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Old 03-13-2018, 11:38 AM   #11
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Location: Frisco, Texas
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Year: 1998
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: Dt466e
Rated Cap: 71
gotcha. packages always help, and the pricing does vary. We have lakes nearby, and a good chunk of money around this area as well, so people will pay more. One of the U-Hauls i checked even had a waiting list for uncovered spots, but at 139 I wasn't interested.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:50 AM   #12
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Location: Elizabeth WV
Posts: 74
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: 466
$2800 for bus and It's sitting in my driveway, one good thing about living in the middle of no where...
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:49 PM   #13
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Location: Brevard County, FL
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Year: 1990
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: Ford
Engine: 6.6 New Holland Diesel
Rated Cap: 60 kids, 10 window
$1850 with auctioneer fee, sits on the side of my house.

Have about $8,000 into it at this point. A/C, composting toilet, tanks, etc. Will probably be another 4-6k on top of that. With two little ones, a full time job, and plans to be finished by end of June, sometimes I have to buy things new for the sake of time.

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Old 03-14-2018, 01:00 PM   #14
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Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 155
Year: 1999
Coachwork: AmTran
Chassis: International FE
Engine: DT466E
Rated Cap: 84 passengers
Bought the bus for $2800, have done a ton of fabrication and had to put new fuel injectors in it. All in, we're probably around $12k.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:28 PM   #15
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Engine: MF DT466
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$0😭 still trying to buy one.
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:05 PM   #16
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Year: 1991
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Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DTA360 / MT643
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
Busses are Like Jeeps!!.. you fall in Love, you want more than one, the FPG(Fun Per Gallon) factor is much better than the MPG..
and like a JEEP you (J)ust (E)mpty (E)very (P)ocket
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:11 PM   #17
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Location: Tennessee
Posts: 171
Year: 2004
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: 40' Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
Engine: CAT 3126 7.2L

3,500 including taxes and fees

I hope to have it livable for under 10k

I expect to invest more over time

Stored at home as we have some property and a shop

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Old 03-14-2018, 07:52 PM   #18
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Location: Colorado
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Year: 1995
Coachwork: Amtrans
Chassis: Genesis
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 20 (9 window handicap)
I got mine at auction for $3550, but if you include auction fees, temp tags, VIN verification, Emission test, diesel to drive it home, and then sales tax when I got it home, I am probably closer to $4500. I was lucky I didn't have to pay for a plane ticket or luggage fees etc because I was able to change a preexisting ticket.

I am parking it at my house making all my neighbors regret not living in an HOA controlled neighborhood, but at least I didn't dig a big hole in my front yard and bury it (which one of the guys down the street did).

I am trying to do more of a camping rig with motorcycle storage, so trying to do it on the cheap, but I am probably not going to track my expenses down to the last bolt since I probably don't want to know how much it is going to nickle and dime me to death just for the small stuff. I will try to keep track of the big stuff.

My state does require a yearly diesel emission test (not required for gas) which tacks on $75 a year to my licensing costs (which should be about $100-$150 a year after this year where sales tax was lumped in).

Unless you are really committed, don't underestimate how much a long drive to a storage area will dampen your enthusiasm for working on your bus. I had one of my classic cars in storage for about a year as I was cleaning my house out to sell and I didn't drive it nearly as much even though it was only 15 minutes away, just because I had to drive over there and switch cars to drive it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:29 PM   #19
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Year: 1997
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: TC 2000
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 65? for 1650$ after fees. Craigslist ad for outdoor storage/parking 125$ per month. Budget was 10k. I'm at about 8k now which includes tools. Will purchase a tv, fridge and stove soon so I should/could make it under budget.
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