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Old 11-27-2015, 11:03 AM   #1
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Bus itch has come again.

I registered here a few years ago thinking that a bus would be fun for our family. Then we changed plans and got busy with life. Now I am ready again and have family on board so we are looking to purchase a bus.

We don't plan to live it in. Just be used for trips. Family of 5 with the possibility of Grandparents tagging along with us. I plan to put the minivan on a trailer behind the bus.

Thinking about what is important. Room to sleep everyone. Toilet, shower, fridge, AC and a cooktop. We will likely cook outside if possible. Really just want to keep it simple.

Looking at buses with an international or cummins engine as I feel these are easier to find parts for.
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:06 PM   #2
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Try www.midwesttransit.com for a source. I just bought one there and it's in real good shape.
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:56 PM   #3
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Try www.midwesttransit.com for a source. I just bought one there and it's in real good shape.
They have some reasonable prices. Thanks for that link. Still trying to decide if I want a flat front or dog nose.
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:08 PM   #4
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Also hit up CowlitzCoach on here. He can help you find a really awesome bus and knows buses really well.
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Old 11-28-2015, 05:35 PM   #5
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katoranger, they're TRANSIT or HOOD. I suggest a transit bus, but chose a rear-engined one. The front-engine transit has a doghouse that intrudes into the floor space. I have a rear-engined transit that has about 240 square feet of floor space, interrupted only by the wheel arches.
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Old 11-29-2015, 10:42 AM   #6
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Thanks for that info. I think I want a front engine bus as I would like to be able to load things in the back like dirt bikes and kayaks. It will be somewhat of a toy hauler. I do like the transit style. Looks more like an RV. Dad would like to make a bus into a toter for his 5th wheel.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:00 PM   #7
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I just emailed my Farm Bureau agent to see if they would insure a bus.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:16 PM   #8
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Sounds like I can get it insured, but they want pictures of the conversion showing the RV facilities.
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