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Old 07-22-2019, 04:59 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

New to the site, name is James from Kansas City, MO. I first discovered what a skoolie was after looking into Tiny Homes. I had no idea this was a thing nor did I think they could be as neat as what I've seen.

I'm currently looking for my first bus. I'm interested in Bluebird buses. If anyone watches YouTube (who doesn't) I'm a big fan of Number Juan Bus. I like the short wheel base and the size seems perfect for me...as I will be traveling alone for most of the time.

I came across an auction site called govdeals - I'm curious to know if anyone has purchased a bus thru that site and the experience they had and the condition of the bus once they finally got it in their hands?

I'm not content with the m-f 9-5 anymore and an seeking an adventure and new sights and sounds and this seems like the perfect idea. I plan to document my build on youtube and will look for all the advise I can get.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site, James.
Scored mine on govdeals. It worked well but you must account for their $$ grab out of your pocket. Guess that's the price you pay for using them to buy from.

I would recommend an inspection either in person or hired out, before you bid. Also, I'd recommend staying away from anything from the Rust Belt as many busses as young as 6~7 years have some amounts of rust already forming underneath the chassis.

The majority of busses on govdeals are sold strictly as is, buyer beware.
I feel I got my money's worth, but shipping cost me more than it cost me to buy my bus!
Good luck...
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info Pete. Shipping is something I am hoping to avoid. My intent is to find a bus within 500 miles that I could drive back myself. Rust is most definitely a concern. If there are any other sites you guys know of to find busses please let me know. I've been trolling craigslist and ebay looking but have not found "the one" yet.
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:56 PM   #4
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You may need to be a little more flexible with that radius to maximize your returns. Barely oxidized busses are more the norm here in TX, CO & AZ has had good reports, too.
Rural busses vs urban are likely going to be better bets as well- less constant stop and go, more likely to have hiway gearing.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:10 PM   #5
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Hey Everyone,

New to the site, name is James from Kansas City, MO. I first discovered what a skoolie was after looking into Tiny Homes. I had no idea this was a thing nor did I think they could be as neat as what I've seen.

I'm currently looking for my first bus. I'm interested in Bluebird buses. If anyone watches YouTube (who doesn't) I'm a big fan of Number Juan Bus. I like the short wheel base and the size seems perfect for me...as I will be traveling alone for most of the time.

I came across an auction site called govdeals - I'm curious to know if anyone has purchased a bus thru that site and the experience they had and the condition of the bus once they finally got it in their hands?

I'm not content with the m-f 9-5 anymore and an seeking an adventure and new sights and sounds and this seems like the perfect idea. I plan to document my build on youtube and will look for all the advise I can get.

Welcome James.

I bought my Bluebird RE on GovDeals. I love the bus. I got, a reasonable deal. The seller was great to deal with.

I have also purchased laptops from GovDeals. Smooth transaction.

My only bitch...... The auction for the bus was The week before Thanksgiving. When I won the auction I contacted the seller to arrange pickup. We came to a quick agreement that it would be best for both of us to wait until the week after Thanksgiving. All documented in email.

I picked up the bus with no issues. When I got home I found that my GovDeals account was suspended for not picking the bus up within 10days.

I contacted GovDeals and they flat refused to reinstate my account. Even after the seller contacted GovDeals on my behalf and forwarded the email documentation.

The lady at GD was a complete B about the whole thing.

So I registered a new account and carried on.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:15 PM   #6
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The auction fee on mine was $345.

It came out of Salem OR and was 99% rust free.

Good luck.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:23 PM   #7
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I would've included the PNW as a happy hunting ground too, but figgered that might be a mite much of a stretch of the stated radius...
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:31 PM   #8
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I would've included the PNW as a happy hunting ground too, but figgered that might be a mite much of a stretch of the stated radius...
Two comments on Washington and Oregon buses.

I lived for many years in the Seattle area. With all of the rain I have been surprised at how many low/no rust buses come from the West side of Washington and Oregon.


I now live in Eastern Washington. Folks are shy to believe me when I tell them that I live in the desert. Eastern Oregon and Washington are pretty dry. You don't have to go very far from me to find sagebrush and rattlesnakes. Sunnyside WA receives about 12" of rain a year and 300+ days of sunshine a year.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:32 PM   #9
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Thx for the welcome! Duly noted on the radius. I will check out the states you mentioned as well!
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:35 PM   #10
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The auction fee on mine was $345.

It came out of Salem OR and was 99% rust free.

Good luck.


Good to know what the fees might be. I do have a question, if I buy from another state do I have a get a temp tag or is that already rolled in? Or how does that work - If I get a bus with air brakes (I've never operated air brakes before) can I even drive it legally?
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