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Old 05-23-2016, 10:46 PM   #51
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Great point cadillackid. If you know your limitations or want a more turnkey solution then don't expect it to also come with a rock bottom price tag.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:01 PM   #52
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the other thinbg to think about is dont pay for features you'll never use... dont worry about the engine / transmission much if your desire is to tiny-home in the bus, parked on trhe same property most of the time and moved rarely.. whether it has a 8.3 or 5.9 doesnt matter much if you only plasn to drive it a few miles each year..

Dont pay extra for air-conditioning unless you are planning to use your bus like a bus and have the engine running most of the time its occupied.. dealers and individuals will ratchet up the price for A/C's busses.. and chances are in your conversion, the engine driven A/C will get removed.. (you Can carefully remove and engine driven system and sell it as a complete kit if you do happen to get a bus that has one..

Air ride is a great feature if you will spend a lot of time driving your bus.. but it doesnt do anything for you if you are parked at a campground 6 months of the year and the air tanks are flat..


think of your main purpioses for the bus and whether you think those purposes will change in the future for this bus.. and then buy accordingly.. putting importasnce on the features you will get the most use out of ..

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Old 05-23-2016, 11:30 PM   #53
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Hey jake blue, Whitestown is where I bought my bus. Tom Buhle. They were very helpful.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:40 PM   #54
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Yup, I'm dealing with Tom right now on my bus. I told him what I was looking for and he knew about a month in advance he'd have one coming in. I took a look at it a few weeks ago and I'll test drive it next week and assuming no major shortcomings take it home to begin my adventure!
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:49 PM   #55
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Whoa! Show me the Hobbs meter on that RE3000 and if it's decent I'll go get it!! That's a clean bus. No rust. Too bad it's too old to put on a route...

Hey, it looks like they have 3 for sale. And one shows the hobbs meter. 12070 hours. Ouch. That's a lot of hours.

The only RE3000 I've seen with a DT530 was one in Cleveland Ohio. It had been posted on Craigslist by a private school for $1000. Yes, $1000. 99k miles and only about 3500 (I think) hours on the meter. The guy that bought it put it on eBay and I was the losing bid at $5000.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:54 PM   #56
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Yeah, he was very helpful with me. Between the time we negotiated on the bus and actually picking it up the turbo went out on it. They replaced it and knocked $1000 off the bus.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:44 AM   #57
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Might one inquire as to your list of criteria?
You absolutely might! It's a nasty list...so far I have found many that come one or two things away from perfection.

Price range is currently sitting at $4k but that continues to go up the longer it takes to find our bus.

Deal breakers:

Air ride is a must, well be driving a lot!

Good tires, I don't want to have to replace them for a while!

At least 30' of interior space. As long as possible, 4 kids total and need the space. So 12+ rows and that's the bare min. I would like 14 or so.

Strong enough engine and transmission to tow a CRV/minivan.
So something like the DT466/530 or the Cummins 8.3 with the MT643 or MD3060 is what I've been told was good and from everything I've read here and elsewhere I tend to agree. Plus if we went with the Cummins, I know Cummins specific mechanics in Texas so I feel confident we would have a reliable mechanic centrally located if need be.

Rear engine as well.

Need it to be as tall as possible but 6'3 is the shortest we will go.

Ac would be nice but not necessary.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:53 AM   #58
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for me it was perfect.. all the work I dont have the skills or tools to was done for me..

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That's kind of how I see it. I will keep my eyes on their page for good deals but there are a few of their extra services in interested in as well including delivery!
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:54 AM   #59
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remember A/C already installed is most likely going to be an engine driven system that wont operate when the bus is parked and the engine off.. just something to think about as far as A/C...

if you are going to park overnight in it you'll likely want to install a generator and some electric A/C units.

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:08 AM   #60
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remember A/C already installed is most likely going to be an engine driven system that wont operate when the bus is parked and the engine off.. just something to think about as far as A/C...

if you are going to park overnight in it you'll likely want to install a generator and some electric A/C units.

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AC would be nice when driving and we plan to do a lot of that during the warm months when are kids are out of school. It will be parked through the winter and when our full time kids are finally in school well be parked the whole school year except on breaks when we'll take it on a shorter trip. Its definitely not a necessity but would be nice to have in the summer.
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