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Old 01-09-2018, 02:59 AM   #1
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Where is the best place to shop?

Hi,

I am new to the network here.

I am new to the game and I am trying to find out where the best place to look for a bus is. I live in Oregon, and I have been reviewing craiglist and cannot quite find what I want for the price I want.

Do I just need to be persistent and attentive to get a good deal on something? Or are there other outlets? Should I extend my search area for outside the state?

I am looking for a good deal on a shorty with a diesel.

Thanks,
Jacob

PS lots of posts on here so if anyone knows of any previous posts that may help please respond with the link.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:11 AM   #2
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Welcome,

Take a look at:

Public Surplus: Government Surplus Auctions
www.govdeals.com

Lots of good buses come out of Oregon. I bought my Bluebird from the Oregon State surplus at auction on govdeals.

Good luck.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:15 AM   #3
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Also, look here on our classifieds- People's situation changes and sometimes bus will have much time invested, but need to get sold quick.

Read you past sales to get idea of the comps. Have fun- go test drive a few.

Tell us more about what you are looking for and why.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:08 AM   #4
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:21 AM   #5
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:46 AM   #6
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Hi Rusty,

So, I am looking for a short bus for my girlfriend and I, diesel, something close to 20-25ft. Short term goal would be to find a good deal for a bus, move in to it, pay less for living, live minimally, and have fun learning to convert the bus. Long term, I hope to save up some money and maybe buy property and use what I learn in the bus conversion process to plan/build a tiny home and keep the bus as an adventure RV.

The bus would essentially be a trial in minimalist lifestyle, a chance to live in small space, and a great opportunity to have an adventure.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:08 AM   #7
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What do you all think about this bus...

How are these specs?

1991 International/Thomas 41-Passenger School Bus:

DT 360 Diesel V8 Engine, MT643 Allison Automatic Transmission, 4 Wheel Hydraulic Brakes, 4/2012 new Alternator & Batteries, 1/2013 New Starter, 2/2013 New Booster Pump, New 10:22.5 Tires.

Back up bus for school district.

I don't know a whole lot about engines or transmissions...how many miles could you put on this thing?
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:23 AM   #8
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Hi Rusty,

So, I am looking for a short bus for my girlfriend and I, diesel, something close to 20-25ft. Short term goal would be to find a good deal for a bus, move in to it, pay less for living, live minimally, and have fun learning to convert the bus. Long term, I hope to save up some money and maybe buy property and use what I learn in the bus conversion process to plan/build a tiny home and keep the bus as an adventure RV.

The bus would essentially be a trial in minimalist lifestyle, a chance to live in small space, and a great opportunity to have an adventure.
It sounds like your thinking is miles ahead of most of your peers. Your plan has some initial sacrifices, but ultimately will produce a greater outcome.

Tell us more about where you live in the World and your plan for making a living while building your mobile American Dream.

Do you have the most important component of Skooliedom? A spot to park/work on the bus? Family or boss or someone might have a space.

What's your time frame and budget? What is your and her skillsets as maybe you would be better off finding partial project?

I wish I had done something similar when younger.
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