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Old 12-20-2014, 04:54 AM   #51
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This thread makes me wonder if buying clean used buses at auction may be a lucrative business.
I'm semi-unemployed. Would buses be worth more to the average buyer if they were washed and had the seats pulled out?
Would it be viable to buy buses and sell them already stripped? I actually like tearing into old buses and going to pick them up from the auction is sort of a fun road trip. Plus I live in Florida and folks really like our buses, even though many of our schools are among the most under-funded in the nation.
Maybe I can fund my bus build by reselling auction buses?
The current economic state has made a lot of people start questioning their concrete and stickframe lifestyles. The tiny house movement is exploding. I'm considering starting a "tiny house co-op" when I get some land. I'd stockpile materials (which I'd mostly get from recycled sources), provide workspace, tools and skilled labor, and always have a handful of projects (at varying levels of completion) on hand for sale. Those who couldn't afford their own tiny house just yet could come work on others' projects until they'd built up enough "credits" to get into something of their own. And those who could afford to just plop down the cash would be able to get their project built to suit their needs, or pick from something already done. Finished projects for sale could serve as temporary housing for workers as well. The idea is still in its infancy, but I think it has great potential and would genuinely help a lot of people. In fact, if I go this route, I've already had someone place an order for one and thats just from telling a handful of people about my idea.

So yes, I think your idea definitely has merit, though I'd focus on one bus at a time until you get established. You could do things like installing holding tanks, general maintenance, insulation and flooring to add value to prospective converters.
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Old 12-20-2014, 07:48 AM   #52
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The current economic state has made a lot of people start questioning their concrete and stickframe lifestyles. The tiny house movement is exploding. I'm considering starting a "tiny house co-op" when I get some land. I'd stockpile materials (which I'd mostly get from recycled sources), provide workspace, tools and skilled labor, and always have a handful of projects (at varying levels of completion) on hand for sale. Those who couldn't afford their own tiny house just yet could come work on others' projects until they'd built up enough "credits" to get into something of their own. And those who could afford to just plop down the cash would be able to get their project built to suit their needs, or pick from something already done. Finished projects for sale could serve as temporary housing for workers as well. The idea is still in its infancy, but I think it has great potential and would genuinely help a lot of people. In fact, if I go this route, I've already had someone place an order for one and thats just from telling a handful of people about my idea.

So yes, I think your idea definitely has merit, though I'd focus on one bus at a time until you get established. You could do things like installing holding tanks, general maintenance, insulation and flooring to add value to prospective converters.
pretty much what I'm doin.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:48 PM   #53
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I may have found my bus. Just got the spec sheet on the International. Turns out it's a 2001 with the DT530 (275hp/800lb*ft model), 3060 close ratio transmission (would prefer a straight 3060, or 3060R but I'll get over that), 410 gear ratio, tilt/telescope steering wheel, air ride seat, rear air ride suspension, 105 gallon tank, 78" headroom, 84 passenger, cruise control, 114" pass through luggage, 90k and 84k btu heaters.

10,700 hrs and 192k miles. A bit more hours than I'd like, but I'll deal with that. Looks like the biggest drawback is that the Internationals are ugly as sin. Now that's a first world problem if I've ever heard one.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:25 PM   #54
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What a bus! I'm officially jealous!
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:29 PM   #55
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I don't want to count my eggs before they've hatched as I haven't put any money down on this bus yet but I think we have a winner. Now begins the arduous task of coming up with a name.
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I never gave mine a name yet.
I'd rather spend some time with it before I go assigning gender!
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:10 AM   #57
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Looks like the biggest drawback is that the Internationals are ugly as sin.
Oh, I don't think so. We have a mix of just about every kind of bus in our district and side by side the IH RE300 looks better than the Thomas RE or a BB RE. It's a more solid kind of look.

Hope the deal comes through for you! Yes the hours are tall but there's probably a lot of life left in it. Nice gear ratio on the rear.
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EastCoastCB...curious...where in Maryland?
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EastCoastCB...curious...where in Maryland?
Are you asking about the bus I saw go for 1800 at auction? I can't remember what city or county it was, but I know Montgomery has a lot of RE Thomas buses.
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here is a Maryland bus at auction.
http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa...67&acctid=2489
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