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Old 06-11-2015, 09:00 AM   #11
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I think most the used buses sold locally in CO are crazy over priced. I browsed by a 90's RE that was $8000!

As for as the insurance I'm with progressive commercial and it's about $60/mo. Gmac will supposedly insure it AFTER the conversion has been "professionally" completed.

If you plan on titling your bus as an RV then you will need to get it weighed on a certified scale (Sante fe sand and gravel), an e test (be sure to call and make sure they do heavy duty), and a pic of the inside and outside, and your insurance. To be honest though I don't know what diff it makes to title as an RV or leave it as a bus, if anyone could chime in that'd be appreciated.
The "overpriced" part is relative...
An "underpriced" eastern bus was never intended to cross the GREAT Rockies.
I'd rather buy the right bus and not kill a cheaper, lesser bus.

On another note- this is very likely what it looks like under that "converted" bus' interior panels-


Beginning of the rust-oration-
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:04 AM   #12
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Here is my trip down Monteagle, Tn in the 92 Senator. It did ok but this is "only" a 6% grade for about 5 miles. I had to stop at the top before this video and let it cool down from the 5 mile climb up.
You couldn't pay me to drive this across or even into the Rockies.

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An "underpriced" eastern bus was never intended to cross the GREAT Rockies.
That's why you head south and go around them
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:10 AM   #14
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Thanks for the input. We are aware of the possible faults. Plan to negotiate a better price and time is not on our side. BTW there are highways through the mountains in several places and buses drive them every day, school, charter or otherwise.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:15 AM   #15
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Thanks for the input. We are aware of the possible faults. Plan to negotiate a better price and time is not on our side. BTW there are highways through the mountains in several places and buses drive them every day, school, charter or otherwise.
Well at least you were warned.
and again- those buses in CO ALL have auxillary braking systems and much less rust. Take care and best of luck to yall.
Looking forward to entertaining offers on this one I'm building! Should be worth an easy 20 grand!

Here are some more reasonably priced listings if anyones interested-https://for-sale.yakaz.com/converted-school-bus
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:39 AM   #16
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Well at least you were warned.
and again- those buses in CO ALL have auxillary braking systems and much less rust. Take care and best of luck to yall.
Looking forward to entertaining offers on this one I'm building! Should be worth an easy 20 grand!

Here are some more reasonably priced listings if anyones interested-https://for-sale.yakaz.com/converted-school-bus
I'm confused. Are you trying to be rude? I asked questions about Colorado taxes, and such and your posts only seem like you are trying to cause anxiety. Where was this handy list of buses for sale when I posted asking for help finding them?

I've been researching and looking for months and so far, with ALL of the factors in play, it's a better choice for us. It may be over priced in your mind but to us the price is negotiable, is closer to us and relatively easy to get to. The mechanical checks out almost perfectly, which is MUCH better than some I've already encountered.

The first one on you listed, doesn't have a bathroom if I remember my notes correctly, and the listing is expired. Second one, no bathroom. Third one, deleted by author. The fourth would need extensive work.

I can understand if your trying to help but a little more polish on the delivery would have been better and my day wouldn't have started out so rough.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:45 AM   #17
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I done it a bunch of times in Colorado. The e test is going to be between 75 and 100. You will also need a vin verification if it has an out of state title. If it is not yet titled as a motorhome, you will need to make sure it meets the criteria for qualifing as a motorhome ( bed, sink, etc) then sign an statement of fact on it and possibly have it inspected, to makae sure it really isnt a school bus anymore. My average yearly registration is about 180 on an old bus. Insurance through gmac. Good luck with your bus! Come visit me at my bus yard!
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if you can pick which county you register it in.....neither... get outside of the front range counties and emissions..... that's only required in 7 counties in Colorado.

heed the warnings on jake brakes, retarders or what have you. i have driven my bluebird up and down i-70 and it is scarier than anything i have ever done.

the at454 transmission that is so common on these buses does not lock up like a normal transmission. you freewheel down the mountain and its a white knuckle death ride the first time you try it.

the stress put on the transmission while coming down the mountain make all kinds of noises you never want to hear, the first time i did it, i thought i'd be buying a new tranny.

getting up the hill is painfully slow, coming down the hill is wildly out of control. neither is fun.

my bus plates run ~$150/ year
my liability ins ~$40/ year

i just put a comprehensive policy on the bus and thats about $1200/ year
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:53 PM   #19
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I'm confused. Are you trying to be rude? I asked questions about Colorado taxes, and such and your posts only seem like you are trying to cause anxiety. Where was this handy list of buses for sale when I posted asking for help finding them?

I've been researching and looking for months and so far, with ALL of the factors in play, it's a better choice for us. It may be over priced in your mind but to us the price is negotiable, is closer to us and relatively easy to get to. The mechanical checks out almost perfectly, which is MUCH better than some I've already encountered.

The first one on you listed, doesn't have a bathroom if I remember my notes correctly, and the listing is expired. Second one, no bathroom. Third one, deleted by author. The fourth would need extensive work.

I can understand if your trying to help but a little more polish on the delivery would have been better and my day wouldn't have started out so rough.
Hey I'm trying to talk to you about reality if you think that's rude then I make no apology. I made no effort to be rude, nor will I. The "handy list" was like the first google result of "bus conversions for sale". Does talking about the realities of owning a bus and driving in the western mountains really cause anxiety? We talk about stuff like this a lot on this site. Did you not catch the part about me driving the exact same model bus? How is sharing my experiences so rude and axiety-causing? Grow some thicker skin, this is the internet. I was genuinely trying to offer help.
I'll leave you to your thread...
Was just trying to give you OPINION since I have the SAME EXACT bus and have seen its innards. If merely discussing bus realities makes your morning start so rough, maybe you should reconsider owning one... Thats when the REAL "fun" begins... It gets very REAL very quickly. Especially in the mountains. Ask me how I know, or don't care... No worries. Have a nice bus life whatever you pay your dollars for. I know Colorado certainly is a beautiful state.
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:24 PM   #20
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Okay. Thank you for your input EasrCoastCD. We have considered the points you speak of and have accepted the risks. Sometimes you have to jump in knowing and hope for the best. We are completely transforming our lives and the bus is a key element. A suggestion from me would be to analyze how you present the information. Communicating via the Internet removes context and choice of words directly impacts how information is perceived. Your experience is valuable, but if you turn people off with presentation, it will never be heard.
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