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Old 09-02-2012, 11:58 AM   #11
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If they use a search engine such as http://www.allofcraigslist.com and are willing to wade thru lots of irrelevant ads, they may find what they are looking for. As for selling for less than the parts are worth, I've seen buses sold like that. You just need to be in the right place, at the right time, with the cash to buy. The right thing will rarely just drop in your lap, you do have to put some effort into it. When we were looking for a cube van to move out west (they were too highly priced), we were sitting in southwestern NC and I was looking as far away as Atlanta GA, Huntsville AL, Nashville TN, Asheville NC & Anderson SC. It was during all that looking that I realized school buses were much cheaper and roughly what price I should pay. We bought ours when we had the cash on hand (from selling off all our "stuff"). The price dropped in the paper from $2000 to $1500 and the guy took $1400 (David started out much lower to get him down to $1400). Biggest deal clincher.... cash in our hands, paid on the spot, no waiting. $1500 in 20's is a pile to be carrying around. I had $1K in one bundle & the rest in $100 bundles so he did not know we had all the $$ on us.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:49 PM   #12
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Band under $3k. The parts are worth more than that.
I'm reading American Pickers Guide to Picking (based on the History Channel series where the Pickers hunt for less-than-perfect antiques to buy and sell). In the book, phrases like "timing is everything" and words like "patience" show up a lot.

The kind of bus DRJune wants sounds like the sort of thing a lot of guys start out working on, and then becomes an unfinished project sitting around until wife/partner/city code enforcer says, "it's gotta go 'yesterday.' " The big rub is you never know when (or if) it will happen - and how much $$ they will take. I've even thought about contacting the producers of the Hoarders TV series, saying, "If you run across a hoarder who must get rid of his/her [description of bus I want]..."

Keep reading Skoolie.net, DRJune. I'm still "busless" two years after joining and the lessons learned have been indispensable. If the rare-as-hens'-teeth skoolie you wish for takes as long to find as some here predict, you can become an "expert" by then...or adjust various criteria along the way.

Edit: Make that two-and-a-half years...time flies!
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:23 PM   #13
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Skunky your problem is you have seen and love "escape from witch mountain" too much to jump on the skoolie band wagon....
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:29 PM   #14
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... I'm still "busless" two years after joining ...
Edit: Make that two-and-a-half years...time flies!
My advice to you (same as to others),.. you will waste all your time waiting for the "perfect" bus! Just buy one, convert it and then see what you would change for the next one. As my father would so charmingly say.... "$hit, or get off the pot". Or as Nike said "Just do it"!
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:44 AM   #15
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diesel powered and no mechanical issues or problems.
Band under $3k. The parts are worth more than that.
I'm reading American Pickers Guide to Picking (based on the History Channel series where the Pickers hunt for less-than-perfect antiques to buy and sell). In the book, phrases like "timing is everything" and words like "patience" show up a lot.

The kind of bus DRJune wants sounds like the sort of thing a lot of guys start out working on, and then becomes an unfinished project sitting around until wife/partner/city code enforcer says, "it's gotta go 'yesterday.' " The big rub is you never know when (or if) it will happen - and how much $$ they will take. I've even thought about contacting the producers of the Hoarders TV series, saying, "If you run across a hoarder who must get rid of his/her [description of bus I want]..."

Keep reading Skoolie.net, DRJune. I'm still "busless" two years after joining and the lessons learned have been indispensable. If the rare-as-hens'-teeth skoolie you wish for takes as long to find as some here predict, you can become an "expert" by then...or adjust various criteria along the way.

Edit: Make that two-and-a-half years...time flies!

OK??? I guess. Good luck with your patience and your timing. Sometimes if you want something, YOU GOTTA PAY...or wait until that magic bus comes along. I've got what I want. I paid more than I wanted...but I've got what I wanted. Every time I buy something, some asshat tells me they saw the same thing in the paper two years ago for half of what I paid for it. BFD. They should have bought it then and waited two years to sell it to me and double their money. Gold was at $300 per ounce for years. The days of buying buses at the normal auctions that some of us got our buses from for $800 are gone. Just like the Ally Bank commercial says, "JUST ACCEPT IT"! You might find a bus on CL for your price or not. In the meantime, you are getting older, year after year. Don't let that bus that you really want go because you don't want to spend and extra $1000. Just my $0.02.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:07 AM   #16
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Re: Looking for converted school bus in any condition

usually when i put my .02 cents worth in, i get far more than i paid for..

but thats marriage...
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:36 PM   #17
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Skunky your problem is you have seen and love "escape from witch mountain" too much to jump on the skoolie band wagon....
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It's even tougher apparently to get a skoolie owner to jump on the Winnie bandwagon. I just offered the "old girl" for a bus I saw advertised on Craigslist but the owner said no.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:57 PM   #18
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Skunky your problem is you have seen and love "escape from witch mountain" too much to jump on the skoolie band wagon....
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Here's the solution:

This is a photo alteration I made. Preliminary measurements indicate the Class A Winnie roof front will actually fit. There are challenges to be met (not the least of which is sealing the unit and prevent aluminum-steel dielectric corrosion), but: One school bus, one Winnebago...mix deftly...voilą: the Skoolibago!
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:18 AM   #19
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now lets see a dodge bus body put on a winnebago chassis...
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:50 AM   #20
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now lets see a dodge bus body put on a winnebago chassis...
But with all that skoolie steel structure on that chassis, the kids from the aforementioned Escape to Witch Mountain would have to make the rig fly just to prevent the suspension from collapsing...or the overloaded tires from going BAM!
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