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Old 01-10-2018, 11:31 AM   #1
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Newly Painted, gutted Skoolie for sale in Grants Pass!

Most of the hard work is already done!

Save hundreds of hours of labor and research and lots of money.

This bus originally came from the Portland School district and was bought by a man in Eugene who sold it to us last July, the bus was retired sometime in 2016.

It only has 120K and drove beautifully down to Grants Pass. Hereís some info:

1997 40ft International flat nose rear engine. T444E diesel.
Automatic snow chains and sanders.
Air brakes.
New tires.(Tires are expensive and can run several hundred dollars a piece)
Already registered as an RV with the DMV, which means that you do not need a CDL!!!!(This was already done when we got it and it saved us a ton of headache!)
Certified mechanic replaced serpentine belt and harmonic balancer, and cleaned the radiator January 2018.
Oil changed October 2017. Bus comes with oil change kit Remember that PB blaster is your friend if you ever do future oil changes yourself lol.
It is gutted so that means that we took out all the seats. The walls, floor, and ceiling are all gone too! I would recommend resealing the windows if you are going to keep them and we can give you butyl tape and some adhesive to do that!
$1500 paint job. The roof is painted with BUS KOTE, which offers thermal protection, and resists mold and mildew and seals and protects the roof.
The heaters are already taken out and the heater tubes rerouted!
We will provide all receipts and offer advice from the research we have already done on things like spray foam, floor installation, installing locks, installing furring strips etc.
One neat thing about the bus is that it has two large storage bays underneath the emergency door which can hold a gray water tank if it is reinforced.
Rear engine buses offer the most room and are quieter when driving down the road.
The bus includes some caulking, sand paper, and adhesive.

$8,500 and you can hit the ground running!


Amanda and Matt Mahoney

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Old 01-10-2018, 12:30 PM   #2
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Don't you want to put some photos on here?
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:38 PM   #3
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:33 PM   #4
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We thought we would be comfortable going into debt to finish the conversion, but we are not and we don't want to save and work on it as we go We are ready to move out of Grants Pass soon.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:29 PM   #5
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Do you have any idea why the harmonic balancer needed replacing? Seems odd and suggests internal problems may exist now? Certainly a new one to me, issue that is.

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Old 01-13-2018, 06:50 PM   #6
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The mechanic said that the harmonic balancer probably needed to be replaced because the radiator was so dirty and because of the heat it got out of alignment. ...I probably did a horrible job at explaining that lol.
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:01 PM   #7
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The mechanic said that the harmonic balancer probably needed to be replaced because the radiator was so dirty and because of the heat it got out of alignment. ...I probably did a horrible job at explaining that lol.


That mechanic sounds like a very good used car salesman. has to be more to it, bearings on the crankshaft maybe?
Dunno, but hoping others might have heard of this.

You explain well not to worry.

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Old 01-13-2018, 08:27 PM   #8
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You need to get a second opinion. A dirty radiator will not cause the balancer to distort. The rubber between the two parts can separate and slip. You could get a vibration or the pulley part can walk off the hub.
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OK, didn't read all of it. If the mechanic allready did those repairs, you are good to go.
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