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Old 08-11-2015, 01:08 AM   #11
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Cool

Well, I'm a single-again woman, M1031A1, and my children all have 4 legs and fur, but, heck, yeah, I can be patient!

I've been working out sketches of how much room I want/need, considering what things I'm not willing to compromise on (a real bed and mattress!) and what things I can live without (washing machine & dishwasher, t.v.).

I understand the advantages of a rear-engine bus, but I just keep coming back to the dog-nose style, for several reasons, both practical and aesthetic. And I probably want a pretty long one, so the cats have plenty of space without getting constantly on each others' nerves and I can get up and pace when I'm thinking about something, or just if I want some exercise during inclement weather. Since I don't plan on traveling frequently (though I'd like having that option), slightly lower gas mileage and heat coming from the engine shouldn't be a problem I'll have to face very often. So, yes, good advice, thanks, and I'm definitely narrowing things down.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:13 AM   #12
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What M1031 said. And ignore eBay and Craigslist. You may find charmer there, but your better bets are Gov Deals and Public Surplus. I saw a sweet 70+ pax FE transit on Gov Deals that was garage kept in the winter in Latham, NY (Thomas or BB, I think). Even though I was looking for an RE, had my bid lost out on eBay, I probably would have gone for it.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:31 AM   #13
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Howdy & Welcome --- Not sure how they handle sales in OK but many school districts here in Texas can sell direct. Big advantages are...
no middleman = lower cost....chance to acquire maintenance logs (gold)...and, if you work it a little...opportunity to talk directly with the tech(s) who maintained the units and get "the pick of the litter".

It is the "unknowns" that come back to haunt most buyers and buying direct can help eliminate most of those. The maintenance techs will know every unit intimately and can give you the lowdown not only on the basics, but any little quirks that that could be game changers.

It continues to amaze me when I read some of the threads here where people are all excited to have just bought a bus, but have no idea what they bought. Engine? Transmission? Weight? MPG? Speed? Miles on unit?...

This forum is the place to start. Read as many "build threads" as possible. Ask questions (and don't get put off by varied opinions or friendly smartasses)...and begin to build a picture of what will meet your needs. What will work (for you) and what to avoid. From there you should be able to narrow the field down and define what constitutes the best bus all around to fit your needs & wishes.


Best of luck on your hunt.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:51 AM   #14
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Tango always gives GOOD advice!

Actually there is a lot of that on this thread from all!
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:28 AM   #15
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Thank you, Tango and EastCoast! I appreciate the warm welcome and the advice.

I've been reading several of the build threads, and subscribed to a few I want especially to keep track of. And I've been a bit of a curbside shopper for years, but now I have a definite goal. This past week I found a really nice IKEA cutting board and some lovely like new wooden baseboards and door trim. I'm sure I can put those to good use. I'm also watching all kinds of videos on YouTube--some with practical information, some that are just showing off, but I learn something from pretty much each of them.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:45 AM   #16
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Don't forget the Restore. Items change by location and keep checking back. Stuff comes in from a variety of sources and prices are great. I go just to get my brain working on ideas.
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:14 PM   #17
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Sorry, HolyBus, I'm not familiar with that. Is that a store or an online market?
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:32 AM   #18
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ReStore is a real brick and mortar store. They sell items that have been removed from buildings during upgrades such as hotels. They also carry new old stock items from closed businesses such as hardware or plumbing places. Its a great sources for furniture or fixtures.
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:05 PM   #19
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The ReStore is a store whose proceeds support HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. It is staffed by volunteers from that program. All items in the store are as mentioned above, either donation from private individuals or businesses.

The island in our bus came from there, it's solid oak with 2 slide out drawers and 2 doors with 2 slide out shelves in each. We got it for $70. I found a gallon of Behr paint unopened and unused in the color I had planned to paint the inside for $5. I bought 3 brand new harnesses for my dogs (2 large, 1 medium) for $8 & $6 each, have seen the exact same things in a pet store for $26 & $22 each. I found "poop bags" in rolls (bought 6 of them) for $2 a roll. I have used 1 roll so far emptying my cats box every nite for the past year & a half. I figure there are probably at least 500 bags in each roll. I bought 3 boxes of laminate flooring unopened for $15 each that I used on the hidden walls in the bus to cover the insulation. I bought my stainless steel sink for $5. It's an undercounter mount as it has no holes for faucet but I can't convince Clint of that so it is going to be installed this weekend above the tile. At the same time they had a stainless double sink with a very expensive faucet & fixtures that went for the same price $5, all sinks that weekend were $5.

I could go on & on, but bottom line, check & see if there are any ReStores around you and shop there at least twice a week (you'll be surprised at the things you can find and with a good imagination use in your build).
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:39 AM   #20
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Oh, okay. I know we have one of those, because my parents have been to it. I just didn't know that was the name of it.
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