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Old 02-12-2018, 05:15 AM   #1
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Have been watching the skoolie community for a while as I am planning to do a road trip for 6 months with a group of friends. We will be flying to California from New Zealand and I am wondering how easy it will be to find a bus ASAP. Should I attempt to buy online before we land or just find one once there?

Will be landing in may, looking for a <6 window diesel shorty, any advice massively appreciated, cheers!
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:40 AM   #2
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Hey team

Have been watching the skoolie community for a while as I am planning to do a road trip for 6 months with a group of friends. We will be flying to California from New Zealand and I am wondering how easy it will be to find a bus ASAP. Should I attempt to buy online before we land or just find one once there?

Will be landing in may, looking for a <6 window diesel shorty, any advice massively appreciated, cheers!
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:38 AM   #3
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Sounds fun. Personally, I won't invest in anything I have not had the chance to examine in person. But that's just me.
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Are you shopping the auctions or intending to buy from a private individual? Are you looking for a completed skoolie or planning to build one from scratch?

Sounds like a great adventure with friends. It also sounds like you don't have time to build a bus so maybe you're planning on the basic metal tent type of camper? Throw out the seats and build a few bunks and a table.
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Are you going to sell it when itís time to get back on the plane? If thatís the case Iíd go with a diesel powered shuttle bus. Thereís more of them for sale than short buses so they tend to be cheaper. Use it like ya stole it and sell whatís left when itís time to go. A Ford with the 7.3 would be a solid choice.
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Are you shopping the auctions or intending to buy from a private individual? Are you looking for a completed skoolie or planning to build one from scratch?

Sounds like a great adventure with friends. It also sounds like you don't have time to build a bus so maybe you're planning on the basic metal tent type of camper? Throw out the seats and build a few bunks and a table.
Metal tent haha, exactly what we were thinking, do many people do this? What problems should I expect paper work wise if this is all we do? Really wanting to hit the ground running on the bare minimum

We looked at hiring a rv or something along those lines but thatís crazy money. We would be better off buying something with the intention of not getting our money back at the end.

Iíll have a look into shuttle buses, cheers for all the replies guys!
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:48 PM   #7
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Another question, is there some sort of service that would pick a bus up if I bought one now from say Phoenix and park it in storage in LA!
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Yes, there are paperwork issues.

WIthout a US driving license and address you can't register a vehicle. So that means you either need family who live here, or an agent who would do it for you.

Once you have fixed that the rest should be straightforward.
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Yes, there are paperwork issues.

WIthout a US driving license and address you can't register a vehicle. So that means you either need family who live here, or an agent who would do it for you.

Once you have fixed that the rest should be straightforward.
I know some will yell at me for this but this is the way it is.....

In Washington state you can, if you choose to, get a drivers license and register a car without any proof of citizenship, legal residency or insurance. You also have the option of registering to vote at the same time.

If you secure a place to work on the bus and can receive mail there then you can register a vehicle there regardless of citizenship.
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I know some will yell at me for this but this is the way it is.....

In Washington state you can, if you choose to, get a drivers license and register a car without any proof of citizenship, legal residency or insurance. You also have the option of registering to vote at the same time.

If you secure a place to work on the bus and can receive mail there then you can register a vehicle there regardless of citizenship.


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