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Old 09-14-2016, 08:19 AM   #11
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I love the old S-1800 look! 86 Blue-birrd is what i rode to school on in my senior year of high school... that bus was new.. I even got to drive it once... (yeah ive been a bus geek for a long time)...

alot of times you are bidding eithert directly or indirectly against bus dealers..

directly - they buy and mark them upo and re-sell

indirectly - many people use dealer prices as a reference point so they will bid busses up to within 1000 or so of what a dealer might charge thinking they are still getting a deal

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Old 09-14-2016, 01:47 PM   #12
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Depends on what you are planning to do with the rig. I personally would LOVE a 30' flat nose front engine bus to start with. RV (And in turn Skoolie) Length makes a LOT of difference in your ability to actually stay at certain camp grounds. Most of the older ones won't handle larger rigs...
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:10 PM   #13
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From my experience with my 30 foot flat nose and my best friends 40 foot dog nose I can say it depends and tell you the challenges I face.

On mine we wanted an RV and less of a tiny home so 30ft was great as it is easier to store, park, drive, and camp with. Being a flat nose we had 2 extra wheel wells to deal with. The hard part is the shower. Realistically you will have a couch area, kitchen area, and queen bed... that leaves little room for a shower and bathroom. At least thats been our challenge.

My best friend has a 40ft with a dog nose and has much more freedom for his build due to the wheel wells only being in the back. His goal is much more of a tiny home setup and actually bought 2 busses.

Basically 30ft is great for an RV and guest house but anything more and I would go longer. Flat nose have more challenges due to the wheel well addition. We still managed to work around the wheel wells and have what we wanted and kept an open feel.. it's just challenging.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:27 PM   #14
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I have a 30' flat nose and like the size very much. its perfect for 2 people or less.

you'd need a 40' bus to fit additional bunks.

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Old 09-15-2016, 03:46 PM   #15
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Well the one I settled on is a 38ft dog nose. I wanted a DT466 and this one was church owned and painted grey. So, it will save me time and money not being Yellow. It is older, but I like that as the 466 is not electronic and it is simple. It also doesn't have split rims, normal newer style rims an good tires. I will post pictures when I get it home. I hope on Saturday.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:58 PM   #16
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I have a 30' flat nose and like the size very much. its perfect for 2 people or less.

you'd need a 40' bus to fit additional bunks.

my 2 cents
I'm looking for a 30' flat nose right now.
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:01 PM   #17
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Well I am bringing home my 1985 International S1800 38Ft 65 passenger bus right now(stopped to shop, no driving right now)
Very excited, I will post pictures when it's home.
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