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Old 07-07-2015, 08:25 AM   #11
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You can get a honda or yamaha generator that will run much quieter than your bus engine idling,
using the bus as a home office still leaves a lot of questions unanswered but for a short bus if you want to have air conditioning it will need to have a generator or be plugged into the grid,
If you just want to run some lights and fans and keep a computer and printer running you can get away with solar.
all the items listed above will need probably about 500 watts of solar panels, about 500 amp hours worth of batteries, will probably cost at least $1500 installed if you do it all yourself. This is a very rough estimate.
Of course you would want to get a list of the electric devices you want to use, estimate the hours per day they would be in use to then find out how much solar power and battery power you will need, this should be done before you make any purchases.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:29 AM   #12
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Thank you for your response. That's very helpful info. And buying the used mini school bus or shuttle is best to check auctions, right ?
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:48 AM   #13
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imho the best way is to get one directly from a school district or govt agency auction so you can ask the mechanic if it runs ok or at least if you can take a look at the last years maintenance records, even better if you can view it before you bid on it so you can start it up yourself,
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Sounds good -will do. Mechanics are on the site of the auctions?
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:58 AM   #15
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the auctions I am aware of are all online auctions, others may have better knowledge of this,
if say a school district has an auction it is likely the bus will be parked in the districts maintenance parking lot with the other buses, if you can you should go to the buses location a week or two before the auction ends to view it and ask your questions,
the day of the auction is probably too late to get any info.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:04 AM   #16
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Thx but online auctions like eBay you'd be buying something sight unseen right & at times likely to see something you like but bidding rises to expensive.
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Don't just look at Fleabay. Publicsurplus.com and govdeals.com are usually better choices than Ebay; Craigslist may get you a decent privately owned unit, but can be a big a crapshoot as ebay.

Sometimes the bus companies themselves will have their buses up for sale, although avoid First Student, since they run theirs until they start dropping pieces on the highway.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:18 AM   #18
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The buses on Ebay and Craigslist are almost always privately owned buses that haven't had nearly as good of maintenance as the ones still at schools.
And the prices are much higher.
I got a running bus for 2100 that got me 800 miles home. That in itself is a friggin bargain. The same bus neglected and left in a field for ten years would be on CL or Ebay for at least three or four grand.
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Lol. Will look at both webs. Good.
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I got a running bus for 2100 that got me 800 miles home. That in itself is a friggin bargain. The same bus neglected and left in a field for ten years would be on CL or Ebay for at least three or four grand.
Sometimes, though you do get lucky CB. I got my bus on Fleabay from a NL-based bus company that drove it down from Newfoundland to Maine, and from Maine the last 511 miles to South Jersey without a hiccup for 2.5k.

But the two auction sites I linked to are going to be your best options for decent, running buses, short or shuttle. I was looking at one FE transit in upstate NY that was garage sheltered on govdeals, but I wanted an RE and hadn't seen any, other than scrap grade Thomases in VA and Florida
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