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Old 05-12-2015, 12:50 PM   #21
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yeah I know all the little things will add up to more than I'm probably expecting and very quickly but I don't expect this to just be done right away and I also plan to do absolutely everything I can do my self I'm very good at self learning so that will be half of the fun! It comes down to I trust things to work out if they are supposed to and I'm just trying to find out about every possible avenue. I am not set on any one direction as of yet. I do appreciate the insight and the info though!
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:57 PM   #22
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My big worry would be maintenance/repairs. Even in a dream world where you pinch pennies and don't buy $3000 solar setups, you're going to need to put SOME money and work into the bus. A single tire or brake swap could wipe you out if you're stretching just to get the bus itself. Even little things like sandpaper, wire wheels, and rust-converter add up super fast.
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My metal tent as it sits has over a thousand in wire wheels, chisel bits, sandpaper, chemicals, more chemicals, tools, paint, ospho, masks, gloves, goggles, it goes on and on. A Lowes card will be needed! JK!
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:59 PM   #23
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TRUTH!

My metal tent as it sits has over a thousand in wire wheels, chisel bits, sandpaper, chemicals, more chemicals, tools, paint, ospho, masks, gloves, goggles, it goes on and on. A Lowes card will be needed! JK!
Same here...
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:08 PM   #24
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lol alright thanks for the numbers I'm trying to gather a rough estimate of its cost and that helps
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:20 PM   #25
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One cost that is always one to consider when bus shopping is tires.
Here in our area, and believe me I've shopped around, a new set of six mounted is going to cost 1800. Stay away from 20's and look for more modern 22.5's. Look at tire date codes too.
I will be buying two new ones, replacing the axle seals, and one new airbag for the rear. I'll be lucky if I get out of that for less than 1000. Real lucky. I'll be doing it all myself except the tires of course.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:33 PM   #26
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yeah i have been wondering about tires and also brakes and roughly what pricing is looking at in our area. expensive seems to be the word =P but honestly about what i figured
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:55 PM   #27
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some people will argue with the following statement

If you have a local place that does commercial tires or a local OTR Business, stop in and ask them for steer(front) take offs, if they are worn evenly they can be used on our skoolies that do not see 80k pounds and 75 mph

just a thought and only my opinion mind you ;)
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:01 PM   #28
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For what I've seen used tires going for here, I'd rather cough up the extra cash for new, virgin tires.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:03 PM   #29
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it probably does help to know the owner/operators etc...
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:04 PM   #30
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I have over $2000 in new steel, and having the metal shop sheer, and bend it alone.

Insurance for 2 years while being built. $2400

Insulation $7000

and the list go's on and on.

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