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Old 10-27-2015, 01:27 PM   #31
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Also, nothing wrong with a van cutaway. I have owned them before and they have come in very handy. You are not a long haul trucker driving 300k miles a year. Nat is right that the bigger buses are in a different class, but they do pose problems for some people.
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Old 10-27-2015, 02:41 PM   #32
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Public Surplus: Auction #1471646

And I agree with Cal, a cutaway van can be a great choice for weekends. I'm looking for a deal on one myself.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:35 PM   #33
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Public Surplus: Auction #1471646

And I agree with Cal, a cutaway van can be a great choice for weekends. I'm looking for a deal on one myself.
WAH! That's a SWEET lookin' bus there! Awesome find. I'd just given up on PS given the 'weirdness' on some of the auctions there.

TBH I know darn well that my first bus will not be my last. So in some respects I might be better off with a cutaway micro instead- stay well under my length limit (because you're right, folks don't always take to bus conversions like they take to a 'real' RV), have a bit of fun learning how to build, use it for a while, and then step up to my REAL dream bus with more experience, knowledge, and skill under my belt.

Bugger all. Every time I think I've settled on something I start thinking too hard...
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Old 01-09-2016, 12:38 PM   #34
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Hey, guys! Anyone willing to weigh in on these? I was hoping for a 'real' dognose shorty but I was talking with my dad (who is an engineer but not familiar with vehicles) and he mused that perhaps a cutaway would be a better choice for highway driving since it may be geared to go above 55 without modification. Is that correct?

Public Surplus: Auction #1513637

There are a handful of these and they're local (and currently well within my price range). Is he correct? Would these (despite having shorter engine lives) be more appropriate for a weekender destined for highway miles and not much else?

Thanks, all!
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:00 PM   #35
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Public surplus just listed a batch of cutaway vans for auction in Washington
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Old 01-10-2016, 12:11 PM   #37
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Public surplus just listed a batch of cutaway vans for auction in Washington
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Y'mean like the one I linked to in my question?

That's what I have my eye on right now. They look good in photos- and for running shorties the price is right!
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:30 AM   #38
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Did you ever find your dream-shortie? We have a dealer here in PDX that has a lot of nice used busses...not as cheap as auction prices, but probably in better shape
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:42 PM   #39
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Not yet! I am being very picky. At this point I think I've psyched myself up to wait for the end-of-school-year auctions. I even took put in my off-work request to go to the auction already!
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Ooh that sounds exciting
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