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Old 09-14-2019, 11:31 PM   #1
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Need help! Want to buy a skoolie from a salvage yard

Hey I'm Mia I want to buy a skoolie from a salvage yard so I can convert it to an rv. I really want a double decker bus. But the guy in Alabama who had one I spoke to said it was unrealistic in the usa cus of the speed and nobody will tell me how to get a double decker bus salvage yard or if that exists in America. so I am going to settle for the skoolie rv conversation . Oh I live in Oshkosh Wisconsin btw . And I want some salvage yards in Wisconsin. Please and thank you.i am hoping to score one for $1000 but I will save up to $4000 if I have to. I just really want to know where I can get one I heard about one in alto Ga and that's my plan B but I'm hoping to find one closer. Please
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:30 AM   #2
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I would recommend avoiding the salvage yards and concentrate on the auctions. Preferably from the west coast to avoid rust issues.

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Old 09-15-2019, 02:50 AM   #3
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I got mine on craigslist.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:30 AM   #4
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Double decker buses are rare oddities in the US. I'd imagine traveling in one is out of the question due to height, but if you plan to just park it in a field it's probably fun. At that point though I'd build a shipping container instead of a bus.
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:40 AM   #5
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Yeah, double deckers are fun. I want one too. I saw some on Craigslist a year ago. They were expensive. So here’s a few questions that can help people here help you:

what do you want to do? Are you out on the open road, in the city, parked permanently?

Is your whole budget $4K?

How long do you have to work on it? Is there a completion date in mind?

Is it just you or will you be traveling with.a lot of people?

What do you want to do to it? What ideas do you have for conversion?
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Old 09-15-2019, 11:55 AM   #6
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I would recommend avoiding the salvage yards and concentrate on the auctions. Preferably from the west coast to avoid rust issues.

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Agree with this poster, Auctions are the way to go if you want to save money on the purchase, just do your research and check it out in person.

I got mine from Richie Bro's, 1600$ all in and so far " knocks on wood" it seems to be in good condition from the work I have put into the engine and the drives I have done. Not without its issues but nothing that can't be replaced or worked through.

Kind of the nice thing about these big engines, if you get the right engine parts are not that tough to find, and you have room to move around the engine nicely and check things out/work on it
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:00 PM   #7
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I'm taking delivery of my bus today. It's a double decker, also from Alabama, but he had to find it specially as a low bridge model. It's 13.5' tall, so Street legal in all 50 states unless posted. Also limited by people who don't trim trees it keep their lines high enough.
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:48 PM   #8
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I'm taking delivery of my bus today. It's a double decker, also from Alabama, but he had to find it specially as a low bridge model. It's 13.5' tall, so Street legal in all 50 states unless posted. Also limited by people who don't trim trees it keep their lines high enough.
My bus is the standard 10' and I pick up a halo of branches every time I drive everywhere. With a bus as tall as yours I'd be picking up a free transformer or two.
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:45 PM   #9
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No, I can't just drive it anywhere. I have to follow truck routes.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:27 PM   #10
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My bus is the standard 10' and I pick up a halo of branches every time I drive everywhere. With a bus as tall as yours I'd be picking up a free transformer or two.
At 10'6" our bus seems to be almost too tall to take on normal roads. We hit branches all the time.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:26 PM   #11
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This is why I don't consider a double decker!73l6fmrocsm31.jpg
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:42 PM   #12
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my DEV bus is 10'6". and the "american dream tree-lined streets" is my nightmare.. its fine on state routes through towns as the semi trucks take care of trimming the trees.. but drive it off the beaten path and I tend to end up creatively driving to avoid branches..
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This is why I don't consider a double decker!Attachment 37582
What's wrong with that picture? You just hit a curb.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:49 PM   #14
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Looks like India, where you can get a drivers license at any McDonalds.
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Looks like India, where you can get a drivers license at any McDonalds.
But, ironically, not a hamburger
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But, ironically, not a hamburger
You get hamburgers at the DMV office.
Have you seen Burger Kings new Impossible Whopper? It's a Whopper that the patties are made from vegetables and not real meat. They removed the most expensive part of the sandwich, replaced it with cheaper vegetables and then charge you $1.50 more than one with meat.
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You get hamburgers at the DMV office.
Have you seen Burger Kings new Impossible Whopper? It's a Whopper that the patties are made from vegetables and not real meat. They removed the most expensive part of the sandwich, replaced it with cheaper vegetables and then charge you $1.50 more than one with meat.
White Castles has the Impossible Slider. Same fake meat product same "pay more for veggies than you would have paid for meat" problem, but hands down superior to the impossible whopper. I've had both and the impossible whopper tastes just like a regular whopper, which is to say it's pretty pathetic and you will leave feeling sad. The Belly Bomber version gets the steam grilled on a bed of onions treatment and is actually pretty good. I won't make a habit out of getting it because I like meat just fine but if they managed to solve the price issue who knows?
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Old 09-17-2019, 05:18 AM   #18
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my DEV bus is 10'6". and the "american dream tree-lined streets" is my nightmare.. its fine on state routes through towns as the semi trucks take care of trimming the trees.. but drive it off the beaten path and I tend to end up creatively driving to avoid branches..

In our neighborhood, we are *supposed to* keep the parts of trees that overhang the street trimmed to 14 feet. Oops, mine are at 9 feet and some at 7 feet right now!
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A local pizza place around here has an old late 60s Leyland double decker as a promo vehicle. Thing sits most of the time because parts and skilled labor are virtually nonexistent for these things.

Also the height issue as people have mentioned. Just build a roof deck on a regular school bus.
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:22 AM   #20
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A local pizza place around here has an old late 60s Leyland double decker as a promo vehicle. Thing sits most of the time because parts and skilled labor are virtually nonexistent for these things.

Also the height issue as people have mentioned. Just build a roof deck on a regular school bus.

is that the one that is actually a mobile pizza parlor? one showed up in evansville indiana bus ralley 2 years ago. that was a double decker wit hawood oven in it
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