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Old 01-21-2018, 08:10 PM   #11
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IMHO, driving cost as opposed to tow cost is not even close. The wrecker service that I checked on towing the 20' Airstream 37 miles was $800 using the "big rig" truck. I found a place that would tow it on a flatbed roll back for $200 ( I ended up driving it home). I don't know how far you need to tow it, but your looking at $1000 minimum. At 10mpg and fuel at $2.79/ga, you can drive 3500 miles for $1000.
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:32 PM   #12
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Not a dealer, I hope!
But I'm game, if you want I'll go check out a bus or two for ya, no prob.

the bus he linked is at tampa bus market.. they seemed pretty good to roger!
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:37 PM   #13
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the bus he linked is at tampa bus market.. they seemed pretty good to roger!
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They're ok, better than bga.
His bus is nice, fwiw. IIRC he did have to make some immediate repairs to get it really road ready.

I'd much rather go there than BGA.
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IMHO, driving cost as opposed to tow cost is not even close. The wrecker service that I checked on towing the 20' Airstream 37 miles was $800 using the "big rig" truck. I found a place that would tow it on a flatbed roll back for $200 ( I ended up driving it home). I don't know how far you need to tow it, but your looking at $1000 minimum. At 10mpg and fuel at $2.79/ga, you can drive 3500 miles for $1000.
Right. But we're discussing what sort of money/plans to have ready for after you own a bus. Emergency funds.
Not about shipping a bus. Driving it home is a no brainer.
If you get a bus on crusty, balding, dry rotted retreads you could be spending $1500-$2000 for a new set of six tires.
Having an emergency fund is even more crucial on the road.
I'm lucky. My bus still runs great and its at "home" at a friends property. If I were out on the road I'd have had to cough up a ton of money to get back on the road asap.
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:03 PM   #15
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Right. But we're discussing what sort of money/plans to have ready for after you own a bus. Emergency funds.
Not about shipping a bus. Driving it home is a no brainer.
If you get a bus on crusty, balding, dry rotted retreads you could be spending $1500-$2000 for a new set of six tires.
Having an emergency fund is even more crucial on the road.
I'm lucky. My bus still runs great and its at "home" at a friends property. If I were out on the road I'd have had to cough up a ton of money to get back on the road asap.
I'm sorry, that was what you were talking about. I was replying to his comment of :
"I was also sort of thinking that given a bus' fuel economy it might not end up costing all that different than making the drive myself. (And possibly taking time off of work to do it!)"
And actually his comment about extra money was about what more he would need to get the bus home in his yard, not about what money was needed after getting it home and he stated so in his post #4.
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So, I'm very tempted to pull the trigger on a suitable bus when I find it. I'm trying to be patient and reasonable, so I want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row!

My question is: "After I purchase a bus, how much extra money do I need to have set aside?"

To expand a little bit,
  • What are my options for getting the bus to my location?
  • Do I need to immediately insure/register the vehicle if I'm not going to be driving it prior to the conversion?
  • Are there extra fees beyond getting the bus to my location and insurance?

Thanks!
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