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Old 05-25-2018, 03:21 PM   #1
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Smile Need advice on this bus please!!! :)

Hello skoolie.net community! Thank you all so much for all of your helpful posts...I've learned so much over the last several months, but I am far from an expert! Your help would be much appreciated!

I am a freelance drone photographer who is looking to join the awesome skoolie community! My plan is to travel/work/live in a bus with my boyfriend. My current living situation has changed and I basically need to find a bus ASAP. I wasn't planning on buying a bus quite yet, so my budget isn't huge. I've been looking for a bus that already has electrical and plumbing, but I'm definitely willing to put in loads of work if the bus needs a facelift.

I found this bus on Craigslist (in Orlando, FL) and it might be the one for me! The pictures are a little rough -- the bus is dirty and very cluttered, but hey, anything can be cleaned, right?! This thing definitely needs a good pressure wash haha


Here's the Craigslist link: https://orlando.craigslist.org/rvs/d...568172249.html


Here's all of the info I have on it so far:

1988 Ward
7.3 International Diesel
Allison Transmission (automatic) -- waiting for the specific make
175,000 miles

on shore power
20 gallon hot water tank
holding tank
no rust issues (surprising for FL?)
tires in great condition
insulated (he mentioned something about limousine padding??)



I would be SO appreciative of any thoughts on this bus. It's 30 years old which worries me a little bit, and I don't know a whole lot about Ward buses. Are they dependable? The bigger engine seems like it's capable of climbing some mountains (which I will need), and it already has a shower/toilet/kitchen, which is great for me because we would be living in it pretty soon.

Your wisdom and thoughts are much appreciated

--Meredith
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:24 PM   #2
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Just emailed me back and said he doesn't know the specific type of Allison...but knows that it's heavy duty haha
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:46 PM   #3
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Why do people trying to sell something for top dollar take pics of it looking like it just got trashed after a weekend party?
See if you can get the VIN number it can help determine exactly what was built. Though most often it does not include the tranny info.
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:51 PM   #4
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Just emailed me back and said he doesn't know the specific type of Allison...but knows that it's heavy duty haha
Its a 545. Hardly heavy duty.

That's a low end bus with what looks like a really crappy paint job and questionable interior.
Its never even had a bath.
I'd say its worth $2500 but everyone has their own opinion of what something is worth.

I live in FL and go out of my way to buy buses from states far away. Our schools buy low end stuff and run it into the ground.
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:52 PM   #5
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Why do people trying to sell something for top dollar take pics of it looking like it just got trashed after a weekend party?
See if you can get the VIN number it can help determine exactly what was built. Though most often it does not include the tranny info.
So you noticed that too!! Especially that bathroom picture with the toilet plunger and a gallon of bleach! Talk about driving away potential buyers...
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:53 PM   #6
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Why do people trying to sell something for top dollar take pics of it looking like it just got trashed after a weekend party?
See if you can get the VIN number it can help determine exactly what was built. Though most often it does not include the tranny info.
Thank you, Marc! I'll shoot him an email now about the VIN number.

I know...if I were selling anything, I'd have it looking spick and span! But, to each his own!
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Thank you, Marc! I'll shoot him an email now about the VIN number.

I know...if I were selling anything, I'd have it looking spick and span! But, to each his own!
After looking at the add again it looks like the toilet is a standard household tank type. Thatís not something I would want in a skoolie.
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Its a 545. Hardly heavy duty.

That's a low end bus with what looks like a really crappy paint job and questionable interior.
Its never even had a bath.
I'd say its worth $2500 but everyone has their own opinion of what something is worth.

I live in FL and go out of my way to buy buses from states far away. Our schools buy low end stuff and run it into the ground.
Thank you so much! That's really helpful information. Will a 545 get me over mountains out west?
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Thank you, Marc! I'll shoot him an email now about the VIN number.

I know...if I were selling anything, I'd have it looking spick and span! But, to each his own!
Don't bother, Charlie's probably right about the 545, the least desirable tranny. It's also not worth the asking price, there's lots out there better for the money. What is it you're looking for?
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After looking at the add again it looks like the toilet is a standard household tank type. Thatís not something I would want in a skoolie.
Good catch! I was distracted by the plunger What do you use?
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