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Old 07-07-2017, 03:40 PM   #1
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Smile About to take the plunge

New here from Ontario Canada - we decided back in February to go mobile and have been looking at different options. We have decided on a skoolie as it allows us to customize whatever way we see fit which we love!! Have not yet picked up a bus yet but have been shopping around and looking at a few. Not much here in Ontario Canada to choose from and we are just new at this. Any advice on what to look for would be awesome!!
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:56 PM   #2
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New here from Ontario Canada - we decided back in February to go mobile and have been looking at different options. We have decided on a skoolie as it allows us to customize whatever way we see fit which we love!! Have not yet picked up a bus yet but have been shopping around and looking at a few. Not much here in Ontario Canada to choose from and we are just new at this. Any advice on what to look for would be awesome!!
Do yourself a favor and get a rust free southern or desert bus. I know a guy in GA now...
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:07 PM   #3
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I wish we could but the hassle to import the bus is beyond what we want to do. And it severely limits what we can get as there are only 4 buses that are even allowed to be imported to Canada from the US
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:44 PM   #4
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Very few buses were bad buys. Generally the advice is going to be to find out what size you want, then look for a "name brand" like Thomas or Blue Bird with a diesel engine and good tires.

In the US, people commonly find their bus on craigslist or one of the surplus auction sites. Not sure about Canadaland.
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:46 PM   #5
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Bummer, eh. I've seen and worked on enough rusted vehicles in the New England area to last me a lifetime. It's do-able, but not fun to have to deal with underbody rust. Good luck!
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Old 07-07-2017, 07:16 PM   #6
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In Canadaland we have Kijiji which is like Craigslist but people are crazy on what they are asking - minimum about $5,000 to upwards of $20,000 for a used bus - we are looking at government auction sites which seem to have much better deals.

Rust here in Canada is just reality that we can't get away from - hence why we wanna do this so we can take off south at least half the year (for me anyway) - My fiance can stay if he wants as he is a dual citizen
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:36 AM   #7
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Bit late on the reply here... what sites did you find useful in your search? We're on Vancouver Island, so at least we're in the "unsalted" part of the country.
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