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Old 05-31-2017, 07:35 PM   #1
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Question Looking to purchase - first one - partially converted, full

I am looking to purchase my very first bus to convert, finish converting or get in and go. Will be traveling around the US with two labs (my babies). I unfortunately don't have a HUGE budget for the actual purchase of the vehicle. Any leads, known buses for sale, I welcome tips, tricks, recommendations, etc. I am located in Massachusetts but willing to travel to pick up if bus can be driven back.

Thank you (If this is the wrong place for this post I apologize as I am new to this forum).

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Old 05-31-2017, 07:46 PM   #2
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Denise! Welcome. You re in the right place. There are many options and many opinions on where an how to get a bus.
The first thing to decide is on the type of bus - and then start looking into auctions.
I found some good deals on Public Surplus: Government Surplus Auctions - but ended up at a used Bus Depot. I paid a little more - but was able to test drive it.
Some have been posted on craigslist - not too sure the results of those - like with anything - you can get good deals in the oddest of places - and bad deals in the simple places.

But this is a place to ask - I have learned a lot just looking through the threads - and posting questions.

I am converting a 28 foot - 8 window bus to travel the country with my three dogs.

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I am looking to purchase my very first bus to convert, finish converting or get in and go. Will be traveling around the US with two labs (my babies). I unfortunately don't have a HUGE budget for the actual purchase of the vehicle. Any leads, known buses for sale, I welcome tips, tricks, recommendations, etc. I am located in Massachusetts but willing to travel to pick up if bus can be driven back.

Thank you (If this is the wrong place for this post I apologize as I am new to this forum).

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Old 05-31-2017, 07:58 PM   #3
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I am looking to purchase my very first bus to convert, finish converting or get in and go. Will be traveling around the US with two labs (my babies). I unfortunately don't have a HUGE budget for the actual purchase of the vehicle. Any leads, known buses for sale, I welcome tips, tricks, recommendations, etc. I am located in Massachusetts but willing to travel to pick up if bus can be driven back.

Thank you (If this is the wrong place for this post I apologize as I am new to this forum).

Denise
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Welcome. I am in Massachusetts too.
Westfield. When you find your bus, anything I can do, just ask.

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Old 05-31-2017, 10:35 PM   #4
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Roger,

Thank you so much for the information. Looks like we have the same idea in mind - travel, simple living, fun, and with no better company then our fur babies

I will check out the info you provided and safe travels and good luck.

Thanks again for sharing!
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:36 PM   #5
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Thank you. Good old western, MA. I have friends who went to Westfield state (years ago, lol). I appreciate the reply and offer.. Good to know there are other people near by
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:42 PM   #6
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Your welcome. I am in the early stages myself. Had the bus since April. My build is all about a family camper that will allow us to bring our pets. I am tired of boarding them and worrying. I haven't found a place yet that can handle my pup, and my cat is the epitome of a house cat, she needs to be with people.

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Old 06-02-2017, 02:33 PM   #7
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Roger, you mentioned that you ended up getting your bus at Bus Depot... Could you send me the link to that site? I found a bus depot but it looks like it sonly parts UNLESS I am not searching right (which is definitely possible).
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:43 PM   #8
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The Bus Market was a good experience because I could browse - test drive and look at the bus - plus the guy fixed anything up that looked like it needed to be fixed.
TAMPA BUS MARKET INC - Home

The other local one is around here is not recommended - as many here may agree. I have not seen any bus there that was not at least $5,000 - $15,000 over priced...
http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com


They are both in central Florida area - I know there are others up North - I am just not sure where.

If I were to do it again - I would save up a little extra and take my chance at a Public Auction.

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Old 06-02-2017, 03:17 PM   #9
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You sir are the best. Thank you so much I will take a look.
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Old 06-02-2017, 07:22 PM   #10
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I know if you are lookinfg for a dealer up north, there is Don brown bus sales in New york..

Don Brown Bus Sales, Inc - Home

they tend to be priced more reasonable than other dealers.. their site tends to be a bit outdated too so i would call and talk to them about what you are looking for..

of course up north you ru nthe risk of rust-buckets. so you'll want ot look carefully or have LOTS of pictures sent of any bus you are looking at.

and of course there are the auctions that are mentioned all over this board where many here have gotten their busses. (and the percentage rate is high of people who get good running / driving busses from auctions).
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