 6 of them and had the other 26 subbed-out! Grin
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FWIW maybe the one your looking at was built on a Tues, Weds, Thurs. ! Grin
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