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Old 01-28-2017, 01:54 PM   #1
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Feedback On Potential Purchase...

First off - I'd like to thank you guys n gals for having this form, inspiring me and allowing me to lurk, learn and affirm that I can do this!

Always wanted an RV - with a toy hauler section for my bikes, but didn't have the $$$ to make it happen.

I've decided to make my own based on some of the projects I've seen here.

Going to check out this Thomas as a potential candidate next week since its local and I'm in Baltimore, MD: 2001 THOMAS PUSHER Stock: 292I | Brandywine Trucks & Equipment

I see that there are a few folks here that bought from there as well with not so great reviews from the sellers establishment , but with great results on their build.

Also considering the HDX, and I'm bidding on a few, but they are pricey...

Any feedback and pointers would be good... Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:32 PM   #2
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Most here are not fans of the Cat engines. Some are good. Some not so much... They are all EXPENSIVE to work on.

Also, the price is a fair bit higher than what I would expect to see coming from auction. Paying a little bit more buying from a dealer can have benefits but this one may be stretching it.

Good luck!!

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Old 01-29-2017, 07:36 PM   #3
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Yeah - I cruised a few auction sites and saw that they go for far less if I'm patient and bid consistently I can save a chunk. Spoke to this seller in WV that had a nice one here: https://martinsburg.craigslist.org/cto/5967889799.html

Still a high price - although I like the under belly storage. Ideally, if I go big (38+ft) I'd like to have a 8.3liter pusher...
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:57 PM   #4
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What do you think about this one? I can probably get for 4k

https://martinsburg.craigslist.org/cto/5967889799.html
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:54 PM   #5
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Not too bad, especially if you could knock the price down a bit and it's somewhere nearby. There is something to be said for a bus that you can just drive down the road to go look at. Transmission is one of the preferred types. I don't know anything about CAT engines... but then again, that means I know just about as much about them as I do about any other kind of engine.
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:58 PM   #6
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First off - I'd like to thank you guys n gals for having this form, inspiring me and allowing me to lurk, learn and affirm that I can do this!

Always wanted an RV - with a toy hauler section for my bikes, but didn't have the $$$ to make it happen.

I've decided to make my own based on some of the projects I've seen here.

Going to check out this Thomas as a potential candidate next week since its local and I'm in Baltimore, MD: 2001 THOMAS PUSHER Stock: 292I | Brandywine Trucks & Equipment

I see that there are a few folks here that bought from there as well with not so great reviews from the sellers establishment , but with great results on their build.

Also considering the HDX, and I'm bidding on a few, but they are pricey...

Any feedback and pointers would be good... Thanks!
Lots of decent buses in MD. Watch the auction sites in spring and summer and there will be better deals. $2000-$3000 can get you a much nicer RE. Even if you go with a CAT don't go with the 6.6.
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:04 PM   #7
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The Thomas MVP is much like the Blue Bird TC2000--inexpensive buses built to a price point. They are not bad buses but they are definitely medium duty compared to the Westcoaster RE or All American.

Personally I would pass on all of the buses you have linked only because of the Cat engines. If the buses were half the asking price I might consider one. But full retail for a Cat is no bargain.
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