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Old 03-12-2015, 12:20 AM   #1
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Wanderous

Hey all,

Been lurking on other threads, just starting to annoy people with random opinions. My wife and I finally figured out a name for our conversion - Wanderous - so I figured it was time to start our thread!

Lots of plans: we're 2 adults and 3 kids always, total of 5 occasionally (former marriage) so it's a full house. We plan to full-time but only with the 3. Road-schooling and all that. My wife has always been nomadic, and I guess I am a little, too, and we can't wait to get going.

Given our needs we're starting to look for "big" options: 40-footers or as near as we can get. It's a toss-up at this point between a FE or RE Blue Bird or Thomas - I guess we'll take the best option we can find. We'd really like to buy in the next 3-4 months. We're trying to be very realistic about our plan, and actually not trying to get going until next year. I hope to buy before summer and then use the warm weather for roof-raising, then do the interior over the winter.

Wish us luck!
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:49 AM   #2
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Good luck and welcome!
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:54 AM   #3
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I can't remember if I've asked you, but where are you located?
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:57 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Madness! --- In addition to length...keep your eye out for a unit with extra interior height or consider a roof raise (not really as complicated as it sounds). With a traveling family, you'll need all the space you can pull together. Best of luck with the hunt and the build.
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:08 PM   #5
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We're going to raise the heck out of the thing - seriously, right up to 12'6" or a few inches more. I totally agree about the need for interior space. We're also planning a slide-out room.

Seems like SO many 30-37' buses. SO few 40' buses. Am I mad thinking we'll actually find one?
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:23 PM   #6
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Tons of 40-footers here in the Houston area. Both at dealers and through school districts. In fact, it's hard to find anything smaller in these parts.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:37 PM   #7
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Glad to see you started a thread.

Looking forward to the build.

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Old 03-12-2015, 10:38 PM   #8
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Tons of 40-footers here in the Houston area. Both at dealers and through school districts. In fact, it's hard to find anything smaller in these parts.
Got any sites I can poke through? I've been through municibid, publicsurplus, govdeals, craigslist, ebay, etc. There are plenty of bus companies with them but First Student just quoted me like $20k for a couple of their older ones. Crazy talk.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:06 AM   #9
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Here's one. I bought a 40' BB from him nearly 20 years ago. His inventory is much, much bigger than what is online and he handles a lot of Birds.

http://www.7kbussales.com/

And someone on the forum is in one of the school district bus systems here as well. Maybe they will jump in with some current info.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:57 AM   #10
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Might also check this one from the new member forum by Cowlitz. 1990 International BB 1HVBB27N1LH288586 - TheBusDealer.com - Auburn, Washington 98001 One thing to remember is sometimes the mileage indicated on the vehicle is not an indication of mechanical health. The true wear indicator is the hours on the clock. My bus has 320,000 miles on the
odometer but only 9,000 hours on the engine and transmission. I have seen school
buses with 140,000 miles but 14,000 hours on the motor mostly from being used
in town with lots of stops and hours of idling. Just a suggestion.
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