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Old 09-04-2014, 04:57 PM   #11
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

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... Even my father said it was a completely bad idea because when a diesel needs fixing it can get extremely costly, like $10,000 for all new fuel injectors; I guess it's true since he has had diesels for many years...
I think your dad is full of it. You can buy a whole engine for his $10K. What ever you end up with, spend the extra $$ to get manuals on how to fix and even rebuild the engine. It may save your tuches one day in the middle of nowhere. Or it could help you to determine if a mechanic is telling you the truth.


Try here http://www.searchtempest.com/search?sta ... axAsk=5000
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:31 PM   #12
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

David (former MI native & resident) says that perhaps you should not buy a bus from MI. So here's a thought, use search tempest to search SC and GA for a bus that has already been converted to livable. Find an RV park (with a bathhouse) to live in. Meanwhile sell off all your stuff so that you can leave as soon as you find a bus. And then move. Kinda like jumping out of an airplane. I'm told the first step is a doozy. But once you get past that first step, it's as easy as falling down.


Check daily (you will need to click on "open Results Windows" otherwise, you will be looking at ebay listings):
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Here's a GA bus - 1976 International - with all amenities just waiting for a remodel $3950

Upstate SC does get cold. The dog's water bowl had ice skimming it one April morning in Table Rock SP. But what that means is many of the public parks clear out during the week and on many weekends (I know as we used to live/camp in the Clemson-Seneca SC area). Other than painting or heavy work, you can do a lot in a campground. In the public ones, you can really do a lot if they are deserted.

The buses are out there. You just have to have the cash ready and be willing to jump. If you are heading South anyway, you can save lots of $$ by driving a smaller vehicle and move into the bus once you get to where you are going. It's only an 8 to 10 hour trip (or thereabouts) by car. That can be driven non-stop.

Seriously, what do you have to lose?

BTW, about 90% of Public and Private campgrounds in the South are open year-round. Very few actually close down. When it comes time for Das Mel (our daughter) to get her bus, we will simply take our bus to where ever her bus is (including if we have to go to Wade's Garage in Alto for a shell), buy the bus and roll into a public campground (or a Passport America discount campground if available -- cheaper than many public parks and get full hookups) before heading home with the new bus. A public campground will accept ANY vehicle.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:51 PM   #13
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it will lots of hard work and don't forget wheelin' and dealing
Oh yeah I'm sure it's lots of work. Not really something we're scared of

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I think your dad is full of it. You can buy a whole engine for his $10K. What ever you end up with, spend the extra $$ to get manuals on how to fix and even rebuild the engine. It may save your tuches one day in the middle of nowhere. Or it could help you to determine if a mechanic is telling you the truth.
And yeah, my dad's usually full of it, he is a salesman after all; and with that in my blood, that might help with my dickering through the buying processes though ;) Good advice! As soon as we finally decide what to finally purchase, i'll look into manuals. Being a younger woman, I've caught mechanics lying to me a few times about what needs this and that. I let Ulta give 'em a call and their all tongue tied, lol.

We just contacted a guy about a 1990 Blue Bird school bus originally out of Florida AND it's been somewhat converted. (Pics shown below). He says it has 340,000 miles on it, but it's a diesel. And the only prob is a switch cable (?). Worth it?
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:02 PM   #14
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Another option we've been looking at is this guy;
1999 International partially converted 117,000 miles on it with a 466 diesel engine
Has 3 deep cycle batteries, air brakes and "great tires"
Has dual air conditioning, simulated wood floor, premium Kenwood sound system, color changing led lights (kinda cool )
Also originally from Florida, don't know how long its been in MI tho.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:11 PM   #15
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Meanwhile sell off all your stuff so that you can leave as soon as you find a bus. And then move. Kinda like jumping out of an airplane. I'm told the first step is a doozy. But once you get past that first step, it's as easy as falling down. ...

Upstate SC does get cold. The dog's water bowl had ice skimming it one April morning in Table Rock SP. But what that means is many of the public parks clear out during the week and on many weekends (I know as we used to live/camp in the Clemson-Seneca SC area). Other than painting or heavy work, you can do a lot in a campground. In the public ones, you can really do a lot if they are deserted...

Seriously, what do you have to lose?

BTW, about 90% of Public and Private campgrounds in the South are open year-round. Very few actually close down... A public campground will accept ANY vehicle.
We're already in the process of basically trying to sell everything we own that we can't or have no need to take with us. So we're there at least. Just need to find our bus
And we're from northern MI, some cold weather really can't throw us back when we're used to 10 foot drifts We jokingly thought about that when we chose SC; everyone will be off the roads leaving it free for us in a mild storm lol.
Other than leaving family and very few friends behind that we maybe see once to less then that a month, we really don't have much to lose, that's why there isn't anything that can really detour us from our plans.
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

dunno, first one has an awful lot of miles for a school bus (normally you have high hours and low mileage), and its still yellow?

and the décor, to me it may have some nice cabinets....but would you have to tear it all out to get what you want?
I would

and the second one....has really nothing to offer

the floor is trashed.....once you take out the party seats, you will have holes everywhere, and again

how much do you need to remove to start YOUR home?

for me all of it

and check amazon and ebay...the little things "EYE CANDY" like lights that change colors etc...are really cheap, $50 bucks and we can DISCO dooowwwnnnn


so don't let the glitter and pretty sway you away...most of that stuff is cheap....remember focus on what you think you want...


and partially converted to me would me just that, grey/black tanks in with toilet....no clean water and sink plumbing

remember what stuff costs and you all will be great

I would start fresh...spend a weekend ripping out seats and then you have a metal tent....and you haven't spent extra yet

buy something that doesn't even fit an idea...pay more for the other persons upgrades you cant use....rip them out and you lose money

ooops gotta go wine and fix dinner....holla later...remember grass hopper....wax on....wax off
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Another option we've been looking at is this guy;
1999 International partially converted 117,000 miles on it with a 466 diesel engine
Has 3 deep cycle batteries, air brakes and "great tires"
Has dual air conditioning, simulated wood floor, premium Kenwood sound system, color changing led lights (kinda cool )
Also originally from Florida, don't know how long its been in MI tho.

I like this one...more details??
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Another option we've been looking at is this guy;
1999 International partially converted 117,000 miles on it with a 466 diesel engine
Has 3 deep cycle batteries, air brakes and "great tires"
Has dual air conditioning, simulated wood floor, premium Kenwood sound system, color changing led lights (kinda cool )
Also originally from Florida, don't know how long its been in MI tho.

I like this one...more details??
Oh yeah, maybe adding the price of 'em might help too. The asking price of the black 1999 International is $4500 and the 1990 Blue Bird 5.9 cummins with the tiles is $3750
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Is the black one auto or a stick?
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Is the black one auto or a stick?
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