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Old 01-30-2015, 03:57 PM   #11
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I'm torn between the 1987 14 seater and the 1985 22 seater. I would prefer the 85 cause it's an automatic and I can't drive stick(I know how, just suck at it) and the 87 is the right size, but is a stick shift. What I would have loved to have, but missed out on was this http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/4824654994.html
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:23 PM   #12
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Fwiw it runs and has a dt466. Runs excellent reportedly. It's really easy getting around on buses in Denver area. For where you travel this bus is as good as any in terms of drivetrain. Plus that fresh from the auction adventure is part of the fun.
I feel you on the budget part. I'm POOR��
That is the other reason why I would want to buy a bus that was already registered as an RV: registering a bus as a RV in Oregon costs and arm and a leg. Example: 40ft bus is around $400.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:50 PM   #13
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my bus is gonna cost me around 600 to register and title. I'm having to "save up" for that. Sucks, but I'm getting there.
I prefer automatics, but a manual is pretty nice in the mountains and hills. I have about half of my left quadracep and heavy clutch pedals can make it pretty uncomfortable. It does need the exercise, though.
I think those two buses are GREAT deals, though. Old enough to be cheap and easy to work on, but not crusty and ancient. My 92 is about as new as I care to own.
I admire your courage and spirit of adventure. Makes life so much more rewarding.
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:06 PM   #14
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my bus is gonna cost me around 600 to register and title. I'm having to "save up" for that. Sucks, but I'm getting there.
I prefer automatics, but a manual is pretty nice in the mountains and hills. I have about half of my left quadracep and heavy clutch pedals can make it pretty uncomfortable. It does need the exercise, though.
I think those two buses are GREAT deals, though. Old enough to be cheap and easy to work on, but not crusty and ancient. My 92 is about as new as I care to own.
I admire your courage and spirit of adventure. Makes life so much more rewarding.
On that, the registering. I know this isn't the right forum for it, but I need to ask: can you get a regular trip permit without having a CDL license to move it? I am seriously thinking of getting one of those Internationals since it'll only cost $80 to get there by Amtrak(and I miss riding the train, haven't done so in way too many years).
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:19 PM   #15
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It all varies so much from state to state...
For instance- here we do all the tag and registration at the county tax collector's office, not the dmv.
Just guessing here, but I think due to their sizes they *may* not require cdl's. I dont think the tag people care much about who is driving or who has what license. Here as long as its privately owned nothing really requires a cdl.
I didn't get a tag and I don't have a cdl and I drove mine 800 miles home. Bought it from an online auction, pretty much sight unseen. I called the school board who owned it, and the sweet little lady who handled those kinds of things there insisted that I would love the bus and that it was well maintained and roadworthy. She even suggested I drive it without the tags!
I'm not saying to do what I did, but I'd do it again...
Check the dmv site for wherever you'll be tagging and titling it.
Above all else- GET INSURANCE FIRST AND FOREMOST.
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:08 PM   #16
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You don't need a CDL to register a vehicle even if the vehicle requires a CDL to drive it.

While technically and legally you can't drive a bus that requires a CDL if you don't have a CDL rarely has anyone ever been stopped for the lack of a CDL. Most of the time if you explain you are on the way to converting the bus and you have adequate insurance and a temporary license plate and they will let you go on your way.

9 times out of 10 law enforcement officers don't want to deal with anything in regards to a yellow bus.

Drive legally and sanely and you most probably won't be bothered.
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:51 PM   #17
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I quoted you the whole section from the florida dmv's site on another thread. It even has a diagram to show when one needs a CDL to drive something.
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:37 PM   #18
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I quoted you the whole section from the florida dmv's site on another thread. It even has a diagram to show when one needs a CDL to drive something.
There are two issues with that: I'm not in Florida, and everything is illegal in Florida :P
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:41 PM   #19
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We have pretty liberal laws when it comes to the dmv and that kind of stuff.
But they do you no good.
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