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Old 01-27-2018, 05:19 PM   #51
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Thanks for the info. I'm definitely going for a diesel. Just traying to figure out if cutaway or full size... And I think trouble finding help could be a dealbreaker for me, having zero knowledge about mechanics.
Gator automotive in Dayton, TX is my mechanic...if it sucks fuel he'll stick his tools in it...he's busy though...never a empty bay or driveway...

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Are you in Dayton Tx? I have a buddy that works for the school district there, as a mechanic. Just a stones throw from me.
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Are you in Dayton Tx? I have a buddy that works for the school district there, as a mechanic. Just a stones throw from me.
Got friends working at plane state...I don't live there because I can't afford land...she doesn't live in city proper...out off sawmill road

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Old 05-15-2018, 09:25 AM   #54
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Hello everyone!

My wife and I are looking to start a conversion this year. We're from Europe, moving to Davis, CA this year. Back home my choice of a vehicle would obviously be different, so in addition to simply not being a mechanic, I'm lacking the general know how on american models, makes and mechanics. A few things on what we're planning to do:

- Full time living
- polyiso + spray foam insulation, then reclaimed wood finish
- bed for two
- kitchen with gad cooker
- tiny wood stove
- running on solar
- maybe shower and composting toilet

We're looking for a short bus, in order to fit into most parking spaces and rv parks. From what we think we need in a bus I think I'd go for a five/six window bus over the four window one. Was also looking at box vans for an over cabin bed, but the construction and amount of windows keep drawing me to skoolies.

Things I already learned while researching (great forum, here, thank you):
- Diesel over gas (although still confused on this one, diesel might be more expensive to maintain)
- If Ford, go for pre-2004 7.3L and avoid newer 6.0L
- Avoid shuttle busses because of fiberglass shell

I have no idea what other makes/models would suit our needs. Chevy? GMC? What do I need to know about transmissions?

Also, while looking for where to buy, I figured three options. Sites like Craigslist, Ebay motors, facebook marketplace. Dealers like A-Z busses in CA. Or government auction sites, although I don't know how they work. I do like the idea of buying from a dealer, have a vehicle checked there and an address to go to for troubleshooting. Seems a lot pricier though - A-Z busses has a 2002 Ford Thomas 7.3 Diesel with 158.000 miles for 14.000$. Seems expensive. Cheaper ones with 200k+ mileage. How much should I be worried about the miles anyway?

Sorry for all these questions. Is there a wiki to read so I won't bother you with tons of beginner's type questions?

Thank you!!

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Hi, I have a 98 short bus for sale!! Let me know if you're interested in knowing more.- Shawn

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