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Old 02-28-2016, 10:23 PM   #1
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HELP Needing a Bus in colorado

Hey, I am looking for my first school bus, but I can't find any buses in colorado so if someone has a medium sized school bus around me and there willing to sell to me that would be great Thanks
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:54 PM   #2
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Rocky Mountain Bus Sales has a pretty good inventory. However, they think pretty highly of what they have in stock so the prices are rather dear.

To be fair, most are CO spe'c buses. Which translates to mean they all have big HP and they all have auxiliary braking systems of one kind or another. Search Used Bus Inventory - Used Bus Sales - Used bus for sale
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Thanks for getting back to me. I have checked Rocky Mountain Bus sales and the prices are a little out of my price range but thanks
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Rocky Mountain Bus Sales has a pretty good inventory. However, they think pretty highly of what they have in stock so the prices are rather dear.

To be fair, most are CO spe'c buses. Which translates to mean they all have big HP and they all have auxiliary braking systems of one kind or another. Search Used Bus Inventory - Used Bus Sales - Used bus for sale
Cowlitz, so what exactly is a Colorado spec bus? Is the engine larger or just tuned for max HP? What is the auxiliary braking system? Thanks.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:08 AM   #6
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In CO, they spec the buses with higher HP than flat states, and they also have a state mandate that ALL school buses come with driveline retarders... Auxillary braking. Helps tremendously in the steep grades and makes for an AWESOME bus for traveling cross the rockies.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:11 AM   #7
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In CO, they spec the buses with higher HP than flat states, and they also have a state mandate that ALL school buses come with driveline retarders... Auxillary braking. Helps tremendously in the steep grades and makes for an AWESOME bus for traveling cross the rockies.
Cool, thanks. Has me interested in buying a bus spec'd out like this more than a "flat lander" bus. Downside is these buses are in the snowy regions so may have more rust. Have to do some more research...hmmmmmmmmm.
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I bought Velda through publicsurplus.com from the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Thornton, CO (just north of Denver). The price was right at $2025 (I was the second bidder), and she came with automatic chains, brake retarder, and a whole bunch of heaters. Unfortunately, it turns out that the brake retarder is fried, and I still haven't checked out whether or not the automatic chains work (chains are illegal in WI, where I'm doing the conversion).

The fleet manager at Adams 12 has not been particularly helpful in obtaining information about the bus, and it turns out he FLAT OUT LIED about some other things...like the mileage. It was advertised as having 175K miles on it, but as I drove across Nebraska I realized that the odometer was not working correctly - it shows about 70 miles for every 1500 driven. And the fact that the odometer didn't work is documented in the service history for the bus, which I was able to get the district to email to me. Nevertheless, he just signed the release to title and left the odometer reading blank (illegal), which I didn't catch until after I'd arrived in WI and took the time to look at all the paperwork I'd accumulated. So even though the price was right, I wouldn't recommend buying through Adams 12. But publicsurplus.com has lots of buses all over the country, and I bet you can find one from a different district in the state for a good price. It will help that you're in the area - I was buying sight-unseen from Alaska.

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Does CO use salt on their roads in the winter?

If they don't rust shouldn't be a problem other than the normal sort of surface rust that accumulates as paint gets scratched.
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