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Old 02-07-2016, 10:42 PM   #11
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The man selling the bus reassured me that the way it's registered does not require a class B.
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:48 PM   #12
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Is the bus registered commercially? If so, you will need a Class B with air brake and manual trans endorsement.
Not necessarily! Check YOUR state's requirements. Not every state requires a Class B with P endorsement, especially if you've converted it to an RV.
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Not necessarily! Check YOUR state's requirements. Not every state requires a Class B with P endorsement, especially if you've converted it to an RV.
Not if registered as an RV. That's why I said to check how it's registered. If not an RV, definitely as I posted. Bus is in Manteca, which means LARD in Spanish. That's is CA. I assume the OP is in CA but lists location as West Coast.
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They STILL need to check the DMV for the requirements.
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No you don't. In CALIFORNIA, if it's registered as commercial, you need a class b with the proper endorsements. If it is registered as a RV, a regular license is fine. If going somewhere else, you need to figure that out in your state.
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The story goes this bus has been owned by a non-profit that has used it as a mobile class room and part of their agreement when the bus was first purchased from the school district was that it would be housed and maintained on the district lot. So the bus comes with lots of maintenance records, has been regularly taken care of and is apparently in rather good shape. So I looked through Manteca school district to find the specific lot, cross referenced that with the head mechanic, found his number and called him up earning all sorts of info on the bus. He said it was recalled because of the welding but that it runs fine. Been started recently. Gets 4-6 MPG. He would replace the tires but doesn't think we'd need to before driving it home.

As for the welding, I'm wondering if it would be worth getting this bus for really cheap and getting some help from my welder friend trying to make it more structurally sound or make some modifications that keep its issues in mind. The mechanic had a sense of humor about it, said it's not a problem unless you roll it over, but "It looked like Ray Charles did all the welding".

Should I let this one go? It's a huge red flag. . . but I feel like any bus I could afford is going to have some sort of setback.
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:24 PM   #18
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What happens when you buy it then sell it down the road and the new owner crushes his family of 12 when he rolls it. Where do you fit into the liability pie?
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The liability would pretty much be the manufacturer's since its a known issue and its documented. I mean, I've never heard of someone being sued for selling a used Pinto, and they have documented fire problems.
That said, I wouldn't want a bus that I could verify ahead of time was welded together like crap from the factory.
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