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Old 06-13-2019, 10:49 PM   #1
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Buying this bus in 3 days!!!!

Hey guys. I thought I might post this to see if anyone has any thoughts or opinions on this bus. I'm picking it up in 3 days in southern Oregon. I'm very hopeful as I'll be turning this into my home in the next two weeks and hitting the road. The goal is short and long term driving. I'll be hitting mountain ranges and deserts.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:01 PM   #2
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Depends how much you are spending on it. Not a whole lot of info in that ad. No specs on engine and trans

If it came across the country is it from the rust belt. Would be my first question.

Nice sized bus.
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:31 AM   #3
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^ Good points all.
W/O drivetrain info, there's no way to tell if it's a quarterhourse or a draught horse. Image2 in the ad prolly gives that info.
Full sized house range in a small bus- interesting choice...
Can't tell due to poor resolution, but the floor looks like raw plywood, and the original ceiling remains. Meaning, next to no insulation, making it an oven in the desert.
Built-ins look basic, at best.
Small solar panel, but no mention of house batteries, or if it's wired for 110V.
If the tires are tired, replacements'll take a sizeable divot out of you costs.
Finally, the $20,000 Question: asking price..?
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:43 AM   #4
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Hey guys thanks for the reply I believe it's a 12 valve 5.9 Cummins
I plan on re doing most of the inside keeping the basic lay out just upgrading the materials used.
Price is 5500
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:38 PM   #5
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I am betting the majority of "is this a good bus" opinion posters will say something like "that is way too much". You'll have to weigh the overall body condition, drivetrain, added amenities, and the amount of work you will have to do to remove all you do not want (as well as add any additional insulation if desired) to what has already been done to it. Also consider proximity. You do not have your location in your profile, so we can not tell if is it local
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:27 PM   #6
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IDK man. There are a few usable things inside, but nothing really notable, mostly household type appliances.

The money in a conversion isnít entirely in the bus. There is a huge outlay for all the plumbing, electrical, and gas appliances and all the little fittings (will surprise you!) and all the carpentry stuff. It all depends on what you want of course.

The quality of the conversion work already done needs to be considered. Based on the photos it kind of looks minimal and quickly done, but there isnít enough info to say that conclusively. I would look at it as a do-over and buy it based solely on the platform, so if the engine, transmission, body conditions are great, then maybe.

Good news! The price reduced to $5K last night.

Is it registered in Oregon? That might run you som extra bucks if it isnít.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:36 PM   #7
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Hey guys, thanks for the thoughts.

A few hopeful answers.
I donít have a location, I have been doing work to live and helpi with a few start ups this past year so I have no homebase. I recently traveled from Oakland to Breckenridge. I am currently heading back to NorCal and then up to Oregon to get the bus. From there Iíll escort the bus to San Diego to my deisel mechanic. I will be parking in his lot for a few weeks while I refurbish.

The bus was offered at 5g but due to my current decisions I cannot really wait around for buses. I had my eye on a few previously, but due to my employer not being able to pay me in due time I lost the buses. So I offered the guy an extra 500 to hold it for me.
My current travel arrangement is a Toyota Sequoia with a cat a boyfriend and a 100lb dog. Iíve decided against trying to find an apartment and just going with the bus. Itís been a long time deciding but I know itíll be the right one.
We are minimalist outdoor junkies. We have electrical and carpenter skills as well as a little in plumbing. My boyfriend is a mechanic (though not deisel) .

This would be our permanent home. I am willing to put in a little extra up front due to my circumstances so the price is understandably a little more then some would pay.
I also hoped that the minimal amount of work interior wise might make it easier to work with.
I recently gutted and rebuilt a 20,000sq ft warehouse and boy let me tell you... the gutting was the hardest part.
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:09 PM   #9
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Useable crap is easily had, any day of the week, urban area of your choice.
Not seeing any particularly huge outlay on plumbing. Yuh, there's a dunny in the corner, but dunno if its even attached to anything besides the floor (if that)! No mention of sanitary facilities in the write- up, is all I'm sayin'. Selling point, no?
Yup, done with love, or at least attention to detail, I'll agree those touches add up.
Wish I saw some of 'em here...

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IDK man. There are a few usable things inside, but nothing really notable, mostly household type appliances.

The money in a conversion isnít entirely in the bus. There is a huge outlay for all the plumbing, electrical, and gas appliances and all the little fittings (will surprise you!) and all the carpentry stuff. It all depends on what you want of course.

Good news! The price reduced to $5K last night.
Good news, or desperation for a quick flip?
And still, no idea which tranny it sports...
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:25 PM   #10
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Iíll call the guy in the morning about the tranny.
The toilet is just a hole to the ground. Iíll be removing that. No trace behind.
The bus was owned by a mechanic who converted it and drove it cross country. Just looks like man cave to me...I lived in a man cave for a while. Iím sure itíll be like home there is no plumbing in the bus. And the wood stove exhausts out of the window. Iíll probably get rid of the stove,I may replace it with a mini wood stove that I can pull out during the cold seasons. I have a bell tent that has a wood stove hole so itís be multifunctional. Iím excited to redo it so that it does have nice touches.
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Useable crap is easily had, any day of the week, urban area of your choice.
Not seeing any particularly huge outlay on plumbing. Yuh, there's a dunny in the corner, but dunno if its even attached to anything besides the floor (if that)! No mention of sanitary facilities in the write- up, is all I'm sayin'. Selling point, no?
Yup, done with love, or at least attention to detail, I'll agree those touches add up.
Wish I saw some of 'em here...


Good news, or desperation for a quick flip?
And still, no idea which tranny it sports...
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