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Old 08-16-2016, 01:52 PM   #31
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On the Galvanic corrosion they make plastic washers with sleeves to prevent any of the two metals from touching. Also Teflon gel for the two surfaces. I am an engineer for Aluminum Ships. A common issue we face.
Where might one purchase such things, are they available in small quantities, brand name for Teflon gel?
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:43 PM   #32
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:45 PM   #33
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:46 PM   #34
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:23 PM   #35
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Awesome info so far from everyone, thanks! Funny how all the small purchases add up quickly to serious $$$$. I'd rather spend 30k on a skoolie that is built to my specs and I know is done right than the same amount for a used factory "plastic" RV that will start breaking as soon as you drive it away.
I am comparing a ground up skoolie build to buying a used Bluebird Wanderlodge that is factory built. To find one in decent shape you're looking at 50k minimum, and even then much of the mechanicals and comfort items look well used and dated. Would rather have a skoolie I built with new/like new items installed.
We repurposed a lot of things & have $7,000 into ours which includes $2000 we paid for our 2002 Bluebird All American. Facebook.com/TheBodegaBus
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:24 PM   #36
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That tharrr is one good lookin bumper! Kinda makes the whole bus look fancier.

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Old 08-17-2016, 08:25 PM   #37
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Where are you guys finding these $2500 buses??
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:43 PM   #38
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I've gotten one for free, and my current bus was $2150 on GovDeals 18 months ago. Its got a DT466, Allison 643, Air ride, ABS, Auto slack adjusters, underside storage, and got me 800 miles home to FL from KY with no problems. No real rust to speak of either. You just gotta know what to watch for and strike while the iron is hot.
$2500 is about as much as I'd personally spend on a school bus, unless it were really something special.
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Old 08-18-2016, 02:22 PM   #39
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we're right at about 7k right now, roof raised, floor and walls roughed in and enough insulation to finish the ceiling. We figure another 3-5k for solar and probably a couple thousand to finish out the inside. We had planned a 10k budget, but I have a feeling we will be going over slightly. Prob more in the ballpark of 15k when its all said and done.
Curious, how much did the raised roof cost you or did you do it yourself? I'm 5'2" but my husband is 6'5" and we want to raise the roof for him and we don't have the equipment to do it and trying to get an average cost of that mod.

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Old 08-19-2016, 03:28 AM   #40
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I just bought my bus and paid 3k.... I figure about 1k more and I will have a decent camper rig that I can clean out when needed and haul anything. Mine is a work and play rig
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