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Old 01-22-2017, 05:51 PM   #1
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The wife is on board!

Looking for my first bus. Any help would be appreciated. Buy budget 3-4k.
Planning on a 3 season camper.
I am in western Massachusetts, if that helps.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:05 PM   #2
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Do a lot of homework and figure out in advance what size and configuration will fit your dream. Research engine and tranny options. Then buy the very best unit you can afford with as little rust and issues as possible. Even if you have to travel a few thousand miles to get it. Your life as a bus converter will be SO much simpler.

Best of luck on the hunt.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:08 PM   #3
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Do a lot of homework and figure out in advance what size and configuration will fit your dream. Research engine and tranny options. Then buy the very best unit you can afford with as little rust and issues as possible. Even if you have to travel a few thousand miles to get it. Your life as a bus converter will be SO much simpler.

Best of luck on the hunt.
Thank you.

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Old 01-22-2017, 07:12 PM   #4
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Welcome Mike, good luck!
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:45 PM   #7
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The driveway is a cool 60 ft. Have to check with the town to make sure it's legal... But that is the plan.

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Welcome Mike, good luck!
Thank you. I am excited. Plan on looking all winter, unless the perfect specimen falls into my lap.

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Seems a very wise approach. Patience sure paid off for me, i was even about to catch a train to PA when my gut said to wait there is something better. It wasnt logical because the bus was exactly what i wanted, for $1200 what could be better?! but my gut insisted i wait and since i am in my 40s and not 20s i find much more peace when i listen to my gut, so reluctantly i listened and an almost identical bus showed up a week later, 70 miles away, and for $1000. It was profound
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:30 PM   #10
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Greeting from Eastern MA!

I know the different ends of the state can differ greatly on local issues, but I'd ask the town if they'd have any problems with you parking a motorhome in the driveway. (Don't use the word "bus.") If they say no, then once you get it, paint it, do the minimum conversion to get it registered as a motorhome, then take as darn long as you want to do the rest.

If they look at you like you're crazy for even asking, I'd be tempted to say just do whatever you please unless someone complains.
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