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Old 11-15-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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i agree with smitty make sure you can register the bus-i had a hell of a time with mine i had a 12 year old transfer paper reggyed to the previous owner from the person i bought the bus for im not saying how i resolved this problem but neverless its an issue welcome to the madness!
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:22 PM   #2
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You say the door does not work right. Is it air operated? If so, open the little "cupboard" above the door and look for a knob that regulates the air flow. A small adjustment there can do wonders.

Power steering -- maybe all it needs is fluid? But find out what fluid it is supposed to have.

If this bus is truly registered as an RV in California, then it has a passenger car license plate, so it is unlikely that any patrolman would have a problem with its status.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:52 AM   #3
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I Found a bus at a suitable enough price. It is a 1986 bluebird with some conversion work already started on it ... Anyways, it's a 1986 BlueBird with a Detroit Diesel rebuilt engine that sat for a while, air brakes, auto trans, it looks like there is minimal rust underneath (couldn't see it too well). ...
If it has air brakes, it may also have an air suspension (air bags). If you let those sit too long they can rot, so check those out. If they are there and they did rot, they may pop on the way home, in which case you'd have a sudden drop of air pressure. If this happens, you can pull the bus over and detach the leveling mechanism in the back (between the two bags), this will cut any air loss in the back and you should still be able to get the bus home, albeit bumpy.

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Old 12-06-2008, 01:49 AM   #4
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OUCH!!!!
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:23 AM   #5
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HOW LONG WAS IT IN INPOUND AND WHAT WAS THE DAY RATES.

WHAT THE SO CALLED COPS JUST GO AND LOOK FOR SUFF TO SCREW WITH SKOOLIES.

WHY SELL YOU ALREADY HAVE ALL STUFF WORKED OUT.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BUILD THE SKOOLIE AND YOU ALREADY HAVE THE GENI.
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:59 AM   #6
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what a shitty way to buy a bus you got scammed by the storage dude and he should be hung for that one and the price fraud seen this crap lots of time id go to him and tell him i want 1000 back or give him the stain-the problem lies with the seller there liens and titles are very important and the seller dude has to be up front with it all he should reimburse you for your trouble,if he is a fair business man wow!
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:07 PM   #7
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Hi James.

Please do not take offense, but you have had a... valuable learning experience. Reading it, I seriously thought it might be a fictional humor story. Again, PLEASE do not take offense -- I'm laughing WITH you, not at you. Because... laughing is the only proper thing to do now. We're all human, and few of us are experienced in the used-vehicle-trade. It was "your turn in the barrel". Now you put it behind you -- and next time you buy a vehicle, you'll know to check all these things. (To summarize, always compare the VIN on the vehicle, and the license plate; with both those numbers on every document, at each stage of the operation.)

James, your total outlay is not a bad price for the bus you now finally own. It's a full 40-footer, which is a rare and precious commodity -- most are one or two seat-rows shorter. It is painted -- a huge amount of work saved. It's a snazzy-looking model with the dual headlights. (It could be the top-of-the-line All American instead of the usual TC2000.) If the generator works OK, that could be worth quite a bit -- perhaps not for resale, but for you when you start camping in your bus. It's already registered as an RV -- another hurdle behind you. Once you get over the frustration, you are actually doing quite well!

(And don't worry about why the Park Ranger sounded the alarm. The sticker on the plate was expired, right? Well, then he SHOULD run a check. He actually did you a favor, or the mix-up might have been perpetuated and exploded in your lap later. All is well now.)

Be sure to file for that refund you have coming from the DMV. And perhaps, as Timbuk suggests, perhaps you can get even more money back. Be calm and polite and explain the facts and the legalities. Then get started working on that very nice bus that you... bought for a reason, didn't you?

I'd be interested in hearing what engine model that DD is. And also the generator, in case I can tell you something about it.

Bonus item: Whose license plates were on it, and how did they get there????? I'm guessing the school district mixed them up in 1986.
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:32 PM   #8
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By the way, you mentioned mismatched rear tires. But some different tire sizes are compatible with eachother. And unless you cram the bus full of high school senior football players, the rear tires are quite lightly loaded. Give us the numbers and some descriptions and we'll try to figure out what you really have.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:10 PM   #9
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I thought I had a tough "getting the bus registered in my name" story but you beat me out dude. I agree with Mr. Naess, you have a good bus now. Hang in there you are to the fun and creative part now. Best of luck.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:48 PM   #10
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Wow, did you ever get the muddy end of the stick! To me, it sounds like you need to get a cheaper place to store your bus while you work on it. Does your school have any place maybe? Sure would be a waste of what looks to be a pretty nice conversion to dump it. I bet that if you decide to sell it, you'll probably get what you put into it so far... The "Fates" seem to be conspiring against you though... Wish you the best of luck whichever route you choose...
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