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Old 03-02-2018, 04:49 PM   #1
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New Skoolie Season

Must be new skoolie season, 'cause I just won one at auction too. Er, well won two by mistake, HAHA. Auction newbie move. I've been gleaning all I could from you guys for the past few months. Fell for the Vista bus style that Brokedown started with.
I bid on one in the Mesa, AZ auction yesterday and in a confused state somehow entered a bid on a second one! Public Surplus wouldn't connect me with the runner up to offer it to them. Well, apparently I can let it default and lose a $50 deposit.
So now I've got a 1998 International 3800 Thomas Vista. 206k miles, Good brakes and tires, 2011 Allyson 543 (hey, at least its newer). Looking into getting it home to Idaho now. And looking forward to converting it!

https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/do...docid=25930155

Thinking I should have a mechanic give it a look over before setting out. Any recommendations? I'm going to try to get the service records before heading down to see what is up to date.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:05 PM   #2
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That's a fine looking acquisition there. I also particularly like that model but never see them around here.

Congrats.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:32 PM   #3
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Thanks, I also really like the flat noses like yours Robin, but then I saw Brokedown's and the size works well for me. My wife thinks the size is a little less intimidating too.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:41 PM   #4
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Yeah but, people get out of the way better if you're intimidating.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:44 PM   #5
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Haha, too true. When I test drove the first bus I looked at, people were pulling over for me. Wish I could keep it yellow!
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:58 PM   #6
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I painted my bus and drove to town in the same normal traffic, but drivers weren't polite anymore. Noticeable difference.
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Old 03-02-2018, 09:18 PM   #7
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Robin I think you should paint a wicked Grim Reaper on the side and rule the road.
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I was thinking a locomotive train horn to make my presence known. My whole design premise has been to be very unremarkable. My deal is to park this big pig out in the woods and not be noticed, in theory.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:38 PM   #9
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Anyone know if on a public surplus auction, I would only loose my deposit for not paying for "my" second bus? That's what Mr. Busbarn told me.
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Anyone know if on a public surplus auction, I would only loose my deposit for not paying for "my" second bus? That's what Mr. Busbarn told me.
They will lock your account and prevent you from future bidding.

This might not be a problem for you, but if you open a second account in, say, your wife's name, then she will have to be present at any future pick-ups.
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