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Old 08-21-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Looking for a crown bus

Hello, I recently started a tubing business, and I need to get a bus to transport tubers from downstream to upstream. I fell in love with the crowns. If anyone has any for sale or knows of anyone selling one, please let me know. I would be interested in finding out more about it and seeing pictures of it.
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Brock Beran
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for a crown bus

only crowns i seen is on the west cost,,, no east cost one's




how about you smitty ?????
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for a crown bus

Thanks for the help! I am located in Omaha, Nebraska. I realize they are mainly located in the west, so I was planning on having to fly somewhere and roadtrip back. it would definitely give me a chance to get used to it. thanks again! brock
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:55 AM   #4
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Re: Looking for a crown bus

Again I really appreciate the help guys! I have been emailing Patrick Young for a few days now, and he seems to be very helpful and knowledgable about them. Everything that I read says that Crown buses are pretty much the best of the best, so that is what I am interested in. Is it better to pay a little more and get something from someone that is well respected or to find something cheaper on ebay? What are your thoughts on that? Thanks, Brock
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:49 PM   #5
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Re: Looking for a crown bus

Smitty, I like the way you think, and you are completely right. Yes, that is exactly what I will be doing. I started the business mid-summer with the thoughts of purchasing a bus in 2 or 3 years. Well, the business has exploded and has expanded way faster than what I imagined. I have already tripled the amount of tubes that I owned and had to buy a new trailer to haul more tubes. I definitely see the need for a bus between now and early spring. If I got one now, then that would allow me to do a few things to it (paint, remove a few select seats, etc) before I got super busy again next year. And yes, I definitely could get a "regular" bus...but what fun is that? For the first bus of the new business, I figure I need something that I really like and that will be with me through the life of the business. Plus it would be fun rolling up to some Husker games in a Crown for some tailgating when the business shuts down in the fall
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:50 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for a crown bus

I see the marketing side of getting a bus that stands out in the crowd. I'd say go get it. It is instantly visible during the season, then it becomes a rolling billboard when you go tailgating in the fall at college football games (probably your target audience anyway). If you think you're going to have problems, go find a 1980s bus for $1,000 and spend another $1,000 in paint and other needs and keep it as a backup just in case. It is my understanding that Patrick Young has many parts for these. Most of the big shops may not know how to work on it, but I'll bet you could find a diesel mechanic on craigslist that would be willing to work on your bus and order parts through Patrick when needed.

Good luck on your business. I love the idea about the "litter deposit." You've got to respect an entrepreneur that grows a business in a recession, especially one with your attitude towards keeping nature as untouched as possible.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:23 PM   #7
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Re: Looking for a crown bus

Thanks Fireguy, that means a lot. Actually, I am a Civil Engineer and just do the tubing business on the side. Even though the business has taken off, I have no more weekends for me to enjoy. Hopefully next summer I can hire some help so that I won't have to do ALL of the work myself. I agree that I want something that will stick out. There are no Crowns around here, so people would know that the Crown belongs to Tubing & Adventures. Now I am trying to decide between a 40' triple axle or a shorter 35' double axle. I think the 35' would be adequate, but I love the look of the triple axle. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:02 PM   #8
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Re: Looking for a crown bus

I do understand your point, Smitty. although I didn't know what a crown bus was until I saw a picture of one and said 'what the hell is that'? we don't have anything around here that looks like them, so I think it would get people's attention. It may not be worth spending the extra cash on it, but being recognized might be worth a little extra marketing cost. I really do appreciate everyone's advice and opinions.

and if you make it to omaha, nebraska, I will give you a free float! especially if you bring some pretty girls with ya....

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Old 08-25-2009, 07:53 PM   #9
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I saw your hours on your website and instantly saw a side business...and a person with no life

As for choices, I would go with the smaller one unless you need the room. One less axle means 2 less tires and one less axle to maintain or break. Also, the shorter one will be easier to maneuver. One more thing to think about. Unless you get an automatic, I believe they are non-synchro transmissions (double-clutching).
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:56 PM   #10
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Ha ha, right now I don't have a life...but I do see a lot of pretty girls in skimpy little bikinis, so it is somewhat worth it. It is a tough job, but someone's gotta do it Hopefully next summer I can hire a couple young kids to do all the dirty work, and I will get to run the bus.

As far as the axles, I do agree that the double axle would be much easier to maneavuer around the river access points. At this point, I don't think I would need the extra length to hold more people. The double axle would be make more sense...but I just like the look of the triple axle more. The only reason I could see getting the longer bus would be to take out a few of the back rows to store either a few tubes, coolers, etc.

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