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Old 03-12-2018, 07:00 PM   #1
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Where did you purchase and store your bus, and how much did it all cost?
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:16 PM   #2
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dealer. bout 16 grand in with six or seven to go. its a disease
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:19 PM   #3
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Govdeals for 2k for the bus, 70 a month at rv storage. Just started
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:28 PM   #4
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Purplewave.com $4k, stored at home.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:46 PM   #5
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publicsurplus.com $2425, $2667 after commissions. Expect another $10K to finish it.
This one I will keep at my country house, the next one at the boat/RV storage for $58/m
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:29 AM   #6
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Wow thanks for all the quick replies! I expected a much larger cost so I am happy to hear this!
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:38 AM   #7
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one I bought from a dealer for 5k , the second one came from an auction for 1800 bucks.. then all the upgrades started... Air-conditioning, digital dashes, tires, paint, transmission, networking equipment, computers... probably 20k combined in upgrades between both busses over a 2 year period.

I store them both for about $150 a month total in a covered facility

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:45 AM   #8
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Including Govdeals auction fees mine was $3940.

Tax, title and registration was about $450.

I store it in my driveway.
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:16 PM   #9
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one I bought from a dealer for 5k , the second one came from an auction for 1800 bucks.. then all the upgrades started... Air-conditioning, digital dashes, tires, paint, transmission, networking equipment, computers... probably 20k combined in upgrades between both busses over a 2 year period.

I store them both for about $150 a month total in a covered facility

-Christopher
That's a good price on storage for 2 buses. Around here it's a bit more, my lot being 189 for 1 covered spot, 40 x 12. U-Haul charges 139 for a outdoor uncovered spot.
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:20 PM   #10
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mine are at U-haul. covered spots.. since they are short busses I did the 10x30 spots.. plus i have an inside storage unit.. im on some kind of package deal with the spots and the inside storage locker.. thing I learned about U-haul is I guess they are all individually owned so there is a lot of variance in the services and pricing from one to another...

this one is in an old "meijer' store which was like a walmart supercenter before walmart had supercenters.. they built a bigger and better meijer so this one got closed.. it sat empty for a long time so im guessing they got the property on the cheap and can offer competitive rates
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:38 PM   #11
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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, 12:50 PM   #12
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$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, 01:49 PM   #13
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$1850 with auctioneer fee, publicsurplus.com. 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, 02:00 PM   #14
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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, 02:28 PM   #15
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$0😭 still trying to buy one.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:05 PM   #16
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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, 07:11 PM   #17
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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, 08:52 PM   #18
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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, 09:29 PM   #19
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Publicsurplus.com 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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