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Old 01-02-2016, 12:06 AM   #11
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Rust is sort of an eye-of-the-beholder kind of evaluation.

Bad rust as observed by someone from the dry SW where paint bubbling is considered bad rust is not the same as bad rust as observed by someone in MI.

I purchased a used bus in Grand Rapids. I was surprised at how little rust was under the bus. I have actually seen more rust on buses that have seen all of their service life in WA state.

Since you live in MI you should be able to evaluate how bad the rust might be on that bus.

Even if you were able to purchase a bus for less $$$ somewhere else you will need to factor in how much it will cost to get it back home to where you are--travel to where the bus is, meals and lodging there and back, fuel, and the real possibility of a break down.

Personally I think the bus is a pretty good deal as long as rust isn't an issue.

Good luck!
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Old 01-02-2016, 12:18 AM   #12
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I'm still going to check it out because its so close
I figure a little rust isn't a major deal breaker
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:43 AM   #13
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Take a flashlight and some "crawling under" clothes.
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:47 AM   #14
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Any specific areas of concern I should be looking a little more closely for?
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Old 01-02-2016, 06:44 PM   #16
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Someone brought to my attention the 40 foot bus may be a struggle on more angled pavement with the back sticking out so much. Anyone have any insight or advice? I won't be driving super frequently but I wanted to do a national parks tour but will probably be parking for weeks at a time before moving to the next town
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:37 PM   #17
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Most 40 footers have about 12' of overhang in the rear which does limit how much grade you can handle without dragging. But then again, most skoolies have quite a bit of ground clearance to begin with so it it can be a wash. They go just about everywhere down in Mexico and the roads there are tough.
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Old 01-03-2016, 07:45 AM   #18
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Yeah I was thinking it's only 4 or 5 feet longer than normal and I wasn't sure if it would make much a difference
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:37 AM   #19
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There is typically enough overhang that one needs to be constantly aware of both the drag possibility as well as the "swing" which can cause more serious issues. Adding a roller under the rear (like those on the high-end coaches) will hep with drag, but the swing is strictly a matter for the pilot to manage.
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:16 PM   #20
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I checked out the bus. Quite rusty. What issues would I run into with that? I can post pics in a bit once i figure it out so i can get a 2nd opinion but i know all you folks in the sout will scoff. I think I can get him down. To 2700 and I'm waiting for an oil test. I know I should probably keep looking but it's got a trailer hitch wired for lights, already painted and gutted and has the engine and tranny I want.
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