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Old 01-15-2015, 11:34 PM   #11
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Watch GovDeals and Public Surplus for buses. Is Maryland too far for you?
I've seen some pretty decent buses in Jersey too.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:40 AM   #12
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Keep looking.....a better one will pop somewhere soon enough.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:53 AM   #13
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There are a lot of buses for sale around the country with a lot less rust for the same $$$.

With a family as large as yours you want to be looking for a 14 or 15 row bus.

Seriously consider traveling to find "your" bus. Good luck and happy trails to you!
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Old 01-16-2015, 04:08 AM   #14
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Too much rust. Anything that has rust stains streaming from seams is going to be full deskin to take care of. Since school busses are "cheap and common" I'd bet that one's gonna get recycled for the engine and transmission.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:18 AM   #15
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That rusty underside will make your life hell too.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:22 AM   #16
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I like the look of that bus also... I think $4000 is a bit high, but I'm "insanely cheap"
I agree with you there. Unless you are paying $400 i would leave it.
My bus has rust, not nearly that much and it is a PAIN. Every time you want to remove a screw or bolt get out the grinder.....
The bigger problem is that you will probably have a hard time passing the road worthy inspection. That is the worst part.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:48 AM   #17
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I agree with you there. Unless you are paying $400 i would leave it.
My bus has rust, not nearly that much and it is a PAIN. Every time you want to remove a screw or bolt get out the grinder.....
The bigger problem is that you will probably have a hard time passing the road worthy inspection. That is the worst part.
Well.. add a zero to the $ and then some... I think the gig is up and I'm back on the hunt.

Ya'll are awesome and very welcoming to a Newbie like me who has not looked enough to know where expectations should be. I have a much better understanding now and will trade a few grand for a more pleasant conversion .

Through this thread a got a bunch of good leads of where to look... gonna head to Maine this weekend then maybe down to Maryland as suggested to find a rig fit for conversion. If anyone knows of a specific ~40footer with a high roof, larger engine (might tow) and underbody compartments. let me know kybclark (at) gmail.com. Total budget is <$18k for conversion... trying to figure out how much is right to spend on the bones.

Thanks again! -Kyle
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:08 PM   #18
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Hate to throw this in the mix....but did you see this?
http://burlington.craigslist.org/rvs/4815339050.html
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:01 PM   #19
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Don't forget to contact the area school districts to find out when/where they dispose of retired units. And on any purchase...if you can get your hands on the maintenance log (usually easy thru school districts), you are WAY ahead of the game. Best of luck on the hunt.
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:16 PM   #20
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Maintenance records are starting to be few and far between.

Part of the problem is most of the districts have gone paperless and don't want to go to the time and expense it would take to print it all out.

But the bigger part of the problem is they don't want any comebacks. Too many school districts have sold buses as is only to be hung on their maintenance records and having to pay for repairs their records said they had done but were either not done or done incorrectly.

So if you can get the records, good for you.

If you can't, oh well.
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